500BestSquareRed Beans And Rice, Hot Sausage @ Camellia Cafe

These two neighborhood cafes take a back seat to nobody else on the North Shore when it comes to serving the basic New Orleans blue plates. These red beans are fist-class–especially the ones they serve from the mini-buffet offered at lunchtimes. I disdain buffets, but sitting on a steam table for a few hours actually improves red beans. You can have them, with fried chicken on Monday, or almost anything else. The most unusual item is the red bean and ham omelette they serve at breakfast. It’s so much better than you might think that you will think about it from then on.

Red beans with hot sausage and cornbread

Red beans with hot sausage and cornbread

Camellia Cafe. Slidell: 525 Gause Blvd West. 985-649-6211.

Camellia Cafe. Abita Springs: 69455 LA 59. 985-809-6313. This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.

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