This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which is one of the busiest days of the year for some restaurants, especially those serving brunch. Reservations are normally essential. But if you waited too long to make those plans, there are still options to take mom out to for a nice morning meal. These are all casual, inexpensive spots, but each has interesting ambiance and quality food. One of them might be the right fit for your family for a more laidback approach to dining out on Mother’s Day.
Ruby Slipper Café
2001 Burgundy St.; 200 Magazine St.; 139 S. Cortez St.; 1005 Canal St., (all in New Orleans)
This small local chain of breakfast and lunch cafes all serve the same menu, with a mix of breakfast classics and Southern flavors. The newest location downtown on Canal Street is the most roomy, with large booths and an open design. There’s a full bar if you want to add a little sparkle to the celebration.
7901 Maple St., 504-309-5557 and
3218 Dauphine St., New Orleans, 504-304-5962
This pair of casual cafes have quickly earned a loyal following for a straightforward menu of breakfast dishes, salads and sandwiches that all work vividly fresh local vegetables into the program. Fresh juices, great coffee and baked goods round things out. Both locations use counter service, so you’ll be serving as your mom’s waiter. The Bywater original has a funkier vibe, while the newer Uptown edition is brighter, roomier and a bit more comfortable.
The Three Muses
536 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, 504-298-8746
Very popular, and usually very crowded at night, this Frenchmen Street hotspot for small plates, jazz and drinks shows a different side during the day for weekend lunch. It’s much more low key, though there’s still live music from local performers. The menu is as eclectic as ever – with Mediterranean flavors next to Asian-style dishes. It’s an offbeat and entertaining way to start a Sunday exploring downtown.
Tout de Suite
347 Verret St., New Orleans, 504-362-2264
Take the pedestrian ferry over to Algiers Point and stroll a pleasant few blocks through the pretty neighborhood to this tucked-away find. Very popular with the neighbors, and their kids, it has a comfortingly homey feel, from the décor to the cereal and baked goods on the breakfast menu. More substantial fare includes skillets of eggs, biscuits with country gravy and pain perdu, plus lighter options like dressed-up oatmeal and yogurt parfaits. Paired with the trip to the Point, it can make a casual meal feel like a real outing.