Breakfast is a serial (cereal) rule-breaker, knowing no time of day (ever had breakfast for dinner?), no flavor boundaries and no specific menu. It’s simple as a cup of coffee at Mojo, fancy as eggs Sardou at Brennan’s and funky as a griddled donut Monte Cristo at District. Walk the city, ride a streetcar or bicycle into a neighborhood for breakfast in New Orleans, the divine meal that’s been called the most—and least—important of the day.
If breakfast means eggs, bacon and biscuits, New Orleans Cake Café, the Trolley Stop, Slim Goodies, Surrey’s and just about every corner store can take your order. Push the envelope with fried eggs, braised cabbage and Creole mustard Hollandaise over tender corned beef at Red Dog Diner or, for an Italian twist, the Coperta (Italian for “blanket”) at Red Gravy, dough-wrapped sweet Italian sausage with scrambled eggs and red gravy. Just off the St. Charles streetcar, step into the Pontchartrain Hotel’s Silver Whistle Café for a pimento cheese omelet.
Café Carmo’s global flavors come in Tigelas (bowls) that include uniquely delicious Peruvian quinoa, white beans, avocado, Andean corn and wild boar sausage, or Bahamian-inspired stoneground grits and tuna salad. In the South Market District, the Daily Beet’s Orbit bowl is an intoxicating combination of bright kimchi, warm wild rice, avocado and a soft-poached egg splashed with a sesame-ginger dressing.
Bringing the funk, the sandwich gurus of Turkey and the Wolf are also behind Molly’s Rise and Shine, where there are homemade riffs on bagel bites, whirled peas on toast and granola with roasted carrot yogurt, while Piece of Meat does ever-changing weekend breakfasts of homemade sausages or griddled-crisp slices of boudin noir loaf with eggs.
Across the river in Algiers Point, Congregation’s house-roasted coffees go magnificently with fine Cajun country boudin and cane syrup for dipping or savory rice porridge with eggs. In the Central Business District at Cafe Bon Ami, there are genius baked goods from Gracious Bakery and Girls Gone Vegan. Speaking of Gracious, you’ll find several locations of the beloved bakery scattered around town, including on the ground floor of the new New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute.
Breakfast has become such a popular meal, restaurants are furiously firing up clever and varied dishes that have diners scrambling for a seat.