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4 Top Brunches to Enjoy While Visiting New Orleans

When jump-starting a Crescent City weekend, try one of these brunches favored by our top NOLA food writer.

The Court of Two Sisters is known for its daily jazz brunch, but come the weekend everybody gets into the eggs act around New Orleans.

Carrollton Market

Chef Jason Goodenough (yes, that’s really his name) rolls out an exquisite brunch menu of dishes at his Riverbend eatery all well under $20. Try the “Brunch Poutine”—hand-cut French fries, cheese curds, crisp bacon, sausage gravy and sunny-side up eggs—and do not skip the homemade cinnamon roll; it’s more than good-enough.

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Oysters Goodenough are flash-fried and topped with bacon, creamed leeks and sauce béarnaise. (©Carrollton Market)

Compère Lapin

In keeping with her island-inspired food at her CBD restaurant, chef Nina Compton presents “Coconut French Toast” with pecan-rum sauce and a sturdy “Chicken and Smoked Mushroom Hash,” topped by a poached egg, on the menu during weekend brunch service. Small plates and craft cocktails round out a meal. It seems like a no-brainer to finish off with a "Boozie Bananas Foster Milkshake.”

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Goat Bolognese with potato gnocchi and egg at Compère Lapin. (©Elsa Hahne)

Commander’s Palace

Commander’s defines brunch. From the service to the surroundings to the sips (say "yes" to an “eye-opener”) to the sumptuous dishes, every moment caters to the leisure weekend experience. Entrée price includes appetizer and dessert from a stunning list of options. There’s simply no way to go wrong.

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Braised pork belly and Louisiana oysters from Commander's Palace. (©Commander's Palace)

Canal Street Bistro

Chef Guillermo Peters works his Mesoamerican culinary magic with chiles and seasonings that surprise and satisfy at this Mid-City spot. At brunch he draws on the familiar—eggs, tamales, seafood crepes, glammed-up grits and a standout, gluten-free “Chicken & Waffle Benedict.”

Canal Street Bistro (©Canal Street Bistro)
The "Chicken & Waffle Benedict" at Canal Street Bistro. (©Canal Street Bistro)