Rue De La Course

217 N. Peters St

When my beloved Kaldi's Coffe House on Decatur Street closed, I never thought I'd find a suitable replacement.

Then I found Rue, sweet Rue.

I love this place, and you can find me there at least for an hour or two on almost any given day. I'm not kidding.

Here's why:

- Great, casual, non-corporate atmosphere.

- Smoke friendly. They not only let you smoke in this place, the smoking section is actually BIGGER than the nonsmoking. As it should be. Truly, it irritiates me to no end how every other coffee house on earth seems unable to GET the fact that caffeine and nictotine should never, ever be seperated. Rue understands.

- Computer friendly. This is no trendy "cyber" hole by any means, but most of the tables at Rue have conveniently located outlets if you happen to have a laptop and want to plug in. This is one of the reasons I'm there so much - I get a LOT of work done.

- Crispin the Manager, and the rest of the staff: genuinely pleasant. This is a highly unusual occurence in the Coffee House Universe. No pouty slackers here, just friendly, competent workers doing a job well done. Well, except for that one mean girl, but hey, no place is perfect.

The absolute best place to take a load off when you need a break from your French Quarter explorations.

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