Riccibono's Panola Street Café [Robert Witkowski]

Best Breakfast in New Orleans | 10 NOLA Restaurants You’ll Love

12:00 September 01, 2022
By: Staff

New Orleans is known for its wide range of culinary delights, from yaka mein and po-boys to crawfish etouffee and gumbo. But these hearty meals aren't the end of Nola's foodie prowess, as tasty treats can be found all over the city from the early hours of the morning. If you're on the hunt for a morning feast, the best breakfast in New Orleans is likely right around the corner.

From sweet pastries and muffins to savory plates and avocado toast, New Orleans has all the breakfast essentials and does a great brunch too. Below you'll find the best breakfast New Orleans has to offer.

Places for Breakfast in New Orleans

New Orleans breakfast comes in all different forms, guaranteed to satisfy your palette no matter your taste. Head to these breakfast spots for mouth-watering treats and a NOLA coffee you won't soon forget.

1. The Ruby Slipper Café

Ruby Slipper [Facebook/Ruby Slipper]

Location: Multiple locations

The Ruby Slipper Cafés were voted the very best breakfast spots in New Orleans, and with six locations scattered throughout the city, they're not hard to find.

But be warned, they are in high demand, so call and add yourself to their waiting list before you arrive, and they'll let you know as soon as a table becomes available. Alternatively, you can wait outside and enjoy their curbside cocktail service while you wait for a table.

Ruby Slipper caters to those that have a sweet tooth as well as those in search of something savory. A favorite among visitors is their French toast and fried chicken, but the southern and Creole breakfast offerings make the perfect breakfast for those who are feeling adventurous.


2. Bearcat Café

Bearcat Cafe [Facebook/Bearcat cafe]

Location: Multiple locations

Bearcat Café was voted the second best place to have breakfast in New Orleans for its high-quality ingredients as well as the fresh breakfast and lunch options. They have two locations in NOLA--one is Uptown and the other is in the CBD, but both are equally worth a visit.

They serve a wide variety of breakfast options, from pancakes, shrimp and grits, and breakfast quesadillas to a delicious crab scramble. Each has its own unique twist. With multiple options to suit vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters, there's guaranteed to be something to suit your taste on their menu.

If you would like a drink to go along with your delicious breakfast, they offer a selection of interesting cocktails which make the ideal pairing.


3. Surrey's

Surrey's [Where Y'at staff]

Location: 1418 Magazine St, Lower Garden District

Surrey's Café and Juice Bar is the oldest organic juice bar in New Orleans, opening its doors in 2001. This eclectic restaurant focuses on bringing its guests the best fresh local ingredients and adding a unique Latin twist to their menu items.

They cater to those following a vegetarian and vegan diet, as well as providing something special for meat-lovers. The cozy restaurant makes a great setting for your meal, and if you manage to get a spot on their cute patio, you're in luck.

They do tend to get busy, and they don't accept reservations, so it's best to get there a little early. If you're looking for a cheap breakfast in New Orleans, this spot isn't the first place to pop up, but there are a few dishes that fit into a budget price range.


4. Jimmy J's Café

Jimmy Js [Where Y'at Staff]

Location: 115 Chartres St, French Quarter

Jimmy J's Café has become a destination restaurant in New Orleans. It prides itself in using only the freshest local ingredients and making everything from scratch, and the taste really is awesome.

Jimmy J's serves a variety of unique dishes along with some traditional N'awlins' cuisine like their delectable fried shrimp and oyster po-boy. If you're looking for something different from your usual choices, try their grilled eggplant sandwich--you will not be disappointed.

The cozy interior and colorful windows that characterize Jimmy J's Café make the perfect backdrop for photos, giving you all the more reason to visit this destination restaurant. The friendly staff and fun atmosphere will keep you coming back for more. If you are looking for the best breakfast in the French Quarter, Jimmy J's Café is the perfect place to go.


5. Slim Goodies Diner

Slim Goodies Diner [Where Y'at Staff]

Locations: 3322 Magazine Street, Irish Channel

Slim Goodies Diner is another great foodie destination located on Magazine Street. The quirky diner has both indoor and patio seating and is visited by both locals and travelers because the food is just that good.

The diner opened doors to the public in 2003 with the hopes of creating a friendly atmosphere and enjoyable environment for patrons of New Orleans. The artsy backdrop sets the perfect stage for the iconic NOLA dishes served at this joint.

Their menu varies from your standard egg breakfasts to waffles and you can even opt for a steak breakfast if you are in need of something filling. You can't go wrong with these Creole-inspired foodie options.


6. Wakin' Bakin'

Wakin Bakin breakfast [courtesy Wakin Bakin]

Location: Multiple locations

Wakin' Bakin' has three interesting restaurants scattered around the city of New Orleans. You'll find branches in the French Quarter, Uptown, and Mid-City, each with its own unique style.

This café franchise was voted the sixth best place to have breakfast in New Orleans and it's not hard to see why. They provide guests with the traditional breakfast options as well as offering some NOLA classics like shrimp etouffee with grits and biscuits with gravy.

The portion sizes are quite generous, so if you stop by for breakfast you can count on staying full for a good portion of the day. If you're looking for a place with a laid-back atmosphere where you can sit back and eat at a leisurely pace, Wakin' Bakin' is definitely a spot you should try.


7. Willa Jean

Willa Jean [Where Y'at Staff]

Location: 611 O'Keefe Ave, Warehouse District

Willa Jean is not just your average breakfast joint, and there is nothing standard about the meals they serve, either. Every meal is carefully handcrafted, with a look and feel that will make your mouth water for days to come.

While they might not be the most affordable restaurant on the block, they do have snacks that are both filling and will suit every budget. Be sure to end your meal the right way with some of their "sweet stuff," the southern coconut cake being an all-time favorite.

Willa Jean does tend to get busy most days of the week, so if you want to ensure you get a seat, it's best to make a reservation in advance through their website.


8. Riccibono's Panola Street Café

Riccibono's Panola Street Café [Robert Witkowski]

Location: 7801 Panola St, Uptown

Riccobono's Panola Street Café opened its doors to New Orlean's university area in 1998 and has been a great success ever since. This cute café has everything you would hope for and expect from a breakfast joint, including omelets, benedicts, waffles, and a handful of healthy options like granola and oatmeal.

The portion sizes are generous and incredibly affordable, which is why they have been such a great success in the university area. Every day, Riccibono's runs a different plate lunch special, so keep your eyes peeled if you are hoping to save a penny or two.

The service is great and the staff is friendly, which makes coming to this café all the more special. If you are looking for something to pair with your meal, opt for an Irish coffee and for that late lunch/brunch kick.


9. The Vintage NOLA

The Vintage NOLA [Where Y'at / Annabel Morrison]

Location: 3121 Magazine St, 11th Ward

The Vintage says it all in the name. This gorgeously decorated vintage restaurant has an ambiance second to none, and its food fits right in. The owners are passionate about good coffee, beignets, wine, bubbles, and other snack foods.

This is a great place to stop by for a pastry or small bite to eat and although they are open in the evenings, breakfast time is when they really shine!

Every meal served here looks like a work of art, which keeps customers happy and coming back for more. If you're visiting in the afternoon or evening, pair your bite to eat with a quality glass of wine for the full experience.


10. Molly's Rise and Shine

Mollys Rise And Shine bring out the kids in all [Mollys Rise And Shine]

Location: 2368 Magazine St, Garden District

Molly's Rise and Shine is a quirky and artsy diner-style café that serves American cuisine with its own unique flare. While they cater to many different styles of diet, vegetarians will be happy to know that they offer a handful of meat-free dishes.

If you are in the mood for something sweet, then be sure to try some of their delicious pastries that come in a wide variety. Order a large coffee on the side, and you'll be setting yourself up for a wonderful day.

Their breakfast burger is a firm favorite amongst return visitors, but everything on their menu is worth a try. There is yet to be a customer that is not impressed by the overwhelmingly good service, incredible food, and beautiful decor that Molly's Rise and Shine offers.


The Most Delicious Breakfast New Orleans Has to Offer

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Iif you don't feel like making breakfast yourself, head to some of these breakfast locations in New Orleans. Next time you're in search of breakfast restaurants, there are plenty just waiting to be visited. If there's one thing we can be certain of, it's that these local spots will not let you down.

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