If there’s one thing that any babe knows, it’s that there are few things in life better than brunch. Whether you’re looking to cure a hangover with a Bloody Mary, or just want to enjoy some mimosas and beignets with your fellow babes, New Orleans definitely does not have a shortage of places to get your brunch on. And just in the past year, NOLA has seriously taken its brunch game up a notch!
We’ve rounded up the newest and most competitive restaurants in the brunch game, for you to try and choose your favorite. Because in New Orleans, brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life.
Paladar 511, the newest brunch spot in the Marigny, presents the eternal brunch dilemma: sweet or savory? And with a ton of options in each category, the dilemma is made even harder. But whether you go with the ridiculously delicious huevos rancheros or the delectable lemon ricotta pancakes, you will definitely not be disappointed. And really, who says you can’t do both?
The Standard is Magazine Street’s newest contribution to the brunch scene. With unique Mexican-themed spins on traditional plates, their menu is definitely different. But where they really shine is their Bloody Mary’s, clearly the most important part of any brunch.
El Pavo Real
This is absolutely my newest favorite brunch destination. A truly authentic family-run Mexican restaurant, El Pavo Real is the perfect hangover cure for any late tipsy night. With amazingly rich and delicious chilaquiles and unbelievable huevos rancheros, their menu is delicious and satisfying. And they just recently started serving alcohol (including their wonderful sangria), if you are looking to keep the party going!
Willa Jean is John Besh’s newest New Orleans institution, and hands down the best place to go for pastries on a weekend morning. Make sure not to leave without grabbing yourself an espresso cookie (a large version of the mini ones at Domenica) and a milk money latte (while they might be a little pricey at $6, $1 of each latte sold goes to a charity benefitting local farmers). They are both delicious treats you will definitely not regret!
And last by not least, while this doesn’t fall within the “new” category, what babe doesn’t love donuts? There truly is no better place in the city for donuts than District. Whether you’re adventurous and into the maple bacon, or are a more traditional gal with a penchant for glazed, District has something for everyone!
Sara – Babes Insider Contributor – While originally from upstate New York, Sara came to NOLA for law school and got sucked in by this crazy city. Five years later she’s an official adopted New Orleanian. She’s an avid traveler, runner, and beignet lover (of course!) You can follow along with all of her travels and misadventures here.