Camellia Grill

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For a feast for all senses away from the French Quarter, take the St. Charles street car line to Camellia Grill. This trip to a great New Orleans institution includes an architectural tour as “the car” moseys past fabulous houses, mansions and Audubon Park. Jump off at Carrollton Avenue near the end of the line. Just across the street is The Camellia Grill, with its white columns and pink neon sign. Inside you will find 29 seats at a serpentine counter staffed by white-coated waiters and cooks at open grills.

While there is no one signature dish, the Chef Special omelet is a house specialty: bacon, ham, onion, Swiss and American cheeses, and French fries all held together with lighter than air eggs whipped in a blender. Continue reading

For a feast for all senses away from the French Quarter, take the St. Charles street car line to Camellia Grill. This trip to a great New Orleans institution includes an architectural tour as “the car” moseys past fabulous houses, mansions and Audubon Park. Jump off at Carrollton Avenue near the end of the line. Just across the street is The Camellia Grill, with its white columns and pink neon sign. Inside you will find 29 seats at a serpentine counter staffed by white-coated waiters and cooks at open grills.

While there is no one signature dish, the Chef Special omelet is a house specialty: bacon, ham, onion, Swiss and American cheeses, and French fries all held together with lighter than air eggs whipped in a blender. This concoction is cooked on a flat grill, gently folded and then blanketed with a delicious, rich chili. Finally, the plate is crowned with French fries and delivered piping hot. The chili is almost a necessary anchor, as this omelet is so light and fluffy it could otherwise float away.

For a beverage choice, the orange freeze is another house specialty. Available in several other flavors, the orange freeze is quickly blended using orange juice, simple syrup, ice and French vanilla ice cream. Its texture is neither that of a shake nor a slushy. It is frothy and the flavor is delicate, not too sweet, so it is a great companion to a meal.

Camellia Grill is known not only for its breakfast served all day, but also for its sandwiches. A simple hamburger (dressed, of course, which is New Orleans speak for mayonnaise, chopped lettuce, tomato and pickle) or grilled cheese with bacon is elevated to gourmet delight, especially when paired with an order of chili cheese fries.

Camellia Grill’s desserts include a variety of pies: pecan, chocolate pecan, apple, and several cream pies. The pecan pie notable because the usual way of serving it is to grill a slice in butter before topping it with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. Grilling intensifies the flavor of the buttery crust.

Don’t be surprised is there is a line of eager, hungry diners. You will find an eclectic mix of locals, tourists, and students from nearby Tulane University, just blocks away. It’s definitely worth the wait.

— Review submitted by Marlene Bellis and Philip Roth, aka, tsores.

Dishes to try
Camellia Grill, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
Must-Try
a crispy, charred patty with an overabundance of bacon served with a smile at 2 am. made me love this burger.
Camellia Grill, Pecan Pie a la Mode
Pecan Pie a la Mode
Must-Try
Be sure to ask for your pecan pie to be grilled. Ice cream? Yes!
Camellia Grill, Chef's Special Omelet
Chef's Special Omelet
Must-Try
Chef's Special Omelet with hash browns (chili on the side).
Camellia Grill, Pecan Waffle
Pecan Waffle
Must-Try
Small-tread waffles are crisp and elegant, loaded with nutmeats.
Camellia Grill, Red Beans and Rice
Red Beans and Rice
Must-Try
Red Beans and rice.
Doc Brinker's Special
Chili Omelette
Breakfast Sausage
Camellia Grill, Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled Eggs
A side of scrambled eggs and sausage.
Coffee
Harry's Yankee Special - Roast Beef
Pancakes
Gumbo
Chocolate-cherry freeze
Camellia Special (Sandwich)
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 12am
Monday8am - 12am
Tuesday8am - 12am
Wednesday8am - 12am
Thursday8am - 12am
Friday8am - 2am
Saturday8am - 2am
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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