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The Best of the Brunches

The Best of the Brunches

The original brunchDid you know that brunch was invented in New Orleans? That’s no lie, amies! It was invented by Madame Begue at her restaurant (now Tujague’s) across from the French Market on Decatur Street. The mid-morning meal was created to accommodate hard-working market workers (lots of German butchers) as well as hungry dock workers who received their break around 11 a.m. Learn more about Begue’s here.

Today brunch in New Orleans is more than something to satisfy hunger – it’s an art form – and live music can be a huge part of the experience. In our beloved New Orleans, you’ll find jazz brunches, burlesque brunches – even “Brunches with Hat-itude” (keeping reading). The following restaurants get our vote for the best brunches in New Orleans. Make reservations for brunch here.

Suis Generis

Suis Generis thumb Pictured: Pancakes of the Moment: Candied Macadamia Nuts and Dark Chocolate

Suis Generis in the charming Bywater neighborhood is a wonderful and surprisingly affordable place to brunch. The cocktail menu is lots of fun (we highly recommend the Peachy Keen made with Smirnoff, Stirrings Peach Liqueur, lime, cranberry and soda) and can’t say enough good things about the Pancakes of Moment. Reservations aren’t always needed but we’d call and ask just to make sure. Parking was surprisingly easy as well.

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Tujague’s

Tujague’s thumb Pictured: Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crepes from Tujague’s

Tujague’s deserves to be first because, well, they were first. While we couldn’t possibly taste everything on their brunch menu, we can vouch personally for the Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crêpes, Crème Brûlée French Toast and Tujaque’s world-famous Brisket (beyond delicious). The restaurant itself is a fascinating piece of New Orleans history. This brunch is a must.

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Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace thumb Pictured: Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé

Every Saturday and Sunday this popular 125-year-old restaurant throws a jazz brunch featuring Live New Orleans Jazz by the Joe Simon's Jazz Trio. While the whole menu is tempting, we went for the “Commander’s Brunch Favorites,” which includes a Classic Bloody Mary (spiked tableside with “ice block” vodka), their famous Turtle Soup (with a splash of sherry), Turducken Stuffed Quail, and their amazing Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé (finished right at the table with whisky cream sauce). We get full just thinking about it. Learn more and make reservations.

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3rd Block Depot Kitchen + Bar

3rd Block Depot Kitchen + Bar thumb Pictured: Brunch at SoBou is an homage to the city’s burlesque past with Bella Blue.

3rd Block's Eggs & Legs Brunch is a tribute to New Orleans burlesque queens of the 50s, who shook and shimmied their way to fame in the old days. While your palate dances to the culinary creations of Chef Nick Ocheltree, renowned burlesque dancer Bella Blue dances to live music. If you're worried about the sleeze factor, but it to rest. This is a show the whole family can enjoy. Menu-wise, if you can pass up the Shrimp & Tasso Corndogs or the Banana's Foster French Toast, more power to you. The Bella Blue cocktail's a real kick, too. 

 

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Court of Two Sisters

Court of Two Sisters thumb Pictured: Omelets made to order are part of the Court of Two Sisters experience.

It’s impossible not to get excited about The Court of Two Sisters. Their large French Quarter courtyard, where Marie Laveau may have practiced her voodoo a hundred years ago, is full of culinary magic today. The buffet includes such Creole and Cajun delights as shrimp étouffée, jambalaya, red beans and rice, grillades and grits, bread pudding, bananas foster and king cake. A jazz trio plays along with every bite. Learn more and make reservations.

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Steamboat Natchez

Steamboat Natchez thumb Pictured: Sunday brunch on the Steamboat Natchez includes a spectacular view.

Meet Old Man River for Sunday Jazz Brunch on the historic Steamboat Natchez. Come experience the most magnificent views of the city, authentic jazz by The Steamboat Stompers, and a menu as long as the river itself! Enjoy gumbo made with a traditional Louisiana roux, brown sugar pineapple glazed ham, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, white chocolate bread pudding and more. Click here to view the complete food and cocktail menus, see boarding times and make reservations.

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