In a culinary rich city like New Orleans, nearly every meal you’ll eat will most likely be fantastic. But there’s no meal quite as important as the one that starts your day, whether you’re curing a case of the late nights or fueling your mind and body for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Whatever Crescent City neighborhood you find yourself in, there’s a perfect spot to satisfy all your breakfast and brunch-time essentials.
Satsuma – A few blocks off Carrollton Avenue on Maple Street lives one of the most popular breakfast and lunch spots for residents, college students, and visitors looking for a variety of morning delights. Satsuma, which has another location in Dauphine Street in Bywater, features a menu of fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, fair-trade coffee, numerous egg dishes, salads and sandwiches, available everyday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Toast – Located on Laurel Street, Toast offers a great selection of breakfast classics in addition to signature dishes. Choose from omelettes, savory and sweet crepes, breakfast sandwiches, and their “aebleskivers,” which are puffed pancakes with powdered sugar and your choice of sauce (chocolate, anyone?). Of course, they have quite the selection of toast, with featured ingredients like avocado, cured salmon, and prosciutto. Toast serves breakfast all day from 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Surrey’s Café & Juice Bar – You’ll find this quaint breakfast nook nestled in the Lower Garden District along Magazine Street. As the oldest organic juice bar in New Orleans, this place does not disappoint. Choose from an array of fresh juices, then indulge in Latin-inspired dishes like the Costa Rican breakfast with eggs, rice, pico de gallo, and fresh avocado or the buttermilk biscuits made from scratch. It’s so good, you’ll want to stay for lunch. Breakfast is served daily from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Ruby Slipper – Known for having one of the most extensive breakfast menus in town, the Ruby Slipper (which has other locations in Mid-City and Marigny) impresses with basic breakfast fare like pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and French toast, and some unexpected options like the Costa Rican plate with slow-cooked black beans, eggs, crispy plantains and avocado, or a Croque Madame on challah with grilled ham, Mornay sauce and fried egg. Breakfast is served Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Biscuits and Buns on Banks – Enjoy bottomless hot coffee or iced tea while feasting on unique breakfast and brunch dishes, like fried oyster and adobo rubbed pork belly sandwich with remoulade, or crawfish etouffee served over creamy grits. And for those avoiding meat, BBB’s grilled watermelon “sandwich” stuffed with melted Brie and peppery arugula is a total game-changer. Breakfast is served Tuesday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Horn’s – Named for the family who owns the place, Horn’s is the sister restaurant to Slim Goodies diner in the Uptown/Garden District area. Enjoy breakfast plates with funny names like the “Jewish Coonass” which comes with potato latkes, eggs, and crawfish étouffée, or the “Crabby Wife” with crawfish etouffee soaked crab cakes and eggs. A variety of omelettes and waffles, including one made with sweet potato, also are available. Breakfast is served everyday beginning at 7 a.m.
Elizabeth’s – This is an unmistakably New Orleans restaurant with food beyond what you’d expect from the outside appearance. Lunch and dinner are spectacular but breakfast at Elizabeth’s is where it’s at: dishes include Bananas Foster French toast, a breakfast po-boy with eggs and bacon, and a salmon grilled cheese with Brie and fried eggs. Local seafood, like soft-shell crab, is often fried up and served alongside eggs and grits as a special. Don’t forget to try Elizabeth’s famous praline-coated bacon appetizer. Breakfast is served Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stanley – When questioning where to get breakfast in the French Quarter, Stanley should always come to mind. Located in the midst of all the action on Jackson Square, this diner-style restaurant and soda fountain dishes out fluffy pancakes topped with vanilla ice cream, corned beef hash with poached eggs and hollandaise and an omelet sandwich with spicy mayo on toasted bread. Breakfast is served all day in addition to their lunch and early dinner options, so if you want your gumbo with a side of Bananas Foster French toast, then that’s A-OK. Breakfast is served every day from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Café Navarre – Families and groups of friends gather at this neighborhood cafe for pancakes studded with fresh blueberries or chocolate chips, omelettes stuffed with everything from artichoke hearts and feta to turkey and avocado, and four kinds of eggs Benedict including sausage jalapeno. Breakfast is served Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Terrytown Cafe & Donuts – Open 24 hours a day, this budget-friendly donut shop across the river serves up all the classic donut varieties, like regular glazed, chocolate iced, buttermilk, jelly filled, apple fritters and buttermilk. A dozen donuts will run you under $8 and the breakfast plate with two eggs, grits, toast and sausage is less than $4. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.