New Orleans native, teacher, & contributing blogger, Kimberly DuCarpe, aspires…
It’s officially summer! The warm, sunny weather brings a bright new energy to us all, making it even harder to stay home during this uncertain time. Luckily, our local restaurant owners are finding ways to open their doors and welcome customers in a way that safely suits our new normal. Many are offering meals to-go, curbside pickup, socially distant dining, and most importantly- the return of brunch menus! A southern summer wouldn’t be complete without weekend, boozie brunches, so I’ve created a list of my Top 10 New Orleans brunches for you and your favorite bottomless mimosa-drinking friends!
Century-old church turned cocktail bar, Vessel, offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 1 pm. Gorgeous, cathedral style windows, dark wood floors, tables, and bar area create a classy and comforting atmosphere. Courtyard seating, with full menu and drink service is also available- reservations are recommended. The brunch menu is complete with apps, salads, main dishes, sides, desserts, and of course specialty brunch cocktails. The Brandy or Bourbon Milk Punch is an absolute must! Can’t make brunch? Check out their $6 cocktails and wine Daily Happy Hour from 4-6 pm.
Copper Vine’s location is on the National Register of Historic Places, as the building was originally the home of Maylie’s restaurant from 1876-1986. Maylie’s original bar was restored and now offers 30 wines on tap for customers to try and enjoy. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am- 3 pm, an extensive brunch menu is offered, including everything from Wild American Shrimp and Grits to a Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread to the classic Beignets. Not ready to venture out just yet? Copper Vine offers meal kits, packaged with all the prepped ingredients you’ll need to cook and enjoy brunch in your own home!
Located on the corner of St. Joseph and Magazine St. in the Warehouse District, this restaurant and bar offers brunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It’s impossible to choose just one item from the menu, including flatbreads, burgers, po-boys, omelets, waffles…not to mention their Flocktail Menu, offering bottomless mimosas, margaritas, and frose’. If that’s not enough to convince you to try this spot, they also sell gallons of your favorite drink to-go! With a 4,000 sq. ft. courtyard, you can enjoy the day with your friends, and bring your dog, too!
Located in the the historic Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose offers a vibrant atmosphere and a menu of New Orleans’ Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine. The best way to brunch at Jack Rose is with a lively group of friends, ready to share all of the intriguing dishes from the menu and indulge on the Disco Punch– a tiki-inspired drink served in a disco ball! Reserve your table for Sunday brunch from 11 am – 2 pm.
James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, add a southern touch to classic Italian recipes at Josephine Estelle, located in the Ace Hotel. Currently, they are open 3 days a week for dining in, and daily for delivery and takeout. Brunch is served Fridays-Sundays from 9 am – 3 pm. Stay the night at the Ace Hotel, sleep in, and wander downstairs for their Crawfish Étouffée and Grits, Rigatoni with MawMaw’s Gravy, or a sweet stack of Pancakes with Amaretto Syrup!
As the first and only restaurant-distillery in New Orleans, Lula handcrafts their own vodka, rum, and gin with 100% Louisiana sugar cane products. Make a reservation to brunch at Lula on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm. For a lighter meal, try one of their three Shrimp Boil options; but, if you’re free to nap afterwards, go for the Crawfish Mac-n-Cheese. And as you would expect from a distillery, none of their cocktail options disappoint!
Too busy to brunch on the weekend? Apolline offers brunch Tuesday-Sunday! If you love bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s (who doesn’t?), this is the place for you! An order of Eggs Apolline with a side of Cinnamon Bacon is your best bet. The Farm Burger with Pimento Cheese is my go-to order, but my favorite thing about Apolline are the servers, who NEVER allow you to see the bottom of your glass! Bottomless drink experts.
While there isn’t an official “brunch menu” offered, Bear Cat Cafe serves breakfast all day Tuesday – Sunday from 8 am- 3 pm. at its Uptown location. Appealing to many is the wide variety of Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free options. Most impressive are the reasonable price points and unique menu items. A second location, Bearcat CBD, is open Wednesday-Friday 8 am – 1pm and Saturday-Sunday 8 am – 2 pm. Don’t pass up the opportunity to try out the Alinea Coffee Bar!
If you’re in the downtown area, visit Cafe at the Square for brunch Saturday-Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm. A spacious dining area surrounded by windows with a view of St. Charles Avenue, creates a light and relaxing atmosphere. Customer favorites include the Sourdough French Toast, Fried Green Tomato Benedict, and and all-time classic and comforting Biscuits and Gravy. Dine-in service is limited, as they are taking customer health and safety seriously, but take-out and delivery are available.
I’ve saved the best for last! If you’re looking for a party, full of laughter, music, dancing, talented performers, and great food and drinks, as soon as “live entertainment” is allowed back in New Orleans, reserve a table for The Country Club’s Drag Brunch. Seriously. Do. Not. Wait! Until then, they are still serving a regular brunch on both weekdays and weekends. Looking for something more chill? Day passes or an annual membership to the Back Private Club’s pool and bar area are available. Happy Hour is daily from 4-7 pm., unless it’s raining, in which case it’s always happy hour!
New Orleans Brunches
We hope you can enjoy some of these New Orleans Brunches soon! Please take proper safety precautions while out socializing, and if you’re not ready to get out there just yet, check out “Supporting Local Businesses” for other ways to support!
Thanks for reading!
New Orleans native, teacher, & contributing blogger, Kimberly DuCarpe, aspires to live a charming, yet fun-loving lifestyle. Her love of curating and sharing affordable, quality finds, has led her to VIP New Orleans, where she hopes to inspire others to live their best, southern life.