Support local restaurants by dining out next week in honor of Restaurant Week, where chefs have crafted two- and three-course menus for lunch and/or dinner to celebrate the vibrant, food-loving community of New Orleans. Broken down by different neighborhoods, here are ten of my favorite menus featured this year.
10 top MENUS FOR RESTAURANT WEEK 2016
AVO – When it comes to pre-fixe menus, chef Nick Lama completely kills it, offering a three-course dinner menu with three options in each course. Starters like charred octopus with mango and mint oil or eggplant caponata bruschetta are sure to whet your appetite. Then comes the duck confit tomato basil risotto, rosemary fettuccini with rabbit ragu, or bucatini alla carbonara with pancetta and poached egg. And, finally, the sweet ending: affogato (vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso), buttermilk panna cotta with granola and summer fruit, or an Italian brown butter cake called budino with chocolate and espresso.
- Price: $34 per person
- Location: 5908 Magazine St.
Shaya – Get a lunchtime taste of this award-winning restaurant with two of its most popular dishes: tahini hummus with fresh baked pita bread and shakshouka, an Israeli dish of tomatoes, spicy chilies, artichokes, and baked eggs. Pro tip: save some of that pita bread for the shakshouka, because it’s definitely dip-worthy.
- Price: $20 per person
- Location: 4213 Magazine St.
Salon by Sucre – Get fancy on a budget with lunch at this savory and sweet spot in the French Quarter with options like a wagyu sliderette with bacon jam, cheddar, and Belgian fries, or a crawfish crepe with seafood hollandaise. And since no trip to Sucre is complete without dessert, enjoy a petit four assortment of Tariq Hanna’s daily creations.
- Price: $15 per person; mimosas are an extra $5, in case you want to make it one of ‘those’ lunches
- Location: 622 Conti St.
Kingfish – Have a cocktail or two and then get down with this awesome lunch of gumbo with popcorn rice, a smoked roast beef po-boy with pan drippings and crispy fries, or a fried chicken panzanella salad with heirloom tomatoes, and bread pudding for dessert.
- Price: $18.93 (a salute to the Huey P. Long era — yes, you are officially in New Orleans!)
- Location: 337 Chartres St.
Legacy Kitchen – Celebrate today’s Americana and an international menu at this happening spot in the Warehouse District. For dinner, start off with a kale Caesar salad, then enjoy a entrée of barbecue shrimp in Creole brown lemon-butter sauce, roasted chicken with cilantro-lime sour cream and black beans, or bacon-wrapped shrimp with garlic herb aioli. Lemon ice box pie completes the meal.
- Price: $29 per person
- Location: 700 Tchoupitoulas St.
Willa Jean – For dinner, prepare to enter post food-coma bliss after having the corn and crab fritters with crab boil aioli, pimento cheese with shaved country ham, avocado toast with poached eggs, chicken n’ ricotta dumplings, or fried chicken with Serrano chili slaw and a Hawaiian roll. Warm cookies and vanilla milk or banana pudding seal the deal. Just like mama used to make — except better.
- Price: TBA, call (504) 509-7334 for more information
- Location: 611 O’Keefe Ave.
Brigtsen’s – No one does it quite like chef Frank Brigsten. He’s one of the only chefs whose social media presence is about as significant (not to mention highly entertaining) as his tenure in the kitchen. We especially love him for making this three-course menu where items such as file gumbo, cornmeal fried catfish, seafood-stuffed eggplant, and pecan pie with caramel sauce and whipped cream are ours for the choosing.
- Price: $38 per person
- Location: 723 Dante St.
Dante’s Kitchen — You’ve probably heard of their brunch, but did you know Dante’s does dinner, too? Choose from a wedge salad with herbed goat cheese or crab and corn soup as your appetizer and yellow curry fish with shrimp and roasted vegetables or filet mignon with Stilton cheese sauce and caramelized onion smashed potatoes as your entree. Celebrate the end of summer with the blueberry shortcake topped with Chantilly cream.
- Price: $35 per person
- Location: 736 Dante St.
Rue 127 — This quaint restaurant features a beautiful cacio de pepe (spaghetti with pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper) or Italian wedding soup to start; pan roasted quail with fried quail egg, braised pork shank with soba noodles, or olive oil-poached fish with house-made sauerkraut as the main; and cheese plate, sorbet, or lemon pound cake with lemon curd to finish.
- Price: TBA, call (504) 483-1571 for more information
- Location: 127 N. Carrollton Ave.
Café Degas — Lunch like the French in fabulous style on Esplanade Avenue. Begin with the Escargots (snails) in the classic garlicky butter sauce that begs to be sopped up with French bread and enjoy a classic hangar steak with pommes frites, roasted veggies, and a toasted shallot and garlic bordelaise sauce.
- Price: $18 per person
- Location: 3127 Esplanade Ave.