I think I've discovered a new "happy place" for breakfast. The Gumbo Diner on Seawall has a Creole/Cajun flavor that friends have recommended. We decided to head over on a Saturday morning for some breakfast.
The place was crowded as we arrived. We were greeted quickly and led to a table with a great view of the Gulf, not difficult because they all have a great view. The atmosphere reflected what you would expect at a typical "diner" with upbeat music in the background and a comfortably casual ambience.
The marquee out front advertises beignets so we ordered some to enjoy with our coffee. The breakfast treats arrived quickly for a sweet snack with flavor equal to those in New Orleans. Our coffee was appropriately dark roast and came with real half & half rather than an artificial creamer.
Menu choices cover most anything you could want: several egg dishes, waffles, pancakes, and biscuits and gravy. Two house specials were huevos rancheros and a seafood omelet with shrimp, crab, and crawfish. Such choices!
My companion ordered the two-egg breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and grits, and substituted biscuits for toast. She claimed the grits were "real" and were topped with butter-not-margarine, the eggs were creamy and tender and the best she has had in ages, and the bacon was perfectly crispy. I could not resist the seafood omelet, but added a ham steak just in case I was still hungry. The omelet was delicious but heavy on the crawfish so be sure you enjoy that flavor. The ham steak was generously sized although a little more processed than I would have desired. Biscuits seemed homemade and were satisfying.
Despite the crowd we did not feel rushed, and service was very good indeed as the place was well staffed. The Diner serves lunch and dinner as well, and if their other dishes are as tasty as breakfast, you'll enjoy any meal you have in this family-friendly eatery.