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The New New Orleans, take 2

Went to the Camellia Grill this morning.  It is, quite literally at the foot of the Harbor Bridge as you travel east from Fort Walton Beach as you enter Destin.  Right next to it is Pat O'Brien's, which was fortunately closed at 8am in the morning.

The owners have indeed gone through great lengths to recreate the atmosphere of the old place, and they succeeded.  Other than the sights and sounds of Destin Harbor outside the windows, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference that much.  And the old traditions are there, from the shining of the silverware to the opening of your straws before offering them to you.  The menus look identical to the old place, with the only change being the location listed as Destin.  As for the food...

I warned folks that the omelets were huge, and they were indeed.  They measure close to a foot from one side to the other and about 3 inches across.  As for myself, I ordered a waffle (always a good thing) with sausage (nice and spicy) and a side bowl of grits (yes, the spoon stands up when you put it in.  Just right.)  The pricing is reasonable for the breakfast, and all were nice and full after.  Coffee is Community Coffee, and the coffee drinkers were wired after the second cup.  *chuckle*

All in all, it works.  It's a nice little slice of New Orleans for those who want a taste of the old place.  You can't ask for much more... well, you could, but you'd have to go downstairs to Commander's Palace.  *gryn*

Here's a few shots:  One of the exterior


And the famous menu:                         


The crew hard at work:                       


And a couple of salty sea dogs:             


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mshollie
May. 10th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
infrogmation and I go to the Camellia Grill in NOLA every once in a while. Is good. Haven't had an omelet there, though. Do try their mocha freeze. It's excellent.

Thanks for the pics.
infrogmation
May. 10th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Camelia Grill Conquers Florida
Do they offer a burger patty with red beans on Mondays only?
aeb
May. 11th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Wow. That looks like a really nice restaurant. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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