Even though it’s only been a part of the city’s food culture since 1946, the Camellia Grill seems to have always been there. That may change soon: A 2013 lawsuit is threatening to force a change to the name or the iconic white-columned building. We hope not, because there’s really nowhere else to go for luncheonette-style counter service with white linens, Southern hospitality, witty banter dished out by white-jacketed servers, and a classic grilled burger. The omelets manage to be simultaneously heavy and fluffy and come in the standard varieties (if it’s been a rough night, we go with chili cheese. That’d be American cheese—the square stuff). Late-night hours make both locations popular after-club spots, but any time is good for the chocolate pecan pie (heated on the grill and a la mode, please). Good prices, true character.
New Orleans› Restaurant
626 S. Carrollton Ave
Our Rating Neighborhood Uptown Garden District Hours Sun–Thurs 8am–midnight; Fri–Sat 8am–2am Phone 504/309-2679 Prices All items under $12 Cuisine Type Diner/Light Fare Other French Quarter branch: 540 Chartres St. [tel] 504/522-1800. All entrees under $13. Mon–Thurs 8am–3pm; Fri–Sat 8am–1am; Sun 8am–4pm.