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GoNOLA Tops: CBD Breakfast Spots

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The corned beef & hatch hash at Blueline Sandwich is made with onions, hatch chiles, and diced potatoes, topped with two eggs. (Photo: Blue Line Sandwich)

Whether you live and work in New Orleans or you’re visiting the city for business, you’ll soon learn that the CBD, or Central Business District, is where you’ll want to put your best professional foot forward. Whether you’re organizing a meeting with a high-profile client, catching up with a friend before a conference, or looking for a place to grab a bite while answering emails, nothing gets you better prepared for a busy day than breakfast. Here are our favorite spots for a delicious CBD breakfast.

Blue Line Sandwich Co.

Blue Line Sandwich Co., which serves both breakfast and lunch, is one of the newest additions to the CBD. The menu is inspired by fresh ingredients from local farms – with both beautiful produce and decadent deliciousness. Our favorite, the corned beef & hatch hash is made with onions, hatch chiles, and diced potatoes, topped with two eggs! Blue Line is ideal for a casual breakfast meeting.


Sometimes you just want to find a calm place to set up your laptop, read over some proposals, and eat a breakfast sandwich. Merchant is your place. This chic coffee shop and eatery is ideal for staking out a table and working. Our favorite menu item is the fig’ama’jig: it’s egg, turkey, goat cheese, and fig on ciabatta.

Merchant in the heart of the Central Business District serves up Illy coffee and is a central meeting point for the business crowd (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

2 Chicks Cafe

Opened by “two chicks who love to eat,” Two Chicks Cafe offers a wholesome breakfast menu as well as fresh-squeezed juices. It’s located right by the Convention Center, so this is the perfect spot for catching up with that friend who’s in town for a conference or for grabbing a bite before your first session of the day. We love the build-your-own omelets – they pair perfectly with a fresh smoothie.

Ruby Slipper

A family-owned breakfast spot, with locations all over the city, Ruby Slipper is meant to remind diners of coming home. When the owners returned to the area after Hurricane Katrina, they knew they wanted to recreate that feeling for all their customers. The CBD Ruby Slipper location is close to some of the most prominent office buildings and meeting spaces in downtown New Orleans. We love the Eggs Benedict options: there are six different types and you can mix and match!

A variation on Eggs Benedict from Ruby Slipper Cafe (Photo via Ruby Slipper Cafe – CBD on Facebook)

The Daily Beet

A healthy, energizing breakfast before a workday will do wonders for your productivity – and for your soul. The Daily Beet offers fresh, locally-sourced, whole food. We like coming here with friends after an early morning workout for an acai bowl or a blue dream smoothie.

Willa Jean

Chef Kelly Fields named Willa Jean after her grandmother. The menu is inspired by southern cooking and hospitality, so if you like biscuits, this is your place. Try the fried chicken biscuit with tabasco-honey! Willa Jean’s is the best place to recover from last night’s work event that ran late before today’s first meeting. Pro-tip: Willa Jean’s also makes the best chocolate chip cookies, so grab some for later in the day!

Willa Jean (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Pulp & Grind

Focusing on fresh juice and coffee, Pulp & Grind is the perfect spot to meet a new professional connection for a quick chat or to grab a solo bite before the workday. While the breakfast offerings aren’t extensive, there are plenty of housemade pastries plus some savory frittatas and croissants.

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