Restaurant news: Bayou Breakfast opens, Breads on Oak expands

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Bayou Breakfast serves breakfast and lunch. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Bayou Breakfast serves breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast and lunch spot Bayou Breakfast (3111 Grand Route St. John; 504-252-9129) is now open.

Derek and Idolka Villavaso opened the restaurant Nov. 1 in the former De Blanc pharmacy off Esplanade Avenue.

The couple also are partners in Frenchman Street restaurant and nightclub Vaso, and say they were inspired to open the cafe after noticing a lack of breakfast options in the area.

“We saw a need and a niche that needed to be filled,” Derek says.

The menu includes omelets, French toast, pancakes and dishes with a strong Southern or Creole twist, such as marinated catfish Benedict, fried lemon-pepper frog legs with cayenne and blue cheese dressing and an alligator and andouille sausage omelet.

Lunch fare includes a small selection of po-boys and salads. Villavaso says they will be applying for a liquor permit and hopes to offer bloody marys and mimosas.

Plans to open a cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar in the Warehouse District also are underway. Villavaso said Joose Heaven will open at 841 Fulton St. within the month.

Bayou Breakfast is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.



Riverbend bakery Breads on Oak (8640 Oak St., 504-324-8271) is expanding, adding additional seating as well as beer and wine to the menu of baked goods and light fare.

Owners Sean and Charmain O’Mahony opened the organic bakery and cafe four years ago and recently obtained a liquor permit. Wines by the glass and beer from NOLA Brewing are available as well as specialty coffee drinks and mimosas made from fresh-squeezed citrus the couple grow.

“There might be a couple of drink specials too. We’ve got so much fresh fruit we just wanted to make sure we take advantage of that,” Charmain says.

The expansion includes a bar overlooking Oak Street.

To kick off the new additions, half-price mimosas will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 8. 


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