10 Best Places to Experience New Orleans Brunch Culture
Sunday Jazz Brunch, Champagne Brunch, courtyards, stand-up bass players and make-your-own Bloody Mary stands; brunch in New Orleans is a tradition among locals and one quickly adopted by tourists. When one visits the Crescent City, they tend to spend long hours out on the town, and hence wake up around noon. This is often too late for breakfast, too soon for lunch, but perfect for brunching! Mimosas and Bloody Mary's can help get you "up and at 'em", (the Bloody Mary's at Brennan's are known to pack some punch).
Most brunches start around 10 am and last til 2, so the hungry traveler (in theory) will have plenty of time to... Read more »
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 a revolving menu."
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. "
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."
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. "
- Cuisine: American, Creole, Local Specialty
- Average Main Course Price: $32
- Neighborhood: Garden District
The Commander's Palace brunch menu offers once-in-a-lifetime type food options like Candy Apple Lacquered... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "You always wanted to try Commander's Palace, but hate conforming to their dinner dress code standards (jackets). They invented brunch for people like you. "
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. "
- Neighborhood: French Quarter
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. "
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"
An odd, unpretentious spot, La Peniche has mastered the art of variety in mimosa creation.
Local Expert Tip: "Be on the lookout for the delicious "Breakfast Po-Boy" that sometimes shows its face on the specials menu. "
- Cuisine: American, Creole, European, French, Local Specialty
- Average Main Course Price: $35
- Neighborhood: French Quarter
Brennan's knows how to do food right. The tireless efforts they put into their dinner creations are the same used to perfect their brunch experience.
Local Expert Tip: "Brennan's knows how to get your swerve on. They serve up large-glassed Bloody Mary's and are quick to re-fill your mimosa. "
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