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#TreatYourself on a Tuesday

It’s time to take your Tuesdays up a notch.

Tuesdays can be kind of deflating. You’ve made it through Monday, but now you’re faced with the reality that the weekend is still very far away. You can either go ahead, accept defeat, and wallow in your Tuesday sadness, or you can take matters into your own hands by taking back Tuesday, NOLA-style.

Blow it out with breakfast

Boozy Milk Punch – all part of a very balanced breakfast at Brennan's (Photo: Paul Broussard).
Boozy Milk Punch – all part of a very balanced breakfast at Brennan’s. (Photo: Paul Broussard).

Sad cereal? A smoothie that leaves you starving an hour later? Nope. Not today. What better way to kick your day off than with a super baller breakfast. Got a sweet tooth? Beignets from Café du Monde are never a bad idea. Or get a little wacky with the super creative donuts at District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew.

For those craving more of a meal, head down to Elizabeth’s in the Bywater for specialties like Redneck Eggs (fried green tomatoes with poached eggs and hollandaise) or the Bayou Breakfast (fried catfish and eggs). Just make sure to get an order (or two) of the praline bacon on the side.

Feelin’ fancy? The famous breakfast at Brennan’s should do the trick. It’s super indulgent and may just put you in a food coma for the rest of they day, but when breakfast involves things like Creole BBQ Lobster and their signature Eggs Hussarde (and, of course, boozy milk punch), it’s worth it. Don’t you think?

Willie Mae's Scotch House, home to quite possibly the best fried chicken in all of the land (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, home to quite possibly the best fried chicken in all of the land. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Or Be a Lady (or Gent) Who Lunches

Mornings not quite your thing? That’s cool. There are also tons of opportunities to make the most of a midday meal in NOLA, as well. For instance, why not throw on your Tuesday best and head over to the world famous Commander’s Palace for their glorious prix-fixe lunch, where you can indulge in 25-cent martinis?

If you’re looking for something more casual, head down to Treme and try out Willie Mae’s Scotch House for their renowned fried chicken (which 100% lives up to the hype). Or swing by Dooky Chase’s for their daily lunch buffet, where you can feast on classic NOLA dishes to your heart’s content.

Lunchtime is also an awesome opportunity to check out some of our James Beard Award-winning (and nominated) spots, including Peche, Shaya, Cochon and more.

Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Perhaps your wardrobe needs a little attention or your home is just begging for some new artwork… Or maybe you’re just the super thoughtful type who manages to bring friends and loved ones very cool gifts from your travels. Whatever you’re in the market for, NOLA’s got it. Spend your afternoon wandering in and out of boutiques along Magazine Street, or head down to the South Market District for some one-of-a-kind finds. Both shopping districts are also packed with cute restaurants, cafes, and places for pit stops should you need a little pick-me-up along the way (you deserve it).

Pick up some pretty at Hattie Sparks in the South Market District (Photo: Paul Broussard)
Pick up some pretty at Hattie Sparks in the South Market District. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Raise a Glass to the Freakin’ Week…day?

There is a never a shortage of great happy hours in NOLA, which is all the more reason to make your Tuesday a little more celebratory.

Looking for a happy hour that goes the extra mile? The Besh Group of restaurants famously kills it when it comes to great food and drink specials, but half price pizzas, wine, and beers at Domenica and the list of tempting $5 tapas at Borgne are especially noteworthy.

Chef Justin Devillier’s Balise and La Petite Grocery also both do fantastic happy hour/snack pairings, as does Bouligny Tavern (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.) with their half-price fried items and $5 crositini, specialty cocktails, and select wines.

Looking for a happy hour with a view? The wraparound balcony at Root Squared (located above Square Root) makes a great choice, and best of all, the specials last all the way until 7 p.m.

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