Thursday, February 9, 2012

Refuel Cafe in New Orleans

DSC06505 Refuel Coffee & Nosh

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."

DSC06504 Refuel Breakfast Menu

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. 

DSC06503 Refuel breakfast

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.


Ruth said...

Hallelujah. I feel full just eating up your photos of the place. But even so, I'd love to join you there for a cappuccino, one of the Benedict thingies, and a cinnamon roll.

Jeannette StG said...

This makes me hungry! Can tell you had a good time there!

Kala said...

These photos make me want to fly out to New Orleans to eat at this place!

Ginnie said...

If you don't mind, I'd love to be at the same table with you and Ruth. Wouldn't that be fun!!!

Sue A said...

that looks gorgeous.... next time I'm passing, it will definitely be on the itinerary!

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh I wish I could be sitting at one of the tables at Refuel tomorrow morning. Everything looks delicious.

Vagabonde said...

These grits and cheese sound delish… I hope this is not too far from your family’s hotel – we won’t have a car and will have to maneuver with the baby stroller. I guess I need to start dieting… The food in that restaurant really look tasty.

Relyn Lawson said...

I've just eaten dinner and you've still managed to make me hungry.

rochambeau said...

THanks for sharing! I WANT TO GO!!
This is a wonderful post, a great review! Nice photos too!! But, the worst thing is that now, I'm hungry.
Hopefully you and I will go together to Refuel!!


Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ruth,
Oh how much you and I would have in NOLA! Good call on the cappuccino. As you can see, I woofed mine down in no time flat.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear jeannette,
Yes, I always have a great time in New Orleans!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
It would be worth the trip!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
Please pull up a chair. It would be a blast!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Sue A,
I hope it will be soon!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
I assure you that everything tastes as good as it looks!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Vagabonde,
The grits and cheese are absolutely scrumptious. You can either take a cab or the trolley to Refuel Cafe. I hope we can go there next month.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
Sorry about that :-)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance,
Yes, let's go!

Ignacio said...


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