10Best places to savor brunch New Orleans style

Brunch, that lazy, decadent meal that allows for sleeping in late and languishing over a full plate for hours, is still an ideal way to start a Sunday (and sometimes Saturday too) in the Big Easy. Often enjoyed between sips of  champagne and Bloody Marys in lush shady courtyards, the best brunches are accompanied by live music, often with a stand-up bass player keeping the beat.  Brunch in New Orleans is a longstanding tradition that makes weekends special. After a late night listening to music on Frenchmen Street,  brunch, a deliciously hybrid feast is just what the doctor ordered.

For early birds,  brunches can start as early as 10 a.m., with sleepy-eyed stragglers listing in until around 2.   The hungry traveler has 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 with seafood/breakfast food  options that you simply will not find anywhere else on the globe. The brunch menu at Commander's Palace proves this point. Add in live jazz, and you know you aren't brunching in any other city in America

Historic Bywater
The Country Club
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The Country Club may just be the best kept 40-year-old secret in New Orleans. Located in a stunning circa 1884 Italianate manse in Bywater, the restaurant resort celebrated four decades with a slew of changes, all of them great. Top of the list...  Read More



A favorite with the locals, this eatery's the perfect spot to spend a leisurely morning. Beverage selections are of the non-alcoholic variety, including fruit and vegetable juices, Abita root beer and organic coffee. Menu favorites include the...  Read More

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In a city where eating is a religious experience, Vessel takes dining to a holier than ever level. Located in a circa 1914 former Lutheran church just off Carrollton Ave., Vessel is one of those hidden gems that, once discovered, makes going out...  Read More

Historic Bywater


With tasty Southern cuisine at reasonable prices, this Bywater neighborhood standby is popular with locals and visitors alike. Weekend brunch earns a wild fan base for its copious portions of grillades and grits - think smothered steak and red...  Read More

Arana Taqueria Y Cantina
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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

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
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Situated on leafy Esplanade Avenue, Li'l Dizzy's delivers authentic Creole and Southern fare in a friendly, family atmosphere. Order from the menu if you like, dishes like jambalaya omelet with biscuits and grilled catfish and eggs are legendary...  Read More

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The food is so pretty at this 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...  Read More

Compère Lapin
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Compere Lapin (pronounced kom-pare la-pan) means "brother rabbit," a reference to a mischievous rabbit featured in the Caribbean folk tales chef Nina Compton read as a kid. Drawing on the story's themes of exploration and play, Compton designed...  Read More

French Quarter
Mr. B's Bistro
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If you aren't celebrating something when you show up to Mr. B's for brunch, you will be soon. The gracious dining room is alive with good cheer, punctuated by the signature balloons that set a party mood - and are always in Saints colors on game...  Read More

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Pull up a stool at stunning SoBou (south of Bourbon) in the W, from the Commander's family of restaurants. Here, a team of crackerjack bartenders create fab original cocktails and chef Juan Carlos Gonzales serves modern fare that is downright...  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.

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