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.
14 Parishes on Oak – Uptown
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.
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.
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.
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.