A night out on Bourbon Street deserves a morning pick-me-up. Thankfully, Palace Café has you covered. This upscale restaurant, located just steps from the famed party strip, has Creole creations that will get your day started right, including an entire menu devoted to poached eggs as well as a shrimp remoulade that must be tasted to be believed.
Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
Gospel legend Kirk Franklin personally selects the songs and bands that perform at this enormously popular brunch, held every Sunday. Sit down with a plate of the House of Blues' signature chicken and waffles, and hear contemporary hits and old standards that are sure to get you ready for the adventures ahead.
Mr. B's Bistro
The "B" of Mr. B's Bistro stands for the legendary Brennan clan, whose restaurants are synonymous with some of the finest Creole cuisine in New Orleans. Spend the morning by hearing, seeing and tasting New Orleans tradition in action at a jazz brunch that features live bands and a stellar selection of brunch specialties, including Chicken Pontalba and Mr. B's signature barbecued shrimp.
Connoisseurs have long debated which is the best of New Orleans' old-line restaurants, and Commanders Palace is always on the short list. Pull up a chair at this 135-year-old James Beard Award-winning restaurant's weekend jazz brunch. Try the turtle soup or the "queen of Creole desserts" known as the Creole bread pudding soufflé while listening to the sounds of Joe Simon's jazz trio.
Brunch at Café Adelaide is not just a meal — it's a bona fide adventure. Try fusion flavors such as shrimp and tasso "corndogs" (pepper jelly, pickled okra, chicory greens and Crystal hot sauce butter), the absinthe BBQ cheeseburger or the Southeast Asian-meets-Creole specialty known as the New Orleans East-Style BBQ Shrimp — kimchee, stone ground grits and Louisiana shrimp never tasted so good.
The Irish House
New Orleans' ties to Ireland are on full display at the Irish House. Opened in 2011 by executive chef Matt Murphy (himself a native Dubliner), the restaurant's menu boasts a number of across-the-pond specialties including bangers and mash, eggs Sardou and the hearty Gravy Boat — a combination of poached eggs, roast beef potato hash, spinach, gravy and Hollandaise sauce. You may come in hungover but you won't leave hungry.
Eat New Orleans
Eat New Orleans is a café with a conscience, sourcing locally caught fish and seasonal Louisiana-harvested produce that gives back to those who keep New Orleans fed. Eat New Orleans' weekend brunch includes down-home fare such as The Trio (chicken and andouille gumbo, white beans, stuffed pepper and rice) and a dish simply known as the Big Breakfast — chicken fried chicken, country gravy, eggs, grits and a biscuit. Now that's a taste of Southern hospitality.
photo: Mr.B's Eggs Creole