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GoNOLA Tops: Restaurant Week by Neighborhood

Restaurant Week happens Sept. 11-17. Here are a few ideas on what to eat!

The Dim Sum Brunch at Maypop (Photo: Paul Broussard)

You can 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. Come out and celebrate the vibrant, food-loving community of New Orleans. Here are ten of our favorite menus featured this year, broken down by different neighborhoods.

10 Top Menus for Restaurant Week 2017

Uptown/Garden District

The Mile High Pie at the Caribbean Room (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Caribbean Room Enjoy colorful décor and stellar food at this famed restaurant inside the Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. Their lunch special includes a cup of shrimp and okra gumbo and puppy drum en papillote (cooked in paper), which results in the most tender, delicious fish! Or, if you prefer brunch they are featuring a cup of corn and crab bisque with roasted chilis, and a croque madame.

  • Price: $20 per person
  • Location: 2031 St. Charles Ave.

Dick and Jenny’s In a building that once housed a corner store, this neighborhood hot spot has been a favorite amongst locals for decades. Enjoy the three-course dinner menu of chargrilled oysters with garlic and parmesan cheese, penne Carciofi with grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, and sundried tomatoes, and a white chocolate bread pudding with blueberries and spiced pecans for dessert. Add a snowball inspired rum cocktail with blueberry-rosemary syrup and bitters for an additional $5.

  • Price: $30 per person
  • Location: 4501 Tchoupitoulas St.

French Quarter

Trinity Enjoy a great Italian-inspired dinner menu at this restaurant nestled on Decatur near the French Market. Begin with tomato soup with meatballs, basil and gruyere crostini, then seared salmon with spinach risotto and crème fraiche as a main, and pineapple cake with pine nuts and caramel ice cream for dessert.

  • Price: $39 per person
  • Location: 1117 Decatur St.

K-Paul’s Chef Paul Prudhomme’s legacy on Chartres Street, where Cajun and Creole flavors shine and the “blackening” method was invented. The choices for dinner are extensive, but my favorite options are turtle soup with chopped hard-boiled egg and dry sherry to start, pan-fried flounder with brie cheese cream sauce or blackened rib eye with browned garlic butter, and bread pudding for dessert.

  • Price: $38.95 per person
  • Location: 416 Chartres St.

CBD/Warehouse District

Fried shrimp at the Dim Sum Brunch from Maypop (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Maypop A spinoff from the Mid-City restaurant, MoPho, this Asian-fusion restaurant in the South Market District has a stellar dinner menu of roasted eggplant and watermelon salad, fried fish with dill and turmeric remoulade and shaved chilis or slow roasted pork belly “grillades” with tomato curry. End on a sweet note with sweet corn panna cotta, funnel cake, or lemon verbena.

  • Price: $39 per person
  • Location: 611 O’Keefe Ave.

Borgne  Also in the CBD is this Chef John Besh restaurant named after Lake Borgne in Louisiana. The menu at Borgne features local seafood and New Orleans classics. Stop by for dinner with a three-course meal of crab salad, lemongrass steak, and banana cake all for a special price.

  • Price: $39 per person
  • Location: 601 Loyola Ave.

Riverbend/Carrollton Avenue

Brigtsen’s Chef Frank Brigtsen does it again and this time with so many incredible options it might be hard to pick! Have your choice of file gumbo with chicken and andouille, shrimp salad with guacamole, or catfish and grits to start, and a smoked pork chop with andouille sweet potato hash, seafood stuffed eggplant, or grilled redfish with pesto and roasted potatoes as a main. And for dessert, strawberry shortcake, lemon ice box pie, bread pudding, or pecan pie are ours for the choosing.

  • Price: $39 per person
  • Location: 723 Dante St.

Dante’s Kitchen – This award-winning brunch spot has great dinner service as well. Choose from a quail Caesar salad or farmer’s market vegetable soup as an appetizer, pan fried Gulf fish with a barley and citrus artichoke salad or slow roasted brisket with potato salad, roasted broccoli, and chimichurri. There’s only one dessert option but that’s all you need when it’s in the form of chocolate pecan pie with whipped cream and house-made vanilla ice cream.

  • Price: $35 per person
  • Location: 736 Dante St.

Mid-City

Brown Butter One of the few restaurants offering a prix-fixe menu for all three meals: brunch, lunch, and dinner! My vote is for the brunch menu with Greek yogurt panna cotta and granola, chicken and waffles, and a flourless chocolate torte with amarena cherry sauce and whipped cream.

  • Price: $25 per person
  • Location: 231 North Carrollton Ave., Suite C
Fried oyster po boy at Katie’s (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Katie’s  Katie’s is one of the most beloved Mid-City neighborhood restaurants that’s been family owned and operated for more than 20 years. It’s widely known as a brunch and lunch spot, but did you know Katie’s serves dinner, too? Their three-course menu includes chargrilled oysters, gumbo, soft shell crab and crab cakes with seafood sauce, jalapeno blackberry pork ribs, and a fried catfish and oyster platter. If you still have room after all of that, enjoy a slice of white chocolate bread pudding.

  • Price: $20
  • Location: 3701 Iberville St.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, running alongside the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. She also firmly believes that nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen... donuts. Follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola

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