A Fall Restaurant Guide for New Orleans

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A restaurant hardly new to New Orleans is rolling out its new fall menu. Antoine’s popular $20.13 lunch menus continue with the latest seasonal installment of local, fresh ingredients. For those unaware, the 173-year-old classic New Orleans restaurant offers three-course lunches for a mere $20.13, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol. You can save on the drinks as well with a daily-featured $0.25 cocktail with purchase of an entrée. The $20.13 fall lunch menu is available Monday through Saturday for parties of 15 or less.

This fall, lunch guests choose from three appetizers, which include charbroiled oysters (Louisiana oysters charred with a seasoned garlic, herb and olive oil and topped with Romano cheese), fresh autumn salad (Antoine’s mixed greens with mandarin orange slices, shaved carrots, crumbled feta cheese, walnuts and an orange marmalade dressing) and the alligator bisque (well-seasoned and sherry wine-laced). Entrées include the breaded chicken Toulouse with Mornay sauce, the seafood-stuffed puppy drum Versailles with white wine Cardinal sauce and the Louisiana shrimp, andouille and grits. For dessert, choose from sweet potato cheesecake, raspberry chocolate mousse or pecan bread pudding.

Another local favorite, Arnaud’s, is featuring holiday menus this season for folks looking to either start or continue a southern Louisiana family tradition. On Thanksgiving, Arnaud’s will offer their four-course Thanksgiving Table D’Hôte menu for $47 during lunch and dinner. Start off with your choice of the popular shrimp Arnaud appetizer or the creamy artichoke bisque. Enjoy a spinach salad topped with pickled vegetables, red onion and Creole mustard cane vinaigrette before your choice of entrée. This year’s main courses include the crispy-fried Gulf fish amandine, traditional roasted turkey with cornbread or oyster dressing or blackened pork flat iron steak. Finish on a sweet note with either the old-fashioned pecan pie or pumpkin chocolate chip cake.

Arnaud’s also features a four-course réveillon dinner menu for $45 (plus tax and gratuity) throughout December. Starters include the butter poached shrimp or crawfish cake, as well as Creole onion soup en croûte. Gulf fish courtbouillon, roasted maple farms duck breast and pan-seared pork chop round out the entrées, while Bûche de Noël or cherry clafoutis are this year’s featured desserts.
Enjoy a holiday cocktail in the French 75 Bar, named one of GQ’s top 25 bars in the United States, or the newly renovated Richelieu Bar. With 14 private dining rooms that vary in size, Arnaud’s is also a top choice for hosting private holiday parties and events.

While certainly not a new restaurant, Broussard’s received a makeover in the form of a $1 million renovation and rededication this year, adding a lot of newness to the nearly century-old restaurant. Joe Broussard founded the restaurant in 1920, and his penchant for all things Napoleonic drove his passion for French and Creole cuisine as well as imperial elegance.

Restoration of the old building, which includes portions of what were once the historic Borello mansion, Jefferson Academy and Hermann-Grima House, is both European and Creole in style, complementing the historic significance of the property.

Executive chef Guy Reinbolt brings 28 years of experience, having worked in France, Germany and the United States and with several Michelin star chefs. Highlights of the new menu include filo crusted goujonettes of Gulf drum fish, kalamata crusted halibut, slow roasted half pheasant and wild mushroom dusted ostrich filet. The famed and refreshed Empire Bar will offer Imperial Signatures such as the Napoléon (Improved) and Napoléon (Complex), as well as bottled punches and cups, such as the Improved Pimm’s, Swedish Punsch and English Milk.

The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group remains busy this fall with a host of events, specials, new menus and more. This month, look for Red Fish Grill at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival on November 24. Last year, Red Fish Grill’s BBQ Oyster Po-boy was voted top poor boy in the category of Best Seafood. On Thanksgiving (November 28), Red Fish Grill, as well as Heritage Grill, will feature their annual Thanksgiving buffets. On the same day, Ralph’s on the Park and café b will offer three-course Thanksgiving menus to holiday guests.

Also in November, Ralph’s on the Park will feature a special cocktail to benefit the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation. Stay tuned for details by liking Ralph’s on the Park on Facebook or visiting their website. Twenty percent of the cocktail proceeds will benefit the foundation and its efforts in assisting one of New Orleans’ most beloved and yet vulnerable communities.

While all Brennan restaurants feature menus stocked with Louisiana seafood – and rightly so – the Gulf certainly isn’t known for its supply of fresh lobster. This month café b brings a cure for that craving with a number of new lobster dishes, including lobster beignets, lobster bisque, lobster ravioli, and of course the “Maine” event: whole roasted Maine lobster.

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