Elizabeth “Betsy” McDaniel was killed in a home invasion in the New Orleans suburb of Marrero in the Spring of 2008. Bryant Boudoin was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.
Miss Betsy’s murder gripped New Orleans as she was not only the owner of the restaurant but a popular waitress who was always hustling short stacks and cups of coffee around her old school eatery’s dining room.
A portrait of McDaniel holds sway over the restaurant she founded in 1986.It’s Sunday morning and 90 percent of the eaters at Betsy’s have short stacks, scrambled eggs and sides of bacon in front of them. But we’re only in it of the po boys so we ask after a BLT on a French loaf.
$5.25 is the tariff.
A once-fresh New Orleans French loaf swaddles a goodly handful of crispy bacon strips and shards. We suspect the grill cook reached down, grizzly bear-style and just sort of pawed through a lexan of bacon and gathered what he could. The bread is cold. Pickles, as they should, come on the side. Mayo, lettuce and tomato complete the picture.Betsy’s is packed as we drift off to reverie. For over 20 years Miss Betsy got up at 4am to prepare for a hard day of waitressing and counting down cash tills. She loved feeding people and New Orleans loved her as is evidenced by the land office business her old joint is still doing nearly a decade after her passing.
Betsy’s Pancake House
2542 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana
telephone (504) 822-0214
Hours of operation