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New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Ultimate Guide to Brunch in New Orleans

Brennans Brunch

Are you ready for the ultimate list of brunch restaurants in New Orleans? Whether you are a serious breakfast aficionado (it is the most important meal of the day) or you had a late night out on the town, you'll find satisfying and incredibly delicious fare at these outstanding New Orleans brunch destinations.

Brunch in America, as we know it, began in New Orleans. According to the book Brunch, A History, the meal was first served at Begue's, a French Quarter restaurant that in the 1890s served "second breakfasts" of Creole-French dishes to European merchants. Spillover crowds from Begue's small dining room often ended up three doors down at Tujague's Restaurant, whose owners purchased Begue's in 1914 and has continued the brunch tradition ever since.

Jazz brunch is also a New Orleans innovation. According to local lore, famed New Orleans restaurateur Dick Brennan had the idea when overhearing Dixieland jazz musicians playing during mealtime at a London hotel in the 1970s. He concocted the idea of having a jazz trio who would serenade individual parties throughout brunch service, walking from table to table to play songs. The first concerts were held at Brennan's Creole restaurant Commander's Palace, where today you can hear Dixieland songs while dining on the same Creole dishes served decades ago.

Here are a few more brunch suggestions to whet your appetite:

Palace Cafe's Bread PuddingPalace Café
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. Stop in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends to hear a traditional jazz band performing brunch-time concerts.

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.

Commanders RestaurantCommander's Palace
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.

Café Adelaide
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.

Brunch at Court of Two SistersCourt of Two Sisters Restaurant
Court of Two Sisters, home to the largest outdoor dining courtyard in the French Quarter and a menu featuring more than 80 items, does brunch on a grand scale. Its buffet-style service has dishes that, because of the freshness of its ingredients, change according to the season. Typical items include traditional favorites like turtle soup and eggs Benedict, and made-to-order omelets to suit any taste. Come for the brunch and stay for the music - Court of Two Sisters hosts a jazz trio performing every day.

The Irish HouseThe 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.