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Cane and Table’s fried chicken sandwich.
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Where to Eat Brunch in New Orleans Right Now

Oxtail eggs Benedict, seafood omelets, and passionfruit mimosas

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Cane and Table’s fried chicken sandwich.
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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 tracking the newest options for that special weekend meal, whether at restaurants new to the city’s dining scene or favorites launching brunch for the first time. Here are exciting new brunch destinations in New Orleans, arranged by neighborhood.

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Monday | Restaurant + Bar

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Entrepreneur Larry Morrow brings buzzy new restaurant and bar, Monday, to Mid City, where chef (and Morrow’s mother) Lenora Chong serves up an eclectic mix of Creole classics and Southern specialties. For Sunday brunch, choose from breakfast tacos, smoked salmon toast, a variety of waffle dishes, and lamb chop and grits, among other dishes.

Piece of Meat

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Piece of Meat’s second incarnation (the first being a butcher and sandwich shop) is as a modern steakhouse, serving beautiful cuts of beef, fish, classic sides, and creative cocktails — and brunch. The newly renovated space is a warm but chic setting for Saturday and Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the menu is bold but familiar: Classic eggs Benedict, short ribs hash, and blueberry stuffed French toast, for example, but also a brunch chili dog — wagyu and black-eyed pea chili, poached egg, sour cream, and cheddar cheese on a Mayhew Bakery bun.

The Elysian Bar

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Brunch seven days a week? It’s a blessing, appropriate since this hotspot is located in a renovated former church complex. Sit outside on the interior courtyard or inside in the kitschy rectory with its happy colors for dishes like a classic French rolled omelet, eggs baked in tomato, ricotta, and chimichurri; and fried grits with chorizo gravy and a sunny side egg. It’s a great spot for brunch cocktails.

Cocktails from the Elysian Bar.
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One of New Orleans’s best new restaurants is now serving Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing an exciting option to a brunch scene that can get repetitive. Omelets are central to the menu, with three specialties, New Orleanian, Haitian, and California style, or a make your own option. Go the sweet route with cinnamon toast plantains or chocolate French toast, or go big with a Fritai Benedict or shrimp and smoked fish and grits — it’s hard to go wrong. Wash it all down with passionfruit mimosas and or a coffee rum, fernet, and cinnamon cocktail. Reservations recommended.

Saint John

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At Eric Cook’s second restaurant Saint John, well-composed Creole dishes rule the day, and that includes brunch. A changing menu might include dishes grounded in the flavors of Louisana, like a shrimp and holy trinity omelet; French toast with brandy milk punch custard; and beef daube debris and grits.

French toast with a dollop of custard. Randy Schmidt/Saint John

Cane and Table

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Cane & Table has long been a brunch favorite, its sunny, romantic dining room and courtyard make for a special setting for the meal. As of the New Year, brunch here is even more enticing — the Decatur Street oasis has brought back bottomless brunch. Guests can enjoy as many mimosas as is responsible for $25 (available with full table participation and entrees). The brunch menu changes often, but usually includes the pikliz-topped fried chicken sandwich, a breakfast Cuban, and avocado toast with a jammy egg and salsa macha. Be sure to order a round of biscuits and jam for the table.

Jewel of the South

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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. Expect Sunday brunch 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 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Jewel of the South

Palm and Pine

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Sunday brunch is a highlight 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 might include a duck boudin omelet, Texas wagyu and eggs, or chilaquiles. 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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Chapter IV

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This brand new restaurant from Edgar “Dook” Chase IV, grandson of the legendary Dooky Chase’s restaurant founder and culinary icon Leah Chase and her husband Dooky Chase, has arrived downtown. While the Chase family may be best associated with gumbo, fried chicken, and shrimp Clemenceau, Chapter IV aims to do something different while honoring its legacy. The daytime spot celebrates brunch on weekends with live music, lively cocktails, fried oyster BLTs, fish and grits, and fried chicken sandwiches, to name a few dishes.

Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

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Couvant, the elegant French brasserie in downtown’s chic Eliza Jane Hotel, now offers weekend brunch, running Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. French-Southern mashups include a berry pain perdue, a delicious Croque madame, and duck confit and waffles with blackberries and fois gras butter. Better yet, Couvant is offering $25 unlimited brunch cocktails — bloodys, Palomas, mimosas, or brunch punch.

Brunch cocktails from Couvant.
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Seafood Sally's

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Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs’s fun Oak Street seafood hub now serves brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Baywatch-themed menu with a blue crab omelette, shrimp and grits, and boudin beignets is served against a backdrop of old episodes of the show, except when there’s a Saints game on of course. Sangria, peach bellinis, and a shrimp-and-bacon-loaded bloody mary round out the drinks menu.

Miss River

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The city’s newest special occasion splurge destination is Miss River, the main restaurant in the new Four Seasons hotel. Waterfront brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, featuring creations like duck eggs Creole; beignets and ham; and poached eggs and creamed spinach on toasted brioche bread with hollandaise and caviar. Of course, the cocktails are just as over-the-top: Bloody marys with garnishes like pickled quail eggs, okra, and steamed shrimp; and mimosas served from a roving mimosa station.

Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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14 Parishes

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This Oak Street destination for Jamaican specialties serves brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering an exciting menu of smaller items like fried green tomatoes, cornmeal porridge, and French toast bites; and bigger 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. The restaurant’s delicious fresh juices will fix you right up the morning after a late Saturday night.

District All Day Delicious

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For a family-friendly, crowd-pleasing brunch option, the folks behind District Donuts have nearly every base covered at District All Day Delicious: a wide-ranging menu, a big menu of frozen and brunch cocktails, and an in-house ice cream shop to finish it off. Choose from a number of Mexican breakfast dishes, a slew of biscuit breakfast sandwiches, and three kinds of pancakes, or go with well-balanced lunchtime fare from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gianna Restaurant

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Donald Link and company’s modern Italian stunner in the Warehouse District serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays — a recent rarity. Try Louisiana strawberry semolina pancakes (it’s strawberry season!); lamb sausage gravy with creamy polenta; eggs alla Gianna (with chilies, tomato soffritto and fried ciabatta); and brunch cocktails. Reservations are a good idea.

Bakery Bar

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Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday at this LGD neighborhood gem, now with a menu from former Bacchanal chef Lydia Solano. Both dinner and brunch got a revamp, with the former offering a succinct handful of classic and over-the-top dishes. There’s chia seed pudding with custard cardamom strudel, an oxtail cake eggs Benedict, and Spanish-style torrijas, topped with blackberry compote and plantain custard.

Nothing’s better than Mexican brunch, and Vals serves one of the best in town, as long as you don’t mind the possibility of a wait (no reservations) and lots of college students. Excellent huevos rancheros and a breakfast burrito are rounded out by horchata French toast, shrimp tamales, and churros, served Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

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Tired of the same old brunch? Try something new and head to Wishing Town for a Sunday dim sum spread — endless dumpling varieties including scallops and shrimp, crispy fried chicken, beef and onion, and char siu tofu pockets. Add a round of pastries, including egg tarts, egg yolk puff pastries, crepe cake, and coconut tarts, and brunch doesn’t get much better.

Wishing Town egg tarts.
Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Scrambled

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Uptown has a sunny new breakfast and brunch destination housed in the former Toast on Laurel Street. Steven Green’s menu is creative and fun, not to mention vast given the current trend toward five-item lists — a pretty shakshouka and fresh scrambled tofu bowl mix with over-the-top plates of peanut butter mousse waffles and cannoli French toast to offer something for everyone. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshouka from Scrambled.
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Mister Mao

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After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant now serves Sunday brunch weekly. The menu will change frequently, as does the dinner menu, but will always include gluten-free options — expect mashup dishes like hot chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with onion gravy or a Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette. Don’t miss the enticing brunch cocktails.

A spread of brunch dishes from Mister Mao including a hot chicken Benedict
Mister Mao brunch spread.
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Monday | Restaurant + Bar

Entrepreneur Larry Morrow brings buzzy new restaurant and bar, Monday, to Mid City, where chef (and Morrow’s mother) Lenora Chong serves up an eclectic mix of Creole classics and Southern specialties. For Sunday brunch, choose from breakfast tacos, smoked salmon toast, a variety of waffle dishes, and lamb chop and grits, among other dishes.

Piece of Meat

Piece of Meat’s second incarnation (the first being a butcher and sandwich shop) is as a modern steakhouse, serving beautiful cuts of beef, fish, classic sides, and creative cocktails — and brunch. The newly renovated space is a warm but chic setting for Saturday and Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the menu is bold but familiar: Classic eggs Benedict, short ribs hash, and blueberry stuffed French toast, for example, but also a brunch chili dog — wagyu and black-eyed pea chili, poached egg, sour cream, and cheddar cheese on a Mayhew Bakery bun.

The Elysian Bar

Brunch seven days a week? It’s a blessing, appropriate since this hotspot is located in a renovated former church complex. Sit outside on the interior courtyard or inside in the kitschy rectory with its happy colors for dishes like a classic French rolled omelet, eggs baked in tomato, ricotta, and chimichurri; and fried grits with chorizo gravy and a sunny side egg. It’s a great spot for brunch cocktails.

Cocktails from the Elysian Bar.
Randy Schmidt/Hotel Peter and Paul

Fritai

One of New Orleans’s best new restaurants is now serving Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing an exciting option to a brunch scene that can get repetitive. Omelets are central to the menu, with three specialties, New Orleanian, Haitian, and California style, or a make your own option. Go the sweet route with cinnamon toast plantains or chocolate French toast, or go big with a Fritai Benedict or shrimp and smoked fish and grits — it’s hard to go wrong. Wash it all down with passionfruit mimosas and or a coffee rum, fernet, and cinnamon cocktail. Reservations recommended.

Saint John

At Eric Cook’s second restaurant Saint John, well-composed Creole dishes rule the day, and that includes brunch. A changing menu might include dishes grounded in the flavors of Louisana, like a shrimp and holy trinity omelet; French toast with brandy milk punch custard; and beef daube debris and grits.

French toast with a dollop of custard. Randy Schmidt/Saint John

Cane and Table

Cane & Table has long been a brunch favorite, its sunny, romantic dining room and courtyard make for a special setting for the meal. As of the New Year, brunch here is even more enticing — the Decatur Street oasis has brought back bottomless brunch. Guests can enjoy as many mimosas as is responsible for $25 (available with full table participation and entrees). The brunch menu changes often, but usually includes the pikliz-topped fried chicken sandwich, a breakfast Cuban, and avocado toast with a jammy egg and salsa macha. Be sure to order a round of biscuits and jam for the table.

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. Expect Sunday brunch 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 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Jewel of the South

Palm and Pine

Sunday brunch is a highlight 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 might include a duck boudin omelet, Texas wagyu and eggs, or chilaquiles. Cocktails are top-notch.

A bowl of shrimp Creole with jalapeño cream cheese grits, corn, and tomato
Shrimp Creole from Palm & Pine
Randy Schmidt/Palm & Pine

Chapter IV

This brand new restaurant from Edgar “Dook” Chase IV, grandson of the legendary Dooky Chase’s restaurant founder and culinary icon Leah Chase and her husband Dooky Chase, has arrived downtown. While the Chase family may be best associated with gumbo, fried chicken, and shrimp Clemenceau, Chapter IV aims to do something different while honoring its legacy. The daytime spot celebrates brunch on weekends with live music, lively cocktails, fried oyster BLTs, fish and grits, and fried chicken sandwiches, to name a few dishes.

Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

Couvant, the elegant French brasserie in downtown’s chic Eliza Jane Hotel, now offers weekend brunch, running Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. French-Southern mashups include a berry pain perdue, a delicious Croque madame, and duck confit and waffles with blackberries and fois gras butter. Better yet, Couvant is offering $25 unlimited brunch cocktails — bloodys, Palomas, mimosas, or brunch punch.

Brunch cocktails from Couvant.
Couvant/Official

Seafood Sally's

Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs’s fun Oak Street seafood hub now serves brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Baywatch-themed menu with a blue crab omelette, shrimp and grits, and boudin beignets is served against a backdrop of old episodes of the show, except when there’s a Saints game on of course. Sangria, peach bellinis, and a shrimp-and-bacon-loaded bloody mary round out the drinks menu.

Miss River

The city’s newest special occasion splurge destination is Miss River, the main restaurant in the new Four Seasons hotel. Waterfront brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, featuring creations like duck eggs Creole; beignets and ham; and poached eggs and creamed spinach on toasted brioche bread with hollandaise and caviar. Of course, the cocktails are just as over-the-top: Bloody marys with garnishes like pickled quail eggs, okra, and steamed shrimp; and mimosas served from a roving mimosa station.

Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Scrambled egg toast with shaved black truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans/Official

14 Parishes

This Oak Street destination for Jamaican specialties serves brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering an exciting menu of smaller items like fried green tomatoes, cornmeal porridge, and French toast bites; and bigger 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. The restaurant’s delicious fresh juices will fix you right up the morning after a late Saturday night.

District All Day Delicious

For a family-friendly, crowd-pleasing brunch option, the folks behind District Donuts have nearly every base covered at District All Day Delicious: a wide-ranging menu, a big menu of frozen and brunch cocktails, and an in-house ice cream shop to finish it off. Choose from a number of Mexican breakfast dishes, a slew of biscuit breakfast sandwiches, and three kinds of pancakes, or go with well-balanced lunchtime fare from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gianna Restaurant

Donald Link and company’s modern Italian stunner in the Warehouse District serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays — a recent rarity. Try Louisiana strawberry semolina pancakes (it’s strawberry season!); lamb sausage gravy with creamy polenta; eggs alla Gianna (with chilies, tomato soffritto and fried ciabatta); and brunch cocktails. Reservations are a good idea.

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Bakery Bar

Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday at this LGD neighborhood gem, now with a menu from former Bacchanal chef Lydia Solano. Both dinner and brunch got a revamp, with the former offering a succinct handful of classic and over-the-top dishes. There’s chia seed pudding with custard cardamom strudel, an oxtail cake eggs Benedict, and Spanish-style torrijas, topped with blackberry compote and plantain custard.

Vals

Nothing’s better than Mexican brunch, and Vals serves one of the best in town, as long as you don’t mind the possibility of a wait (no reservations) and lots of college students. Excellent huevos rancheros and a breakfast burrito are rounded out by horchata French toast, shrimp tamales, and churros, served Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Tired of the same old brunch? Try something new and head to Wishing Town for a Sunday dim sum spread — endless dumpling varieties including scallops and shrimp, crispy fried chicken, beef and onion, and char siu tofu pockets. Add a round of pastries, including egg tarts, egg yolk puff pastries, crepe cake, and coconut tarts, and brunch doesn’t get much better.

Wishing Town egg tarts.
Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Scrambled

Uptown has a sunny new breakfast and brunch destination housed in the former Toast on Laurel Street. Steven Green’s menu is creative and fun, not to mention vast given the current trend toward five-item lists — a pretty shakshouka and fresh scrambled tofu bowl mix with over-the-top plates of peanut butter mousse waffles and cannoli French toast to offer something for everyone. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shakshouka from Scrambled.
Scrambled

Mister Mao

After experimenting with special brunches for a few months, Uptown’s most exciting restaurant now serves Sunday brunch weekly. The menu will change frequently, as does the dinner menu, but will always include gluten-free options — expect mashup dishes like hot chicken Benedict served on a Hawaiian pineapple roll with onion gravy or a Thai shrimp cake with sunny eggs, mustard greens, red curry, and fish sauce vinaigrette. Don’t miss the enticing brunch cocktails.

A spread of brunch dishes from Mister Mao including a hot chicken Benedict
Mister Mao brunch spread.
Paprika Studios/Mister Mao

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