Great to get there early and beat the rush for breakfast before going to a Saint’s game. Excellent service and hot food make a snack all you need while watching the game at the dome. Connie and the girls do a great job every day at Central!!!
- Jennifer R.
The atmosphere at Dot’s reminds me of being a kid and going with Mom & Dad to eat. Brings back memories and making new memories with the parents. and the food ain’t bad either.
- Mark T.
What can I say? After a long night out in NoLa and heading out of MSY before noon, , definitely stop by Dot’s on Williams, near the airport. There is actually a lovely lady by the name of Dot at the Diner; she made my day. Our group could have swore that the maple syrup was spiked with whiskey………….. Who knows, but the tasty food and warm service were appreciated and much needed.
- M. Smith
The best way to love what you eat and your time. Dot’s put you in a great mood with great food. A simple diner with one plan in mind. sit down and eat and they have cake.
- B. Davis
Good food, folks, and fun! Everybody knows everybody, and the waitresses always talk to the kids and treat them like they are theirs. They all help each other and that makes things a lot smoother.
- E. Wyatt
Just like the commercials. Food is always and fresh, prepared only when you place your order. Friendly staff, catering to your every need to ensure your dining experience is a pleasant one and that you will come back again. Just like an old time diner where you can relax and enjoy your meal. Very casual.
Dot’s was a great little accidental find! We were on our way to the airport in Kenner, looking for a place to stop for lunch and decided Dot’s looked interesting. Unfortunately, since we were just visiting in the area (live in Colorado) chances are we won’t be back anytime soon. Would certainly recommend to any of our friends or family traveling to the New Orleans area.
As always the food is so good and the service is fast and friendly at Dot’s on Airline. Even though I’m not influenced by Dot’s participation in AAdvantage Dining, it is even better to get points. They give you lots of food for your money and they have never disappointed me with their food or their service.
- Anna D.
We had just left the french quarter and was staying at the Brent House Hotel when we and two other of our motorcycle friends was searching for some place to get a good meal and we headed away from the hotel and found Dots, the staff was super friendly and the service and food was so good, it really hit the spot. When we return to Orleans we will stop by Dots again. The waffle and corned beef hash was better than any I have had anywhere, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH.
- Lonewolf & Baby Wolf
Super friendly staff, warm ambience, classic diner experience with good food prepared well in generous portions. We also appreciated that they used local ingredients such as locally roasted coffee. We were warmly welcomed, and when we left, the entire staff said, Goodbye, have a great day!
This was a late night find (24 hour restaurant) by Labarre Rd. on Jefferson Hwy., that had excellent food and service. There was so much food that we needed a doggie bag to bring the remainder home. A definite diner gem!
- T. Walfast
Not only was this a good experience for eating a quick lunch but by signing up for emails I got a coupon for 50% off next time.
Wow … aside from the delicious, home-style meal and the great atmosphere … little did my daughter and I know what entertainment we’d be in for! As we enjoyed our food, we sat and listened to the “home chatter” between the staff and a few “regulars” … our sides were splitting with laughter! Please, please recognize these wonderful employees of yours at the Williams/Kenner location: Gloria, Terrance, Tremeka and Johnathan. They absolutely made our night … and this will be the only Dot’s we will return to!!! These folks should be on TV!!!
- Cathy Ladd
I loved it! It was very comfortable and affordable! The service was great and the people were very nice! I was just visiting New Orleans so it was great to go somewhere outside of the tourist traps!
- T. Jones
Great, hot cup of coffee and terrific breakfasts any time of day. How more perfect could it be.
- G. Batod
This is the second time reviewing this diner. The location (River Ridge) is excellent as is the staff and food. VERY FRIENDLY and energetic. I will always dine here as the portions are generous and the staff really hustles and the place is slammed with customers often.
- T. Hattchet
After waiting 15 minutes and having eye contact with several employees and still no service we walked out of American Pie and went to your Williams Blvd Store where we were cheerfully greeted by Christy and had a wonderful meal cooked by Tremeka. Every once in a while we have to try the competition just to remind yourself how good Dots really is. Even when they are slammed on a Sunday morning the krewe at the Williams store always greets me with a smile.
I’m sad that my favorite Red White and Blue waffle is now off the menu, but you can still build it by adding the berries separately. Still the best waffle in town. Love the service at this location, very friendly staff. Bacon is perfect, nothing overly-greasy which is a common problem of places like this. Definitely worth the trip.
- Mary W.
My wife & I live close to the Old Jefferson location. We have eaten there several times now and we have found that the food has always been quite good with ample portions at a good price. This location isn’t the best looking but it isn’t trying to be pretentious. It is a diner that serves up classic American food that is to be enjoyed. When my Dad & sis come in on a visit from Atlanta we also go to breakfast at this location of Dot’s. We haven’t had a bad meal there yet. I know when I leave Dot’s I am never hungry again for the rest of the day thanks to the Atkins breakfast and about a gallon of coffee. Ignore the decor and enjoy the food.
- Robert Carver
My experience at Dots Diner was wonderful. We had just spent a very emotional day at Oschsner Hospital, and we all needed to get away. Dots made us feel very welcome and cozy, the warm atmosphere and the staff was incredible. For that moment, we were able to forget our worries and indulge in some awesome home-cooking. We go back at least once a week. It’s become our favorite place to dine.
We keep returning to Dot’s—-food and service are perfect when we work thru the regular dinner time. AND, once again, Rodney the Omelet King is A#1 and how about his pancakes?—-who needs IHOP? If ya haven’t gone to DOT’S yet, give ‘em a try. You’re gonna love the omelets and pancake stacks.
- Marie F.
“Great service and fantastic food!”
- Renea Hulett
“My husband eats breakfast at Dot’s more than he does at home with me. He never has a bad word to say about the food and service. To him, breakfast is the main meal of the day and Dot’s is the best!”
- Linda R. Smith
I love the atmosphere of the place! This was our first time there and if we are in the area again, I would certainly stop again. Their food was great. Their diner has very cheap prices for the amount of food you get. I just loved their pancakes on the griddle.
– Frank J.
We were at Dot’s on the 3rd of July, enjoying our regular meal with the best waitress, BETTY! My Dad (who is 84 years old) loves her and all of the workers on Jefferson Hwy. Even the cooks know my Dad and he gets a kick out of the great service and the warm welcome they give to him each and every time we go to Dots. Awesome people, awesome service on Jefferson Hwy. We could not be more pleased.
Thank you again,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Dining Out Diary – Dot’s Diner
This morning I got up and after dropping MG off at camp I took advantage of the overcast day and headed out to beautiful Lafreniere park for a trot. It was a good workout, but I was STARVING! I knew my friends over at Dot’s Diner would be happy to help me fuel up deliciously and let me tell you, they did NOT disappoint me!
There were a lot of choices, let me tell you! I skipped over the pancakes to look for those cute little pink hearts next to the healthy meals. I am always a sucker for a veggie omelet so I chose the Healthy Heart Veggie Omelet.
I omitted the cheese and opted for some hash browns and wheat toast. I stressed that I needed the hash browns cooked with NO added oil and they were happy to help me with that. Next time I will remember to request my toast with no margarine. Since I am avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup I steered clear of the jelly for my toast but I enjoyed every single bite of this:
It was just DELICIOUS! I ate all of the omelet and most of the hash browns. I left the toast behind because I forgot to bring it home for the puppies and feel so bad for wasting food.
My total for the hash browns and HUGE omelet was only 320 calories. Not too shabby for a meal that really filled me up and fueled me up for the rest of the morning.
The moral of the story is that I feel like I treated myself to a really nice little breakfast out and about but didn’t sacrifice my eating plan – even the hash browns. I am eating them early in the day and using that fuel to push me the rest of my day. You don’t have to sacrifice everything that you love, just adjust the way that you eat a little bit.
Thanks you, Dot’s Diner for a wonderful breakfast and I am SURE that I will see you guys again really soon – I am determined to try some of your healthy lunch and dinner options too! Who knows where this journey will take me eating next?
RIVER RIDGE, FAVORITE LOCAL PLACE TO EAT!!!! LOVE THE STAFF AND KNOW THEM ALL BY NAME!!!!
- Amy A.
Hail Chef! King of the Omelets!
- Michael C.
I’ve noticed that sometimes commercials hype an item or restaurant up, only to have you make a purchase or eat there, steal your hard earned money, and leave you feeling empty (or with indigestion). Since I am well aware of this phenomenon of the advertising world, I make a point to not visit such establishments or purchase such products until I have actually read reviews from those who already have.
That is, until Dot’s Diner. One day on the radio I heard this comforting voice (which to me means the voice of a chain smoking, take no prisoners, matter-of-fact Chalmette grandma, but that’s just how I roll) of an older women telling me “I’m not ya mama, but you’re always at home at Dot’s Diner”. She sounded so fun, and relaxed, and since I am a secret fan of diners (would rather hit up Camellia Grill than Emeril’s, yeah, I know it’s crazy) I always planned to stop there next time I was in the area.
Short Stack had an appointment in New Orleans, so on the way back, Spud suggested we give Dot’s a try, since it was on Hwy 90, on the way home. We pulled into what I thought was a tiny building, hopeful to enjoy some great food and reasonable prices, without being crammed up into a corner booth too small. Once inside, we were greeted and seated at a very roomy booth by a friendly waitress dressed in green for St. Patrick’s Day. Short Stack got a pack of crayons and a coloring book, and Spud ordered his coffee. The menu was full of great breakfast, lunch and dinner options, with super reasonable prices. I ordered a Philly Cheese omelet, Spud the Lumberjack Platter, and Short Stack got, well, the Short Stack with bacon, of course!
The coffee was great, the sweet tea was perfect, and the food….wow, it was fantastic! All fresh, made to order, and piping hot when it hit the table. Short Stack’s pancakes were in the shape of Mickey Mouse, and she gobbled almost all of it up, which is rare for our picky eater. Our portions were enormous, enough to feed two, and I ADORED their hash browns, all crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and well seasoned. I had so much food I could not finish it all, though Spud cleaned his plate, cause he likes a challenge you know. He regretted it later after the carbs hit him…
The service was really great, which is unusual for some places these days, and the waitstaff were attentive without being overly helpful. Refills were steady, and they had folks from all walks of life hanging out, eating, reading the paper, taking advantage of the FREE WIFI inside. The menu is made to order at all hours, and the atmosphere is really serene and friendly, which is so important to our family, as Short Stack’s sensory issues were a non issue there, which is huge.
So, the verdict? Dot’s is a great place to chow down for a great price, and their commercials are actually truthful in what they are selling! Who woulda thunk it? They should totally be on that Food Network show Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives. Thanks Dot’s! I know you aren’t a real person, but we really enjoyed the place anyway!
-Le Creole Mama
I don’t live out that way, in Kenner, any more but enjoy a great breakfast along with being treated like a long time friend!
- Debbie L.
As a resident of New Orleans, breakfast can be had for 99 cents to 99 dollars. Dot’s Diner serves real comfort food, reasonably priced, in an unpretentious 1950s atmosphere. Great food ~ They’ll fill you up and not break your budget. If I lived in Kenner, I’d be a regular visitor. If Dot ever makes it the the French Quarter, they’ll be overwhelmed with business.
- Jason I.
Those banana pancakes and veggie hash browns are amazing! So is the service at Dots by Central.
- Lisa T.
My girlfriend Dottie and I came to New Orleans to celebrate her birthday. We were just tickled to discover Dots Diner on her birthday, so of course we had to stop. All told, we visited three times during our trip and the food was always wonderful and the service superb. Of course, we also loaded up on t-shirts, mugs and a hat. We’d especially like to thank Cindy and Gloria who went out of their way to give us great service and treated us just like family.
- Mike and Dottie Starr
We are always looking for food late on Saturday night. At Dot’s Diner everyone can get the kinds of foods they are looking for…….breakfast, sandwiches, appetizers, etc.. It’s our kind of place!
This is the 2nd visit in about 4 days. The first visit, my husband and I were very tired and just wanted to go get something to eat and get back home. I had shrimp po-boy. With the current cost of veggies, imagine my glee when I had crisp lettuce and fresh tomato slices on my sandwich. Today I had the good old fashion hamburger. Excellent texture of meat with just the right thickness. And, once again fresh tomato slices and crisp lettuce.
But what I am writing about today is not just the great food. My husband was working on a new blackberry and getting information from his 2 month old iPhone. Calls were coming in and we were busy checking internet. I asked the waitress if it was okay for us to sit for a little bit. She cheerfully smiled and said, “Sure”. But better than that, as we worked on the few glitches we were experiencing, our waitress continued to fill out glass with the wonderful tea and as I like it, lots of ice. So, this afternoon DOTS was our office away from office. And, this hospitality was so much appreciated.
Finally, I could write a book on the neat way that Dots is decorated so that you feel like you are in the cafeterias of the 50′s. But I will save those thoughts for another time.
-Deb K Oller
My wife needed a night out while we were staying at the Hope Lodge on River St. She was to go into the hospital on St. Charles Street for the 1st of a series of surgeries. Within walking distance was a little oasis of Americana, Dot’s Diner. We were both pretty hungry from getting settled after flying in from Spokane, WA the day before. The portions were immense, and extremely tasty. I would venture to say that the chicken fried steak was the best I’ve ever had, and I have had a few few in my 50 years. We are heading out there tomorrow for the last of the series, and I am looking forward to having at least one more CFS in Dot’s, it is just a shame it may be my last one.
- Aaron & Rose Watson
My husband, my Daddy, and I traveled to New Orleans this past weekend from Pinson, Alabama. We stopped at the Dot’s Diner in Kenner and ate breakfast the first day. The staff was wonderful – friendly, warm and welcoming. The food was excellent so we returned the following 2 days. It appeared many of the customers were regulars. Eating at Dot’s Diner was a real treat!
- Linda Johnson
This isn’t the first time we have visited Dots, my wife and I are in our 70s and very choosy about where we eat. Dots will always be our number one place to eat. The food is great and the prices, oh man, they are the cheapest anywhere. I mean, we go in and get food that we still bring home leftovers. If there is a better place to eat, we sure haven’t found it yet. Also, the waitresses are the most polite, they are never in too big a hurry to say hello and they are very patient that in itself is what makes for a friendly atmosphere. Every time we go to your city we will stop and enjoy a very good meal. Thanks for being you Dot!
- Leo and Eleanor Kling
A simply marvelous, authentic hometown diner experience. The food was terrific, outdone only by the service delivered by three incredibly friendly, boisterous, kookie local ladies who made us feel so at home. If my daughter ends up at Tulane (which was the reason for our visit), I will be a regular diner at Dot’s for certain. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
My job requires me to travel. You wind up in a new city – maybe for a few months or like this assignment… three years. You have to find a new church, your bank and where you want to eat. This makes you feel alone and sometimes lonely as you wind up doing most everything by yourself. But it has great blessings to. I found Dots when on a Sunday morning the restaurants I had been going to were closed. Denny’s went out of business. Rick’s went out of business. I started going down Williams looking for a breakfast place. I went in, ate, and left never to come back. Not for any particular reason. Food was ok but nothing to draw you back. Then 4 Sundays later (and four restaurants) it was Dots turn to be tried. I came in, the place was packed. People were laughing, the cooks were conversing with the customers making sure everything was good, and the waitresses treated you like you were their new best friend. I didn’t know who she was, but I kept hearing Karen laugh and it was difficult not to laugh with her (trying to be polite as she was talking to someone else). I sat at a table and when so many people were coming in I got up and moved to the counter. I was amazed at Karen’s reaction. When I left, I didn’t have the usual feeling of being embarrassed eating alone…I left wanting to come back and found it sat the day for me to have a great day. Since then, every Sat and Sun I come back, eat breakfast, and leave blessed from laughter. I have brought several friends in that have come to visit me and they have thoroughly enjoyed it. This week my two best friends from high school are coming down. My first thought for Saturday was to start off at Dot’s with them.
At this time, I have been told that the end of October I will be transferred to my next project…location unknown. This time, being transferred it is like leaving “family” instead of just leaving another town/city. All the girls at Dots are amazing. When I came in this morning, one of the gals saw me walk in and said “do you want your usual?” It will be sad to leave. I know customers come and go and the girls and cooks are there to get ‘em in and get ‘em out, but thank you to Dots for helping me feel like I belonged. It was like being home. God’s blessings to all of you. You have blessed me so much.