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The Ruby Slipper Cafe Restaurant Review: Nothing much ever changes at Ruby Slipper, and regular customers like it that way. This tiny neighborhood joint on a side street in Mid-City, just behind the landmark Mandina's restaurant, is worth finding for such quality morning fare as Gulf shrimp omelets, breakfast sandwiches with peppery sausage made by a nearby local butcher, and plate-size pancakes with fresh fruit. Lunch has a smattering of specials and sandwiches, but weekend brunch is the main attraction. Local baker Leslie Manuel uses the kitchen at night for her own dessert and pastry catering operation and in return provides the café with fresh biscuits, cupcakes and jars of scones and biscotti. On Sundays during football season, the dining room is a rare, kid-friendly, smoke-free haven in which to enjoy a hearty brunch and watch a game with a Bloody Mary or Abita beer. Be prepared to wait for a table on weekends, especially, but once you get in, be good to yourself and order Ruby’s crab cakes, made from all Louisiana crab (only available when crabs are in season). Also located downtown at 200 Magazine St., 504-525-9355.