500BestSquareCalas @ 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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  1. Debbie Z. on December 22, 2015

    We enjoy walking down Bourbon St. early in the morning when everything’s been freshly power washed to have a special breakfast at The Old Coffee Pot. They also serve the BEST bacon we’ve ever eaten.

  2. Lynne mILLER on February 5, 2016

    I have calas at Old Coffee Pot at least once a year, and I live in San Antonio, TX! I love this breakfast–only I have the great bacon instead of sausage.