Everything slows down here in the summer, and that’s just the way we like it. It gives us more time to enjoy doing the things we love most. Maybe your summer mood is to sit in a courtyard with a cocktail and cool off. Or maybe it’s lounging poolside with a refreshing cocktail. Whatever your summer style is, New Orleans has something for you. And since it is our favorite season, we rounded up some of our favorite spots featuring summer specials. From tasty light bites, to custom cocktails, take your pick.
Arnaud’s, the quintessential New Orleans restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter will pay tribute to Queen Bey’s birthday (September 4) with a specially-themed brunch served on Sunday, September 1. Guests can enjoy a special, four-course menu, as well as themed cocktail selections. The affair will include performances by some of New Orleans’ famed drag queens like: Laveau Contraire, Debbie with a ‘D’ and Coca Mesa. The Bey Day Brunch menu includes appetizers like “Crazy in” Lettuce with butter lettuce, spiced walnuts, Roquefort cheese and champagne vinaigrette, Louisiana shrimp flash-fried and served with creamy stone ground grits and Garlic Meunière Butter “Love on Top”, seared pork tenderloin with jalapeño polenta, butter beans, tomato confit and “Irreplaceable” Creole Mustard Glace and special desserts like the Bey-Hive Baked Alaska with praline iced cream. Guests can enjoy the Bey Day Brunch menu for $36.00 per person. Seatings are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are required.
Avo Restaurant kicked off its Summer Spritz happy hour, which runs Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes a selection of snacks and pastas, along with a summer spritz menu, specialty cocktails, and wines by the glass. Pastas like the Amatriciana with tomatoes, guanciale, red pepper, parmesan, and the honey goat cheese balls with cherry tomato salad and torn herbs make for perfect light snacks. Top if off with a Sicilian Cooler comprised of solerno blood orange liqueur, campari, lemon, soda, or the Honeysuckle Spritz with cathead honeysuckle, blood orange, and Prosecco rosé. Avo’s cozy and quiet atmosphere makes it feel like a perfect little getaway right inside the city.
Our style is definitely kicking back poolside with a drink and a magazine. If that sounds like you, stop by SoBou in the French Quarter where you’ll find carafe cocktails, ranging from $38-46 available on the Wet Deck with flavors including the Tequila Me, made with El Jimador Reposada, fresh lime juice, Oleo Saccharum, and an Averell drizzle. Or, maybe the Cannonball is more your speed crafted with Cathead Honeysuckle vodka, orange juice, and bubbles, served over a frozen cube of Peach Schnapps. If you really want to keep your cool, order the Batt Man carafe, made with Seagram’s Gin, Giffard Orgeat, Luxardo bitters, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and orange flower water, which is served with SoBou’s signature sunglasses.
On the ground floor of New Orleans’ charming Pontchartrain Hotel, the Bayou Bar is offering up creative craft cocktails and inventive bites this summer. The casual tavern-style bar is filled with history and memories including serving as a drinking den for both Frank Sinatra and Capote. The storied 40-seat bar’s happy hours includes sticky rib tips with jalapeño pepper jelly, duck wings – smoked, fried and served with white BBQ sauce, crawfish eggroll with pit house sauce, and wild mushroom grilled cheese with manchego and truffle for $5 each. Cocktail specials include classics such as the Old Fashioned, Sazerac, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Whiskey Sour, Penicillin; and a specialty Cocktail of the Day. Guests can stick around and enjoy their newly expanded live music program, featuring a rotating roster of local artists from Wednesday through Sunday (performance times vary).
Now through September 9, visit Broussard’s to sample its summer menu celebrating the restaurant’s founding year, 1920. The pre-fixe dinner menu will feature a trio of courses for $19.20. Choose from in house specialties such as Creole tomato gazpacho, Broussard’s Caesar, and cochon de lait rillette for starters. Enjoy traditional main entrees with a Creole twist, including rosemary rubbed chicken breast, moules frites, grilled pork tenderloin, and Creole tomato ratatouille. To complete the meal, desserts include almond bread pudding, blueberry mint cobbler, and raspberry gâteau Basque. Diners can enjoy a different specialty cocktail each week for just $1.92.
These connected Bourbon Street restaurants offer a cool and sophisticated escape from the summer heat. Summer specials include $1 premium Vodka or Gin martinis during lunch Tuesday through Thursday at Galatoire’s and Fridays at Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak. Try the Song Bird with Strega, Orbium, Dry Vermouth, and Lemon Twist or the Whirlaway with Belvedere Vodka, Cucumber, Simple Syrup, Mint, Soda Water.
Seaworthy is an oyster bar and seafood restaurant brought to you by executive chef Justin Koslowsky. In the outdoor patio, guests can enjoy half off all oysters and $2 off Seaworthy’s daily punch and classic cocktails during week day happy hour which is Monday – Friday from 4-6p.m. For the summer, Chef Justin has added new menu items, including: Cobia Crudo with spring english peas, tomatoes, smoked paprika, and yuzu, Chicken Fried Oysters with a vibrant house-made green goddess and chives, and Scallops with spring onions, buttermilk fingerling potatoes, almond and chervil. Bonus: Seaworthy also has a special late night happy hour from 11p.m. – 1 a.m.
You don’t have to wait until happy hour to enjoy the deals at Toups South this summer. Their prix fixe menus will be available during lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, from now through September 30. Food lovers can indulge in Chef Isaac Toups’ and Chef de Cuisine Jason Lamberts’ delectable southern regional delights at equally delightful prices. Diners can enjoy two courses at lunch for $20, three courses at dinner for $35, or three courses during brunch for $35. Menus will rotate monthly. Highlights of the June menus include chilled sweet corn & coconut soup, snapper & beet crudo with dill, cucumber, jalapeno vinaigrette, ham and brie buttered baguette with honey fig compote, and an orange sherbert float. The full menus got us counting down to summer.
We’re saying yes to Chef Kelly Fields’ special, seasonal menu items all summer long. At Willa Jean, you’ll find Summer Hash with sweet potatoes, new potatoes and peppers, onions, chili cream, pepitas & sunny up eggs, Corn + Crab Chowder with creamed corn, crab, peppers, potatoes, herbs, WJ Hot Sauce, and plenty more. But what we’ve really got our eye on is the Roasted Peach Pavlova with blackberry, and Bourbon brown sugar ice cream. How can we say no to special, summer desserts?