- Mary Jane Dempsey
Late nights and lazy mornings fit the New Orleans attitude perfectly. In no particular order, these are the 10 best places to enjoy brunch the morning after a jazz-filled evening in the French Quarter of Louisiana.
Red Gravy Cafe
Voted one of the top brunches by Open Table, Red Gravy is serving up Italian classics with its own special spin, such as cannoli pancakes or an omelet served with ricotta and meatballs. The owner and chef, Roseann, is a Jersey girl who fell love with the Big Easy and opened up the restaurant, which specializes in brunch meats and produce from local venders. The pottery decorations were created by the owner herself.
Red Gravy, 125 Camp St, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 561 8844
El Gato Negro Cafe
Chief Juan began working in the restaurant industry as a dish washer when he was 14 years old, to earn money to buy a new pair of shoes. Fast forward 30 years, Juan has established his own place, El Gato Negro, where he offers family recipes from Michoacán, Mexico. Patrons always return for the innovative margaritas.
El Gato Negro, 81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 525 9752
Looking for a quintessential Southern American meal? Café Fleur-De-Lis is your answer, serving up traditional breakfast platters and wraps. The shop also offers its own espresso, roasted locally and packs a bold punch. Pancakes are known for being particularly fluffy and light.
Café Fleur-De-Lis, 307 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA, + 1 504 529 9641
Croissant D’Or Patisserie
In the French Quarter, it makes sense to try some authentic French pastries. Croissant D’Or has been perfecting its recipes for the last thirty years. Whether you’d prefer a chocolate croissant or a béchamel sandwich, all are welcome to enjoy their meals in the Victorian-style coffee shop.
Croissant D’Or, 617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 524 4663
Meals From the Heart Café
Hidden inside the French Market, Meals from The Heart Café offers organic and fresh food, providing healthier options for anyone with dietary restrictions. From pancakes to sandwiches, the folks look to serve their customer with a number of gluten-free options. What could be better than healthy food to go?
Meals From the Heart Café, 1100 N Peters St #13, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 525 1953
Court of Two Sisters
If you want to treat yourself to a fancier brunch, look no further than the Court of Two Sisters. As you pick out what sort of eggs you want at the omelet station, enjoy listening to the jazz music being played by a live band. Be sure to make a reservation or you might not get a table.
The Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 522 7261
Originally opened in 1946, Brennan’s has become a classic spot to enjoy the fancier side of New Orleans. Customers can either choose from three course meals or pick out dishes à la carte.
Brennan’s, 417 Royal St, New Orleans LA, +1 504 525 9711
Muriel’s Jackson Square
On the outside, this restaurant appears to be a swanky spot to try out creole food. The beauty of Muriel’s, however, can be found on the inside. The balcony offers customers one of the French Quarter’s most photographed views, while the Séance lush seating room reflects the building’s history as one of the most famous bordellos in the area. After exploring the different rooms, be sure to sit down to Sunday Jazz Brunch, featuring Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.
Muriel’s Jackson Square, 801 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 568 1885
Majoria’s Commerce Restaurant
No frills? No problem! Majoria Commerce Restaurant is famous for serving “good food since 1965.” Tucked away in an assuming area, the place has a menu jam-packed with egg sandwich specials and po-boys at great prices. Don’t let the decor throw you off—Majoria makes simple and affordable Louisiana fare.
Majoria’s Commerce Restaurant, 300 Camp St, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 561 9239
The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant
The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant has been serving up Creole food since 1894 and offers a wide assortment of Lousiana-style breakfast dishes and po-boys. Sick of the cliché beignet? Try the Old Cofffee Pot’s callas cakes, a rice cake served with pecans and grits.
The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant, 714 St Peter, New Orleans, LA, +1 504 524 3500