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When in New Orleans...Get Toasted

A toast to toast-worthy toasts

Move over, biscuits. Toasts are redefining the morning meal, and fast encroaching on traditional lunch territory as well (sorry, sandwiches). You’ll find tasty combos at eateries all over the city, including these breadwinners.

French Toast

As its name suggests, this sweet spot is known for its French toast—specifically the cinnamon-cream cheese Stuffed King Cake version. But its savory slices are equally stellar. Evidence: fried oysters, sliced avocado and corn maque choux on sourdough, topped with poached eggs and sriracha mayo. 

French Toast restaurant New Orleans
The fried oyster toast at French Toast. (©Doug Brantley)


Chef Melissa Araujo pays homage to her Honduran heritage with huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos on house-made tortillas, along with toast-worthy toasts. The Louisa crowns rustic white bread with blue crab and scrambled eggs, while lunch brings mushrooms, baby spinach, shallots, roasted butternut squash and beets tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. 

Alma restaurant
Alma's Mushroom Toast. (©Alma)

The Daily Beet

In addition to cold-pressed juices and good-for-you bowls and salads, there’s a healthy selection of country-loaf toasts here. Go for the Supreme, layered with avocado smash, black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, fried egg, avocado chipotle and cotija cheese. 

The Daily Beet restaurant New Orleans
The Daily Beet’s Supreme Toast. (©Rush Jagoe)

Willa Jean 

James Beard Award-winning chef Kelly Fields (whose new cookbook, “The Good Book of Southern Baking,” hit shelves in September) is famed for her fluffy biscuits. Her toasts are just as delicious: avocado on house grain bread with harissa, serrano, egg and lime; smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion and capers on rye; barbecue shrimp with burrata on sourdough. See, we told you. 

Willa Jean restaurant New Orleans
Picture-perfect avocado toast from Willa Jean. (©Randy Schmidt)