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Thursday, August 30, 2007

What's the status????


This would be my favorite restaurant in the whole wide freaking world.
Camellia Grill in New Orleans.

When I went off to college, my parents had to pay for my meal plan for on-campus living...but they spent more money on the "grill plan", as I ate there almost daily.
A large part of me putting on 32 pounds in two semesters of college would have been my food selections while dining at Camellia Grill. Typical meal for me @ the grill: Cheeseburger, waffle, & a chocolate shake (made with real ice cream....so good).

And so, a coworker is going to NO, and I said...."you have to go to this restaurant, and you have to bring me a sweatshirt, b/c I always wanted one, but never bought one". I go to google it....I start reading stuff about it closing down...Katrina related??? or bankruptcy related?(which is what I read....)

So...people missed the restaurant....and covered it in post-it notes....




The latest I read about it was dated Sept. '06.

So, what's the status now?
Is it back?
I just called nation-wide information.
They still have a listing for Camellia Grill: 504-309-2679.

Camellia Grill...the first time I went there, our waiter was a man named "Bat". My goodness, he had to be a hundred years old, but sweet, and smiley, and he just seemed to have a bounce in his step.
You go in....you have these booths in the corner where you all sit there, and wait your turn for a seat at the counter....you slide around in the booths---it's a moving line. The pies were kept in these angled pie box things...the shakes were made with real ice cream. The grill is right there, and hot---and always full of burger patties & omelets. The men working there all wear the white jackets with black & white checkered pants. The walls inside are pink...and on the very left side is a display where you can buy t-shirts & sweatshirts (which I never did....) The entire seating area of the restaurant is a counter. There are little stools that you sit on that are permanently bolted to the floor. The counter itself is like a funky flattend "W" shape. The waiters call out to each other, and everything goes at a fast pace during the busy times....you get in, you eat, you get out. But if you go late at night....the guys would shoot the sh*t with you, and let you b*tch about whatever boy broke your heart that week...or how much you hate Oceanography, and don't want to do the homework...and they always remembered me (hell, I was rarely gone from there long enough for them to forget me!)

Oh, good times.
So....I think it has reopened. I don't really know...
Is it still the same??? I don't really know.
Is it still my favorite restaurant of all time?????? YES!

******giving credit where credit is due: first two pics are from www.thethirdbattleofneworleans.blogspot.com and the last one is from www.bestofneworleans.com.

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At 10:26 AM , Anonymous anonymouse said...

I was just back in my college town on Tuesday and ate at my old favorite resturant with a couple of girlfriends from college. This place was so much "ours" that when they got new chairs for the dining room and were selling the old ones, we each bought one and signed the bottoms with our regular orders. Ah, memories...

 
At 12:47 PM , Blogger Patty said...

It sounds like such a cute place. So I googled it...looks like it did reopen! I found a video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVUCZAw4kWc

By the way I love New Orleans and have been there 3 times. Where exactly is this place located? Where did u go to school?

 
At 12:58 PM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

It's on Carrollton, after the turn of St.Charles turning into Carrollton on the trolley line.

 
At 1:25 PM , Blogger shoeaddict said...

You know I live about 45min to an hr from there. My specialists are in NOLA so, I'm going there next week. I'll check it out

 
At 1:36 PM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

I'm so jealous of ShoeAddict!

 
At 1:47 PM , Blogger Jeninacide said...

OMG Cheeseburgers and Waffles and Shakes with ice cream! Yummm Sounds like the PERFECT MEAL!

 
At 3:46 PM , Blogger Judy said...

TA DA!

I called and asked - they ARE open - every day at 8 a.m., close at 11 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday!

 
At 5:54 PM , Blogger Gigi said...

I gained 32 pounds just reading about it....

 
At 6:43 PM , Blogger Christy said...

I hope its still opened. If it is, you definitely need to take a little trip...

 
At 4:55 AM , Blogger Beth said...

What a great place for those college memories. Glad to hear it's reopened.
The places I frequented while in university were all run down and kind of skuzzy - but great fun!

 
At 11:11 AM , Blogger Bonnie said...

Laine, I love the Camellia Grill. I used to eat there all the time when we lived in NO. I'll ask my brother for status as he has been back recently. I loved their turkey sandwiches, made on toast. And their omelette's rocked- they were huge. And the shakes were to die for.

 
At 1:00 PM , Blogger True Willow said...

New Orleans...*sigh*! I want to be there right now!

 

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