Lakeview: 800 Navarre Ave. 504-483-8828. Map.
WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
A charming little sandwich cafe near City Park just off Canal Boulevard, Cafe Navarre continues the tradition of quaintness and honest food began a long time ago by Weaver’s. A new part of the picture is breakfast, which is especially popular on weekends.
Although the present owners have modernized the menu quite a bit, most customers still come here for the roast beef poor boys, probably the best in Lakeview. The breakfast is strictly for those who have time to linger over a third cup of coffee and the newspaper, not those in a hurry to get to work.
Weaver’s opened in 1946 and lasted until just before Katrina, whose flooding was particularly deep in this area. In 2007, the current management took over, renovated the cute old place, and reopened with a much more contemporary style. One of the owners has a family connection with the Peppermill, whose breakfast style can be seen here.
The small dining room has an antique feel, and looks more like an ice cream parlor than a restaurant. But most diners prefer the tables on the patio in front of the cafe. Enough of them to make the place look as if a yard sale is going on. No matter where you are, you order at the counter, and sometimes pick up, too.
Turkey avocado Benedict
Spinach artichoke Benedict
»Turkey, avocado, Swiss cheese, tomato omelette
Spinach, artichoke, feta, mozzarella, onion, tomato omelette
Ham, cheddar, onion, bell pepper, tomato omelette
Bacon, tomato, cheddar omelette
»Ham and cheese omelette
»Standard egg combinations
A.M. poor boy (scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon)
Available with chicken add-on
»Chicken, bacon, almonds, Asian sesame ginger dressing
Soup of the day
Roast turkey on wheatberry bread
Baked ham wheatberry bread
»Chicken salad wheatberry bread
Spinach, artichoke, feta, tomato mozzarella panino
»Dijon pork and Swiss cheese panino
»Turkey, avocado, tomato, Swiss panino
Ham and cheese panino
»Roast beef poor boy
»Cuban (roast pork, ham, swiss, mustard, pickles, on pressed French bread)
»Baked ham poor boy
»Roast turkey poor boy
Dirty bird poor boy (turkey with roast beef gravy)
Muffuletta poor boy
Hot sausage poor boy
Fried shrimp poor boy
»Hamburger (bun or poor boy)
FOR BEST RESULTS
Breakfast here is good but sketchy in its service. Again, don’t come here in a hurry, but enjoy the old-time laid-back feeling.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The entire breakfast act needs to be tightened up.
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
- Value +1
- Attitude +2
- Wine & Bar
- Hipness +1
- Local Color +2
- Sidewalk tables
- Open Sunday lunch
- Open Monday lunch
- Good for children
- Easy, nearby parking
- No reservations