Weekend mornings are getting even better with some great brunch options popping up around the city. Treating yourself to brunch can help top off your week, especially if you're joined by friends and great drink deals.
Here's a list of brunch hot spots on the scene that you should keep on your radar right now.
Ruby Slipper Cafe
With a new location that recently opened on Decatur Street, the Ruby Slipper give locals another reason to love its popular brunch. The new spot at 204 Decatur Street is the Ruby Slipper Cafe’s 10th restaurant and sixth location in New Orleans. “As with our other cafés, we know this location on Decatur, with its charming size and proximity to French Quarter activities, will have its own unique flair, and we’re excited to share that with our customers,” restaurant owner Jennifer Weishaupt said. Guests can expect the Café’s classic menu, featuring its signature twists on Southern favorites, like Bananas Foster Pain Perdu and a variety of Benedicts. The menu will also include the restaurant’s signature eye-opening cocktails. The Decatur Street location opens weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Here’s your wake up call: The word is out about the brunch at this Warehouse District spot. Locals are flocking to this brunch hot spot for the bottomless drink deals and vacation-like patio. Diners can enjoy bottomless sparkling rosé and mimosas for $10. The spot also features other affordable drink options like bloody marys and a cool bushwhacker twist on an Irish coffee. Food options are pretty affordable at Flamingo-A-Go-Go as well, with prices ranging from $7 to $14. Hit the patio out back for the ultimate outdoor experience. There’s even seating in the back of a truck which is great for groups.
Bywater American Bistro
Chef Nina Compton’s newest restaurant recently introduced Saturday and Sunday brunch offerings to its menu. The new menu includes appetizers, rice & eggs, brunch, and sweets. Brunch fare features French toast with rum caramel, banana and pecans; hot sausage & cheese biscuit, and smoked brisket with a soft scramble. Purists will enjoy the “Proper Breakfast” inspired by Compton’s time in England with her own Louisiana twist – two eggs, bacon, boudin noir, baked beans, toast and rosti potatoes. Sweets include a banana split and Nutella flan. Reservations accepted for seating from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Toups South Counter Club Brunch
Toups South’s Counter Club Brunch allows foodies to enjoy an off-menu brunch, once-a-month with four courses of inventive, southern regional cuisine. Chef/owner Isaac Toups first launched his Counter Club Brunch in March 2018. Brunch aficionados can join the insider’s series on the second Sunday of every month, but there are only 20 spots available. The brunches are held exclusively at the restaurant’s exhibition kitchen counter, located at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB). Enjoy bottomless mimosas alongside Toups’ handcrafted off-menu brunch fare. With only 20 seats available per seating, guests are encouraged to book early to secure their spots. The brunch is priced at $50 per person (includes bottomless mimosas, excluding additional bar, tax, and gratuity). Beverage Director Bryson Downham will also serve brunch-inspired craft cocktails, available for additional purchase.
The American Sector Restaurant & Bar
Swing into the American Sector restaurant inside the National WWII Museum, and check out the new expanded dining room and menus. The 1940s-themed restaurant recently added a new brunch menu to its offerings. Guests can enjoy the brunch menu full of classic and creative dishes — with creative names, such as the Bugle Call and the Eggs Benny. Plus, you have three bloody mary options to choose from, and you can sip those while listening to a live pianist playing 1940’s-style music. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
People who can’t wait for an opening at the Country Club may want to look into Trinity’s “Naturally New Orleans” Saturday drag brunch. The brunch also features $14 bottomless mimosas along with Murder Point raw oysters, baked Harbison cheese, blueberry pancakes and other great options. The Saturday drag brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you won’t get the show.
Seaworthy’s weekend brunch menu now features a fun “Bubbles & Brunch” section. Instead of offering free booze with the purchase of food as so many restaurants are doing nowadays, Seaworthy is doing the opposite. If guests order a bottle of champagne, they will also receive two complimentary brunch plates of their choosing. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.