10 Best Places to Experience New Orleans Brunch Culture

Beth D'Addono

By , Local Expert, New Orleans
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Sunday Jazz Brunch, Champagne Brunch, courtyards, stand-up bass players and make-your-own Bloody Mary stands; brunch in New Orleans is a longstanding tradition that makes weekends special. After a late night listening to music on Frenchmen Street,  brunch, with accompanying Mimosas and Bloody Mary's is just the ticket.

Most brunches start around 10 am and last til 2, so the hungry traveler will have plenty of time to stumble out of bed and walk/streetcar to the nearest establishment. The drinks are one thing, the food is another. New Orleans is known for its culinary creativity and love of seafood. Brunch menus will be packed...  Read more »

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    Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

    This family-owned cafe in the Seventh Ward dishes downhome goodness and some of the best fried chicken in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "The brunch buffet is one tasty bargain but if you want a Bloody Mary, bring your own, Li'l Dizzy's doesn't have a bar. "

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    Dante's Kitchen

    Dante's Kitchen offers the quiet, quaint atmosphere that a relaxing brunch requires. The revolving menu ensures you never eat the same thing twice.

    Local Expert Tip: "Head to Dante's if your idea of brunch is heading to Grandma's house, and Grandma is a world class cook with an ever-changing menu."

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    Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar

    Magazine Street and brunch go hand in hand. Surrey's is the preeminent brunch spot on the famed New Orleans strip.

    Local Expert Tip: "Surrey's is great for people who shy away from pre-noon alcohol intake. They serve delicious freshly squeezed juice and shots of wheat grass. "

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    Court of Two Sisters

    The Court of Two Sisters has racked up the hardware, winning the "Best Brunch" award from Southern Living and New Orleans Magazine, among others.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you require fresh air when blending meals, the super spacious courtyard of this delicious brunch hub will suit your needs."

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    Many NOLA establishments claim a Jazz brunch, yet offer sub-standard performers. Cafe Atchafalaya schedules top name New Orleans Acts to play theirs.

    Local Expert Tip: "You come here if you like your Jazz Brunch tuned up, riotous and lightly alcohol-infused. "

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    Elizabeth's Restaurant

    The home-style atmosphere provided by Elizabeth's Restaurant is a perfect compliment to their hearty, giant portioned brunch offerings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Expect a beastly sized piece of meat if your "go-to" is steak & eggs. "

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    Mr. B's Bistro

    Mr. B's brunch offers the perfect blend of jazz, delectable food, and tasty drinks.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't worry, you can still get the famed "Gumbo Ya-Ya" at brunch. "

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    Cafe Degas

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $17
    • Neighborhood: Mid-City

    Cafe Degas offers the aura of a back-alley Paris hole-in-the-wall with historic charm and a sense of community.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Eggs Benedict here is the writer's choice"

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    Authentic French bistro fare with plenty of New Orleans style.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take advantage of the comped valet and come for brunch"

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    Commander's Palace

    The kitchen, where Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme started and chef Tory McPhail now presides, delivers...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy live jazz along with chef Tory's imaginative Creole cuisine."



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