New Orleanians are celebrating the return of the Morning Call Coffee Stand back to the city after a 100 year absence. Morning Call first opened in 1870 in the French Market and competed with Cafe du Monde in serving coffee and beignets to French Quarter residents and visitors alike. It moved to the suburbs in the 1970′s and is still there today. However, as Innkeeper Bonnie saw during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Morning Call has spread its wings to a new home in City Park.
Located at the end of the streetcar route near the sculpture garden and New Orleans Museum of Art, it is housed in the beautifully restored Casino Building. The white tile and dark wood decor are true in spirit to the historic photos of the original location. The chicory coffee is still french drip brewed and whole milk is heated to a near boil and mixed with the coffee for the delicious cafe au lait.
And it’s open 24 hours! If you are enjoying the lush oak trees, the lagoons or the Botannical Gardens at City Park, you can also get gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice inside or out on the veranda. It currently accepts cash only.
Take the streetcar from our Garden District bed and breakfast and make Morning Call one of your Christmas in New Orleans stops. Don’t forget to check out our Papa Noel discounts during the holidays.
The upcoming Oak Street PoBoy Festival celebrates the sandwich that was created during a streetcar strike in New Orleans in 1929. You can now proudly take the streetcar from our Garden District bed and breakfast to sample this uniquely New Orleans culinary creation in all its wild applications.
Voted best food festival for 3 years in a row, here you’ll find music, local artisans, and a staggering array of traditional and unusual po-boy options including lobster, mississippi rabbit, stuffed crab, and chicken alfredo. Check out this slideshow for mouth-watering and head-shaking offerings from last year.
New this year: Music stages have been moved to side streets for more walking room; an extra bike corral set up for all you two-wheelers; and a fascinating lineup of history talks including the first families of po-boy, lost restaurants of New Orleans, the Maple Leaf Bar and neighborhood Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
Staff Tips: Parking is very limited; so it’s best to take the historic streetcar steps away from our front door. Go early as this fest draws large crowds, and poboy vendors may run out of your favorite.
We still have rooms available for that weekend, so come stay with us and get your fill of this local’s favorite. As the festival organizers say, there is ”so much heritage, you’ll need another napkin.”
We are getting ready for Tales of the Cocktail next month, the annual celebration of the birth of the cocktail right here in New Orleans. To help you get ready too, we have listed our Top 5 places to get a delicious cocktail and appetizer or small plate. All of these are in close proximity to our Garden District Bed and Breakfast.
Cure: Rated one of the Top 3 places to get a cocktail by Best of New Orleans.com, we love Cure for the scrumptious cocktails, small plates and great patio for whiling away the evening.
The Columns: A few streetcar stops down from our St. Charles stop (right at the front door of our Garden District Bed and Breakfast) is the best front porch to drift back in time, have a traditional New Orleans cocktail, and people watch. This is a great place to kick off your evening as it gets crowded later on.
Delachaise: Walk across the street from the Columns and have a really good light meal or cheese plate with great wine at this small place on the streetcar track.
Commander’s Palace: 25 cent martinis for lunch (and one and a half block walk from our Garden District bed and breakfast). Any questions?
Oak: A little further down the historic streetcar line and around the riverbend is a new bar and eatery that features small plates from the chef of Patois Restaurant. Live musicians every night make this a place to put on your must-visit list.
A little old fashioned for those hot summer nights.
Finish your evening on the porte cochere balcony at our Garden District B&B. Check out our summer specials for an extra reason to check out the Tales of the Cocktail festival.
Seafood gumbo often comes with a crab claw
Louisiana Seafood: it draws many visitors to our cities and our restaurants; most locals won’t eat it anywhere but here. At our Garden District B&B, we spend a lot of time around the breakfast table talking about food. Our staff has the arduous task of trying out as many restaurants as we can, and we keep the beautifully photographed magazine Louisiana Cookin in every guest room.
Delicious seafood is not just an indulgence for us. The traditions of catching, cooking and eating seafood are an important part of Louisiana life. Everyone from the finest chefs to neighbors at the crab boil has a seafood recipe to share.
Heart healthy seafood is also an important part of the state economy. One out of every 70 jobs in Louisiana is seafood related, providing 90% of the crawfish, 70% of the shrimp and 70% of the oysters to the US. If you’ve eaten a blue crab on the East Coast, it’s probably from Louisiana.
Grilled oysters on the halfshell
Our New Orleans Garden District Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by incredible seafood choices. Check out the restaurants on the Grand Victorian B&B Explore New Orleans page and talk about seafood with us. We’ll help you pick the best restaurant for the seafood dish you’re craving.