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New place on the Westbank

Westbank girl | Apr 5, 2004 01:42 AM

There's a rather new coffee shop on the Westbank, not far from the bridge on Gen DeGaulle, Crescent Coffee Cafe. It's been open since mid January. I believe the location may be jinxed. Several former restaurants have failed at this location: Pelican's Roost, and Lone Star Steakhouse to name a few. Been there on five different occasions. The first time was just for coffee, but we couldn't pass up the cheesecake and carrot cake, which were both really good. We went again for breakfast and had to get to go boxes since we ordered the large order of pancakes which came with a biscuit or toast, and sausage or bacon, all of which was very good, we just didn't expect the pancakes and biscuit to be so big. Next trip was for coffee and peanut butter pie, which was also good. Our fourth trip was a Friday evening outing for fried shrimp plate with potato salad for me and hubby got the fried oysters with potato salad. I must admit, even though I'm not an oyster lover, I tried the oysters and they were actually better than my shrimp. More recently I went for lunch and ordered the bbq chicken (1/2 of a chicken) with macaroni and cheese. When the plate came to the table, I thought they had made a mistake. There was also a large scoop of potato salad. All this for $6.95. Needless to say I had lunch for the following day. I don't know if it's the norm, or just that we seem to go there when nobody else is there, but there's never more than two other tables occupied. For the price, it's a great value, and the service it friendly and quick. They have a special plate lunch/dinner everyday for $6.95 ($7.95 on Fridays), and the rest of the menu includes wraps of different kinds, sandwiches, salads, and a soup of the day. I can't wait to go back to try one of the sandwiches or wraps. The only problem I've had so far is twice I ordered iced tea which had an off taste, and had it replaced with a diet coke. With so few eateries in the Algiers area, I'd hate to see this one close.

The same owners own the meat market adjoining. I picked up two t-bones one evening on my way home and threw them on the grill. While not as good as something from a really good steakhouse, these were tender, and at $3.99 lb, beat the price at Winn Dixie.

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