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Get ‘Cool’ This Month with Coolinary


Today kicks off the doldrums of August, the heat sucks and, yes, we are collectively sick to death of it. That said, a slew of dining and cultural deals also kick off today and run through the rest of the month. For this we can be grateful. If we can be well fed and watered as well as inspired that is worth something.

Now in its 15th year, Coolinary New Orleans features numerous restaurants throughout the metro New Orleans area offering dining specials – prix-fixe brunches, lunches and dinners – throughout the month. Enjoy two-course lunches for $20 or less, and three-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less.

Apolline (4729 Magazine St.,894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com) my favorite neighborhood restaurant is offering a special Coolinary dinner menu for $39 (price does not include a beverage, tax or gratuity, menu not offered on Mondays):

First Course

choice of

Fresh Berry Salad

fresh berries, mixed greens, goat cheese, candied pecans, strawberry vinaigrette

Tomato Gazpacho

garnished with pickled scallions

Second Course

choice of

Cold Smoked Duck Breast

glazed with black garlic molasses over baby bok choi, crimini mushrooms and pickled peaches

Bloody Mary Risotto

risotto infused with our housemade bloody mary mix, jumbo Gulf shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, pickled okra

Third Course

choice of

White Chocolate Pot de Crème

topped with caramel crisps

Seasonal Sorbet

by Creole Creamery

The restaurant is also offering an additional 15th Anniversary special: Select Bottles of Wine for $20, Sunday – Thursday only throughout August.

The ever gracious Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, bayona.com) is also in on the act with a Coolinary dinner menu for $39 (price does not include a beverage, tax or gratuity, menu not offered on Sundays):

First Course

choice of

Seared Tuna
with avocado, cucumber, Serrano chili, tomato concasse, preserved lemon,
grilled scallion vinaigrette

Celery Salad
with dates, herb-candied almonds, Castelvetrano olives, and Parmigiano

Duck Rillette
with fig compote, mustard, housemade pickles and crostini

Second Course

choice of

Gulf Fish
with Thai shrimp dumpling with mustard cabbage, bok choy,
and spicy lemongrass broth

Smoky Pork Butt
with grilled okra, maque choux, and peach BBQ sauce

Grilled NY Strip +$10
with eggplant Romesco, garlic potatoes, grilled peppers, salsa verde, and Bordelaise
Spinach-Ricotta Gnocchi
with mushrooms, tomato, and summer squash

Third Course

choice of

with lemon curd and blueberries

Fudge Pie
with coconut whipped cream and praline sauce

House-made Ice Cream


Cute and colorful, Hippie Kitchen (3741 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 444-4113, hknola.com) is rolling out an all-inclusive  $21 bargain brunch (price does not include tax or gratuity):

First Course

choice of

Hibiscus Cooler

hibiscus, garden mint, fresh lime juice, soda


bubbles, freshly squeezed orange juice

Ginger Kombucha

garden ginger infused

Hippie Mary

Bolden vodka, tomato juice, spicy hippie mix, veggie spears

Cold Brew Coffee

12-hour house brew

The Dude Abides

Bolden vodka, house cold brew, sweetened condensed milk

Second Course

Daily breakfast muffin

and choice of

River Road Breakfast

2 Happy Hen eggs over medium, Bonnecaze farms grits, bacon, house made biscuit or English muffin, butter and jam

Super Rolls (V, GF.)

avocado, local sweet potato, quinoa, kale, micro greens, Sriracha, rice paper wrap, peanut dipping sauce

Huevos Rancheros (GF.)

fried Happy Hen eggs, pulled pork , black beans, smokey red sauce, local corn tortillas, queso fresco

Third Course

choice of

Seasonal Fruit (V, GF.)

fresh from the crescent city farmers market

Blueberry Pancake

fluffy pancake with local blueberries, cane syrup

Fruit Cobbler

seasonal fruit, baked with crumble topping

Chia Pudding (V, GF.)

chia seeds, coconut milk, house made mango preserves


These menus are just teasers! For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus visit coolinaryneworleans.com.


Not to be outdone, the Northshore’s Tammany Taste of Summer kicks off today, also with specials and prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner deals through the end of the month. Prices for two- and three-course prix fixe meals are in the $20-30 range. Many of St. Tammany Parish’s best restaurants are offering prix fixe menus at reduced prices for brunch, lunch and dinner, including Del Porto, Annadele’s, Palmetto’s, Café Lynn, Dakota, The Wine Garden, Gallagher’s, Oxlot 9, Hambone, LOLA and more. Participating restaurants, their menus and pricing, as well as a calendar of events can be viewed at TammanyTaste.com. Visitors wanting to spend a night or two on the Northshore can book a room directly from the site. Area hotels are participating by offering discounted rates for the promotion in August.

August is also Museum Month! Now through the end of August museum members have the opportunity to visit all participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, using their current membership. The program, a collaboration between museums of all sizes across the greater New Orleans area and includes The National WWII Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Arts Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium, Old Ursuline Convent Museum, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Beauregard-Keyes House, Hermann-Grima House, Southern Food & Beverage Museum, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, Newcomb Art Museum/Woldenberg Art Center,  New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Canal Lighthouse, and Gallier House. Visit neworleans.com/museum-month for more information.

This weekend also sees the return of Satchmo Summerfest. Daily admission to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint (400 Esplanade Ave., 522-5730), Ground Zero for the festival, is $6 per person. The annual event celebrates the life, music and legacy of native son Louis Armstrong with an abundance of food, music, lectures and specials events. Visit satchmosummerfest.org for more information.


Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love.


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