Thursday, February 9, 2012

Refuel Cafe in New Orleans

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Whenever I'm in New Orleans, I make a point to have breakfast at Refuel Cafe at least once during my trip. Ever-charming proprietor Guthrie bravely opened the doors to Refuel only months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.

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He more than met his goal to offer gourmet coffee and delicious entrees to the neighbors in the River Bend district who are "hungry for something light, fresh, and different."

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I have no problem getting a table during the week and off hours...

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...when there's no line,

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...but on the weekends, I am prepared to stand in line...

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...and wait for a table.

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My patience is rewarded with a delicious frothy cappuccino ...

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...and I am reminded why Yelp reviewers declare the grits and cheese as the best in town. 

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When I asked Guthrie whether he will share his secret to cooking grits, he cheerfully replied  "It's no secret, you just have to start the slow-cooked grits at four in the morning."

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That's what I call a labor of love. 

The menu features other tantalizing dishes that are both savory...

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...and sweet.

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Refuel is located just around the corner from The Camellia Grill on South Carrollton and a brief walk from the St. Charles trolley stop at Fern Street.

8124 Hampson Street • At the Riverbend • NOLA • 504.872.0187
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 7am-2pm • Saturday and Sunday Brunch 8:30am-2pm
If you decide to visit Refuel, please be sure to tell Guthrie that Dutchbaby sent you.
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