Worth The Walk
Our group of 4 hiked from the B & B near Audubon Park to this little oasis for a late night bite.
On a hot summer night, we tripped along dark, root-buckled sidewalks and worked up a good appetite. The pink glowing neon was a welcoming sight!
A Seat at the Counter
We arrived before 10 pm, which is late for a dinner crowd, but early for the later-night-munchie-crowd. Good timing since they only have one snaking counter for dine-in customers.
There was seating along the wall with signs to show customers to sit in order to wait for seating. That made us appreciate the fact we found 4 stools together.
Camellia's is known for their friendly, playful service since they opened on Carrolton Avenue, along the St Charles Streetcar line in 1946. Hurricane Katrina caused them to close their doors in 2005, but saddened diner fans plastered the doors with signs and cards until it reopened in 2007.
Harry Tervalon, Sr., the first hired waiter in 1946, cut the ribbon for the reopening. Our server, Dennis posed with a a fellow server and a bottle of hot sauce. He hadn't worked quite as long as Harry, but he was pretty darn delightful... especially the way he fanned out the partially unwrapped straws to us!
Our Counter Corner
One more pic to show the fine counter and pink walls and our group. The Mickey Mouse wall clock and floral prints worked well with the pink.
We ordered a good variety. Dennis steered me away from my first sandwich choice and my Reuben sandwich was excellent. Don's burger came with an egg on it!
Gumbo and a Fleur de Lis!
Chali ordered a big bowl of gumbo.
I made sure to catch this side of Dennis in the photo, so you can see his awesome fleur de lis design!
Scott got Lily's Chicken Strips, which came with fries and gravy, as well as a delectable serving of Corn MacQue Chox.
By the time we were about to head out, the place was filling up with an eclectic mix of young and old, dressed up and dressed down folks.
I made sure to take a trip to the restroom since Chali had gone before and said it was a real adventure. My journey took me right through the working kitchen and upstairs through another kitchen! Too fun! Next time I'm going to save room for pecan pie!
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The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.