NOLA Food 1 of 4 – Brunch & Beignets

The most important meal of the day–or likely weekend in this case–comes in a variety of shapes and tastes here in New Orleans. We dined at coffee stands, diners and restaurants and each offered a totally different experience. While we barely scratched the surface on what the Big Easy has to offer for breakfast, we were not disappointed with what we sampled. Whether you’re headed out for a boozy brunch to keep your hangover at bay, seeking something savory, or have your heart set on a sweet treat, there is something to delight every appetite.

 

Brunch & Breakfast

Fried chicken and pulled pork Benedict from Ruby Slipper
  • Ruby Slipper Cafe ($$)- There are several locations sprinkled throughout the city. Come here for the delicious signature eggs Benedict like Eggs Cochon or Chicken St. Charles. Can’t decide which one to get? Get one egg of each with the Peacemaker.
  • Camellia’s Grill ($)- An uptown favorite, this 50’s style dinner serves up delicious omelets and exceptional southern hospitality. Great if you’re nursing a hangover and need food and company that will nurse you back to health. Also known for great pecan pie–we missed, but will definitely try next time we are in town.
Creole Slammer from Slim Goodies
  • Slim Goodies Diner ($$)- For good cooking without the wait, look no further than Slim Goodies Diner on Magazine Street. This no frills establishment boasts an extensive menu of traditional breakfast items, slammers, sandwiches and pancakes. We had the creole slammer (crawfish etouffee, two eggs & a biscuit) and a contractor’s combo (a little bit of everything: two eggs, hash browns, grits, bacon, sausage and a pancake).
  • Live Oak Cafe ($$) – Live Oak is an adorable little spot located Uptown on Oak Street that features live piano music. Come for the adequately named “hangover” dish (cheese grits topped with 2 over-easy eggs, sausage and bacon bits), biscuits and gravy, or their Huevos Rancheros.

 

Beignets

  • Cafe Du Monde ($)- Yes, it’s touristy. However, it’s a must when in New Orleans. For those new to New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde serves up two things: fresh, hot beignets covered in powdered sugar and steaming hot cups of cafe au lait. Hot tip: if you see a line of tourists waiting to get in, don’t get in line. Just head in and scope out a table.
Beignets and a view of the park at Morning Call
  • Morning Call ($)- Beignets where the locals go! Morning Call is located within City Park, making it a perfect stop before you head to the Bechoff Sculpture Garden or New Orleans Museum of Art. While yes they have delicious beignets and coffee, they also offer up jambalaya and crawfish bread. Cash only!

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