Hop on the St Charles streetcar and ride all the way out to Carrollton to the Camellia Grill. The streetcar stops right out front of this mini southern plantation look alike.
When we arrived midmorning there was a short line and we waited for about 15 minutes before getting inside the door where you are directed to one of the booth-style seats around the outer edge of "the eating counter" for another short wait. We were then "called" to our spots at the stools and counter by our white jacketed waiter Leon. All the waiters and cooks are black gentlemen adorned in white waiter jackets, giving the diner a sense of southern genteel and hospitality.
The entire place only seats about 25-30 people all around a continuous dining counter in the shape of 2 U's. The cooking area is along the back wall and all open so you watch the chefs at work.
Each person has a separate ticket onto which the order is marked and then the fun begins. During our visit, there were about 6 other people seated at the same time. Once all the drinks were doled out and the orders taken, Leon started into a menagerie of undistinguishable southern lingo, calling the orders at once, out to Joe the grill chef. It was great and we didn't understand a word he was saying, but soon Joe had the food churning out a plate at a time and in no certain order whatsoever. All the time Leon continued with a continuous line of blarney and humorous anecdotes to the customers, other waiters and chefs alike. It was great fun joining in on the litany of antics!
I noticed a painting on the wall of a familiar chef in a checked tam hat with checkered pants. This was our chef Joe, much younger, and for 26 years employed there at the Camellia Grill, still wearing the same outfit! Our waiter Leon had been there 10 years.
I had the pancakes and bacon and hubby ordered the chili omelet. We split a piece of pecan pie that was heated on the grill after being brushed with butter...Yummy! I must say, that the other food was only mediocre, but the prices were cheap and the experience priceless!
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