Stay Classy This Winter With a Spiced Pear Tom Collins
Hustle on over to this bistro and get your hands on a cocktail gourmand’s dream: a bottomless mimosa that comes complete with sparkling wine and local citrus juices, plus shrubs, tinctures, and bitters for $22. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-2pm, and the à la carte menu has great offerings like chicken and dumplings, a daily preparation of yakamein, and beef tartare with bacon aioli.
This Caribbean-tinged hotspot is the perfect place to chill out over coconut French toast with pecan rum sauce, truffle fonduta with poached egg on ciabatta, and/or $20 unlimited brunch punch. Get there between 10:30am and 2pm on weekends.
Atchafalaya is famous for several reasons, all of which are relevant to the avid bruncher: 1) its Bloody Mary bar (which many say inspired the trend in New Orleans) starting at $8; 2) that it throws in live jazz, no extra charge; and 3) that it really does have one of the best brunch menus in the country. Open for brunch Thursday-Monday, though the live music and bloody mary bar are only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Apolline not only offers bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm for $16, but for the worst hangovers, $16 will also get you a double-shot Bloody Mary with boiled shrimp added to the traditional garnish of pickled vegetables. It's basically a health food.
This Mexican bistro has a Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm, offering up $15 bottomless house margaritas, mimosas, or bloody marys. Pair your endless cocktail options with breakfast tacos, then rinse and repeat. The open-faced chicken tamale is also a great option.
On Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 2pm, you can get a brunch entree like crispy venison boudin, migas egg scramble, or yucca root and confit pork hash, accompanied by unlimited cocktails, for a total of $35. The bottomless drinks are limited to two hours, but there are six available -- the “Colonial” mimosa with spiced orange shrub and sparkling wine, paloma, michelada, Bloody Mary, the punch du jour, and a "Basque mimosa," with alcoholic Basque cider replacing the cava.
This offbeat tea- and pastry-centric restaurant has morphed into so much more since it opened, and has recently added brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm, with $20 bottomless mimosas. There’s no food purchase required by the restaurant to enjoy the bottomless mimosa, but with dishes like croque Benedict and steak & grits, you may feel it's necessary all the same.
Specialty cocktails here are already a steal at $6-8 -- plus, you can knock another dollar off while the Saints play (and get a dollar off all canned beer, as well). Brunch is on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-2pm, with $5 mimosas and bloody marys. The menu focuses on "build your own" breakfast burritos and biscuit sandwiches, which can be customized with any combination of eggs, meats, sauces, vegetables, and cheeses.
Every Sunday from 9am-3pm, this neighborhood joint serves $15 bottomless mimosas, sangria, and bloody marys, alongside local dishes like grillades & grits, eggs cochon, and Katie’s special crawfish beignet. But be warned: Get there early or prepare to wait, because the line is unfailingly long and the restaurant bustling with merry brunchers.
One of the "grand dames" of creole cuisine and NOLA dining culture, Broussard’s jazz brunch is set in a quintessential French Quarter courtyard, and it's really a great place to enjoy music-accompanied creole and creative dishes, including Napoleon Benedict, raspberry mascarpone pain perdu, steak & eggs Broussard, and New Orleans barbecued shrimp & grits... all while sucking down $12 bottomless mimosas. Show up any Sunday, from 10:30am-2:30pm.
Two words: Drag. Brunch. Every Saturday from 10am-3pm, get brunch with $15 bottomless mimosas, build-your-own bloody marys, and entertainment from the Southern Barbitchuates while dining on truffled mac & cheese, boudin boulettes, fried green tomato and eggs, or buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. There’s brunch on Sundays too, although sadly without a drag performance.
It’s the age of the beer geek, baby, and the Freret Beer Room’s got you covered. Its brand-new Beer Brunch, on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 am, features such brunch classics like chicken biscuits, pork and potato hash cakes, and grillades and grits. And because wheat beers and saisons pair excellently with breakfast/brunch food, you can get those at half price. (Don’t worry, traditionalists: It serves bloodys and mimosas, but they’re not the deal of the day.)
Since these folks make their own vodka, they don’t mess around when it comes to brunch drinks. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm, it’s an all-you-can drink, self-serve vodka bar with various mixers and garnishes for $20. The food’s no slouch either -- check out the buttermilk biscuits with tasso gravy, pain perdu with a Lula rum pecan sauce, or the fried chicken sandwich topped with bacon, Cheddar, egg, and a molasses fig sauce.
This is a stellar Sunday meal -- it offers an endless mimosa deal for $14, a dozen oysters on the half shell for $12, and dishes like crawfish and brie crepes, boudin eggs Benedict, and a sweet potato waffle plate. Also, if you’re a Bloody aficionado, and don’t miss out on bottomless drinks (it also serves a bacon variation on the classic).
For a Downtown brunch, this laid-back restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel and its elevated traditional fish shack menu can’t be beat. On Sundays from 10am-4pm, enjoy the highly reasonable $10 mimosa deal along with alligator tamales, boudin hash with bacon fried eggs, and blue crab cake Benedict.
Ralph’s also has a gorgeous view of city park (hence the name), an airy and elegant vibe, and a three-course brunch for $28 every Sunday, 10:30am-2pm. Excellent à la carte items abound, including a Southern schnitzel and eggs made with chicken sausage cream gravy and a red bean puree, duck breast and truffle salad, and ribeye steak and eggs.
This is not an elegant brunch choice, but this specific outpost of the local breakfast and po-boy shop is perfect for bottomless “Cajun” bloody marys whenever you damn well please, because it’s available 24/7. You have to order a meal, but Daisy Dukes serves breakfast all day, so you can get the standard brunch fare or cut loose with the alligator omelette or the chicken-fried steak and eggs. Sometimes you just need know where to go at 4am in the Quarter for pancakes and a lot of bloodys. Or on a Tuesday afternoon. Or whenever. No judgements!
1. Meauxbar942 N Rampart St, New Orleans
2. Compère Lapin535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans
3. Atchafalaya Restaurant901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans
4. Apolline4729 Magazine St, New Orleans
5. Araña Taqueria Y Cantina3242 Magazine St, New Orleans
6. Cane & Table1113 Decatur St, New Orleans
7. Salon by Sucré622 Conti St, New Orleans
8. Twelve Mile Limit500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans
9. Katie's Restaurant & Bar3701 Iberville St, New Orleans
10. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard819 Conti St, New Orleans
11. The Country Club634 Louisa St, New Orleans
Meauxbar is a sleek French bistro set in a softly lit , intimate, and cozy dining room. The locally inspired menu serves small and large plates, all creatively conceived and meticulously executed. Pull up a seat at the marble counter bar, and sip on unique tasting flights of brandy, Cognac and Calvados.
Lead by Top Chef contestant Nina Compton, Compére Lapin is Caribbean-meets-Louisiana-Creole cuisine that is thoughtful and refined, but not fussy. Add a killer bar program (headed by NOLA barkeep Abigail Gullo from SoBou), and you've got yourself your next Friday night dinner reservation. Located in the Warehouse District, the space is a stunner, with exposed brick walls, wood finishes and a mosaic tile floor.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional brunch Atchafalaya, a hidden Irish Channel gem serving up contemporary Louisiana cuisine and craft cocktails inside a homey, art-filled space. With dishes like the namesake Eggs Atchafalaya (poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crab, hollandaise), duck hash, and chicken & andouille gumbo, it seems impossible to imagine a better brunch lineup -- that is, until you discover the fully stocked Bloody Mary bar. Dinner is more than worth your time as well, when plates like pan-seared gulf swordfish, shrimp & grits, and truffled fried chicken breast are prepared with precision.
This Uptown resto is a favorite for a number of reasons: an extensive dinner menu, a solid cocktail list, and one of the best brunches in the neighborhood (they not only offer bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch from 10am-2:30pm for $14, but for $12, you can have a double shot vodka Bloody Mary with boiled shrimp added to the traditional garnish of pickled vegetables. Healthy!
This Magazine St Mexican restaurant has a modern cantina vibe with multi-colored metal lanterns and big lights spelling "TEQUILA" across the bar (so you know where the priorities lie). Arana doles out dozens of reasonably priced taco choices and large-portion plates of chicken mole, fajitas and enchiladas. Order them with a bucket of domestic beer bottles for the table, a specialty cocktail or a flight of — you guessed it — tequila.
There are many things to enjoy about this throwback Caribbean restaurant and bar -- think Navy-strength rum and house-made falernum -- but best enjoyed here is the “Boss Colada”, a long and tropical drink fashioned from fresh pineapple, lime, Baska Snäps, and Peychauds bitters, garnished with a long pineapple leaf. Be warned: this bar is so low-key that there isn't even a sign out front. To find it, look for the line at Coop's on Decatur; it's next door.
By the confectionary team behind Sucré', this full-service bistro serves a masterful blend of sweet and savory eats. Serving brunch, dinner and afternoon tea in an airy mid-century French dining room, the spot is a popular French Quarter mainstay. The brunch menu is built of local staples like gourmet chicken and waffles, and hollandaise-topped chive-biscuit sandwiches, while the afternoon tea menu features mainly tea sandwiches and small plates (tea-based cocktails are available as well). The dinner menu, far more luxurious than the daytime editions, boasts caramel-roasted duck, apple chutney-topped pork chops, and scallops in saffron broth, followed by a smattering of elegant desserts, served a la carte. The stand-out offering at this upscale locale, however, is the cocktail menu, replete with whimsical house-creations like the Cena, prepared with beet-infused vodka, lime and ginger.
Twelve Mile has all the little things that make a bar feel homey. You’ve got food if you need it, places to sit and stare at the curios that catch your eye -- like the stuffed shark and squid hanging near the Hyperbole and a Half print on the wall -- a solid jukebox, pool, and personalized matchbooks to light your smokes or pass a number to someone. It’s the neighborhood bar worth leaving your actual neighborhood to adopt as your own.
What opened as an old-school lunch corner in 1984 is now... still pretty much an old-school lunch corner, but with more modern furnishings, a standard menu of salads, sammies, burgers, various seafood items, and a brunch that straight kicks ass. Sundays from 9am-3pm, they serve $15 bottomless mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys alongside local dishes like Grillades and Grits, Eggs Cochon, and Katie’s special crawfish beignet.
Broussard’s offers a slightly different interpretation of French-Creole cuisine than other illustrious New Orleans fine dining establishments: contemporary interpretations give traditional dishes a new lease on life. Sweet potatoes are whipped with ginger, fried chicken is glazed with red chili and perched on a sweet potato biscuit, and the chicken fricassee is flavored with truffle and artichokes. Broussard’s is also home to the Empire Bar, where mixologist Paul Gustings pours up his signature Ramos Gin Fizz.
The Country Club is a restaurant, bar, and pool all-in-one. Order a beer with your lunch, then walk upstairs and drink another one poolside. Be sure to visit the on-site massage therapists and spa services while you're there. Oh, and did we mention that the pool is clothing optional?