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19 Essential Breakfast Restaurants in New Orleans

A guide to the New Orleans greasy spoons, neighborhood cafes, and fine-dining destinations serving up the most important meal of the day

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Restaurant-bought breakfast is a sacred treat, whether it’s a quiet coffee and pastry at a favorite outdoor cafe, the well-wrapped breakfast burrito perfect for a road trip, or a lingering, indulgent meal accompanied by a morning cocktail. Thankfully, New Orleans has a lot of breakfast spots to tempt, from neighborhood hangouts with New Orleans specialties to diners serving American classics to something that feels more like a celebration. All of the below offer takeout, some deliver, and most have outside seating.

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1. Russell's Marina Grill

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8555 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 282-9980
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Lakeview’s diner institution, Russell’s, has been legendary for breakfast and bloody Mary’s for most of its 25-year run. The breakfast options are absolutely top-notch, from fried chicken and waffles to a slew of egg specialties. Try the restaurant’s staple, the Egg Saints #33 with a grilled biscuit, alligator sausage, grilled tomatoes, poached eggs, and homemade country gravy, and save room for the housemade pies.

2. Pagoda Café

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1430 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 644-4178
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It was rough times without Pagoda Cafe breakfast tacos during the pandemic, but the beloved 7th ward stand is back and better than ever. Arguably the top breakfast taco destination in town, here they’re made with potatoes, egg, and cheese on a Mawi tortilla — with either house-refried beans, bacon, turkey bacon, or tofu — and served with green hot sauce. 

3. Wakin' Bakin'

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4408 Banks St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 252-0343
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Cozy Mid City charmer Wakin’ Bakin’ cranks out incredible breakfast options everyday from biscuits and gravy to numerous morning sandwiches and a queso burrito (get it with gravy) starting at 7 a.m. It also serves fresh baked bread and offers neighborhood delivery — even for breakfast! Open Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

chorizo, egg, cheddar, and pepper jack cheese quesadilla topped by black beans and avocado. It’s served on a bed of grits combined with pico de gallo. 
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4. Biscuits & Buns on Banks

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4337 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 273-4600
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A huge menu of breakfast options at this Mid City spot includes classics and specials, from hearty servings of fruit-covered French Toast to house-made fried andouille hash cakes. The biscuits at Biscuits & Buns really are outstanding. Oh, and that wafflewich is a mighty fine riff on a breakfast sandwich.

French toast at Biscuits & Buns on Banks
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5. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

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2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 354-1364

Chef Shermond Esteen Jr. won’t divulge the secret to his fluffy French toast, fragrant with cinnamon — ask and he’ll just give you a slow smile and nod his head. That’s turkey sausage on the plate; no pork is served at this friendly Claiborne Avenue spot, which also dishes steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, and an all day menu of sandwiches, salads, and platters. Nonno’s serves Esteen’s homemade pastries sometimes too.

6. Who Dat Coffee Cafe

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2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 872-0360
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Who Dat Cafe is a fine locals’ joint on a quiet Marigny corner that serves the wonderful meal of breakfast Friday through Tuesday 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Here find perfectly cooked eggs, friendly service, and excellent coffee alongside omelets named Da Mandeville and Da Cajun, soft shell crab eggs Benedict, and specials like blueberry croissant French Toast and crab pie.

7. Alma Cafe

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800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 381-5877
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Melissa Araujo’s Honduran heritage informs every aspect of Alma Cafe in Bywater, from the photos on the walls to the coffee beans, sweets, and savory offerings on the menu. Traditional treats might include buñuelo macheteadas, a deep fried pancake topped with syrup, and cookie-like rosquillas. For breakfast, starting at 7 a.m., the Alma includes eggs, refried beans, plantains, avocado, homemade crema, and queso fresco. Avocado toast, biscuits, and omelets are also served.

8. Bywater Bakery

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3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 336-3336
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Breakfast “geaux cups” are a thing at this homespun Bywater charmer, coffee cups filled with the likes of shrimp and grits or biscuits and hot sausage gravy. All the pastries at Bywater Bakery are outstanding, as are the savory hand pies in flavors like gumbo and crawfish étouffée. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day but Wednesday. Sidewalk music on the weekends is lovely.

9. Elizabeth's

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601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 944-9272
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Home of praline bacon and some of the best bloody Marys in town, this Bywater breakfast icon does morning comfort food right — from fried chicken livers and eggs to breakfast po-boys. It also serves breakfast calas, a New Orleans specialty of deep fried rice balls. Elizabeth’s is open Thursday through Monday and there’s generally a wait on the weekends.

10. Stanley Restaurant

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547 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 587-0093
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Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday at this creative French Quarter gem off Jackson Square. Chef and owner Scott Boswell makes an eggs Benedict with fried oysters or house-made boudin, pancakes served with Louisiana cane syrup, and omelets sandwiched into a po’boy. Ask for a side of bacon and cheese grits no matter what the order.

11. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-9711
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Good lucking finding another French Quarter white tablecloth restaurant open at 9 a.m. for breakfast. Brennan’s has been doing it up for more than 70 years, and its Creole menu includes eggs Hussarde, eggs Sardou, ricotta pancakes, and so much more. Please don’t forget to order a brandy milk punch. Serving Thursday through Sunday, with courtyard tables available.

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12. The Camellia Grill

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626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 309-2679

This iconic Uptown greasy spoon, which opened in 1946, is known for waits out the door and a slew of diner-fare including omelets, grilled pecan pie, the orange Julius, and cheeseburgers. The inside of this legendary Carrollton Avenue diner has a counter with seating that winds through the restaurant. Camellia Grill is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m. so breakfast can be for dinner too.

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13. Please-U Restaurant

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1751 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-9131

This well-worn breakfast joint lives up to its name, earning a loyal following for straightforward platters of rib-sticking fare. Expect reliably good breakfasts that don’t break the bank, served all day. Open most days at 7 a.m.; closed Sundays.

14. Surrey's Café & Juice Bar (Multiple locations)

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1418 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-3828
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A favorite for breakfast and brunch with LGD & Uptown locations, this funky little gem was serving specialty juices before it became popular. Surrey’s Cafe makes a mean migas and Costa Rican breakfast, though lots of New Orleans flavor can be found on the menu. Both locations open Thursday through Monday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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15. Silver Whistle Cafe

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2031 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 323-1455

In its heyday, the Silver Whistle Cafe in the Pontchartrain Hotel on bustling St. Charles Avenue was the place for power brokers to do deals over coffee and eggs. The renovation of the Pontchartrain also brought back the cafe’s giant, other-worldly blueberry muffins and other standouts like the egg and arugula sandwich on a croissant, the breakfast po’boy, and the creamy, decadent grits and the hash browns fried in duck fat. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.

16. HiVolt Coffee

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1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA
(504) 324-8818
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While the LGD’s HiVolt Coffee is highly regarded for its coffee program, hip clientele, and ample seating, its actually one of the most affordable spots in town for vegan and healthier eats during the breakfast and lunch hours — about $5 for breakfast sandwiches and toasts, and a little over $10 for an array of hearty salads, sandwiches and quinoa bowls.

17. Gracious Bakery + Café (Multiple Locations)

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2854 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA

Megan Forman’s wonderful bake shops knock breakfast out of the park with egg sandwiches, house-made granola, and house-cured salmon bagels with lemon-caper cream cheese. Besides amazing baked goods, Gracious serves the likes of a warm cheddar and green onion biscuit breakfast sandwich with cured ham and a perfectly cooked egg. Another swell option is egg, pepper jack, pulled pork, cilantro chimichurri sauce on a flaky laminated biscuit. Three locations open for 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and at 8 a.m. on the weekends. The Prytania Street location has ample space and seating, and an expanded menu.

18. Molly's Rise and Shine

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2368 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 302-1896
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This follow-up to nationally buzzed-about Turkey and the Wolf offers similarly unexpected, playful, and delicious offerings. Molly’s is focused on breakfast rather than the lunch and sandwich menu at its sister restaurant, with dishes ranging from an English muffin breakfast sandwich (pork patties, hashbrown, onions, American cheese, and ketchup), to a deviled egg tostada (cotija whipped egg mousse, refried beans, cilantro, lime, red onion, pickled peppers, spicy peanut salsa), to collard greens and grits. Open Thursday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A tostada topped with cotija whipped egg mousse, refried red beans, cilantro, lime, red onion, pickled peppers, spicy peanut salsa
Deviled egg tostada from Molly’s Rise and Shine
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19. Slim Goodies Diner

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3322 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-3447
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Magazine Street’s quirky, always-slammed diner is known for their Slammer options, a hangover-helper made with hashbrowns and scrambles of various sort (eggs, chili, tofu, etc.). Slim Goodie’s also offers “slammers” for the starving, huge portions of breakfast goodness.

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1. Russell's Marina Grill

8555 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Lakeview’s diner institution, Russell’s, has been legendary for breakfast and bloody Mary’s for most of its 25-year run. The breakfast options are absolutely top-notch, from fried chicken and waffles to a slew of egg specialties. Try the restaurant’s staple, the Egg Saints #33 with a grilled biscuit, alligator sausage, grilled tomatoes, poached eggs, and homemade country gravy, and save room for the housemade pies.

8555 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Pagoda Café

1430 N Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA 70119

It was rough times without Pagoda Cafe breakfast tacos during the pandemic, but the beloved 7th ward stand is back and better than ever. Arguably the top breakfast taco destination in town, here they’re made with potatoes, egg, and cheese on a Mawi tortilla — with either house-refried beans, bacon, turkey bacon, or tofu — and served with green hot sauce. 

1430 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Wakin' Bakin'

4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA
chorizo, egg, cheddar, and pepper jack cheese quesadilla topped by black beans and avocado. It’s served on a bed of grits combined with pico de gallo. 
Special grand desayuno
Facebook/Wakin’ Bakin

Cozy Mid City charmer Wakin’ Bakin’ cranks out incredible breakfast options everyday from biscuits and gravy to numerous morning sandwiches and a queso burrito (get it with gravy) starting at 7 a.m. It also serves fresh baked bread and offers neighborhood delivery — even for breakfast! Open Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4408 Banks St
New Orleans, LA

4. Biscuits & Buns on Banks

4337 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119
French toast at Biscuits & Buns on Banks
Biscuits & Buns on Banks/Facebook

A huge menu of breakfast options at this Mid City spot includes classics and specials, from hearty servings of fruit-covered French Toast to house-made fried andouille hash cakes. The biscuits at Biscuits & Buns really are outstanding. Oh, and that wafflewich is a mighty fine riff on a breakfast sandwich.

4337 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

2025 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Chef Shermond Esteen Jr. won’t divulge the secret to his fluffy French toast, fragrant with cinnamon — ask and he’ll just give you a slow smile and nod his head. That’s turkey sausage on the plate; no pork is served at this friendly Claiborne Avenue spot, which also dishes steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, and an all day menu of sandwiches, salads, and platters. Nonno’s serves Esteen’s homemade pastries sometimes too.

2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Who Dat Coffee Cafe

2401 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Who Dat Cafe is a fine locals’ joint on a quiet Marigny corner that serves the wonderful meal of breakfast Friday through Tuesday 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Here find perfectly cooked eggs, friendly service, and excellent coffee alongside omelets named Da Mandeville and Da Cajun, soft shell crab eggs Benedict, and specials like blueberry croissant French Toast and crab pie.

2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Alma Cafe

800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Melissa Araujo’s Honduran heritage informs every aspect of Alma Cafe in Bywater, from the photos on the walls to the coffee beans, sweets, and savory offerings on the menu. Traditional treats might include buñuelo macheteadas, a deep fried pancake topped with syrup, and cookie-like rosquillas. For breakfast, starting at 7 a.m., the Alma includes eggs, refried beans, plantains, avocado, homemade crema, and queso fresco. Avocado toast, biscuits, and omelets are also served.

800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Bywater Bakery

3624 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Breakfast “geaux cups” are a thing at this homespun Bywater charmer, coffee cups filled with the likes of shrimp and grits or biscuits and hot sausage gravy. All the pastries at Bywater Bakery are outstanding, as are the savory hand pies in flavors like gumbo and crawfish étouffée. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day but Wednesday. Sidewalk music on the weekends is lovely.

3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Elizabeth's

601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA

Home of praline bacon and some of the best bloody Marys in town, this Bywater breakfast icon does morning comfort food right — from fried chicken livers and eggs to breakfast po-boys. It also serves breakfast calas, a New Orleans specialty of deep fried rice balls. Elizabeth’s is open Thursday through Monday and there’s generally a wait on the weekends.

601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA

10. Stanley Restaurant

547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday at this creative French Quarter gem off Jackson Square. Chef and owner Scott Boswell makes an eggs Benedict with fried oysters or house-made boudin, pancakes served with Louisiana cane syrup, and omelets sandwiched into a po’boy. Ask for a side of bacon and cheese grits no matter what the order.

547 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
Breakfast At Brennan’s Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Good lucking finding another French Quarter white tablecloth restaurant open at 9 a.m. for breakfast. Brennan’s has been doing it up for more than 70 years, and its Creole menu includes eggs Hussarde, eggs Sardou, ricotta pancakes, and so much more. Please don’t forget to order a brandy milk punch. Serving Thursday through Sunday, with courtyard tables available.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA

12. The Camellia Grill

626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
Brasted/Eater NOLA

This iconic Uptown greasy spoon, which opened in 1946, is known for waits out the door and a slew of diner-fare including omelets, grilled pecan pie, the orange Julius, and cheeseburgers. The inside of this legendary Carrollton Avenue diner has a counter with seating that winds through the restaurant. Camellia Grill is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m. so breakfast can be for dinner too.

626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

13. Please-U Restaurant

1751 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

This well-worn breakfast joint lives up to its name, earning a loyal following for straightforward platters of rib-sticking fare. Expect reliably good breakfasts that don’t break the bank, served all day. Open most days at 7 a.m.; closed Sundays.

1751 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA

14. Surrey's Café & Juice Bar (Multiple locations)

1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Surrey’s on Magazine St.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

A favorite for breakfast and brunch with LGD & Uptown locations, this funky little gem was serving specialty juices before it became popular. Surrey’s Cafe makes a mean migas and Costa Rican breakfast, though lots of New Orleans flavor can be found on the menu. Both locations open Thursday through Monday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1418 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Silver Whistle Cafe

2031 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

In its heyday, the Silver Whistle Cafe in the Pontchartrain Hotel on bustling St. Charles Avenue was the place for power brokers to do deals over coffee and eggs. The renovation of the Pontchartrain also brought back the cafe’s giant, other-worldly blueberry muffins and other standouts like the egg and arugula sandwich on a croissant, the breakfast po’boy, and the creamy, decadent grits and the hash browns fried in duck fat. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.

2031 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA

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16. HiVolt Coffee

1829 Sophie Wright Pl, New Orleans, LA

While the LGD’s HiVolt Coffee is highly regarded for its coffee program, hip clientele, and ample seating, its actually one of the most affordable spots in town for vegan and healthier eats during the breakfast and lunch hours — about $5 for breakfast sandwiches and toasts, and a little over $10 for an array of hearty salads, sandwiches and quinoa bowls.

1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA

17. Gracious Bakery + Café (Multiple Locations)

2854 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

Megan Forman’s wonderful bake shops knock breakfast out of the park with egg sandwiches, house-made granola, and house-cured salmon bagels with lemon-caper cream cheese. Besides amazing baked goods, Gracious serves the likes of a warm cheddar and green onion biscuit breakfast sandwich with cured ham and a perfectly cooked egg. Another swell option is egg, pepper jack, pulled pork, cilantro chimichurri sauce on a flaky laminated biscuit. Three locations open for 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and at 8 a.m. on the weekends. The Prytania Street location has ample space and seating, and an expanded menu.

2854 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA

18. Molly's Rise and Shine

2368 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A tostada topped with cotija whipped egg mousse, refried red beans, cilantro, lime, red onion, pickled peppers, spicy peanut salsa
Deviled egg tostada from Molly’s Rise and Shine
Molly’s Rise and Shine/Official

This follow-up to nationally buzzed-about Turkey and the Wolf offers similarly unexpected, playful, and delicious offerings. Molly’s is focused on breakfast rather than the lunch and sandwich menu at its sister restaurant, with dishes ranging from an English muffin breakfast sandwich (pork patties, hashbrown, onions, American cheese, and ketchup), to a deviled egg tostada (cotija whipped egg mousse, refried beans, cilantro, lime, red onion, pickled peppers, spicy peanut salsa), to collard greens and grits. Open Thursday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2368 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

19. Slim Goodies Diner

3322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Slim Goodies
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Magazine Street’s quirky, always-slammed diner is known for their Slammer options, a hangover-helper made with hashbrowns and scrambles of various sort (eggs, chili, tofu, etc.). Slim Goodie’s also offers “slammers” for the starving, huge portions of breakfast goodness.

3322 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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