6 Restaurant Picks For COOLinary

Each year, some of the city’s top restaurants participate in a culinary extravaganza called “COOLinary.” For the month of August, diners can experience two- and three-course menus offered specifically for the COOLinary experience.

For this week’s editor’s picks, we’re highlighting some of the restaurants we’re excited to try this summer!

For a full list of participating restaurants and more information on COOLinary, click here.

Alma Café

I just discovered Alma Cafe with a friend, and it was the BEST BREAKFAST OF MY LIFE! So simple, but so perfectly done! I get the passionfruit mojito with the Alma Breakfast – eggs, refried beans, sweet plantains, queso fresco, homemade crema and bacon. It just doesn’t get any better. Can’t wait to see what they offer for COOLinary. 

Kim Singletary
Managing Editor, Biz New Orleans

Café Degas

French onion soup, steak and frites and great setting… hasn’t changed in 30 years!

-Rich Collins
News Editor, BizNewOrleans.com

Gabrielle Restaurant

Everything sounds amazing and the Peach Shortcake is calling my name.

-Andy Myer
Editor, St. Charles Avenue


Gianna has always been a fan-favorite, but I haven’t been to Gianna with chef Jared Heider at the helm. I want to use COOLinary to get back to the restaurant and try some new menu items I haven’t had a chance to yet.

-Kelly Massicot
Digital Editor, Renaissance Publishing

Saint John

I’m a huge fan of chef Eric Cook’s Lower Garden District restaurant Gris-Gris, but I haven’t had a chance to check out his latest spot, Saint John. I am excited to get his take on traditional Creole recipes.

-Ashley McLellan
Editor, New Orleans Magazine


Three words: foie gras beignets. Also 75 cent martinis don’t hurt!
Note: it’s been a minute since I’ve been, they may not do these for COOLinary anymore, which would be a shame.

-Drew Hawkins
Research Database Coordinator, Renaissance Publishing

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