Weekend mornings are getting even better with some great brunch options popping up around New Orleans and even on the Northshore.
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Treating yourself to brunch can help top off your week, especially if you’re joined by friends and great drink deals. There’s plenty to taste on these new brunch menus, from fried boudin to crab omelets, fried chicken sandwiches to barbecue shrimp and grits — and all the boozy options to wash it down.
Here’s a list of spots with new or updated brunch menus to keep on your radar right now.
Magazine Street hot spot Gris-Gris recently launched a new Sunday brunch menu in September 2019. Some of the new brunch specials include blueberry bourbon pain perdu, chicken gizzard omlette and chicken biscuits and gravy. You’ll also find selections of current menu favorites along with additional brunch sides and cocktails by the carafe. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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The culinary crown of the Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue was recently named the “#1 Best Hotel Restaurant” in the country, according to USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019. Now, Jack Rose debuts a new and improved Sunday brunch 2.0, just in time for football season. Tantalizing new menu items include jumbo lump crab cakes, crispy pork belly, crab omelet and roasted cauliflower. Pop some bubbly with brunch bottle specials like yellow-label Veuve Cliquot for $50 or a bottle of rosé for $65. Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chef Isaac Toups expands brunch offering to include both Saturdays and Sundays at his Mid-City flagship restaurant Toups’ Meatery. Brunch items include small plates like hot smoked salmon with creamed kale and poached egg and fried boudin with poached egg hollandaise – a playful version of traditional eggs benedict. Large plates include options like lamb grillades with stone ground grits, a French toast sandwich with bacon, brie and cane syrup and roast beef bagel with black vinegar cream cheese. Of course, the famed cracklins, Toups Burger and Meatery board will also be on offer. Boozy brunch offering include a variety of inventive seasonal cocktails and $15 bottomless mimosas. Brunch is served Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lafitte Restaurant and Courtyard
One of Old Mandeville’s newest fine dining spots recently opened in a 1900s cottage-style building. Lafitte Restaurant and Courtyard offers jazz brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items from chef Phil O’Donnell’s culinary team includes a mix of traditional breakfast fare along with New Orleans classics like shrimp and grits, and chargrilled oysters. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday with create-your-own bloody mary and mimosas while listening to live jazz.
Seaworthy, Ace Hotel’s charming oyster bar and seafood restaurant, just launched weekend brunch at the end of August 2019. Brunch plates include special items like BBQ shrimp, a crab cake benedict and chile relleno with gulf shrimp, poblano pepper and tomatillo corn jack cheese. Round out your meal with bottomless brunch favorites like mimosas, sangrias or Pimm’s cups. Weekend brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cane & Table
This French Quarter hidden gem, Cane & Table, recently revamped its brunch menu with some fun offerings. There’s also an insane two-hour, all-you-can-drink package complete with punch, mimosas, bloody marys and micheladas for $45. Fans of fried chicken sandwiches will find one on this menu. Other entrees include crawfish curry with coconut grits, biscuits and gravy and a cane syrup French toast dripping in strawberries, almonds and whipped cream.
Have you checked out Otra Vez among the South Market District’s new slate of bustling restaurants? The restaurant with innovative Mexican cuisine from nationally-acclaimed New York chef Akhtar Nawab serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests can opt for the Otra Vez Brunch Special which includes any brunch entree and one hour of bottomless drink refills (margaritas, mimosas, bloody mary, tecate) for $28. Other brunch items include a breakfast quesadilla, Mexican roti with chorizo, asparagus enchiladas and chilaquiles. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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