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Tom
Los Angeles

New Orleans

Breakfast in New Orleans?

Assuming you wake up on time for breakfast, what are the local specialties? I have 3 mornings and I don't want to waste a single one.


19 Answers

top answer by
Andrew from Los Angeles

Ok, so some of the others answers you have gotten are pretty spot on. As a New Orleans native I figured I'll just expand on their answers and tell you my favorites of the places listed and what you should get to eat from each.

Atchafalaya is a great one. They have the best gumbo and great brunch options. Not to mention on Sundays they usually have a small band playing and a build your own Bloody Mary bar. You'll see some pros bring a folding chair cause the wait is generally a hour, but with the bloody mary bar its kind of a fun party outside til you get sat.


Surrey's Juice Bar has two locations and is a local's favorite. Don't be fooled by the juice bar in the name. This place consistently turns out some of the best breakfast food in the city. All the locals know it and chances are you'll probably see someone you met the night before in there the next day trying to eat away their hangover too. I highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits and a large banana pancake for the table.


Satsuma is a cool place in the new happening area of nola called The Bywater. I always get the One Eyed Jack. Delicious!

Not on this list is one of my favorite places... Stein's Market & Deli. This place is a great little Jewish deli that makes some awesome breakfast bagels. Nueske bacon, egg and cheese on a everything bagel... yes please! The workers are a bit ornery, but to be honest it kind of makes the place charming in a weird way that only works in New Orleans.

Stanley This is bordering on a level of too touristy but the Fried Oysters eggs benedict is top notch.


Slim Goodies Diner is your standard dinner breakfast. This place was serving up food to the National guard right after Katrina. One of the first places back up and running. I always get the Doc Horn when I go. Be warned, it is cash only.


Alright, I think these are some solid spots to try out. I like to travel like a local and blend in so these are all real local spots. Be a New Orleanian. Hope this helps.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Atchafalaya (restaurant)
  2. Surrey's Juice Bar (restaurant)
  3. Satsuma (restaurant)
  4. Stanley (restaurant)
  5. Slim Goodies Diner (restaurant)
  6. Stein's Market & Deli (restaurant)
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answered by
Amy from Atlanta

Hi Tom, I'm from NOLA, and love good food. Where are you staying? Here are a few suggestions to help you out no matter your location.  I pulled them from my wedding website, so if you need other food suggestions for say lunch or dinner, you may want to check it out (http://amyandpatrickswedding.com/) . Hope this helps! 

Stanley -- it gets crowded on the weekends, but if you have to wait it is in a central location in the quarter so you can always walk around and enjoy the city.
stanleyrestaurant.com

Café du Monde -- go for the beignets! 
cafedumonde.com
The French Quarter

The Ruby Slipper 

therubyslippercafe.net
Downtown/French Quarter

Palace Café -- i'd make a reservation if you're going to go here 
palacecafe.com
The French Quarter

Muriel's Jackson Square -- i'd make a reservation if you're going to go here 
murielscafe.com
The French Quarter

Elizabeth's
elizabethsrestaurantnola.com
Bywater

Satsuma
www.satsumacafe.com
Bywater

Atchafalaya
atchafalayarestaurant.com
Uptown

Slim Goodies Diner
slimgoodiesdiner.com
Uptown

Commander's Palace -- coat required, fancy 
commanderspalace.com
The Garden District
Fine dinning


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Stanley (restaurant)
  2. Café du Monde (restaurant)
  3. The Ruby Slipper (restaurant)
  4. Palace Café (restaurant)
  5. Muriel's Jackson Square (restaurant)
  6. Elizabeth's (restaurant)
  7. Satsuma (restaurant)
  8. Atchafalaya (restaurant)
  9. Slim Goodies Diner (restaurant)
  10. Commander's Palace (restaurant)
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answered first by
Allison from Houston

I really enjoyed this place called Elizabeth's in the Bywater section.  The last few times it's been hit or miss. It's be almost a year since I went last, so maybe it's improved. The serve Praline Bacon, which is pretty delicious!

Remembered some places.. Slim Goodies Diner and Surrey's Juice Bar  Slim Goodies reminds me of your typical diner. It's one of the places where the locals eat so you know its good.  I would recommend it first, then Surrey's, the Elizabeth's. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Elizabeth's (restaurant)
  2. Slim Goodies Diner (restaurant)
  3. Surrey's Juice Bar (restaurant)
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answered by
Jeff from Frisco

The best breakfast I have ever had anywhere is at Brennan's Restaurant & my wife also agrees!  It is a long process and go hungry.  It is fantastic.  Plan on doing a lot of walking afterwards or going back to your hotel to nap.


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  1. Brennan's Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
Kristen from New York City

How fast of a breakfast do you want? 

1) For a once-in-a-lifetime breakfast, hit up Brennan's Restaurant  It's a 3 course breakfast, one that will last until dinner, and it is quite possibly the most amazing experience.  You sit in an old mansion, have an amazing breakfast, and to finish it off, can choose to have Banana's Foster at the place where it originated.  It's made at the table, with a spectacular show of flames and the smells of perfectly caramelized bananas.

2) Café du Monde is a great second choice.  Don't be fooled by the long line, it moves really fast.  Order the traditional beignets and some chickory coffee and you're set.  

3) Café Beignet is amazing too.  We had a "Beignet" off and got some from both places.  They were very different.  These were a little denser but a bit crispier.  


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Brennan's Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Café du Monde (restaurant)
  3. Café Beignet (restaurant)
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answered by
Tony from Seattle

Bah.  Café du Monde is a rookie move.  Well, it's fine, but only because you ought to check the box.  For a great/homey breakfast, hit:

  • Cake Cafe & Bakery - Amazing shrimp and grits.  We went back twice.  Their boudin and eggs is also quite solid.  They have homemade jam that tastes mega-fresh and biscuits that are out of this world.

  • Elizabeth's - great smoked porkchops and eggs, awesome benedicts, and praline bacon.  Bonus points for being open on weekdays.
  • Stanley and Satsuma are also really solid.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Café du Monde (restaurant)
  2. Cake Cafe & Bakery (restaurant)
  3. Elizabeth's (restaurant)
  4. Stanley (restaurant)
  5. Satsuma (restaurant)
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answered by
Melissa from Chicago

Stanleyis a great option. I had some bananas foster French toast there during one of my visits and it was delicious. Bring your sweet tooth! Also, Magnolia Grill is a great diner for breakfast or lunch. Lines can be long, but it is worth it. I hope this is helpful. I don't live in NOLA, but it is one of my favorite places in the world!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Stanley (restaurant)
  2. Magnolia Grill (restaurant)
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answered by
Alisa from Charleston (West Virginia)

Breakfast in NOLA:  You can tell how good it is from the daily line, which moves fast Mother's Restaurant 401 Poydras St, 70130. Have To: Café du Monde for beignets and The Old Coffeepot Restaurant.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mother's Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Café du Monde (restaurant)
  3. The Old Coffeepot Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
Celeste from Oakland

Stanley was my favorite ... fried soft shell crab eggs benedict was a stand out


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Stanley (restaurant)
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answered by
Mary from Jonesboro

I love Brennan's Restaurant. I can also recommend the Court of Two Sisters and The Ruby Slipper.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Brennan's Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Court of Two Sisters (restaurant)
  3. The Ruby Slipper (restaurant)
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answered by
celia from San Francisco

Mother's Restaurant Café du Monde- although I prefer the benigets late night after a night out, a little "night cap" if you will & no lines!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mother's Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Café du Monde (restaurant)
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answered by
Jeanine from New York State

Daisy Dukes on Chartres has a really good breakfast. It's right behind The Marriott on Canal!


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  1. Daisy Dukes on Chartres (restaurant)
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answered by
Paul from New Orleans

First off, Trolley Stop Cafe. The food is ok but it's kind of a historic place (not officially or anything)http://www.yelp.com/biz/trolley-stop-new-orleans

Next Surrey's Juice Bar. This place has 3 locations. My favorite one is linked. Try the boudin biscuit or banana pancakes. http://www.yelp.com/biz/surreys-caf%C3%A9-and-juice-bar-new-orleans-2

My last recommendation is The Ruby Slipper. This place also has a few locations and I have linked my favorite (& the only one that I've been to) Everything is good including the bloody mary and screw drivers http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-ruby-slipper-cafe-new-orleans-4

 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Trolley Stop Cafe (restaurant)
  2. Surrey's Juice Bar (restaurant)
  3. The Ruby Slipper (restaurant)
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answered by
Lydia

Absolutely The Ruby Slipper!


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  1. The Ruby Slipper (restaurant)
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answered by
Allison

Camellia Grill for amazing diner food any time of day or late night. Elizabeth's for a delicious breakfast in the Bywater, which is a cool area to check out. Ruby Slipper (multiple locations) Atchafalaya has a build your own Bloody Mary Bar!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Camellia Grill (restaurant)
  2. Elizabeth's (restaurant)
  3. Ruby Slipper (restaurant)
  4. Atchafalaya (restaurant)
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answered by
Jeremi from Lafayette

Café du Monde are always a great choice.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Café du Monde (restaurant)
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answered by
Jim

If you're there on Sunday, go to Muriel's Jackson Square  for their Jazz brunch.  LOVE it!
http://www.muriels.com/

One day take the streetcar down to Camellia Grill known for waffles and more...
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/620351/restaurant/Carrollton/The-Camellia-Grill-New-Orleans

Of course, there's always Café du Monde for beignets, but you can get those any time of day.....but for me, it's a must.
http://www.cafedumonde.com/


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Muriel's Jackson Square (restaurant)
  2. Camellia Grill (restaurant)
  3. Café du Monde (restaurant)
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answered by
Bill from Birmingham (Alabama)

Grab some beignets and cafe au lait at Café Du Monde or anything at  Mother's Restaurant or brunch at Elizabeth's in Bywater.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Café Du Monde (restaurant)
  2. Mother's Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Elizabeth's (restaurant)
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answered by
Edmond from Saint Petersburg, Russia

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Petit Lion (restaurant)




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