The Ruby Slipper is a great place for breakfast in New Orleans. Originally starting from a location on Cortez Street in Mid-City, the restaurant has now expanded to include locations in the Central Business District and in the Bywater neighborhood. Visit them when in New Orleans for great breakfasts and lunches. Menu, addresses and hours can be found at http://www.therubyslippercafe.net/.
Elizabeth’s Restaurant in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans is an amazing breakfast spot in a quiet neighborhood some distance from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and Marigny. They serve more than breakfast of course, but they’re justifiably famous for their praline bacon. Visit them at http://www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com/ and plan on giving them a visit when you’re in New Orleans.
Intrigued by Yelp reviews, I made it a point to swing by Curly’s Fried Chicken in West Atlanta Saturday, and I’m glad I did. The place is nothing fancy, just a walk-up window with some outside seating, but the fried chicken is outstanding, lightly seasoned with a crunchy outside and tender, juicy inside. Chicken comes either regular, or dipped in Curly’s “secret” sauce. Prices are reasonable. Visit them at http://www.curlysfriedchicken.com/home.html or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Curlys-Fried-Chicken/237106846352550?sk=wall&filter=12.
The average second-line runs four hours, so it’s important to get a decent meal beforehand if you plan on walking the whole parade route. Slice Pizzeria (@SLICENola) in Uptown New Orleans on Magazine Street is a great, fun place to get some really good pizza before the second-line (or the Saints game, for that matter). It’s best to visit them in person, but if that’s not possible, visit them at http://slicepizzeria.com/, follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SliceNola or like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SlicePizzeriaStCharles.
Farm Burger (@fbbuckhead) is not your usual burger restaurant. For one thing, the grass-fed beef comes from cows that are antibiotic and hormone-free, and for another, the menu items change seasonally since all the items are sourced from regional farms. And I can speak from experience that the burgers are great. Now if they would just put one in Memphis!
The old classic signs have been replaced, but this Dairy Queen in Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood must still be one of the oldest in the country, 10/06/12
The original location of Charlotte’s Fuel Pizza (@fuel_pizza) in Plaza-Midwood is appropriately located in a converted gas station.
Toast Cafe (@toastofdilworth) in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood is a great place to start the day with breakfast. Lots of people have figured that out, however, so expect to wait for a table, particularly on weekends.
California Dreaming is a small chain of restaurants in the Southeast with reasonable prices and impeccable food. This particular location is in Lawrenceville, GA 10/05/12
I decided to drive down to Jackson, MS yesterday for my first SWAC football game of the year, Jackson State vs. Southern, and before the game, I stopped at Another Broken Egg at the Renaissance in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Another Broken Egg restaurants are located in a number of cities in the southeast, and they feature a great menu of breakfast and brunch options at reasonable prices. The original location in Mandeville, Louisiana is simply called the Broken Egg Cafe. Visit http://www.anotherbrokenegg.com/ for menus, locations, and hours.