Mattina Bella is the best breakfast cafe on the North Shore. There’s nothing especially offbeat about the menu, but they put out the classics with such attention to detail that you’d have to go to a fancy hotel to equal it. This dish is exactly what it implies: English muffins topped with crabmeat or crawfish with mushrooms, topped with poached eggs and a near-perfect, flowing hollandaise.


Mattina Bella. Covington: 421 E Gibson. 985-892-0708.

This dish is ranked #212 in NOMenu’s list of the 500 best dishes in New Orleans restaurants. The entire list is here.

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  1. John Winn on January 14, 2014

    You are right, as usual: “best breakfast cafe on the North Shore.” And just about anywhere else for that matter. Debbie and Vincent Riccobono are wonderful owners, the embodiment of hospitality.