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Big Easy Eats: Breakfast of (World) Champions

May 17 2012 | Articles

This May, New Orleans Restaurants’ Big Easy Eats blog series serves up the best places to eat on every occasion!

Despite the recent controversy our Saints have been facing over “Bountygate,” the fact remains that New Orleans still holds the 2009 Super Bowl title--and we earned it!

All that defense, both on and off the field, is making us hungry. Everyone knows there’s no better way to start the day than with a great breakfast. Historically, though, New Orleans hasn’t been known for our breakfast places--they can be as hit-or-miss as Hail Mary passes. In recent years, though, a few eateries have started serving serious brunch nosh (because let’s be serious: who’s really getting up for breakfast?).

Elizabeth’s in the Bywater touts “Real Food Done Real Good,” and lives up to it with a huge range of traditional and specialty dishes: eggs done every whichway, giant waffles, and fried green tomatoes. Try the Eggs Elizabeth (poached eggs, Hollandaise, and ham atop grilled French bread), or go rogue and order the Duck Waffle, an enormous cornbread waffle topped with duck hash, creamed sweet potatoes, and pepper jelly. It’s a dish fit for a linebacker.

Surrey’s on Magazine carries the ball forward with housemade foccacia, buttermilk biscuits and bagels, as well as fresh-squeezed lemonade, limeade, and orange, carrot, apple and grapefruit juices. We love the Bananas Foster French Toast, a delectable plate of French bread stuffed with banana cream cheese and drenched with buttery, sugary Foster sauce. If you’re looking for something more savory, the Scrambled Eggs with Salmon or Veggie Omelet will do nicely!

If you’re closer to Mid-City, the original Ruby Slipper Cafe is a must-try, especially for its Saturday and Sunday brunch menu. Try the Oysters Sardou, a fresh take on the New Orleans classic featuring poached eggs, artichokes, bechamel, fresh spinach and fried oysters, or slice into a golden stack of Creme Brulee, S’mores or Peanut Butter Pancakes! Mmm...


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