The old corner store at the intersection of Burgundy and Mandeville streets in the Marigny has long been home to a coffee shop. It was Marigny Perks for years, it later turned into Coffee Friends and more recently the business became Who Dat Coffee Cafe (2401 Burgundy St., 872-0360).
It still serves as a coffee shop, but owner Craig Nero recently expanded the options, adding dinner four nights a week in a back room that's been dubbed Cafe Nero. With a round of remodeling just wrapped up, Cafe Nero serves dinner Thursday through Sunday, while Who Dat Coffee Cafe's regular breakfast and lunch menu continues daily.
There are ongoing dinner specials, like a surf and turf on Saturday, a rib-eye steak on Thursday and one-off specials such as softshell crab with remoulade. The daily cafe menu includes sandwiches and salads, brunch dishes like eggs Benedict or jalapeno cornbread with eggs, plus a large assortment of muffins, cupcakes and other baked goods arrayed in a collection of heavy glass jars and pie domes lining the service counter.