The Ruby Slipper Café
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes – Applewood Smoked Bacon
The Peacemaker Benedict – Half Shrimp Boogaloo with Taso, Fried Green Tomatoes and Coubon Sauce / Half Cochon with slow-cooked Apple-Cider Braised Pork Debris with Hollandaise over Buttermilk Biscuits with a Poached Egg
Bananas Foster Pain Perdu – French Bread-French Toast, Rum Flambéed Bananas & Raisins, Applewood Smoked Bacon
Buttermilk Biscuit with Maple Butter
With three New Orleans locations plus restaurants in Pensacola Florida and Orange Beach Alabama, The Ruby Slipper Café promises diners a worthwhile breakfast, brunch or lunch of Southern Staples reinvented, the popular Magazine Street location proving decent, if not memorable, in a city with no lack of great alternatives available.
Attached to The Pelham Hotel, though not affiliated in any perceivable way aside from sharing a restroom, The Ruby Slipper Café is a family owned and operated restaurant known mostly for its encouragement of day drinking and hearty plates of comfort food intended to accompany it, the ever bustling space often featuring waits of up to an hour on weekends, though the ‘nowait’ app has recently given diners the ability to check-in online and spend their wait checking out downtown New Orleans shops or looking for parking spaces.
Seated at the center of a room completely packed at 9am on a Tuesday, the father & daughter pair to our right a stark contrast to a quartet of Seahawks fans sporting a two-day hangover just a few tables to the left, it was with greetings from a friendly server that orders were placed for three plates, one side and two coffees, the roast from French Truck smooth and lightly floral but nearly impossible to have refilled without repeated requests.
Turning away incomplete parties, though happy to let singles or those waiting for others belly up to the bar, it was after perhaps twenty minutes of chatting and listening to music play over the din that plates arrived from the kitchen, a quick look at the Pancakes immediately raising suspicion that someone had ordered poorly, doughy bites not dissimilar from Bisquick not seeing the minimal amount of Cream Cheese Frosting or Artificial Maple Syrup do the item any favors.
Finding the biscuit to be better than some, though not as well laminated as many of the best, it was onward to better things that the meal progressed as plates were shared amongst us, the ability to mix n’ match The Ruby Slipper’s two most popular Benedicts a welcome option that showed both to be well crafted with preference for the tender roast Pork, a pile of custardy Pain Perdu nonetheless stepping up to steal the spotlight with a generous helping of Bananas Foster Sauce infused with Rum and plump Raisins.