May 11, 2023 - Food and Drink

14 best brunch spots in New Orleans

Mister Mao's whimsical and globally-inspired menu is one of our favorites for brunch. Photo: Paprika Studios

There are a lot of influential New Orleans inventions — jazz, the Higgins boat, Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” — but few are as widely adopted as brunch.

  • Yep, the midmorning meal that’s not quite breakfast and not quite lunch was created in New Orleans.

Background: Sure, British author Guy Beringer may have come up with the word, but it was French Quarter restaurant H. Bégué’s Exchange that created “second breakfast” as a meal for French Market proprietors just coming off the overnight shift.

  • The concept was wildly popular, and it spread quickly.
  • And today, you can toast that early ingenuity over brunch in any number of New Orleans restaurants.

Here are 14 of our favorites.

14 Parishes

What’s cooking: This Jamaican restaurant serves up jerk chicken and biscuits, oxtails and grits, crabcakes and plenty of fun, fruit-forward brunch cocktails.

Where to find it: 8227 Oak St.


What’s cooking: A mix of contemporary American and Honduran breakfast standards, from avocado toast to baleadas sencillas, a tortilla served with eggs, refried beans, a house-made crema and avocado, and stuffed with chorizo, brisket, pork or mushrooms.

Where to find it: 800 Louisa St.

Birdy’s Behind the Bower

What’s cooking: A range of comforting egg dishes, like huevos rancheros and a hash skillet with roasted beef, and lighter options like salads and bowls. Feeling indulgent? Go for the funfetti bubble waffle.

Where to find it: 1320 Magazine St.


What’s cooking: A boozy brunch perfect for a lazy Sunday with a menu focused on French and Creole classics, like turtle soup, eggs Sardou and Brennan’s own eggs Hussarde: poached eggs atop a house-made English muffin with coffee-cured bacon with hollandaise and marchand de vin sauce.

Where to find it: 417 Royal St.

Eggs benedict, served with ham and covered in Hollaindaise, and eggs Sardou, served with spinach, sit side by side on a Brennan's plate.
Eggs Benedict and eggs Sardou are must-haves at Brennan's. Photo: Courtesy of Brennan's
Commander’s Palace

What’s cooking: Expect to stick around awhile as you work your way through multiple courses. Think pork belly cinnamon rolls, shrimp and grits and strawberry shortcake.

  • Don’t forget to bring a few bucks to tip the jazz musicians who meander the restaurant for tableside performances.

Where to find it: 1403 Washington Ave.

Country Club

What’s cooking: Fresh salads, chicken and waffles, and fried green tomatoes with eggs. Bring a bathing suit and spend the afternoon by the backyard pool, and don’t forget some cash to tip the drag queens who entertain diners every weekend.

Where to find it: 634 Louisa St.

District All Day Delicious

What’s cooking: Indulgent comfort foods that might just send you back to bed for a nap, like the bacon, egg and cheeseburger, a bruleed cinnamon roll and the pigs in a blanket: A buttermilk pancake wrapped around a link of pork sausage and served with maple syrup and powdered sugar.

Where to find it: 611 O’Keefe Ave., Suite C7


What’s cooking: Expect a line at this iconic New Orleans breakfast joint, but it’ll be worth the wait for the fried green tomatoes dripping in hollaindaise and bright yolks from poached eggs, old-school local breakfast fritters known as callas and of course the rave-worthy praline bacon.

Where to find it: 601 Gallier St.

Horn’s Eatery

What’s cooking: The vibe here is all home-cooking, whether you want something lighter, like oatmeal or grilled veggies and grits, are are looking for something to soak up last night’s sins, like a cornbread waffle with pulled pork, you’re in good hands.

Where to find it: 2440 Chartres St.

La Petite Grocery

What’s cooking: Chef Justin Devillier serves up Louisiana flavor at his Uptown corner restaurant. Think brioche pain perdu and Gulf shrimp and frits. Don’t forget a couple of orders of the blue crab beignets for the table, and maybe a side of duck fat hash for yourself.

Where to find it: 4236 Magazine St.

Mister Mao

What’s cooking: The menu here changes often, but it’s always whimsical and globally-inspired. Think chile-fried chicken, jelly doughnuts stuffed with cranberry miso filling and a steak and eggs dish served with harissa.

Where to find it: 4501 Tchoupitoulas St.

Jelly doughnuts from Mister Mao. Photo: Paprika Studios
Paladar 511

What’s cooking: Fried egg sandwiches, lemon ricotta pancakes topped with blueberry compote and lamb sausage ragu with hummus and poached eggs.

Where to find it: 511 Marigny St.


What’s cooking: Chef Alon Shaya’s contemporary Israeli is perfect for a communal-style feast of dippable hummus filled with buttery blue crab or harissa and soft-cooked eggs, or simply a plate of shakshuka to warm you up from the inside.

Where to find it: 5757 Magazine St.

Up and Adam Eatz

What’s cooking: Waffles, pancakes and lots of southern flavors, like sticky wings with honey Tabasco, boudin balls and the Tchoupitoulas omelet, which is stuffed with crawfish, shrimp, cheese and a crabmeat cream sauce.

Where to find it: 3903 Canal St.


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