Biscuits & Buns on Banks
Boffo biscuits and a BYOB brunch
Maybe the best part of this alliterative neighborhood hangout is the tiny biscuits with maple butter that arrive gratis, prior to your meal. Chicken and waffles are the next-best thing. Sit inside among riotous, NOLA-themed murals or outside on the oak-shaded sidewalk. No booze, but they don’t mind if you bring in a cocktail from the neighboring bar. Open 8am to 3pm Wednesday through Monday.
Unassuming exterior, yet oozing with Southern flavor
This spot took up residence in the former space of brunch staple Ruby Slipper in 2018, to much controversy (owner Christopher Belou had previously worked for the aforementioned Ruby Slipper and a lawsuit ensued). But FullBlast Brunch -- open every day but Tuesday and Wednesday -- has differentiated itself with a brunch that lives up to the restaurant’s name. Although there are several solid options of omelets and benedicts, the grillades (a Creole fried meat dish) really shine. The chicken and waffles -- complete with praline glaze! -- is another fave.
A neighborhood spot with a crazy hot sauce heritage
Brunch takes over at this family-owned corner restaurant from 9am to 3pm Sundays, when there’s everything from oysters Benedict to crawfish beignets on the menu. Order a brandy milk punch and douse your meal with hot sauce before digging in. The owners are direct descendants of Edmund McIlhenny, creator of Tabasco (yes, that Tabasco), and you’ll find every flavor of the vinegar-based hot sauce on your table.