I get so emotional each year for Coolinary in New Orleans. What's a girl to do! A celebration of dining in America's most delicious city. During the month of August, locals and tourists can experience good cuisine at restaurants in the city. This annual culinary tradition features specially priced prix-fixe menus. Most restaurants do not offer Coolinary on Mondays and others have restrictions. Just be sure to read before you go there. It's always a good day to enjoy 2-course lunches for $20 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less.
Sofia Nola is in the Arts District, so it would be fun to check them out while the Linen Nights are going down in the Arts/Warehouse District. I did notice the Coolinary is not happening on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. I love the Fauborg/Marigny area in the city. I did see the Country Club, Bywater Bistro and Silk Road Restaurant on the list. Coincidentally, I have only been to the Country Club. On to exploring new things!
The Lakeview area is absolutely gorgeous. I have been wanting to brunch at Filmore on the Oaks. Messina's Runway is in really close proximity to my home, but I never ate there. I am just hearing of this Sala place and Mondo is very romantic. The bar area is cozy and the food is good. I did not see any Westbank restaurants on the list. I am always searching for places to eat on the Westbank. Westbank, let's get on this for next year.
I am really delighted to see the hotels are on the list as well. Josephine Estelle (Ace Hotell), The Fountain Lounge (Roosevelt Hotel), Public Service (Nopsi) , M Bistro (Ritz Carlton). The view is amazing at the Nopsi rooftop.
I really enjoy the Debbie Does Doberge cake at Bakery Bar. They are more than a bakery, they also serve food and liquor. Tsunami is my favorite sushi restaurant in the city. Audubon Clubhouse is perfect for mother's day. Just be sure to make reservations. The buffet has so much good food. The brunch at Katie's is really good. People wait in line to eat there on weekends. I think the bottomless mimosas help. Go visit the brunch boss at Ruby Slipper. Tourists seem to flock to this place because of the accessibility and good food. They also serve really good coffee...French Truck Coffee. Happy Hour is 7am-10am, so you can get an early buzz. Just don't get caught in a tourist trap like K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. I got excited to see a few restaurants I recently visited are participating in Coolinary. I posted photos and reviews below for: Munch Factory, Tableau, Nole', Gris Gris and Broussards.
I will be visiting Atchafalaya this week for a business dinner. I am looking forward to seeing what they have to offer a girl. The menu is not too impressive for Coolinary. Bourdeaux claims to be a French, Vegetarian, Seafood, Dessert, Creole and Contemporary Bistro. I keep passing it on Magazine and never stop. The patio area has an inviting appeal.. So...finally a Cajun/Creole spot on the menu Brown Butter Southern Kitchen Bar. I really need to make this a priority before August 31st. I have a few friends that spoke highly about Frey Smoked Meat. The Barbeque chicken is supposed to be to die for. Gabrielle is definitely on my list. If anything, the building is really pretty. I love a good photo opp!! Meauxbar, it's a shame I have not visited you. I promise to get there to eat all the delicious foods I hear about and I heard you make a mean cocktail. Muriel's is a bit of a touristy attraction. I try to stay away from common places but I have heard many good things. Again, if nothing else it's a great view of the city. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey has been appearing in my timeline frequently. My friend visited and said food wasn't bad, but wasn't amazing either. Happy Hour drinks are strong and the Gimlets will leave you pretty satisfied. Don't go there with high expectations of eating a good meal. Restaurant R'evolution, I heard so many great things about your restaurant and whose table to sit at. It sounds like the place to be. I am going to hit this spot up! Anyone want to come with me? I was sitting in the airport and a random tourist asked a lady from New Orleans where she should go for dinner. The lady said Seaworthy in the Ace Hotel. They have the best raw oysters, raved the lady. There is just no way to hit all of the spots in 30 days, but challenge accepted!
My next choice would be Galatoires. I went to Brunch with a friend this weekend and we see you in our near future, however, it may be after August. I have been to SoBou many times. The atmosphere and drinks are something like unforgettable. We need a day date here, girls! The best bbq oysters I have had in life are sitting at Mr. B's Bistro. I would be so grateful for that recipe. For now, I will just try to get there when I can. Brigtsen's is a fancy schmancy restaurant with good food and service. With all of the new choices, I can't see myself heading back there soon. Who needs an ole regular happy hour when you can have a Morton's Reverse Happy Hour. I crave different things to do. This makes the list. For beautiful scenery Ralph's on the Park would be your spot for a Power Lunch or group Dinner are pretty cool here. The bar is pretty boring after hours but a few fun folks can change that whole vibe. I went to The Pelican Club for a business dinner. I was extremely impressed. I never thought a restaurant could look mildly attractive on the outside could be so uniquely warm with good food on the inside. My last vote is for GW Fins. Went here for a few birthdays. This is a great place for group dinners.
I hope you enjoy reading some of my tips and trade secrets on these Cool restaurants.
A full list can be found on the website.
The shrimp & grits were amazing. I have definitely been a shrimp & grits activist lately. The shrimp were seasoned well and the grits were the perfect texture. I go to some places and the shrimp are phenomenal and the grits suck. Munch did not disappoint.
Cheers to Munch Punch (made with rum). It was very good.
It's no secret, I love this bar. The design the colors and the drinks make me blush. I think this may be the best Sangria I have tasted....besides mine.
I really like the drinks, chips & salsa here. The atmosphere on the patio is quaint and vivid. I like to bring the kids here. There are so many rooms in this restaurant. Never get bored here!
Some of the best food and drinks in New Orleans are here. The chicken & dumplings are on the Coolinary menu. They are extraordinarily good. I can never make these good at home. The gumbo was also pretty good. Sangrias were also something else. It broke my heart to take the last sip.
Broussards is something like a phenomenon. It is right in the quarters and gets passed frequently. The service is beyond amazing and the atmosphere is beautiful. The specials keep me coming back and telling friends about it.
Let the Good times roll!