Someone once said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But I humbly beg to differ. Brunch gets that award as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps due to the fact that I am not a morning person or that I most often associate it with the weekend. Or perhaps simply because it’s the perfect excuse to get together with loved ones while indulging in good conversation, day drinks and delicious food. Either way, if you are anything like me, you’d better make sure to check out this list of New Orleans’ brunch spots (at least one from every major Nola neighborhood) and what makes them noteworthy.
ATCHAFALAYA (GARDEN DISTRICT)
The food at Atchafalaya is amazing in and of itself, but my favorite thing about brunching here is their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. With a wide-array of fixing options such as homemade and fresh vegetables, hot sauces and seasonings (spanning the length of an entire wall in the barroom), your drink alone could easily be your meal! Or not…
901 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115 | www.atchafalayarestaurant.com
Honorable mention: Commander’s Palace, the city’s original jazz brunch spot.
THE COUNTRY CLUB (BYWATER)
Every Saturday morning The Country Club hosts a Drag Brunch. It’s a great spot to meet up for brunch with your best gal pals. We highly recommend. But, be sure to call for a reservation months in advance because this brunch spot is wildly popular among locals and tourists. Brunch is served a la carte.
634 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 | www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
When you go for brunch at Toast uptown, you must get an order of their Aeblesskivers. I dream about these mouthwatering puffed pancakes with powdered sugar. To top it off, you have several yummy sauce options for dipping: caramel, maple syrup, nutella (pictured below), lemon curd, chocolate or jam.
5433 Laurel Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 | www.toastneworleans.com
Honorable mention: Surrey’s Uptown
KATIE’S RESTAURANT (MID-CITY)
Located in Mid-City, Katie’s family-owned restaurant has a friendly neighborhood vibe. And while everything on their Sunday brunch menu is sinfully delicious, one must try the crawfish beignet. They also offer bottomless red or white sangria in addition to other bottomless drink options such as mimosas or Bloody Marys.
3701 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 | www.katiesinmidcity.com
SOBOU (FRENCH QUARTER)
Every Sunday from 11am to 2pm, there is a Burlesque “Eggs & Legs” Brunch at SoBou located next to the W Hotel in the French Quarter. Their Sunday brunch is a three-course meal package costing around $30. You may also opt for their bottomless Bellinis for an additional $25 per person.
310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 | www.sobounola.com
Honorable mention: A courtyard brunch at either Brennan’s or Court of Two Sisters.
All images by Mary Losavio unless otherwise noted.