Calas @ Coffee Pot
Very few restaurants make calas, the cinnamony, fried Creole rice cakes that have been a house specialty at the Coffee Pot since the 1940s. They have served calas for breakfast (and lately as a dessert) for as long as I can remember–which takes us back at least to 1970. Before that, there is plenty of evidence that these golf-ball-size spheres were popular street food all around the French Quarter since the early 1900s. At the Coffee Pot, calas come with grits and sausage on the side, and take you back a hundred years.
Coffee Pot. French Quarter: 714 St Peter. 504-524-3500.
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