Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in New Orleans and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Café du Monde thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mother's, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.
The Grill Room
Inviting and elegant, this hotel dining room is a jewel in the Windsor Court Hotel's crown. Adorned with flowers, graceful chandeliers, rich materials, and focal-point murals, the Grill is New Orlean's one of only two Mobil Four Star-accredited restaurants. The cuisine changes seasonally but features incredible dishes like grilled foie gras and lobster, panko crusted veal chops, and a Gulf seafood stew. Top them off with milk chocolate ganache or passion fruit chiboust. (504-522-1992, 504-523-6000)
Café du Monde
Café du Monde is a pilgrimage for some and a true "N'Awlins" experience for others. A French Market landmark, the café is renowned for its beignets, which are fried dough covered with powdered sugar. Since opening in 1862, Café du Monde has been the spot locals and tourists flock to for savory chicory coffee, café au lait and light pastry desserts. All can be enjoyed while soaking in the foot traffic of Jackson Square while sitting at the café. (504-525-4544, 800-772-2927)
As the name implies, this elegant restaurant specializes in prime rib with a Creole twist. In addition to the rib, the lamb and fowl are delicious, and all of the meats are cooked on one of the few French rotisseries in the country. The menu also has a selection of seafood dishes. Diners get plenty of sunlight and a great view of Royal Street through the restaurant's large French doors. Champagne jazz brunch served on Sundays. (504-529-7046, 504-529-5333)
PJ's has gained a reputation throughout the south, and expecially in N.O. for its winning coffee joints. Colorful attractive interiors, comfy furnishings and WiFi make this hangout a popular choice. (504-525-0522)
Angeli On Decatur
Craving a light and healthy supper after a long day of sightseeing? Try Angeli on Decatur, located directly in the middle of the French Quarter. Their long hours, huge portions and reasonable prices have made them a local favorite. They make a fabulous thin crust pizza – try the Mystical, which is topped with roasted garlic, goat cheese, onions and sun-dried tomatoes. If you are too tired to leave your hotel room, take advantage of Angeli's local delivery service. (504-566-0077)
Mother's has been a New Orleans tradition since the 1940's and it is still creating happy customers today. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast or a "meat and three" for supper and don't mind standing in line, this cafeteria-style eatery is sure to please. And do not miss the po' boys – natives claim Mother's sells the definitive version of the popular sandwich. Also a winner: the New Orleans style, chicory-flavored coffee. (504-523-9656)
For over 60 years this coffee shop has been feeding revelers from the nearby clubs and bars. Breakfast is served round-the-clock in case you sleep through the more conventional serving hours. If you are more in the mood for dinner food, try a burger – Clover Grill grills them up great! Follow your meal with the lemon icebox pie. (504-598-1010)
To say the reopening of Brennan's Restaurant on Royal Street caused a stir is like saying New Orleanians want the Saints to win the Super Bowl. Probably one of the most anticipated openings in a while, the $20 million redo of the storied restaurant is nothing short of stunning. Still pink - although more peachy than flamingo, the restaurant's classic bones have been enhanced with a gorgeously appointed new bar, a new kitchen with a portal on the street for a peek at the action and upstairs private dining rooms to fit any occasion. The courtyard seats 60 in a garden setting, soon to be sporting a fountain. There's an excellent wine and champagne list as well as specialty cocktails created by bar chef Lu Brow.
Chef Slade Rushing has kept many of the Brennan's classics (turtle soup, eggs sardou, praline bread pudding) along with a strong showing of modern Creole and even globally flavored dishes, like a Two Run Farms lamb burger with Spanish blue cheese, pompano a la plancha and fried Mississippi rabbit with creamed collards and eggs over easy. A three course breakfast and lunch is available, along with bar snacks in the $13-$20 range. Nothing cheap about this place, and the dress code is all business, nothing casual, but it's all part of the experience.
And yes, you can still get bananas foster tableside for dessert. (504-525-9711)
Royal Blend Coffee & Tea Company
With medium and dark roast coffees, and herbal teas on tap, this is a popular French Quarter shop. The Royal Blend is quite aristocratic. The menu features a variety of drink options and includes dessert coffees ranging from flavored choices like Bananas Foster to creamy apricot. Drinkers can buy by the cup or order a few pounds to carry home. There is also a food menu that includes breakfast quiches and a selection of sandwiches for lunch. But it's the java and tea leaves that keep patrons coming back to the Royal Blend. The decor is cozy and features an enclosed courtyard with ponds and fountains. (504-523-2716)
Within the InterContinental New Orleans is one of the city's most spacious and airy dining rooms. White linens, abundant greenery, and high ceilings provide the backdrop for a menu of Cajun and Creole fare. Breakfast and brunch buffets are popular during the week, and Sunday's jazz brunch is a well-attended event, courtesy of great food, incredible music, and a nip or two of champagne. (504-525-5566)