There's one thing New Orleanians look forward to during the depths of the summer doldrums: the incredible special menus at some of the city's best restaurants.
- by Kim Ranjbar
Twenty restaurants throughout the French Quarter (and more in the Greater New Orleans area) are still stepping up to offer discounted, prix fixe menus for the 16th annual COOLinary celebration. Originally created to freshen up the dining scene during the city's notorious summer doldrums, it’s continuing this year despite fluctuating city and state COVID mandates.
While this year's participating restaurants number only half of those who took part in 2019, the effort is impressive and wholly welcome. In response to the pandemic, this year's event has been extended, running for six weeks from August 1 to September 13.
In addition, many of the participating restaurants are offering delivery, take-out and counter service options in the interest of keeping both employees and diners safe. Even with narrow profit margins and restricted capacity, these restaurants are committed to offering a delectable and discounted taste of normalcy.
We checked in with a several of our favorite FQ neighborhood establishments to see what dishes – and irresitable deals - they’re offering.
Note: the photos below are representative of a restaurant's offerings, but not necessarily COOLinary specials. Please check the COOLinary website for more details.