The Garden District of New Orleans is the neighborhood to go to for brunch in the city. With its sleepy, just waking up morning vibe, this neighborhood is ideal for strolling, thanks to the beautified shotgun houses that line Magazine and the sprawling oaks festooned with beads along St. Charles Avenue. Many of the spots on this list will be ready to serve you up a refreshing mimosa or spicy Bloody Mary in their secluded courtyards.
What New Orleans "bruncheries" do is take traditional breakfast meals - omelettes, burritos, grits, etc- and modify them using local ingredients, techniques and flare. You can expect twists on the usual, maybe an omelet smothered with crawfish etoufee or eggs baked with creamy crabmeat.
Many brunches in New Orleans offer live music, a small jazz combo or even a single musician serenading the crowds with soulful rhythms. Also, be prepared for some brunch crowds to not only be curing their hangover from the night before, but working on their next one.
The list below contains a mix of neighborhood favorites, dinner-centric places that do a solid Sunday brunch, and places that are known specifically for a few signature dishes. None will disappoint, better yet try them all for a revolving weekend feast.