This month, I made a trip to New Orleans for Jazzfest. This was not only my first time in New Orleans, but also my first time seeing Elton John perform. Needless to say, I had very high expectations of the weekend, especially as it related to food.
I’ve heard a lot about New Orleans’ food culture, and as such, I mapped out quite the eating extravaganza for our trip. One may call it a five-day food bender. To each his own.
On our first morning, Friday, we decided to walk along the Mississippi River to the “hipster” neighborhood of Bywater. Our end goal was Elizabeth’s, a spot I’d read about constantly in my search for brunch and a place that served breakfast on weekdays.
I may have underestimated my Bourbon St. hangover and the length of the walk..coupled with the beating Louisiana sun, we were struggling. Eventually we made it, spotting the white corner clapboard house with various “praline bacon” signs, funky decorations, and hanging pigs.
Despite a group of folks milling outside which suggested a wait, we were seated immediately upstairs. After coffees all around, we squinted through our blurry, hurricane eyes at the specials, which were as long as the regular menu. Everything sounded intriguing.
We quickly put an order in for the praline bacon, which was a towering plate of candied bacon. Talk about a fix for my salty/sweet lovers. This was awesome. Definitely a decadent starter but something I’ve never had before.
After much deliberation, I chose the Eggs Elizabeth for my main, which was a glorified eggs Benedict and was served with grilled French bread, ham, poached eggs, and Hollandaise. I didn’t care for the grits, which weren’t as cheesy as advertised, but the main was really something.
Paul ordered the cochon brunch special, which was served with pulled pork patties, poached eggs, and barbecue Hollandaise. The eggs were perfectly cooked and the Hollandaise was refreshingly different; Paul really loved his dish.
Will ordered the boudin and eggs, served with fried boudin balls, poached egg, and crawfish étouffée. This was another delicious and inventive dish and we all loved the Southern seafood highlight.
Kate, known for her sweet tooth, ordered the French toast burrito, which was essentially an egg and bacon burrito drizzled with syrup. This was an interesting sweet and salty combo and hit the spot after our night out.
The Bitches say: A. Elizabeth’s combines Southern classics and New Orleans originality to deliver a top-notch, inventive brunch.
601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA
Elizabeth’s Restaurant serves breakfast Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., and serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.