Rise and Shine: Best New Orleans Breakfast Spots

Rise and Shine: Best New Orleans Breakfast Spots

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New Orleans is better known for its jazz brunches than its traditional breakfasts. But oh has that changed, dear friends. In recent years, a number of restaurants have seriously upped the fast-breaking game in the Big Easy.

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    Chef Scott Boswell may have sadly shuttered the wonderful Stella!, but thankfully he’s still helming the equally tasty Stanley, where you can get its elegant, signature breakfast items all day. Ever crave Bananas Foster French Toast? A Benedict topped with fried oysters (“Eggs Stanley”)? Or even an Eggs Benedict Poor Boy? If yes -- and really, it should be a sincere yes -- run, don’t walk, to Stanley.
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    Cupcakes for breakfast? Why the hell not!? This cozy Marigny joint doesn’t just do cakes, however, despite the name. The savory options, including crab or salmon omelets or boudin and eggs, should not be missed. So, go ahead and have both. What could possibly go wrong?
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    You have to give it to Manhattanjack for being the first in town to mimic the Cronut (™) with its “Do’sant,” which is likely just as good as the one your cousin is waiting four hours in line for in New York. You also have to give it up for its excellent coffee and breakfast sandwiches.
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    Pastries, pastries, and more pastries is what you’ll find at Gracious, as well as a load of sandwiches and elegant desserts. Bonus points for its creative approach to baking, which brings with it the Hazelnut “Kermit” Cruffin, as well as Pretzel Croissants.
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    When you think “breakfast” (not brunch) in New Orleans, it’s hard not to think of Elizabeth’s. Mostly because it makes Praline Bacon -- which you really, really don’t want to miss -- but also for the colorful decor and friendly service. Also to be noted, the “Breakfast Po Boys,” which are exactly what you think they would be: bacon, eggs, and cheese dressed on French.
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    For a fancier breakfast option in the Big Easy, there’s the relatively new Toast, which offers everything from steak and Lyonnaise potatoes with your eggs, to fluffy quiches and crepes. It's excellent for an upscale breakfast meeting or if you want to impress on the “morning after” without messing up your kitchen.
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    Adding to the breakfast arms race on Banks St is Biscuits and Buns, which, you might have guessed, serves both biscuits AND buns. Truth be told, those biscuits are pretty fantastic (especially when packed with slow-cooked brisket), but don’t overlook the chicken & waffles, as well as more refined fare like shrimp étouffée over creamy grits.
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    For some reason, Mid-City recently became *the* go-to place for breakfast in New Orleans, and Wakin’ Bakin’ was one of the first spots to contribute to this wonderful phenomenon. The cheddar sliders with eggs and bacon are amazing, as are the “Pancrepes and Pork.” That’s right: Pancrepes!
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    In a notable food city with few actual diner-style restaurants, The Camellia Grill is the one to beat. Whether you want a chili-cheese omelette or a flat top griddled breakfast cheeseburger, it’s all served with a smile. 
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    If you’re looking to start the day with a hearty, lumberjack-style breakfast, Panola St. is the place you should be headed. Overstuffed triple egg omelettes, huge stacks of pancakes, Belgian waffles, and generous Benedicts are the hallmark here. And hey, if you want liver and onions, you can get that, too.
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