In August, Coolinary Restaurant Month offers special meal deals at over 50 restaurants in the New Orleans including some the most famous. This "celebration of dining in America's most delicious city" is a thrifty foodie's dream. It is a perfect way to celebrate surviving another long hot summer in New Orleans and save money too.
During Coolinary, New Orleans restaurants offer fixed multiple course meals at often amazing bargains. Three-course dinners cost $35 or less. Lunch, either two or three courses, cost just $20 or less. Not all restaurants on the Coolinary list offer both lunch and dinner specials.
The dining promotion's purpose is to tempt people out to the restaurants during the hot month of August when the tourist trade is traditionally slow. However, like many of our native secrets, the tourists have discovered the deals and many now come to New Orleans for Coolinary .
Coolinary is an awesome opportunity to dine at world famous historic New Orleans restaurants in the French Quarter at discount prices, including Antoine's, Galatoire's, Brennan's, Broussard's, Tujaque's, and the Court of Two Sisters. So if you've never been to one of these iconic restaurants, August is the time to go and check them off your bucket list.
The iconic bar Pat O'Brien's has an attached courtyard restaurant which is part of Coolinary, as is the Original French Market Restaurant and Bar in the French Market District.
Other posh French Quarter restaurants that offer a great August bargains include The Grill Room, GW Fins, and Muriel's Jackson Square.
Coolinary season is a good time try the brand new Criollo's which features seasonal dishes and local ingredients. It's adjoins the newly expanded Carousel Bar inside the Monteleone Hotel.
And the dining deals are not limited to the French Quarter. Other downtown spots include Mulate's Cajun Restaurant and Meson 923. Options also include Café Degas in Mid-City and the American Sector inside the WWII Museum in the Warehouse District, as well as iconic uptown restaurants Pascal Manale's and Commander's Palace, where many a special occasion is celebrated.
In addition to Brennan's and Commander's Palace, it seems like every restaurant inside the city limits that involves a Brennan is a Coolinary spot, such as Mr. B's, Palace Café, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse and Café Adelaide as well as Commander's and Brennan's.
If you've had enough of New Orleans Creole fare or even seafood, there are restaurants that specialize in steak, sushi, and crepes, as well as Italian, Spanish and Irish food on the Coolinary list.
DRINK SPECIALS FROM COOLINARY RESTAURANTS:
Some of the Coolinary restaurants list drink specials, most of which are not limited to the Coolinary deals:
DRINKS for a QUARTER:
-CAFE ADELAIDE: The 3-Martini Lunch is possible for less than a dollar in New Orleans, believe it or not. That's would be a bargain even to TV's "Mad Men".
Three drinks are not mandatory and the Martini is not the only choice - but three is also the drink limit for this popular long time deal at Café Adelaide, where there is also the perfectly named Swizzle Stick Bar.
The 25 cent drink price comes when you buy a lunch entrée at Café Adelaide. And choices include a Cosmopolitan, the Applitini as well as the traditional Martini and the Commander's Martini.
Café Adalaide also doing its part to bring back the days of the hat,. So it offers free drinks if you wear a hat to its weekend Brunch with Hatitude -but baseball caps do not count.
Antoine's also offers a 25 cent Martini with its lunch entrees.
Galvez, the Spanish cuisine restaurant in the French Quarter, has a 5 - 7 p.m. Happy Hour with a $5 special cocktail of the day, $2 domestic beer, $3 well drinks and premium beer and $4 house wine. Have a bargain bite to eat too with $4 tapas. Galvez also has a $3 Mimosa or Bloody Mary at its Sunday brunch.
Broussard's has a 3-6 p.m. Happy Hour in both the courtyard and inside bar. The Grill Room holds its Happy Hour on Tuesday - Friday, 5 - 7 p.m.p>COOLINARY LAGNAIPPE:
APP: Digitally-connected foodies can download a Coolinary app at the promotion's website.
RECIPES: The website has recipes from a few of the Coolinary restaurants, including Trout Meuniere with Roasted Pecans and Shrimp from Brigtsen's Restaurant, Fresh Louisiana Gulf Shrimp, coconut Curry and Rice Noodles from GW Fins, and the Courtyard Bread Pudding from the Court of Two Sister