Across the country families everywhere will sit down to celebrate Mom. There are plenty of Sunday brunch spots in New Orleans but these are a few of the best.
Best NOLA Brunches
As an added bonus, make dinner reservations at one of these women-led eateries.
Chef Byron Peck, a SoCal native, fell in love with Louisiana cooking at an early age. As a graduate of the California Culinary Institute, he uses French techniques to refine Gulf Coast staples at Elizabeth's Restaurant. Everything is made from scratch and the TLC shines through in every dish. Brunch runs from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and is first come first served. So, grab Mom and order up praline bacon or fried chicken livers with Elizabeth's special pepper jelly to start things off right. The French toast burrito is revelatory with scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage all wrapped up in a French toast battered tortilla and dusted with powdered sugar and syrup. Pair that with a New Orleans classic by ordering the brandy milk punch, a cocktail with brandy, milk, nutmeg, sugar, and vanilla. The "Bywater Crutch" is another great cocktail option and is the house take on a Singapore sling.
Ruby Slipper Cafe
The Ruby Slipper Cafe has an impossibly large menu of southern and Tex-Mex brunch options. The seasonal beignets or the pig candy (Applewood smoked bacon in a candy glaze) are wonderful places to start. There are eight different benedicts on the menu and the "Peacemaker" option allows you to mix and match any two. The "One Tomato, Two Tomato" combines fried green tomatoes and grilled red tomatoes over buttermilk biscuits, poached eggs, and hollandaise (great for those avoiding meat). Or, go for the "Egg Cochon" benedict which features slow-cooked, apple-braised pork. Other specialties include shrimp and grits, French toast bites, breakfast tacos, and the heavenly white chocolate bread pudding topped with a whiskey chocolate sauce. Add a boozy iced coffee to your meal and it's the perfect way to perk up your day.
If you want an Insta-worthy brunch spot to take Mom, Willa Jean is the place (and it's female-owned and operated). The menu is full of southern-inspired fare and the biscuits are not to be missed. Go savory with the fried chicken biscuit with Tabasco honey or keep things sweet with butter and seasonal jam. If eggs are a must at brunch, the biscuit with sunny eggs and pimento cheese is for you. The one item that is a must-order is the chocolate chip cookie with vanilla milk. Chef Kelly Fields spent years perfecting her recipe and the presentation is nothing less than stellar with a gooey cookie, a beater of batter, and a shot of vanilla milk. Keep things fun and order a frozen serrano margarita or a maple whiskey sour. The house bloody mix will wake you right up and comes garnished with crunchy pickles.
Commander's Palace has been a mainstay in New Orleans since 1893. The jazz brunch on the weekends is particularly popular and a wonderful way to show Mom a good time. The fare is a glorious combination of modern New Orleans cuisine and Haute Creole. Start off with a NOLA favorite, the turtle soup which is made with veal fond and finished tableside with a splash of aged sherry. The rabbit and dumplings is an excellent main course option. The rabbit is crusted in crispy panko and served with rolled sage and chicken liver dumplings, roasted carrots, turnips, sweet peas, and Easter radishes. Add on a side of Louisiana crawfish tails. Pair all that with the "Fuzzy Buffalo," a tall glass of peach and basil lemonade spiked with Buffalo Trace bourbon.
The Toups family has been living in Louisiana for over 300 years, so it's no wonder they're intimately familiar with the food, culture, and producers in the area. Chef Isaac has a sophisticated take on Cajun cuisine. The Toups' Meatery brunch menu is definitely geared toward a carnivorous palate. The house meatery board with fresh and house-cured meats is a great sharing option to start for the table. In the large plate department, the seared foie gras over buttermilk sourdough biscuits, red gravy, and crispy onions is decadence itself. The seared venison loin with a homemade grit cake, green tomato verde, and a fried egg is also a hearty option. Be sure to get a side of the cracklins which have been called, "equal to Christendom's finest." The meats extend to the drink menu in the "Duck, Duck, Blue" cocktail made with duck fat-washed pisco, blueberries, and jalapeño shrub.
Tacos Del Cartel
Spice up Mother's Day brunch with a trip to Tacos Del Cartel. Chef Julio Machado makes Mexican street food with California influences. Come hungry and get the house breakfast burrito stuffed with refried beans, scrambled egg, shredded chicken, pico, guac, sour cream, and queso fresco. The huge burrito is smothered in salsa ranchera. The guajillo shrimp chilaquiles bring a little NOLA to the Mexican menu. Corn crisps are tossed in both salsa ranchera and salsa verde before getting topped with succulent gulf shrimp, scrambled eggs, grilled onions, sour cream, pico, and avocado. Brunch drinks are incredibly affordable with Palomas and tequila sunrises at only five dollars and bloodies at six. Go wild and opt for bottomless mimosas for only 15 bucks.