Pastry chef Kelly Fields does complicated things with simple ingredients at her modern bakery and eatery. It’s part of the restaurant group overseen by local star chef John Besh, so it’s no surprise that it’s drawn nods from the James Beard Foundation, among others, for its delectable biscuits, corn bread, and more-involved dishes like crawfish and grits. Located in the sleek new district of mid-rise condos and apartments a couple blocks north of Lafayette Square, Willa Jean makes a great spot for a lazy breakfast or brunch—reservations are all but essential on weekends. It’s local knowledge that it’s also open for dinner and that the quality at that time of day remains high, with varied delicious dishes like braised lamb pasta and beer-can chicken (plus, it’s easier to get in).
Partake of Southern delights and coffee cocktails
Just a short distance from the Superdome and the museums and galleries in the Central Business District, this light-filled space is casual and comfortable. Whether you need a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast or brunch, a few baked treats and coffee to go, or a multi-course meal from cocktails to dessert, this Southern food kitchen has it covered. The cocktail offerings include several creative coffee and tea-based concoctions, perfect for a pick me up. Pictured: the delicious corn and crab fritters with crab boil aioli and the warm cornbread, drenched in cane syrup. Enjoy!