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Here are 5 Coolinary New Orleans picks you need to try this summer

Coolinary is back in New Orleans from July 14 to Sept. 5, and more than 80 restaurants will be offering special menu options at reasonable prices, so you don’t have any excuse to miss out. In order to make things a little easier to navigate, I made a Top 5-04 list of a few spots you might want to check out with some deals you won’t want to miss.

by Marielle Songy
July 20, 2021

This story was written for Very Local by Marielle Songy. You can follow her on Twitter @TheNolaChick.

In New Orleans, we love our food. Whether we’re doing the casual thing, or we’re getting dressed up for a celebration, food is life.

Coolinary is back in New Orleans from July 14 to Sept. 5, and more than 80 restaurants will be offering special menu options at reasonable prices, so you don’t have any excuse to miss out. Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, lunch or dinner, you’re sure to find something that will please your palate. 

In order to make things a little easier to navigate, I made a Top 5-04 list of a few spots you might want to check out with some deals you won’t want to miss.

1. Bywater American Bistro | Bywater/Marigny

Chef and owner Nina Compton is serving her delicious food in a casual atmosphere. This is the perfect place to visit on a weeknight when you might not feel like getting all dressed up, but you still want a good meal. 

Coolinary dinner menu is served Wednesday through Sunday.

Dinner Menu:

First Course: Choice of tuna ham avocado, tomato, watermelon or BAB’s antipasto salad with Italian dressing 

Second Course: Choice of Spaghetti tomato, basil boasted pork belly corn crema, charred okra, mushrooms roasted shrimp summer squash, bouillabaisse 

Third Course: Choice of semifreddo peaches, mint coconut flan 

Price: $39 per person

 

2. Costera | Uptown

Costera is a coastal Spanish restaurant and bar by Chef Brian Burns that features coastal Spanish cuisine, highlighting local produce and Gulf seafood in a casual, communal-dining setting. The beverage program features spirit-driven cocktails and an old-world-style boutique wine list. The Coolinary menu applies to dinner.

Dinner Menu:

First Course: Choice of citrus and vermouth marinated olives or griddled sourdough with boquerones and green olive or seared yellowfin tuna marinated fennel, grapefruit, charred onions or beef shank and potato bombas aioli and pickled chilies. 

Second Course: Choice of 24-ounce boneless ribeye-charred onion salsa verde or Gambas al ajillo oregano, lemon, sherry or papas bravas aioli and piquillo pepper puree or roasted broccoli salsa verde and smoked chilies or charred romaine with summer vegetables and buttermilk dressing 

Third Course: Brandy-soaked tres leches cake with Louisiana strawberries or chocolate terrine dulce de leche and vanilla gelato 

Price: $45 per person

 

3. Palace Cafe | French Quarter

This classic New Orleans restaurant, located at the foot of the French Quarter, serves contemporary Creole food in an upbeat and lively grand café. As bearers of the torch keeping Creole cuisine alive and vital, Dickie Brennan and Palace Café’s culinary team are constantly evolving traditional Creole dishes and creating a few new favorites.

Lunch menu:

First Course: choice of Green Goddess Salad or Werlein Salad or Any Soup

Second Course: choice of Cochon De Lait Potato Pie pulled pork debris, whipped potatoes, wilted spinach, cheddar cheese biscuit, onion gravy or Pasta St. Charles Gulf shrimp, andouille, orecchiette pasta, arugula, Creole mustard cream, pecorino romano or Catfish Pecan pecan-dusted local catfish, popcorn rice, spiced pecans, Creole meuniere farm vegetables

Price: $25 per person

 

4The Elysian Bar | Bywater/Marigny

Located in the Marigny neighborhood within a renovated rectory, church and courtyard of Hotel Peter & Paul, The Elysian Bar is a beautiful public space, bar and restaurant for those who are looking to have an exceptional dining experience. The familiar yet elevated menu paired with a completely domestic wine list and a large menu of aperitivi and classic cocktails invite guests to linger longer all while enjoying nightly musical performances as part of the Elysian Bar’s thoughtfully curated music program. The Coolinary menu applies to brunch and dinner.

Brunch Menu:

First Course: Holy Mimosa with passion fruit, orange, sparkling wine 

Second Course: Heirloom tomato salad with creole and heirloom tomatoes, kale oil, basil 

Third Course: Eggs in Purgatory with chorizo, tomato, ricotta, chimichurri, toasted ciabatta 

Price: $32 per person

Dinner Menu:

First Course: Heirloom tomato salad with creole and heirloom tomatoes, kale oil, basil 

Second Course: Roasted redfish with summer vegetables, baby lima beans, charred onions, cilantro broth 

Third Course: Chocolate torte with molasses cream, candied pecans 

Price: $39 per person

 

5. Ralph’s on the Park | Mid-City

Recognized by Bon Appetit, The New York Times and the Washington Post for their fine cuisine, Ralph’s on the Park offers food fresh from local farms and waters, along with spectacular views of City Park’s moss-draped oaks. The Coolinary menu applies to brunch, lunch and dinner. 

Brunch Menu (offered on Saturday and Sunday):

First Course: Choice of turtle soup topped with sherry or City Park Salad with baby red oak, romaine, Granny Smith apples, Stilton blue, applewood smoked bacon 

Second Course: Choice of Steak & Egg Hussarde with petite filet, roasted mushrooms, roasted garlic hollandaise, poached egg, Marchand de Vin, housemade English muffin or barbecue shrimp and grits with NOLA barbecue sauce, shiitake mushrooms, stoneground grits 

Third Course: Milk chocolate mousse brownie bottom, white chocolate whip 

Price: $40 per person

Lunch Menu:

First Course: Choice of turtle soup topped with sherry or City Park Salad baby red oak, romaine, Granny Smith apples, Stilton blue, applewood smoked bacon 

Second Course: Choice of grilled Gulf fish green onion rice, grilled summer peppers and sweet onion, crystal beurre blanc or Blackened Fish roasted fingerling, sautéed green beans, lemon beurre blanc 

Price: $25 per person

Dinner Menu:

First Course: Choice of turtle soup topped with sherry or City Park Salad baby red oak, romaine, Granny Smith apples, Stilton blue, applewood smoked bacon 

Second Course: Choice of Grilled Strip Steak butter and herb-poached baby potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, Brussels sprout purée, demi-glace or Brown Butter Glazed Gulf Fish almond butter, lemon, green beans, vidalia sweet onion 

Third Course: Milk chocolate mousse brownie bottom, white chocolate whip 

Price: $45 per person

 

Marielle was born and raised in New Orleans. She thinks it's hard to grow up there and not let the culture and history of the city become part of you. Whether it be the jazz, food, of fabulous architecture, she thinks most would agree that things are a little spicer down here.

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