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The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant Review: The Old Coffee Pot is one of those reliable standby restaurants where you know you can always get a decent meal, but it won’t be a standout. While the food is okay, the coffee is dependably strong. Think diesel strength, in fact. At this French Quarter stalwart make sure to have callas, the now rarely found New Orleans specialty rice cakes with a history going back at least 100 years. 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 served 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.