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The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant Review: The food at The Old Coffee Pot is okay, but the coffee is dependably strong. Think diesel strength, in fact. This French Quarter stalwart keeps alive the tradition of callas, rice cakes with a history that goes back at least 100 years, but now are rarely found. Fried and dusted with powdered sugar, callas may be ordered with pecans, and are served with creamy grits and maple syrup. They make a memorable breakfast or could serve as a starter for one of the kitchen's oversize egg dishes. Breakfast is available until at least 2 p.m. Tourists and conventioneers fill tables in the old building's carriageway and patio seating areas, where they tuck into such lunch and dinner favorites as red beans and rice perked up with ham and herbs. The fine Bloody Marys require a substantial pepper tolerance level, so ask for a mild one if yours is low.