Betsy’s Pancake House. Mid-City: 2542 Canal. 504-822-0213.

1 Fleur
Average check per person $5-$15
BreakfastBreakfast SundayBreakfast MondayBreakfast TuesdayBreakfast WednesdayBreakfast ThursdayBreakfast FridayNo Breakfast Saturday
LunchLunch SundayLunch MondayLunch TuesdayLunch WednesdayLunch ThursdayLunch FridayNo Lunch Saturday
DinnerNo Dinner SundayNo Dinner MondayNo Dinner TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Dinner ThursdayNo Dinner FridayNo Dinner Saturday

Betsy’s Pancake House

Mid-City: 2542 Canal. 504-822-0213. Map.
Very Casual
DS MC V

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Betsy’s is a neighborhood cafe specializing in breakfast, but with a substantial lunch menu, too. It’s a diner in the Southern style, serving the basic breakfast combos. The pancakes (as long as you stick with the standards) are well-made, and the eggs are prepared to order. The main appeal for a lot of people is inexpensiveness. A breakfast combo begins at just under $6 for eggs, bacon, grits and toast.

WHAT’S GOOD
You get what you pay for. This is a decent breakfast most of the time, served hot and reasonably well cooked. But this kind of breakfast, which would have been just fine thirty years ago, has been superseded by rising standards. This is not a place for those who must have their eggs done just so. You come here more to hang with the other people who come here and the waitresses. It’s a community.

BACKSTORY
After over two decades as an ordinary breakfast and lunch joint in Lower Mid-City, Betsy’s became one of many businesses that got a new lease on life after Hurricane Katrina. The worn-out greasy spoon was forced by the storm’s flood to renovate. When it reopened, there was rejoicing in the streets. Both the staff and customers had a much brighter attitude. Three years later, disaster struck again, when owner Betsy McDaniel was murdered in her home. Anyone who had ever eaten there–plus many more–reacted by coming in even more often. All this has made Betsy’s a better restaurant, and an example of how we overcome misfortune.

DINING ROOM
The dining room is one long space with as many tables as will fit, with big windows and a bright, clean aspect. Most of the servers have been on this floor for a long time, and know most of the customers by name.

ESSENTIAL DISHES
Breakfast
Eggs any style, with grits and toast (biscuits, hash browns, and cheese extra) and choice of:
Smoked sausage
Hot sausage
Corned beef hash
Chicken fried steak
Ribeye steak
Liver and onions
»Pork chops
Ham
»Bacon
»Waffle, Belgian or regular
»Pecan waffle
Strawberry waffle
Blueberry waffle
Banana nut waffle
Apple waffle
»Pancakes
»Buckwheat pancakes
Chocolate chip pancakes
»Pecan pancakes
Blueberry pancakes
Strawberry pancakes
Apple pancakes
Short stack pancakes
»Banana nut pancakes
Silver dollar pancakes
Pig in a blanket
Omelettes:
Mushroom
Western (ham, onion, bell pepper, Creole sauce)
Spinach and green onion
Shrimp and green onion
Potato and onion
Ham and cheese
Cheese
Bacon
Ham
LUNCH
Platters:
Liver and onions
Chicken fried steak
»Hamburger steak
Pork chops
»Spaghetti and meatballs
»Red beans and rice, smoked sausage
»Daily lunch specials
Sandwiches
In sliced, bun, or poor-boy bread)
»Hot sausage
Smoked sausage
Ham
Plain or grilled cheese
Club
Bacon, lettuce and tomato
Egg
Tuna
Hamburger
Fried shrimp or oysters
Roast beef
Meatball
Sides
Pork chop
Dinner salad
Grilled chicken breast
Macaroni and cheese
Corned beef hash

FOR BEST RESULTS
Stay within the limitations of a low-end diner, and you should do all right. Don’t come in a big hurry. And for goodness sake, don’t sit down until the table has been cleaned!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The coffee needs much work. So do the hash browns–look at them before you order.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment -1
  • Consistency -1
  • Service+1
  • Value
  • Attitude +1
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness -2
  • Local Color +3

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Good for business meetings
  • Open Sunday lunch
  • Open Monday lunch
  • Quick, good meal
  • Easy, nearby parking

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