CremeDeLaCremeSquare-150x150Dozen Best Restaurants For Breakfast.

New Orleans has not been historically a great breakfast town–not the way Las Vegas, Chicago, or New York are anyway. But it can claim to be the world’s most famous breakfast house: the one in position #1, below. Beyond Brennan’s, we have so many unique breakfast dishes to play with: pain perdu, grillades and grits, calas, and all those Brennan egg creations. Here are my own favorites. I expect many arguments and suggestions of other inclusions.

An odd curiosity is that the North Shore has more great breakfast places than the city and Jefferson Parish put together.

Egg Sardou.

Egg Sardou.

1. FleurDeLis-4-ForLists Brennan’s. French Quarter: 417 Royal. 504-525-9711. In a class by itself, really. The creator of most of the fancy egg dishes served everywhere, Brennan’s set the standard for breakfast in the 1950s and still does. It’s expensive and more like brunch than breakfast.

2. FleurDeLis-4-ForLists Cafe Adelaide. CBD: 300 Poydras St. 504-595-3305. The best hotel breakfast in town, and great at that, with superlative versions of the New Orleans breakfasts classics–including the city’s best lost bread.

3. FleurDeLis-3-ForLists Mattina Bella. Covington: 421 E Gibson. 985-892-0708. A spinoff of the Peppermill in Covington, in a charming antique building. Ask them about their specials, or for anything–they really can cook here. Hardly a better hollandaise anywhere.

Eggs with crabmeat at Liz's WhereYaAt Cafe.

Eggs with crabmeat at Liz’s WhereYaAt Cafe.

4. FleurDeLis-3-ForLists Liz’s Where Y’At Diner. Mandeville: 2500 Florida. 985-626-8477. A colorful, cheery restaurant in old Mandeville, with an unusually creative menu of breakfast dishes and clean, classy cooking. Jammed on weekends, and most of the time on weekdays, too.

5. FleurDeLis-3-ForLists Peppermill. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3524 Severn Ave. 504-455-2266. The leading breakfast place in Metairie, always full, with great pancakes and surprising fancy dishes, too.

Lost bread found at the Ruby Slipper.

Lost bread found at the Ruby Slipper.

6. FleurDeLis-3-ForLists Ruby Slipper Cafe. Mid-City: 139 S Cortez. 504-309-5531. ||| CBD: 200 Magazine St. 504-525-9355. ||| Marigny: 2001 Burgundy St. 504-525-9355. |||
CBD: 1005 Canal St. 504-525-9355.
The original Ruby Slipper in Mid-City has had them standing on line since they first opened a few years ago. The downtown location is more attuned to people who work downtown. Both make fine specials as well as standard breakfasts.

7. FleurDeLis-2-ForLists Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 7801 Panola. 504-314-1810. Owned by the same people as the Peppermill, but with a looser, more rustic menu and a hipper, younger crowd. Hard to believe how popular it is in this obscure backstreet location.

Corned beef hash and eggs at Blue Line.

Corned beef hash and eggs at Blue Line.

8. Blue Line Sandwich Company. Metairie 1: Old Metairie: 2023 Metairie Rd. 504-309-3773. Chef Brad McGehee operates a pleasant diner on Metairie Road, with polished versions of every breakfast dish you’ve ever loved. It’s the kind of place you go for a long, lingering breakfast. Unusually good coffee.

9. FleurDeLis-3-ForLists Eat. French Quarter: 900 Dumaine. 504-522-7222 . One of the French Quarter’s best casual breakfast cafes, with a big menu and classy eats.

10. FleurDeLis-2-ForLists Coulis. Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 3625 Prytania. 504-304-4265. The passing of owner-chef James Leeming hasn’t sent the place into a tailspin, as his wife and crew keep on serving the sharp breakfasts and lunches.

Beignet sticks at the Fat Spoon.

Beignet sticks at the Fat Spoon.

11. FleurDeLis-2-ForLists Fat Spoon Cafe. Mandeville: 68480 Highway 59. 985-809-2929. ||| Covington: 2807 North Highway 190. 985-400-5200. The Fat Spoon–aside from its less-than-alluring name–is everything one hopes to find in a local neighborhood breakfast-and-lunch place.The breakfasts are solid throughout, even to details like the coarse-ground grits. The Monday red beans are outstanding, and can be had with a very good link hot sausage.

12. FleurDeLis-3-ForLists Surrey’s . Uptown: 1418 Magazine. 504-524-3828. ||| 4807 Magazine. 504-895-5757. Juices galore and offbeat breakfast dishes side-by-side with the standards. A bit of a cult following swears by it, and they’re onto something: the ingredients are unusually fine.

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  1. Sara Smith on December 26, 2013

    Gott’s Gourmet on Magazine St. also has marvelous breakfasts. My favorite is the St. Paddy’s Day Massacre, a spicy corned beef hash (containing jalapenos and chaurice) topped with an egg cooked to your specifications .

  2. Dave on January 18, 2014

    R.I.P. Brennan’s.

  3. Daryl on August 4, 2014

    R.I.P. Blue Plate Cafe

  4. JOhn Bashara on November 30, 2015

    Had breakfast at Coffee Pot. I ordered eggs creole. I got what looked like on scrambled egg with Campbell’s tomato soup spooned on and about one tablespoon of potatoes for 12.25. I asked for toast and it was 50 cents. Never more said the Raven.

  5. jay on January 14, 2016

    Two Chicks by the Convention Center is unassuming inside but the breakast–wow. Especially the grits. And the Under the Sea omelette.

  6. Ray on January 14, 2016

    LaLou in Mandeville?? Great menu

  7. karen on January 14, 2016

    Cake Cafe in Marigny. I love it because you can get a little something sweet from the bakery with a savory breakfast. Oh, and they serve French Truck coffee. Biggest biscuit in town and homemade jam. Very reasonable.

  8. Dave Diamond on January 14, 2016

    About once a month, I drive all the way from the north shore just to catch breakfast at The Cake Cafe on Chartres in the Bywater. How’d you guys miss this place? The shrimp and grits is the best I’ve had. Puerto Rican breakfast is consistently good. The crab & Brie sandwich is very good, omelettes are good, and the coffee is consistently great. Come on! ‘Fess up! You missed this one.

    Miss it? Next time you’re in there, ask owner Steve Himmelfarb how many times he popped up on my radio show or was recommended in NOMenu.Com. We were putting the word out about that place since before it opened. But because you say so, I will send our Bywater correspondent to update our info.
    Tastefully yours,
    Tom Fitzmorris