On the Corner of Decatur and Delicious, Welcome to CAFE MASPERO
In the center of the French Quarter of New Orleans there is typically a great deal to see and do. On this specific day near the height of Covid-19 craziness, many restaurants and shops were closed down and it was a somewhat depressing scene. We did however manage to secure a few seats aboard the Natchez for a little steamboat tour for the day, but what ever were we going to have for breakfast? Oh yes…we found breakfast alright.
Café Maspero on Decatur street sits on the corner and opens up to both sides of the street. With all of the open air and the clear dining restrictions in place and being followed properly, there was no better choice for a nice meal to kick off our day in the Quarter. We were hoping to find some decent food to hold us over until we went out to dinner later that night, but we found much more than just decent food in this charming mainstay of The Big Easy.
This cool little spot offered a semi-open kitchen plan and fully visible bar area with many tables for dining in. We got lucky and caught a bit of a somewhat cooler morning in the middle of an otherwise sweltering hot week (if you have not been to New Orleans in July, do yourself a favor and avoid it like the plague) and the cross winds we were being hit with from being surrounded on two sides by open air was quite nice. I guess all that’s left to do is order a breakfast beverage, right?
Chas decided to check out the validity of their Bloody Mary (as he often does) and Chuck went with “The Voodoo Doll”. The Bloody Mary was quite good and the Voodoo Doll was a very sweet concoction of Rum, Banana Liqueur, Blue Curacao and fruit juices that was nice and light for an early day sipper, not to mention the layered colors were beautiful.
For our meals Chas decided to order “The Atchafalaya” and Chuck went with “The Big Breakfast”. The Atchafalaya was definitely a New Orleans original and the first either of us had ever heard of this. It was a three-egg omelet that was stuffed with onions, bell peppers, crawfish stuffing, and then topped with crawfish etouffee. The flavor was very good on the etouffee and the stuffing. Strong Cajun taste, and exactly what you would hope to get when ordering this omelet.
The Big Breakfast was very good and there are a few items that stood out in a major way. Firstly, with this breakfast you get a side of Jambalaya. That was one of the main selling
points for Chuck because he loves jambalaya nearly as much as babies love their mama’s.
What’s more is that this jambalaya just happened to be very good. The layering of the flavors and the time and effort it takes to truly blend them was truly evident when tasting this. Secondly, the buttermilk biscuit that came with this meal was quite possibly the best either of us had ever tasted. That is saying a lot, we have had a lot of real home-made biscuits in our lives…but this was something else. That biscuit had us begging for sausage gravy. That biscuit had us begging for jam. That biscuit had us begging for all fried chicken
establishments in this country to get with the program and step their game up.
All that was left to do was pay the check and of course get some strawberry daiquiris for the road! Nothing like a nice sweet frozen drink with some spirits to tackle walking the quarter in a facemask.
Café Au Yay!
We would really love to go back here once all of the insanity of the virus has ended and see how much energy and excitement surrounds this place. It was a really great meal and enjoyable time but we are willing to bet there is just so much life here when people are allowed to be out and in their element naturally What we can say though is from the solid drinks to the unique omelets to the killer biscuits there is zero doubt…Café Maspero - Didn't Suck!
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