Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Breakfast at The Ruby Red Slipper

Our first morning in New Orleans and it was time for Laurie, Dawn Marie and myself to find somewhere interesting for breakfast!

Ruby Red Slipper is a local restaurant that has 4 locations in New Orleans.  Fortunately, one of their restaurants was on Magazine Street only a couple of blocks from the Hilton Doubletree where we were staying… It is a very popular place and at about 9:30 AM we had to wait outside in line for between 20 and 25 minutes before we could be seated. (I can’t imagine the length of the wait during a busy time of the year!)

This particular Ruby Red Slipper location is huge!  It is very, very popular…  I had researched it on Trip Advisor prior to our trip.  Currently it is ranked #26 in this food-centered city with 599 Excellent/Very Good vs. 20 Poor or Terrible Ratings.

Ruby Red Slipper Restaurants are ‘committed to the environment and local businesses.”  They tout their use of locally-made products, and locally-based purveyors.  By buying local, they have a positive impact on the New Orleans economy.  Their sausage, (pork breakfast links, chorizo, chicken sausage patties, andouille, and more), is made right in Mid-City, New Orleans by Creole Country Sausage.  Their breads are either baked in-house, or are locally baked and delivered fresh to our door by Leidenheimer, Wild Flour Breads and Laurel Street Bakery.  In additoin, their coffee purveyor, French Truck Coffee, roasts their special Ruby Red Slipper Breakfast Blend for them…

Here’s another view of the restaurant from our table.  The breakfast bar was just as busy as the rest of the facility!

Ruby Red Slipper locations are open from 7 AM to 2 PM Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturday and from 8 AM until 3 PM on Sunday.

Laurie and Dawn Marie were both excited about our first full day of exploring the French Quarter…and perhaps a bit of shopping!  Dawn Marie had flown in from a job in Denver late the night before to meet up with us.

This was my entrée… It’s the “Chicken St. Charles”. ($13.00) This was crispy chicken breasts over a buttermilk biscuit, topped with poached eggs and finished with a tasso cream sauce.  It was excellent!  The coffee was very good too…

Some of Ruby Red Slippers special offerings include “Eggs Blackstone” ($13.00) This is a pair of poached eggs over applewood-smoked bacon, grilled tomato and an open-faced buttermilk biscuit, finished with hollandaise and served with breakfast potatoes.  There also is the “Bananas Foster Pain Perdu”. ($11.00) It consists of French-bread based french toast with rum-flambèed bananas and raisins, served with applewood-smoked bacon.

This is Ruby Red Slipper’s Signature item.  It’s the “Eggs Cochon”. ($13.00) It consists of slow-cooked apple-braised pork ‘debris’ sitting on a homemade buttermilk biscuit, topped with poached eggs and finished with hollandaise sauce.  Dawn Marie thoroughly enjoyed her breakfast!

Other interesting and very tempting items fill the breakfast menu.  There is the “Hot-Smoked Salmon Bennie” ($13.00) This has smoked in-house salmon served over a buttermilk biscuit, topped with poached eggs, garnished with red onion and capers and finished with a dill hollandaise sauce.  Another offering is the “Croque Madame” ($12.00) This is a grilled ham and Swiss sandwich on house made challah bread topped with a fried egg and finished with Mornay sauce and served with a house salad.

The breakfast temptations go on and on…and we have a hard time just finding a truly great standard breakfast here in East Tennessee! (I wouldn't trade locations though...)

Laurie ordered French Toast made from French bread accompanied by applewood-smoked bacon and a small dish of fresh fruit. ($8.00) It was another winner!

For late risers, the menu at Ruby Red Slipper includes a number of options.  Two examples are: “Bacon and Egg Sliders” ($12.00) which consists of two 3 oz. burgers, one topped with pig-candy bacon and cheddar, the other topped with a fried egg and roasted red pepper coulis, accompanied by pickled red onion and pickled green tomato; “The Slipper Salad” ($11.00) which includes two Panko-crusted fried goat cheese coins, 'craisins', pig-candy bacon, crusted pecans, shaved red onion, cherry tomatoes and mixed greens tossed in a walnut vinaigrette.

In summary, we all really enjoyed breakfast at The Ruby Red Slipper!  We just wish that one was located somewhere within an hour’s drive of our house… We will definitely eat here again on our next trip to New Orleans.

To learn more about Ruby Red Slipper Restaurants…their locations and the menu…just go to

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for breakfast!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. Looks like it was worth the wait - yours has me drooling.

  2. I'm glad you told me about this restaurant.. It wasn't there when I lived there many years ago... It looks/sounds GREAT--and obviously is so popular.. I hope to take George down there sometime --but it has changed so much, I may not recognize much of it anymore. BUT--even in the 80's, there were many many great restaurants in that city... I loved living there.


  3. Good Morning, We visited New Orleans a long time ago and I have enjoyed reading your blog this morning. We have a son who works down there so it is always nice to see some of it from another person;s perspective, I always enjoy your adventures. Have a great day. Shirley@shirleystitches

  4. Fried chicken for breakfast? Yes sir, I'll have a helping of that one.

  5. Dear Dave, Breakfast is my favorite meal and I would thoroughly enjoy this place!! The meals look fine. Blessings, Catherine

  6. Oh boy do I wish I could try some of that food! It looks like a great place, Dave and those dishes look mouthwatering. That's my kind of breakfast! :D

    What a fantastic trip! The ladies look great. I look forward to more posts from your trip to New Orleans! Take care and have a wonderful weekend :)