Nestled between a busy stretch of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and the medical district surrounding East Jefferson General Hospital, The Breakroom Cafe (3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607) is a good place to pick up a quick cup of coffee and breakfast on the way to a doctor's appointment or take a break from the bustle of nearby shopping centers.
"It kind of has a nice coffee shop/cafe feel to it," says owner Dan Greenbaum. "During the day you can either grab-and-go or have a sit-down breakfast."
Before opening the cafe in October, Greenbaum owned Mark Twain's Pizza Landing in Old Metairie. Many of the items Greenbaum made at Mark Twain's, such as traditional New Orleans muffulettas and roast beef po-boys, appear on Breakroom's menu. Those sandwiches are made with homemade olive salad and roast beef, respectively. "We make our own roast," Greenbaum says. "You would be surprised by how many places don't make their own."
The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and menu dishes run the gamut from breakfast items to hearty sandwiches. Rounding out the menu are both sweet and savory specialties like Belgian waffles, breakfast burritos and deli-style sandwiches with high-quality cuts of meat, soups and salads, and off-the-menu specials like chicken Parmesan.
Greenbaum says the cafe "started as a deli, but it seems like people wanted a little bit more." A coffee lover himself, Greenbaum decided to include an expansive offering of coffee and espresso drinks from Coffee Roasters of New Orleans. Besides Ethiopian and Sumatran brews, Breakroom offers flavored blends like bananas Foster and double French vanilla. The cafe also serves cakes, pastries and other desserts from La Louisiane Bakery.
After working for Mark Twain's Pizza Landing for 21 years and eventually owning the restaurant, Greenbaum is happy to get back into the food business with his new solo venture.
"For years, a lot of people would come up to me and say 'Are you going to open up anything?'" he says. "Now I have an answer for them."