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The Best Breakfast Stops in New Orleans

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Want To Know Where To Go In Order To Get The Best Southern Breakfast In A City Known For Its Cuisine? Well Keep Reading & Enjoy!

Few cities, if any, in North America can boast as rich a culture as New Orleans, LA. The festivals, the music, the history, the food. People travel to New Orleans in the millions (in 2017 the city reported almost 18 annual million visitors) to experience it all. Their famous cajun and creole cuisine brings many into lunch and dinner diners, but where are the best places to find your morning fix? Here is a list of the best places to find exactly what will hit the spot so you can continue to explore the colorful and rich city.

We, of course, must start with the famous Café du Monde. If you haven’t heard of the iconic cafe, it is most famous for its delicious coffee and legendary beignets piled high with powdered sugar. While not the healthiest start to your day you could come across, it is a must-try for anyone visiting New Orleans for the first time, especially with beignets being the most popular breakfast food item in the state.

Stanley’s is a favorite of tourists and residents alike. The restaurant serves breakfast all day and puts a creole twist on your typical breakfast dishes. For example, the “Eggs Stanley” features fried oysters atop an eggs benedict with Canadian bacon and creole hollandaise sauce.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the healthy side, Satsuma may be the place for you. The restaurant only uses wholesome and natural ingredients to bring you breakfast options for meateaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. The cafe has two locations and is relatively new, opening its doors in 2009.

Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar proudly displays on their menu that they are New Orleans’ oldest organic juice bar. The spot is open until 3 and truly has something for everyone. Whether you are craving a crab meat omelette, marinated tofu sautéed with veggies, a banana pancake, biscuits with gravy or a yogurt parfait, or anything in between – Surrey’s has you covered.

For something on the fancier side, check out Brennan’s located in the French Quarter. Every dish will pique interest in one way or another, with item like bruléed grapefruit, turtle soup, and all kinds of egg-dishes (many incorporating shrimp or other seafood). Though the food is pricier, the quality is hard to argue with and the atmosphere reflects the glamour of the city it resides in.

Biscuits & Buns on Banks is a great stop for what is best described simply as a great breakfast. They source their ingredients fresh from local Louisiana vendors and all their dishes are very reasonably priced. You can get anything from french toast bites to breakfast sandwiches (often with a creole twist of course) to omelets to waffles and their staff is focused on providing patrons with the best eating experience they can.

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9 Replies to “The Best Breakfast Stops in New Orleans”

  1. Linda Manns Linneman says: Reply

    New Orleans is such a fun place to visit. I can’t wait to go back for a visit. These sound like wonderful breakfast options. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. ☕️Cafe’ du Monde is always my first breakfast stop when I get back to the French Quarter. As a little girl, I remember going with my mom and my grandpa, and then walking across to Jackson Square to feed the pigeons. I can hear the jazzman play, as I speak ~ the street artists are setting up ‍♂️ ~ can’t y’all hear the clippity-clop of the horses with their buggies☺️

  3. I have never visited but have always wanted to. This is a great list!

  4. Linda Szymoniak says: Reply

    I’ve only been to New Orleans once, but that was one of the best experiences of my life. I was actually there for my girls to compete in the Junior Olympics (they did really good) so time and money was short, but a penpal I’d had since junior high (and who later became a friend – I visited her when she still lived in Alabama and we were in contact for years and years) was living near there so she met us one day when the girls weren’t competing and showed us around. Of course, she took us to Café du Monde and it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever eaten at. For years, Kathy sent me a box of their mix for beignets for Christmas. It became a staple for my daughters’ sleepovers – I’d make a batch for them and their friends the next morning. After a while, my brother-in-law moved to New Orleans and also brought me boxes. Now I’m thrilled that they are available at our local grocery store! I think I need to make a batch later today!

  5. Oh, I drool when I see even a photo of a beignet. I’d love to go to Cafe du Monde.

  6. I am such a foodie, and I have always wanted to travel to New Orleans just for the food. I have certainly heard of Café du Monde, and would love to go there. I wouldn’t be able to leave New Orleans without trying a beignet! 🙂

  7. I haven’t been to New Orleans is over 10 years, I think it is about time to visit again! All of these places sound delicious! I love breakfast, especially when someone else is cooking it for me. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. I would love to try these if I ever get that way I will remember these places.

  9. If I were in New Orleans I’d want to try Biscuits & Buns on Banks. They have the type of cuisine that appeals to me.

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