A legendary New Orleans institution in the heart of the Garden District serving elevated Creole cuisine with exceptional service, it goes without saying that Commander’s Palace’s weekend jazz brunch is as New Orleans as it gets. While many menu items transition with the seasons, some timeless ones remain permanent fixtures year-around, like the shrimp and tasso henican, cochon de lait eggs Benedict and the Creole bread pudding soufflé. Brunch is complete with a jazz band circumnavigating through each of the dining rooms. Those in the know request a table in the Garden Room: a great place to be eye level with the tips of the Garden District’s oak trees and the who’s who of the city. Don’t forget to snap a photo underneath the iconic sign on the way out.
After a big night out sipping cocktails at all the fabulous bars in New Orleans, you need some major sustenance to get back out there and do it all again the next day. And what better way to do that than a leisurely brunch? And by 'brunch' we mean another party. The best brunch in New Orleans is more than just a decadent, late morning meal. Here it means world-class food, bottomless cocktails, great music and a whole lot of fun.
The Creole cuisine that New Orleans is known for is evident in many a brunch around town, and chefs who serve up excellent versions of iconic dishes do not hold back their talent on brunch. Classics like shrimp and grits, grillades, and pain perdu are on most menus, while other restaurants offer up New Orleans twists on biscuits, waffles, eggs and the ubiquitous toast. You’ll find brunch faves like chicken and waffles or fried green tomatoes around town as well as Mediterranean or French offerings.
Whatever type of brunch fare you like, indulgence is a must. Brandy milk punch is how you start brunch here, and Bananas Foster is a decadent way to finish. If you’re attending a jazz brunch, all the better — just get up and dance along with the music and the calories won’t count.