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Slim Goodies Diner: New Orleans storm staple

  • One of the first restaurants to open after Katrina, now feeding New Orleans post Isaac
  • Owner relied on customers to use the 'honor system' to pay for breakfast

We had just finished getting poured on during our Isaac reporting for Morning Express, and were not due back on the air until Evening Express.  Producer Alex Walker, photographer Jeremy Moorhead and I were absolutely starving, and every restaurant in the city we spotted was shuttered tighter than my water-logged wallet.  The cookie from the hotel where we stayed had apparently worn off.

We started driving west towards the Garden District and finally found the only joint open for food in the whole area, "Slim Goodies," and a line was forming to get in. We parked, stowed our gear, and dodged traffic to get across the street.  We waited on line for a few minutes when a lady yelled from behind the kitchen counter deep inside, "Grab a seat anywhere! Clean the table!  And if you can't find a seat, then make new friends and join 'em!"  It turns out she was the owner, Kappa Horn, and she was great.

We found ourselves immersed in bottomless cups of coffee and water in a matter of minutes, followed by a huge shot of eggs, bacon and hash browns.  All for five dollars (cash placed in a bucket on the honor system).  And when we heard Horn shout to one of her customers, "Hey, bus your own table before you leave" Jeremy knew we had to get her story.  It's amazing.  Check it out.

*Wake up to HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen's forecast every day on Morning Express with Robin Meade.  Follow him on Twitter: @BobVanDillen.

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