#48 of 78 Gatlinburg Restaurants

Ruby Sunshine

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Ruby Sunshine - New Orleans-Style Bunch All Day
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Ruby Sunshine serves a New Orleans-style brunch the way it should be offered -- all day and every day. Stop in whenever you’re hungry for some classic NOLA dishes, and you’re sure to find something on the menu that’ll brighten your day.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Ruby Sunshine serves a New Orleans-style brunch all day and every day because food this good shouldn’t be limited to just the morning. From delicious foods to stand-out cocktails, this is a place that pleases everyone in the group — which is exactly what brunch was designed to do.

The foods at Ruby Sunshine run the gamut from classic breakfast dishes to favorite lunch items. There are eggs Benedict, omelets, French toast, and pancakes all done in a variety of styles, along with burgers, BLTs and fried chicken sandwiches. Don’t tell native Tennesseans, but that NOLA-style fried chicken might be better than the standard family recipes that are made around here.

For drinks, diners can choose from a variety of caffeinated, non-caffeinated, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic options. The iced coffee, which comes three different ways, is always a favorite on hot summer days. So too are the mimosas, bloody Marys, margaritas, and other choice adult beverages. For everyone else who prefers something that’s a little tamer, standard options like tea, juice, milk, lemonade, and soda are also on the menu.

Importantly, kids won’t be disappointed with their own menu options. They’re welcome to anything non-alcoholic on the adult menu, food- or drink-wise at their parents’ discretion. They also have their own menu section of a Cinnamon Swirl Pancake, egg breakfast, or biscuit burger.

Prices for the kids’ food is $5, while adult entrees range from about $10 o $15. Coffees are generally $5 or less, and cocktails are $10. At these prices, this is a brunch that the family can afford to enjoy.

There’s a reason why brunch is one of the most popular meals, and perhaps nowhere does it better than New Orleans. Stop in here for a meal and a drink, and you’ll surely find something on the menu that brightens your day.

A few of our menu favorites at Ruby Sunshine include:

French Toast Bites
Whoever said brunch couldn’t start with an appetizer? Get an order of French Toast Bites for the table and they’ll be a hit. The bites are tossed with cinnamon sugar before they get topped with cream cheese icing and praline sauce.

Fried Chicken & Gravy
The Fried Chicken & Gravy Buttermilk Biscuit Slider is a Southern classic found from Tennessee down to the Gulf Coast. Add the optional bacon, and the sandwich gets even better.

Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict
If the name Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict doesn’t make much sense to you, all you need to know is how good this is. A classic eggs Benedict dressed up with Gulf shrimp, pork tasso, fried green tomatoes and creole tomato sauce is a can’t-miss. A biscuit is served on the side so that you can soak up all of the extra goodness that’s left on the plate.

NOLA Style Iced Coffee
Even with the advent of third-wave coffee, classic New Orleans iced coffee has remained a favorite across the country. With chicory included in classic recipes, this is a deep, smooth, and rich cup of cold coffee.

Award-Winning Bloody Mary
A spicy house-made mix has astounded official judge and pleased plenty of patrons. Mix it with vodka, bacon-infused vodka or tequila to suit your liking.

Insider Tips: 
– This is a popular place at peak dining times, and it helps to make a reservation. Call ahead to either book a formal reservation or get on the waitlist before you come, and you could avoid quite a long line.