New Orleans/ Food & Drinks
Published on June 25, 2018
Here are New Orleans' top 5 breakfast and brunch spotsSurrey's Café & Juice Bar. | Photo: Alice T./Yelp 

In search of a new favorite breakfast and brunch spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top breakfast and brunch restaurants around New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.

1. Commander's Palace

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Topping the list is Commander's Palace. Located at 1403 Washington Ave. in the Garden District, the classic Creole haunt is the most popular breakfast and brunch restaurant in New Orleans, boasting 4.5 stars out of 3,552 reviews on Yelp.

Grab your dinner jacket and tie from the cleaners and get ready for jazz brunch with strawberry sangria salads; soft-shell crab and eggs; Cajun crawfish frittatas; shrimp and tasso with five-pepper jelly; house-cured hog jowl bacon; and French bread with vanilla custard, fresh peaches and Creole cream cheese. 

2. Surrey's Café & Juice Bar

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Next up is the Lower Garden District's Surrey's Café & Juice Bar, situated at 1418 Magazine St. With 4.5 stars out of 1,646 reviews on Yelp, the breakfast and brunch spot has proven to be a local favorite.

With another location Uptown at 4807 Magazine, this establishment offers pulled pork eggs Benedict with home-style potatoes; shrimp and grits with bacon; bananas Foster French toast; banana pancakes; and burrito cheese grits.   

3. Atchafalaya Restaurant

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Also in the Garden District, Atchafalaya Restaurant at 901 Louisiana Ave. is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Creole spot 4.5 stars out of 1,465 reviews.

"Their brunch items are fantastic," Yelper Ina M. said. "I am telling you right now, get the duck hash. It has sweet notes to it, but it was so enjoyable. Best brunch item I have ever had. Alligator sausage is pretty good as well. Service is also spot on, as they are very knowledgable and personable. It's a great way to start my day."

4. Oceana Grill

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Oceana Grill, a Creole spot that offers seafood and more in the French Quarter, is another high-traffic go-to, with four stars out of 3,804 Yelp reviews. Sashay over to 739 Conti St. to see for yourself.

This establishment specializes in Pain Perdu, a New Orleans version of French toast wih sausage patties and either peach or strawberry topping; Maw Maw's Cajun Breakfast, with bacon bits and shrimp in scrambled eggs with rice and a biscuit; classic eggs Benedict; and eggs melanzana, made with shaved grilled ham, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and Parmesan cheese. 

5. Ruby Slipper Cafe 

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Over in the CBD, check out Ruby Slipper Cafe, which has earned four stars out of 2,878 reviews on Yelp. You can find the New American spot at 200 Magazine St.

Come hungry and keep an eye out for specials like huevos rancheros with chorizo; blueberry-stuffed French toast; and salted caramel and chocolate-chip pancakes. More notable menu items include a hot-smoked salmon Benedict with poached eggs over a buttermilk biscuit; shrimp sautéed with pork tasso and Creole tomato sauce over fried green tomatoes; and Eggs Cochon, with slow-cooked apple-braised pork, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and a buttermilk biscuit.