Fresh for Breakfast Week, Eater NOLA has asked over a dozen New Orleans chefs to share where they like to eat the most important meal of the day. See how your breakfast game stacks up against the pros.
Q. What's your favorite breakfast spot in New Orleans, and what do you order?
"My all-time favorite breakfast dish is the Egg Sandwich from Gracious Bakery. It's served on a warm green onion bread with a perfectly cooked egg, fresh bacon and spicy arugula. I usually order it with a granola parfait on the side (even though the sandwich is gigantic) and a large French Truck coffee. My family probably goes to Gracious every other weekend." — Nick Lama, Avo
"I go to Gracious bakery for their perfect croissants." — Ryan Haigler, Grand Isle
"The egg cheese and bacon biscuit rocks and the lattes are strong. Plus there's those pastries."— Neal Swidler, Broussard's
"It’s a cute little coffee shop with great pastries and sandwiches. It’s right by my house so I can stop in on my way to work. I especially love their bagels with housemade bacon-jalapeno-cheddar cream cheese." —Jeremy Fogg, pastry chef, Emeril's
"Steins Deli for pork roll, egg and cheese on a roll." — Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon
"I get the ECT (egg, cheese, tomato) on ciabatta or a pumpernickel bagel with oven-dried tomato cream cheese." —Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint
"I love the Slimcherro's, their version of huevos rancheros with corn tortillas, sunny side up eggs, black beans, salsa, melted cheddar cheese & sour cream.... I add crawfish when in season." — Nathan Richard, Kingfish
"Shana and Dan make it feel like the perfect neighborhood joint. I don't live too far away, and they make some of the best coffee in the city. Their salmon toast with capers is super amazing."— Alon Shaya, Shaya
HiVolt (& Gerald's Donuts)
"I love a morning at Hivolt. Delicious coffee. Delicious food. Delicious people.
I'll be real honest and say that I love Gerald's Donuts out in Chalmette too because it has the most amazing blueberry donut on the face of the planet."— Kelly Fields, Willa Jean
"Since I have been working baker's hours through the night, I love going to Horn's because they open early. I get to enjoy a bite to eat and a mevening (my morning evening) brunch cocktail."— Lisa White, Willa Jean
"I hate breakfast, but sometimes I'll go to Camellia in the Quarter because I can get a chocolate freeze and a cheeseburger." — Kristen Essig
"There's nothing quite like fueling up with some down-home cooking for brunch with generously sized Mimosas and great Bloody Mary's. The sign says it all...real food done real good." — Slade Rushing, Brennan's
"Betsy's Pancake House, hands down. We eat breakfast there every morning. We're super traditional when it comes to breakfast. Two eggs, bacon, grits and toast." — Amanda & Isaac Toups, Toups Meatery