Starting out in Mid-City in 2008, The Ruby Slipper Café has since grown to include five locations in some of the best neighborhoods in New Orleans. But the expansion has thankfully not diluted the genius menu, one that puts a New Orleans twist on breakfast and brunch faves—the bloody Mary is hands-down one of the best in the city, and the innovative menu features a lengthy list of Benedicts (cochon de lait, crawfish-and-grits, fried green tomato), sweet offerings (Bananas Foster pain perdu, stuffed French toast) and even lighter offerings (like a "skinny" version of their signature migas). Throw in an amazing morning cocktail list and you've got yourself a memorable breakfast.
When the sun starts to come up and the streetcars start to rumble down the street, the best breakfast in New Orleans is waiting just around the corner. Some may say that The Big Easy’s signature breakfast involves a simple cup of cafe au lait (made with strong chicory coffee) and a beignet. But for those who need something heartier and more substantial to start things up in the morning, there are plenty of breakfast spots around the city that’ll get you going.
You’ll find plenty of neighborhood joints around the city that draw locals for daily eats and camaraderie, while the French Quarter boasts the types of famous restaurants that serve iconic flavors morning till night. From fresh juices to buttermilk biscuits and fluffy pancakes—not to mention indulgent creations like crawfish étouffée hash browns—it’s never too early for serious flavor in this city.
Of course, it you’re looking for a long, leisurely start to the day (and what better way to fuel up for a night out, or recover from the previous night), check out our list of the best brunches in the city. But for a straight-up tasty pick-me-up, here are the best breakfasts in New Orleans to check out right now.