A Local's Guide On Where To Eat In New Orleans: Brunch Edition
This guide on where to eat in New Orleans has been a long time coming!
My heart is so full of love for New Orleans. I was lucky enough to experience the city from a local's perspective since my parents moved the same month I moved to Austin. They lived there for a year and a half, giving me plenty of time to visit frequently (pro tip: flights to NOLA from ATX are extremely cheap!)
While my parent's time there was somewhat shortlived, it was truly something I'll always cherish and remember. I loved living like a local, and am so happy I was able to experience the city for what it is and soak in every minute spent there. Every time I visited we were able to do new things, but I also didn't feel the need to go experience it all at once or rush to try the "hot" spots I heard so much about.
Nonetheless, I ate my way through the city and wanted to share some of my favorite spots with you all. I'll be breaking these up into a series of posts since I have SO many spots to share! First up? My favorite meal of the day; Brunch!
Brunch Spots in New Orleans
If I had to choose one type of meal to eat for the rest of my life, it would be brunch. I am a brunch fiend, so you can trust these are some "must try" spots in New Orleans.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe (200 Magazine St.)
I am obsessed with eggs benedict, so this place was like my holy grail. Order The Peacemaker where you can choose any two types of eggs benedict, and they have plenty to choose from! My favorite was the Chicken St. Charles and Eggs Cochon.
Superior Seafood (4338 St Charles Ave.)
Superior Seafood is good any time, but it was my favorite spot for a nicer brunch and was right on the streetcar line making it easy to hop off before we headed out to the French Quarter for the day.
My order was either the Shrimp & Grits, a classic, or the Crab Cake Benedict! Can't beat their mimosas either!
District Donuts & Coffee Bar (5637 Magazine St)
One of my favorite memories while living in New Orleans was waking up in the morning to ride my bike with my dad to District Donuts. They make unique donuts each morning and sell out fast, so if you're the type of person who sleeps until 11 or 12, this might not be the place for you. However, if you are a morning person and are looking for a quick bite, this is where you need to be! They also have two locations on Magazine Street, but this one was our regular spot.
Toast (5433 Laurel St)
Another neighborhood favorite of ours! My parents and I loved to walk to Toast in the mornings for a nice homecooked breakfast. This is a super affordable option and they offer some of the best omelettes and crepes. My order was always the Bacon, Onion & Cheese Crepe.
Daisy Duke's Express (123 Carondelet St)
Speaking of affordable, Daisy Duke's Express is a great option for a quick, cheap, delicious breakfast that gives you A LOT of food... and I'm talking like A LOT of food. My dad honestly believe $8 is too much to pay for a meal... which is why this is his favorite spot to eat in New Orleans.
It's also on the streetcar line, right before you hop off at Canal Street, so this was typically our place to eat before we walked it all off!
The Camellia Grill (626 S Carrollton Ave)
A New Orleans staple, you can't visit the Big Easy without eating at the historic Camellia Grill. You might have to wait awhile, but it's well worth it and part of the experience! After putting your name on the list, you'll slowly make your way to the counter as the yells from the kitchen and generally busy culture of the eatery fill you with joy. Even better, you'll have to be rolled out after eating.
Fun fact: Patrons visited the Camellia Grill after Hurricane Katrina almost destroyed the building. They would stick post-it notes to the building begging for their beloved eatery to return. It finally did, and still has some of those notes on display for you to read while you wait!
New Orleans will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope to return one day and make more memories with my own family, and let's be honest - most likely with my parents in tow as well. I'm excited to be able to preserve all my favorite places to eat in New Orleans with this post, and hope it'll help make someone else's trip there even more special!