Springtime is upon us and along with blooming flowers and warmer weather, a literal multitude of festivals will be filling the city with food, music and fun. Amidst all of this frivolity, one can’t help but consider our furry friends who are left at home, watching us walk through the door for yet another event to which they were not invited.
Thankfully, the Louisiana SPCA just announced their first ever Brunch Fest (http://www.la-spca.org/brunchfest) that’s happening Sunday, April 3rd at New Orleans City Park! This pet-friendly, free festival will be emceed by Chriss Knight and Andrew Ward and feature brunchy delights from local restaurants like Brown Butter, The Cheezy Cajun and The Ruby Slipper. Plus there will be a banner Bloody Mary Contest judged by local libation celebrities Brenda Maitland, Scott Gold, Tim McNally and Ann Tunnerman.
While we’re all excited about the first ever, pet-friendly Brunch Fest to hit the GNO, what about the rest of the year? Luckily, there are quite a few spots in town where you can enjoy a weekend brunch with your four-footed best friend by your side.
Take a walk to Wakin’ Bakin’ in Mid-City where you and your pooch can enjoy your brunch outside on one of several benches lining Banks Street. Feast on Pancrepes & Pork, a Queso-Burrito or their heavenly Gravy Train with a side of fresh fruit to share. Feelin’ lazy? If you live nearby, you can get your brunch delivered right to your door.
Easily one of the best breakfast spots in Bywater, Cake Cafe & Bakery is great place to hang out with “man’s best friend.” Located on the corner of Chartres and Spain Street, this neighborhood gem offers plenty of outdoor tables for you and your pup to share. Feast on dishes like fried local catfish and eggs, a crab omelet with fresh spinach and melted brie, boudin and eggs with stone ground grits or one of their delectable pastries baked fresh every morning.
Jump into the car for a ride uptown to Toast! With more tables outside than in, it would be a sin not to bring your dog for brunch at this exceptional corner cafe. Let chef/owner Cara Benson wow you with her pillow-light quiche, sweet and savory crepes, breakfast sandwiches like the Monte Cristo and, of course, her terrific toasts.
Another great uptown spot to spend a day with your dog is Satsuma on Maple Street. Replete with tons of outdoor seating, hanging out with Fido while enjoying a cuppa joe is a cinch at this Carrollton-area hotspot. Score a Mexican Breakfast Plate with creamy black beans and pico de gallo, a Green Breakfast Sandwich with lots of arugula and avocado or an Asian Tofu Scramble with broccoli and green coconut curry. Along with gluten-free cookies and other sweet snacks, Satsuma Maple often offers freshly baked treats for your dog that smell so good, it’s hard for mere humans to resist.
*Article originally published in the April 2016 issue of Where Y’at Magazine
*Cake Cafe & Bakery is closed