Garden District's 10Best spots for an egg-straordinary brunch

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.

Arana Taqueria Y Cantina
Photo courtesy of Katie Sikora Photography

Arana Taqueria y Cantina, home to local chef Richard Papier, is a popular Magazine Street specializing in flavorfuil Mexican cuisine. The name, which means spider in Spanish, is a nod to the chef's longtime nickname. Look for slow braised pork,...  Read More

Coulis on Prytania is a breakfast/brunch/lunch spot in the Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans. It is very small, with an interior conducive to brunching and light conversation. Coffee is fresh and delicious here, and should be paired...  Read More

Cafe Atchafalaya features authentic Creole food, comforting service and locally seasoned live music. Touted as New Orleans' only "five A" restaurant, this funky neighborhood bistro emanates a distinct New Orleans vibe that attracts locals and...  Read More

A favorite with the locals, this eatery is the perfect spot to spend a leisurely morning. Beverage selections include a variety of fruit and vegetable juices to Abita root beer to organic coffee. Menu favorites include the muffuletta, filled...  Read More

Patois translates to "local accent", which is fitting for a restaurant that blends French culinary traditions with New Orleans flare and ingredients. Founded by Chef Aaron Burgau, the Uptown restaurant is noted for serving dishes like the...  Read More

Commander's Palace
Photo courtesy of Commander's Palace

Driving by the blue Victorian facade of Commander's Palace in the Garden District of New Orleans immediately invokes curiosity. What's in there? Just a five star upscale restaurant whose kitchen was tended to by a young pre-famed Emeril Legasse...  Read More


Opened by chef Mike Stoltzfus and his wife Lillian Hubbard in December 2008, Coquette is a Garden District stunner, from its gleaming floors and crisp linens to its architectural details and warm exposed brick walls. Chef Stoltzfus proffers...  Read More

Slim Goodies Diner
Photo courtesy of Jennifer

Slim Goodies Diner is a dive-y diner located in the Garden District/Irish Channel portion of Magazine Street in New Orleans. The venue has a retro feel with the old Coke signs, red leather booths and counter stools. Breakfast/brunch is the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Romel Sanchez

The food is so pretty at this airy restaurant dedicated to vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free dishes you may be tempted to eat your plate. Local, sustainable ingredients power a menu with a surprising number of New Orleans specialties,...  Read More

Delachaise is that mystery spot that you might cruise right by without noticing during a daylight trip on the St. Charles streetcar. Come evening, and it's another story. The outdoor patio, lit with twinkle lights, is always buzzing with a...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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