New Orleans-inspired brunch spot named Ruby Sunshine now open in South End

New Orleans-inspired brunch spot named Ruby Sunshine now open in South End
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Ruby Sunshine, a New Orleans-inspired brunch restaurant, is now open in South End. It’s located at 322 W. Bland St., across from Seoul Food and next to Lost & Found.

The restaurant, which is the first Ruby Sunshine location to open in North Carolina, is the latest concept from the Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group — the collective behind the acclaimed New Orleans-based eatery Ruby Slipper Café.

Background: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Jennifer and Erich Weishaupt transformed an old corner store in New Orleans into Ruby Slipper Café. In the years since, the husband-and-wife duo have expanded across the U.S.

Food: Expect breakfast and brunch classics like eggs Benedict, French toast, and buttermilk pancakes. Here are the highlights:

  • Benedicts ($14-$16) – Eggs Cochon, Chicken St. Charles, Bayou Shrimp
  • Bananas Foster French Toast ($13)
  • French Toast Bites ($10)
  • Cinnamon Swirl Buttermilk Pancakes ($12)
  • Buttermilk Biscuit Sliders ($15 for four) — hot sausage, fried chicken and gravy, Cochon, cheeseburger
  • Breakfast sandwich ($8)
  • Build-your-own omelet ($10+)

Drinks: It wouldn’t be brunch without a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Here’s Ruby Sunshine’s offerings:

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  • Big Easy mimosa ($10) – sparkling wine, orange juice, and pomegranate juice
  • Peach bellini ($10)
  • Bloody Mary ($10) – this uses bacon-infused vodka FYI
  • Morning margarita ($10)
  • Brandy milk punch ($10) – brandy, milk, cream, vanilla syrup, nutmeg
  • Boozy iced coffee ($10) – vodka, cold-brewed French Truck coffee, milk and cream, vanilla syrup, and whipped cream

Here’s a closer look at the menu and the Ruby Sunshine space.

bloody mary at ruby sunshine

Bloody Mary (uses bacon-infused vodka btw)

french toast bites ruby sunshine

French toast bites

eggs benedict ruby sunshine

Eggs benedict trio

biscuit sliders ruby sunshine

Biscuit sliders ($15 for all four)

ruby sunshine bar

ruby sunshine interior

ruby sunshine patio

ruby sunshine exterior

ruby sunshine patio

Local artist Sharon Dowell painted the “Spread Sunshine” mural


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