Eat & Drink

Betsy's Pancake House

2542 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA 70119

Restaurant Review

Why It's Essential

Betsy's is a neighborhood cafe specializing in breakfast, but with a substantial lunch menu, too. It's a diner in the Southern style, serving the basic breakfast combos. The pancakes (as long as you stick with the standards) are well-made, and the eggs are prepared to order. The main appeal for a lot of people is inexpensiveness. A breakfast combo begins at just under $6 for eggs, bacon, grits and toast.


After over two decades as an ordinary breakfast and lunch joint in Lower Mid-City, Betsy's became one of many businesses that got a new lease on life after Hurricane Katrina. The worn-out greasy spoon was forced by the storm's flood to renovate. When it reopened, there was rejoicing in the streets. Both the staff and customers had a much brighter attitude. Three years later, disaster struck again, when owner Betsy McDaniel was murdered in her home. Anyone who had ever eaten there--plus many more--reacted by coming in even more often. All this has made Betsy's a better restaurant, and an example of how we overcome misfortune.

Dining Room

The dining room is one long space with as many tables as will fit, with big windows and a bright, clean aspect. Most of the servers have been on this floor for a long time, and know most of the customers by name.

For Best Results

Stay within the limitations of a low-end diner, and you should do all right. Don't come in a big hurry. And for goodness sake, don't sit down until the table has been cleaned!

Bonus Information

Attitude 1
Environment 0
Hipness 0
Local Color 3
Service 1
Value 0
Wine 0