A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

by Angelique Dyer
June 28, 2022

The latest in our Brunchfaced series takes a look at a few of the Black-owned brunch spots in New Orleans. Angelique Dyer has been writing about brunch in New Orleans since 2019. Check out her other articles here.

Black-Owned Brunch Restaurants in New Orleans

You know the saying. 

“Everything you love about New Orleans is because of Black people.” 

I mean, if we’re being completely honest, it’s absolutely true. 

New Orleans, at its core, is a Black city. And it’s a beautifully Black city with a culture that’s rich and goes back hundreds and hundreds of years and miles and miles away. Everything you (and I since birth) love about this city is inherently Black – from Carnival to twerking to the music to the perfect food. And speaking of food, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate and appreciate all things Black than with a reservation to a Black-owned brunch spot in New Orleans!  

Vyoone’s Warehouse District

Step into this Warehouse District staple for the French cuisine and Instagrammable courtyard for a lovely outdoor brunch. On the menu you’ll find mussels, crab cake Benedict, and the forever-traditional brunch item BBQ shrimp and grits. Vyoone’s is the place to be for brunch in New Orleans, especially if you’re thinking of getting a group of your friends together.

Vyonnes in New Orleans (Vyoones Restaurant)
Getting there
412 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon-Wed Closed
Thu 5–10pm
Fri-Sat 5–11pm
Sun 10:30am–3pm
More Info

14 Parishes on Oak – Uptown

black owned brunch spots new orleans 14 parishes

For some of us still trying to find our ways back outside, vacations to beautiful sunny islands are only but a dream. At 14 Parishes on Oak, stepping into this Jamaican spot with a new location on Oak Street feels like a vacation without having to pack a suitcase. The brunch menu includes Caribbean dishes packed with flavor like jerk chicken and waffles, oxtails and eggs, and ackee and saltfish. And of course, the drinks are a’plenty – go for the rummosa (rum punch topped with champagne) and the Bobsled, a hibiscus tea and rum cocktail for that extra vacation feel.

READ MORE: Brunchfaced | 14 Parishes brings Jamaican flavors Uptown

14 Parishes Jamaican Restaurant on Oak
Getting there
8227 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 4–9pm
Fri-Sat 11am–10pm
Sun 11am–3pm
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Fritai – Treme

Fritai started as a pop-up in the St. Roch Market, and now, they’ve got their own storefront, providing Haitian flair on Bayou Road. Fritai has it all – smoked shrimp and grits, cinnamon toast plantains, and spicy mango wings. The jerk Bloody Mary and passionlini will be the perfect companion to this brunch rooted in Haitian cuisine. 

Fritai
Getting there
1535 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon 4–10pm
Tue Closed
Wed-Sat 4–10pm
Sun 11am–2pm, 4–10pm
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Twisted Waffles – Central Business District

Twisted Waffles, located in NOCHI, delivers waffles in countless ways to satisfy any sweet tooth for brunch. Head there for a traditional breakfast and chicken and waffles, or have your own personal waffle extravaganza with their lemon drop waffle or the sweet potato waffle topped with a marshmallow drizzle. It’s definitely the perfect place to bring the little ones for a Black History Month brunch celebration with a side of all things sweet. 

Twisted Waffles LLC
$$$$
Getting there
725 Howard Ave NOCHI, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon 7am–3pm
Tue-Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 7am–3pm
More Info

This is only a short list of the many Black-owned restaurants in New Orleans serving dishes made with love, soul, and history. Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

Angie Dyer, a lady who brunches from New Orleans East, is award-winning digital producer, fiction writer, and public relations and brand strategist working in higher-education. She is a board member of the BeyHive since 1998, is constantly practicing her NPR voice, and can be found taking over for the '99 and the 2000.

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