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Where to Eat Brunch in New Orleans Right Now

Where to dine on churro fritters, hot chicken Benedict, and chicken tinga chilaquiles this weekend

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Brunch is a New Orleans pastime — it’s the birthplace of the meal, after all. From extravagant jazz brunches to essential boozy brunches, restaurants take the meal seriously. As dining out becomes more comfortable, there are fresh menus all around town, at brand new restaurants as well as tried-and-true classics. To help in the difficult decision-making process as the weekend nears, the Eater New Orleans brunch heat map is here to help by highlighting the newest options for a delicious and celebratory meal. Did we miss a new brunch menu in New Orleans? Let us know.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery

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3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 766-6157
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The Larder is the gourmet market and breakfast/lunch spot from Alison Vega-Knoll (Station 6) and and Chris Wilson. They launched Sunday brunch in August 2021, offering more than a dozen entrees, sangria, seasonal mimosas, and bloody marys with add-ons like bacon, pickled okra, green beans, and olives. Highlights from the food menu include pistachio, lime, and ricotta pancakes; chocolate hazelnut croissant French toast; and a smoked salmon and caper quiche with Cajun caviar (one of the items the market stocks).

2. 14 Parishes

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8227 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 264-7457
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14 Parishes opened its second outpost for Jamaican specialties on Oak Street in spring 2021, and husband and wife team Charles and Lauren Blake have since launched brunch, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exciting menu includes smaller items like fried green tomatoes, cornmeal porridge, and French toast bites; and on the entree side, plates of ackee and salted cod served with yam, banana, and dumplings; beef stewed oxtails with scrambled eggs; and a vegan option of sautéed callaloo peppers and onions with fried green plantains, among others.

3. Misa

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4734 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 510-2791
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On weekends, Misa serves brunch starting at 11 a.m., and the large, tree-draped front patio is a lovely setting for the meal indeed. Find refreshing options for brunch here like bourek, a thin, flaky Libyan pastry with a savory egg filling, spicy shakshouka, and delicious deep-fried, jelly-filled sufganiyot. It’s also a standout for lunch and dinner, served daily.

Bourek, a thin, flaky pastry with a savory egg filling
Bourek, a thin, flaky pastry with a savory egg filling
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4. Mister Mao

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4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 345-2056
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After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant has officially launched weekly Sunday brunch.The brunch menu, will change frequently, as does the dinner menu, but will always include gluten-free options. For now, dishes like hot chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with Vidalia onion milk gravy and sunny eggs; chicken tinga chilaquiles; and Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette are on the menu, along with array of enticing brunch cocktails.

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5. Red Gravy

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4206 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 561-8844
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Roseann Rostoker and Lou Lombardo moved their homey Northeast style Italian restaurant from the CBD to Uptown over the summer, allowing the couple to add 38 seats outside in an ideal courtyard brunch setting. Brunch is served Sundays and the menu changes, but look out for specialties like cannoli skillet cake, breakfast spaghetti, a meatball and ricotta omelette, and much more.

Breakfast spaghetti served with sausage, ricotta, and a sunny egg
Breakfast spaghetti served with sausage sugo, ricotta, sunny egg
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6. Beaucoup Eats

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2323 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 598-5777
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The expansion of Beaucoup Eats to Canal Street allowed the restaurant to introduce brunch, and the city is that much better for it. Every Saturday brings the chance to reserve a table inside or out for brunch and bubbly, and every Sunday there’s the amazing brunch buffet, stocked with just about every item imaginable. Specialties include smothered shrimp, veggies, or turkey sausage and grits, bananas Foster French toast, and chicken and waffles, as well as a variety of fresh and fruity brunch cocktails.

7. Copper Vine

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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The lovely outdoor setting at Copper Vine is a favorite for brunch, decked out with enough greenery to make you forget you’re downtown. The revamped brunch menu and bottomless bubbles are available Saturday and Sunday, between the wide-ranging hours of 10:30 to 4 p.m.

8. Gris-Gris

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1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 272-0241
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One of the LGD’s best restaurants (with a good deal of outdoor seating, included a balcony) serves brunch Saturday and Sunday — and it runs later than most. The fresh and ever-changing menu items at Gris Gris include blueberry Bourbon French toast, a crawfish omelette, and a fried oyster, spinach, egg, and hollandaise dish. And the drinks — choose from a carafe of mimosa, poinsettia, grapefruit mimosa, bloody Mary, and bloody Maria, plus a specialty weekly rotating cocktail.

Crispy oysters, creamed Spinach and fried egg with hollandaise from Gris-Gris
Gris-Gris

9. Commons Club New Orleans

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550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

The Virgin Hotels New Orleans restaurant, led by local chef Alex Harrell, now serves weekend brunch, a menu of contemporary seasonal Southern cuisine with Mediterranean touches — think a Dutch baby served with whipped cream cheese, fruit compote, and cane syrup; pimento cheese toast with crispy Benton’s Ham, freezer pickles, and dill; and Gulf shrimp and Bayou Cora grits. That, and a menu of brunch cocktails, are served Saturday and Sunday.

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10. Birdy's Behind The Bower

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 302-2992
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The latest spot from the folks who opened the Bower and Claret Wine and Cocktail Bar, both part of the new Framework development on Magazine Street, is a classy breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot with a sprawling patio. The extensive brunch menu is full of hearty and light dishes alike; ranging from a fried chicken biscuit and huevos rancheros to a mushroom Benedict and smoked salmon toast; as well as sweet plates, pastries, and salads, and a shareable brunch board for $35.

11. Palm&Pine

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308 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 814-6200
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Sunday brunch is back at Palm & Pine, the inventive French Quarter restaurant that blends flavors from the Caribbean, Southern U.S., and Central America. An oft-changing brunch menu currently includes a boudin omelet, Texas wagyu and eggs, chilaquiles, and shrimp Creole made jalapeño cream cheese grits. Cocktails are top-notch.

A bowl of shrimp Creole with jalapeño cream cheese grits, corn, and tomato
Shrimp Creole from Palm & Pine
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12. Jewel of the South

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1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 265-8816
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French Quarter cocktail destination Jewel of the South has always served lovely food to accompany the star of the show, Chris Hannah’s award-winning concoctions, and now it counts brunch among its offerings. The restaurant launched Sunday brunch in November 2021, serving dishes like eggs Florentine, baked beans on toast, and French toast with rum syrup and chantilly. Make reservations for the romantic courtyard or cozy dining room between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jewel of the South

13. Peacock Room

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501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-3073
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Brunch at Peacock Room is the best new bet in town for an indulgent, celebratory meal. Most importantly, there is the Peacock Tower: think a shareable seafood tower but with deviled eggs, lobster toast, salt and pepper shrimp, and pimento cheese and crostini. There’s also huevos rancheros with chorizo cured pork belly and mole verde; a chicken biscuit with American cheese and jalapeno cane syrup; and the C&A Benedict with crab-avocado toast, poached egg, and gochujang. There’s also a slew of creative brunch cocktails — no surprise given the expert-led bar program — including a “High Tea Punch for 2,” served in a pretty tea set and changing weekly.

The Peacock Tower and High Tea Punch for 2
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14. Compère Lapin

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535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-2119
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Sunday brunch at Nina Compton’s nationally-acclaimed Compere Lapin is a must; all the creativity and fresh flavors that shine on the dinner menu are channeled here too in dishes like ricotta cavatelle served with sweet corn and bacon; buttermilk gnocchi and sausage gravy, and an everything bagel with tuna tartare and Calabrian crema. Dishes change seasonally along with the brunch cocktail offerings, but you can expect exciting offerings for both no matter the season.

Buttermilk gnocchi and sausage gravy
Compere Lapin

15. Effervescence

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1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 509-7644
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Brunch is inherently a special occasion at the French Quarter’s Effervescence, with a charming, Parisian-inspired interior and festive menu, which naturally, includes an emphasis on bubbles. It’s only on Sunday, and the food changes weekly (and has included gems like a soft shell crab brunch and fried chicken brunch), but there’s always a nice menu of brunch cocktails and 30 percent off pét-nat bottles all day.

Effervescence
Inside Effervescence
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16. Evangeline

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329 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 373-4852
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Down in the heart of the Quarter on Decatur Street is an easily-overlooked Cajun haven with homestyle food, cold, strong cocktails, and friendly service. The lovely courtyard at Evangeline is great for brunch, with a menu that includes crawfish cake Benedict and a hangover po’boy with scrambled eggs, cajun sausage, alligator sausage, and green peppers and onions on Leidenheimer bread. Better yet, bottomless mimosas and blood marys are just $15 with the purchase of a brunch entree.

17. Saint John

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1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-8120
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At Eric Cook’s newly-opened Saint John, the chef-owner of LGD favorite Gris-Gris goes thoroughly Creole with his well-composed dishes, and that includes for brunch. The menu includes a number of the lunch and dinner menu favorites, like oysters Saint John and hot shrimp remoulade, but there are also six dishes that are breakfast-oriented. Among them are the classic eggs sardou, crispy Gulf oysters with spinach and artichokes with bernaise; a blue crab omelette; and Creole eggs in purgatory, eggs baked in spicy Creole sauce with andouille and French bread.

Oysters Sardou
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18. The Elysian Bar

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2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 356-6769
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Dine in the rectory or on the enchantingly gothic courtyard for brunch at the Elysian Bar, the restaurant within the Hotel Peter & Paul in Faubourg Marigny. Served Saturday and Sunday, the succinct brunch menu offers a smoked salmon omelette or “baked eggs in purgatory” served with tomato, ricotta, chimichurri, and ciabatta. Be sure to check out as much of the hotel as possible while there — it’s a remarkable restoration of a former 1800s church, school house, rectory, and convent.

19. Alma Cafe

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800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 381-5877
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Alma has been hopping for weekend brunch since it opened in fall 2020, despite technically being a breakfast and lunch cafe (Friday through Sunday, it also does happy hour). Chef Melissa Araujo serves a vast menu of Honduran and Louisiana breakfasts, like polenta pancakes, baleadas, corned beef hash, and crab or Gulf shrimp omelette. If it’s the weekend expect a wait, but it’s also open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week except on Tuesday.

1. The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery

3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

The Larder is the gourmet market and breakfast/lunch spot from Alison Vega-Knoll (Station 6) and and Chris Wilson. They launched Sunday brunch in August 2021, offering more than a dozen entrees, sangria, seasonal mimosas, and bloody marys with add-ons like bacon, pickled okra, green beans, and olives. Highlights from the food menu include pistachio, lime, and ricotta pancakes; chocolate hazelnut croissant French toast; and a smoked salmon and caper quiche with Cajun caviar (one of the items the market stocks).

3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002

2. 14 Parishes

8227 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

14 Parishes opened its second outpost for Jamaican specialties on Oak Street in spring 2021, and husband and wife team Charles and Lauren Blake have since launched brunch, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exciting menu includes smaller items like fried green tomatoes, cornmeal porridge, and French toast bites; and on the entree side, plates of ackee and salted cod served with yam, banana, and dumplings; beef stewed oxtails with scrambled eggs; and a vegan option of sautéed callaloo peppers and onions with fried green plantains, among others.

8227 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Misa

4734 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Bourek, a thin, flaky pastry with a savory egg filling
Bourek, a thin, flaky pastry with a savory egg filling
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On weekends, Misa serves brunch starting at 11 a.m., and the large, tree-draped front patio is a lovely setting for the meal indeed. Find refreshing options for brunch here like bourek, a thin, flaky Libyan pastry with a savory egg filling, spicy shakshouka, and delicious deep-fried, jelly-filled sufganiyot. It’s also a standout for lunch and dinner, served daily.

4734 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Mister Mao

4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Paprika Studios/Mister Mao

After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant has officially launched weekly Sunday brunch.The brunch menu, will change frequently, as does the dinner menu, but will always include gluten-free options. For now, dishes like hot chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with Vidalia onion milk gravy and sunny eggs; chicken tinga chilaquiles; and Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette are on the menu, along with array of enticing brunch cocktails.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Red Gravy

4206 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Breakfast spaghetti served with sausage, ricotta, and a sunny egg
Breakfast spaghetti served with sausage sugo, ricotta, sunny egg
Red Gravy

Roseann Rostoker and Lou Lombardo moved their homey Northeast style Italian restaurant from the CBD to Uptown over the summer, allowing the couple to add 38 seats outside in an ideal courtyard brunch setting. Brunch is served Sundays and the menu changes, but look out for specialties like cannoli skillet cake, breakfast spaghetti, a meatball and ricotta omelette, and much more.

4206 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Beaucoup Eats

2323 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

The expansion of Beaucoup Eats to Canal Street allowed the restaurant to introduce brunch, and the city is that much better for it. Every Saturday brings the chance to reserve a table inside or out for brunch and bubbly, and every Sunday there’s the amazing brunch buffet, stocked with just about every item imaginable. Specialties include smothered shrimp, veggies, or turkey sausage and grits, bananas Foster French toast, and chicken and waffles, as well as a variety of fresh and fruity brunch cocktails.

2323 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Copper Vine

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

The lovely outdoor setting at Copper Vine is a favorite for brunch, decked out with enough greenery to make you forget you’re downtown. The revamped brunch menu and bottomless bubbles are available Saturday and Sunday, between the wide-ranging hours of 10:30 to 4 p.m.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. Gris-Gris

1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Crispy oysters, creamed Spinach and fried egg with hollandaise from Gris-Gris
Gris-Gris

One of the LGD’s best restaurants (with a good deal of outdoor seating, included a balcony) serves brunch Saturday and Sunday — and it runs later than most. The fresh and ever-changing menu items at Gris Gris include blueberry Bourbon French toast, a crawfish omelette, and a fried oyster, spinach, egg, and hollandaise dish. And the drinks — choose from a carafe of mimosa, poinsettia, grapefruit mimosa, bloody Mary, and bloody Maria, plus a specialty weekly rotating cocktail.

1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Commons Club New Orleans

550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113
Sam Hanna/Virgin Hotels New Orleans

The Virgin Hotels New Orleans restaurant, led by local chef Alex Harrell, now serves weekend brunch, a menu of contemporary seasonal Southern cuisine with Mediterranean touches — think a Dutch baby served with whipped cream cheese, fruit compote, and cane syrup; pimento cheese toast with crispy Benton’s Ham, freezer pickles, and dill; and Gulf shrimp and Bayou Cora grits. That, and a menu of brunch cocktails, are served Saturday and Sunday.

550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

10. Birdy's Behind The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The latest spot from the folks who opened the Bower and Claret Wine and Cocktail Bar, both part of the new Framework development on Magazine Street, is a classy breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot with a sprawling patio. The extensive brunch menu is full of hearty and light dishes alike; ranging from a fried chicken biscuit and huevos rancheros to a mushroom Benedict and smoked salmon toast; as well as sweet plates, pastries, and salads, and a shareable brunch board for $35.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Palm&Pine

308 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112
A bowl of shrimp Creole with jalapeño cream cheese grits, corn, and tomato
Shrimp Creole from Palm & Pine
Randy Schmidt/Palm & Pine

Sunday brunch is back at Palm & Pine, the inventive French Quarter restaurant that blends flavors from the Caribbean, Southern U.S., and Central America. An oft-changing brunch menu currently includes a boudin omelet, Texas wagyu and eggs, chilaquiles, and shrimp Creole made jalapeño cream cheese grits. Cocktails are top-notch.

308 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Jewel of the South

1026 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Jewel of the South

French Quarter cocktail destination Jewel of the South has always served lovely food to accompany the star of the show, Chris Hannah’s award-winning concoctions, and now it counts brunch among its offerings. The restaurant launched Sunday brunch in November 2021, serving dishes like eggs Florentine, baked beans on toast, and French toast with rum syrup and chantilly. Make reservations for the romantic courtyard or cozy dining room between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

13. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Peacock Tower and High Tea Punch for 2
Randy Schmidt/Peacock Room

Brunch at Peacock Room is the best new bet in town for an indulgent, celebratory meal. Most importantly, there is the Peacock Tower: think a shareable seafood tower but with deviled eggs, lobster toast, salt and pepper shrimp, and pimento cheese and crostini. There’s also huevos rancheros with chorizo cured pork belly and mole verde; a chicken biscuit with American cheese and jalapeno cane syrup; and the C&A Benedict with crab-avocado toast, poached egg, and gochujang. There’s also a slew of creative brunch cocktails — no surprise given the expert-led bar program — including a “High Tea Punch for 2,” served in a pretty tea set and changing weekly.

501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Buttermilk gnocchi and sausage gravy
Compere Lapin

Sunday brunch at Nina Compton’s nationally-acclaimed Compere Lapin is a must; all the creativity and fresh flavors that shine on the dinner menu are channeled here too in dishes like ricotta cavatelle served with sweet corn and bacon; buttermilk gnocchi and sausage gravy, and an everything bagel with tuna tartare and Calabrian crema. Dishes change seasonally along with the brunch cocktail offerings, but you can expect exciting offerings for both no matter the season.

535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Effervescence

1036 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Effervescence
Inside Effervescence
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Brunch is inherently a special occasion at the French Quarter’s Effervescence, with a charming, Parisian-inspired interior and festive menu, which naturally, includes an emphasis on bubbles. It’s only on Sunday, and the food changes weekly (and has included gems like a soft shell crab brunch and fried chicken brunch), but there’s always a nice menu of brunch cocktails and 30 percent off pét-nat bottles all day.

1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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16. Evangeline

329 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Down in the heart of the Quarter on Decatur Street is an easily-overlooked Cajun haven with homestyle food, cold, strong cocktails, and friendly service. The lovely courtyard at Evangeline is great for brunch, with a menu that includes crawfish cake Benedict and a hangover po’boy with scrambled eggs, cajun sausage, alligator sausage, and green peppers and onions on Leidenheimer bread. Better yet, bottomless mimosas and blood marys are just $15 with the purchase of a brunch entree.

329 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Saint John

1117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Oysters Sardou
Saint John/Official

At Eric Cook’s newly-opened Saint John, the chef-owner of LGD favorite Gris-Gris goes thoroughly Creole with his well-composed dishes, and that includes for brunch. The menu includes a number of the lunch and dinner menu favorites, like oysters Saint John and hot shrimp remoulade, but there are also six dishes that are breakfast-oriented. Among them are the classic eggs sardou, crispy Gulf oysters with spinach and artichokes with bernaise; a blue crab omelette; and Creole eggs in purgatory, eggs baked in spicy Creole sauce with andouille and French bread.

1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

18. The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Dine in the rectory or on the enchantingly gothic courtyard for brunch at the Elysian Bar, the restaurant within the Hotel Peter & Paul in Faubourg Marigny. Served Saturday and Sunday, the succinct brunch menu offers a smoked salmon omelette or “baked eggs in purgatory” served with tomato, ricotta, chimichurri, and ciabatta. Be sure to check out as much of the hotel as possible while there — it’s a remarkable restoration of a former 1800s church, school house, rectory, and convent.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

19. Alma Cafe

800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Alma has been hopping for weekend brunch since it opened in fall 2020, despite technically being a breakfast and lunch cafe (Friday through Sunday, it also does happy hour). Chef Melissa Araujo serves a vast menu of Honduran and Louisiana breakfasts, like polenta pancakes, baleadas, corned beef hash, and crab or Gulf shrimp omelette. If it’s the weekend expect a wait, but it’s also open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week except on Tuesday.

800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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