Starting out in Mid-City in 2008, The Ruby Slipper Café has grown to five locations in the city. But the expansion has not diluted the genius menu that puts a New Orleans twist on breakfast and brunch faves. The bloody Mary is one of the best in the city (yes, there's bacon), 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 (a "skinny" version of their signature migas). Throw in an amazing morning cocktail list and you've got yourself a memorable breakfast.
Some may say that the best breakfast in New Orleans is a simple cup of cafe au lait, made with strong chicory coffee. Throw in a beignet and it becomes iconic. But for those who need something heartier and more substantial (maybe even even healthy?) there are plenty of breakfast spots around the city to get you going.
From neighborhood joints that draw locals for daily eats and camaraderie to a French Quarter institution serving a legendary morning meal, these restaurants have the breakfast that you need. With so many amazing things to do in New Orleans, you’ll need a good base before heading out. Think fresh juices, fresh baked bread, buttermilk biscuits and fluffy pancakes. Or go ahead, indulge in an over-the-top creation like crawfish étouffée hash browns (you can dance it off later at a jazz club).
If you’re more into 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. They feature bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas, live music and more. But for a straight up tasty breakfast, here are the best breakfasts in New Orleans.