Sizzling Summer Specials at Pascal’s Manale
This month, owner and manager of Pascal’s Manale Sandy Defelice assures diners “sizzling hot summer specials” from executive chef Mark Defelice. Family-owned since 1913, Pascal’s takes credit for the invention of the original barbecued shrimp dish, and since its inception has become an Uptown staple. Both in-the-know out-of-towners and devoted locals come specifically for this signature seafood meal, and as Defelice notes, recommend the establishment to others. “They come and eat, then tell their friends and family about the restaurant, about the consistently good food and service,” he says. “Pascal’s is indigenous to New Orleans.”
Co-owned by family members Bob and Ginny Defelice, Pascal’s Manale also boasts an “old-time” raw oyster bar, as well as an assortment of cocktails and wines on the other bar end. Aside from the famous shrimp, the specialties are fresh seafood, classic Italian fare and “delicious steaks.” Located on Napoleon Avenue, the restaurant also has a spacious parking lot available to its patrons. Attire is relaxed for summertime – Pascal’s makes allowances for shorts in the New Orleans heat – and the atmosphere is full of casual, old-school dining elegance.
Information, 895-4877, 1838 Napoleon Ave.  – Carrie Marks

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse’s Proud Origins
Most New Orleanians are familiar with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse’s Big Easy origins; the first restaurant was founded here in New Orleans almost 45 years ago. General manager and 19-year veteran Pete Montecino assures customers that despite its success with expansion, the establishment remains committed to “two things above all: high quality food and hospitable service.” Located on Fulton Street with an excellent view of the pedestrian thoroughfare, Ruth’s Chris boasts comfortable seating in addition to its hearty dishes. Diners even have the option of enjoying their meal in cozy booths with curtains for privacy. Montecino credits employee loyalty as a major factor in the restaurant’s appeal. “Our employees stay with us,” he says. “Many of our guests who have been coming here for 20 years are able to see the same familiar faces each time they visit.”
Ruth’s Chris is “proud to be a part of New Orleans culture,” and this summer the steakhouse is rewarding loyal customers with its Ruth’s Chris summer classic specials, which allow diners to enjoy an appetizer, entrée, small side and dessert for just $39.95. Executive chef Dan Fowler offers consistently tasty “sizzling steaks and fresh seafood” to satisfy the summer appetite, and the restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, making it an ideal place for business lunches, social gatherings and special occasions.
Information 587-7099; 525 Fulton St. – Carrie Marks

Dinner, martinis and jazz at The Bombay Club
“We are the only restaurant that’s a Supper Club where you can enjoy dinner and live local jazz,” says Richard Fiske, one of the primary owners of The Bombay Club. In the heart of the French Quarter, The Bombay Club is an established restaurant and martini bar. Even though it is only a brisk walk from Bourbon Street’s nightlife, one can find an escape in The Bombay Club’s British décor. The entire atmosphere gives the impression of walking into an upscale living room, with overstuffed leather chairs, portraits and a courtyard.
Martini classes are offered at The Bombay Club for groups of 10 to12 people; participants can discover the history and the art of martini making. During the class, six different types of martinis will be sampled and at the conclusion of class participants are invited to try a full-sized martini at the bar.
This summer, The Bombay Club is offering two specials: a bar special of three items for $15 and a three course meal for $25. One of the most favored dishes at The Bombay Club is the Duck Duet – Leg of Duck Confit and Pepper-seared boneless breast with black currant duck reduction.
Information, 830 Conti Street, 586-0972,
– Mallory Lindsly