Louisiana Eats: Champions Of Breakfast

Breakfast at the Original Ruby Slipper Cafe    INFROGMATION / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Breakfast at the Original Ruby Slipper Cafe

INFROGMATION / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

First, we speak with John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has earned the title of "Big Bad Chef" at his revered restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. John tells us tall tales from his breakfast joint in Oxford, Mississippi.

Next, we experience breakfast after midnight at the 24-hour Trolley Stop Cafe, an Uptown New Orleans institution that attracts early birds and night owls alike.

Then, Jennifer Weishaupt tells us the story behind her New Orleans breakfast phenomenon, the Ruby Slipper Cafe.  Based on a teenage girl's reference to New Orleans as "OZ and everywhere else as just Kansas," the Ruby Slipper has since grown to include eight locations in the Gulf South with a dazzling selection of breakfast specialties and cocktails.

Finally, we have breakfast in the French tradition at the Crepe Cart. A staple at New Orleans' French Market, the Crepe Cart serves up authentic crepes both sweet and savory -- and all on wheels! We speak with co-owners and operators Tracy Kish and Samantha Saliter at their magical cart.

Wake up and smell the coffee – it’s breakfast time on this week’s Louisiana Eats!  

Hollandaise Sauce


Yields ½ cup




1 egg yolk

juice of 1 fresh lemon

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted


In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the egg yolk and lemon juice before putting on a medium heat.  Then, over a medium heat, continue whisking until the mixture turns a pale yellow and has thickened to the proper texture.  Add the hot, melted butter in a thin stream, whisking continuously.  Serve immediately or keep warm in the top of a double boiler.