From delicious chef-inspired dinners with friends to small-group activities, weekend getaways, new seasonal clothes, or a fresh move or home update, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy this summer with new experiences across New Orleans.
Make your summer special while staying safe and socially distant with the following experiences, each uniquely Louisiana. An abundance of good cooking— from fresh seafood dishes to steaks and over-stuffed poboys—means it’s time to get out of the kitchen and let someone else do the work. Meanwhile, activities like taking swim lessons and entertaining tours or reading a new novel can add adventure to your day. Enjoy a little retail therapy and support local brands while expanding your wardrobe. Perhaps the summer’s a good time to make that move to a different neighborhood or work on a home project. Or, a little staycation in the French Quarter could provide the perfect night away from the kids. Take advantage of special offers and offerings, and make time for summer fun today.
DINING & TAKE OUT
Located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District, Briquette is a celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. As the name indicates, the restaurant features a large charcoal grill to highlight the fresh coastal flavors. The menu emphasizes a variety of fresh fish and seafood, including whole grilled fish. Other flavorful menu items include aged beef, pastas, pork, and more. The bar at Briquette features a curated wine list to accompany the menu along with specialty, hand-crafted cocktails with fresh local ingredients.
Add delicious food to your summer enjoyment and spend some time with friends and family at Briquette. Following the stay-at-home orders, Briquette has been cleaned by Covid Cleaning using the PurTec System, which kills the virus up to 90 days. The restaurant is following all social distancing guidelines, and all staff are masked and gloved.
Briquette is open Thursday through Sunday, from 3 – 9 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit Briquette online at Briquette-nola.com or on Facebook.
Taste the rich history of New Orleans this season by going to Pascal’s Manale, home of the original BBQ Shrimp. Founded in 1913, this New Orleans tradition is now owned and operated by the Ray Brandt family and still serves the classic dishes for which it’s been famous for decades. A blend of Italian and Creole, Pascal’s Manale’s menu includes New Orleans and Italian favorites, steaks, and seafood dishes.
Start your night with raw oysters from the oyster bar before indulging in the succulent BBQ shrimp. The Veal Gambero and Fish Pascal have flavors all their own while also incorporating the richness of the BBQ Shrimp and its sauce. Other Pascal’s Manale favorites include the Oysters Bienville, baked oysters topped with a mushroom, shrimp, and bacon dressing, or the Combination Pan Roast, oysters, crabmeat, and shrimp chopped in a blend of parsley, green onions, and seasonings baked with a topping of breadcrumbs and butter.
Dinner is available Tuesday through Saturday, 4 – 9 p.m., and Pascal’s Manale is open for lunch Thursday and Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. For reservations, call 504-895-4877 or visit them at PascalsManale.com.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
For over 100 years, Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been a staple provider of delicious, locally produced foods, and today, Parkway is known as the go-to place for New Orleans’s signature sandwich—the poor boy. Locally owned since 1911, Parkway has survived major floods and economic shifts, including the Great Depression.
This summer, make it a tradition to dine with friends and family at one of New Orleans’s most famous and historical sandwich shops. With over 25 different poor boys, ranging from fried shrimp, sausage, ham and alligator to their famous slow-cooked roast beef and the original French fry poor boy, there’s a sandwich for any appetite.
Situated at the corner of Hagan & Toulouse in Mid-City, right on Bayou St. John, Parkway’s poor boys and ambiance create a dining experience unlike any other. Decorated with memorabilia from Parkway’s early days, the historical neighborhood atmosphere is great for reminiscing with friends and family.
Parkway’s current hours are changing and growing as its team returns to work. Check the latest online at ParkwayPoorboys.com, and call in for quick, easy pick-up at Parkway’s new and convenient call-in window 504-482-3047.
Galatoire’s is ready to welcome you back. Visit the French Quarter fixture on Bourbon Street to once again celebrate any momentous occasion, big or small. Stop by for a festive Friday lunch—with Executive Chef Phillip Lopez at the helm, the cuisine has never been tastier.
In its fifth generation, it is the Galatoire family and descendants who have carried the tradition of New Orleans’ fine dining restaurants and influenced its evolution. Celebrating 115 years in 2020, its culinary customs have been preserved with little change throughout the decades. From world famous New Orleans cuisine to impeccable service, every aspect of your dining experience will reflect the traditional meals guests have enjoyed at Galatoire’s for generations. Stop by today for an unforgettable experience filled with creole-inspired French fare, fresh local ingredients, and stellar hospitality guests have come to know and love.
For reservations and additional information, visit Galatoires.com or call 504-525-2021.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
French Quarter Phantoms
French Quarter Phantoms Ghost & Vampire Tours are fun for visitors and locals alike. Listed as #5 in TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Ghost Tours in the World, their tours should be on everyone’s “Must Do” list. Grab a cocktail and walk along with their Master Story Tellers for a lot of great laughs and chills up your spine. Their fun, exuberant guides are passionate about entertaining guests. Year-round tours begin
at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly and are appropriate for all ages.
For daytime adventures, explore St Louis #1 Cemetery, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, or walk amidst shady live oaks and grand houses on a tour of the Garden District available at 10 a.m. daily. For adults-only fun, try Saints & Sinners, a dirty little French Quarter history tour beginning at 1 p.m. daily. French Quarter Phantoms offers a variety of tours throughout the day and evening. Pick your favorite, grab your friends, and have some fun.
Online discounts are available through FrenchQuarterPhantoms.com. For more information, call 504-666-8300.
There’s nothing like splashing or relaxing in cool waters under the summer sun, and knowing how to swim is paramount to your family’s safety in the water. Through safe, small classes, Love Swimming provides swimmers with a strong foundation for a lifetime of love and respect for the water. Students of all ages are taught by a team of professionals who are passionate about teaching swimming in a way that is fun and confidence building.
As Love Swimming returns to the water post-quarantine, please know that its team has your family’s safety in mind and is taking every precaution and protocol advised by the CDC, USA Swimming, The American Swimming Coaches Association, and numerous other reputable sources.
Please remember that swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults. Love Swimming offers year-round classes unaffected by rain and uses heated pools that keep swimmers warm and comfortable. Comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills safely and quickly.
Begin your swimming adventures by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit LoveSwimming.com.
Jefferson Parish is the new 101,000-word work of literary fiction by author Michael W. Hull. More than a Southern novel, Jefferson Parish is a story of family, by blood or otherwise, and a story of friendship and racial intolerance. Most of all, it’s a story of forgiveness.
Jefferson Parish follows the life of young Louisiana native Matthew Laurent as he comes to terms with the death of his older brother and makes an unexpected new friend in Jamal, a black boy new to the parish. While age and careers eventually lead to achievements away from Jefferson Parish, the two learn that nothing in life is free—there are always prices to be paid. When Matthew returns to the parish to confront his wounds, he soon realizes he’s in store for more than he bargained for. While some people are willing to change and face difficult truths, others simply are not.
Jefferson Parish is available now on Amazon and at MichaelWHull.com.
For 50 years, locally based Auraluz has offered its children’s clothing, including its own Auraluz signature, hand-embroidered clothing brand. Auraluz is a one-stop-shop with items perfect for all occasions. Product offerings range from kitchen tools and home accessories to candles, locally themed items, personal care, dolls, plush, books and toys. You’ll also find one of the largest selections of Maison Berger/ Lampe Berger fragrance products at Auraluz.
Centrally located in Metairie, just one block from Clearview and West Esplanade, Auraluz occupies a freestanding building with plenty of parking, which makes it a great spot for stress-free shopping. Auraluz also offers easy online ordering through ShopAuraluz.com (with baby-bridal-gift registry), convenient store pick-up, and
virtual/private shopping appointments.
The store is open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. Auraluz is located at 4408 Shores Drive in Metairie. For more information, call 504-888-3313 or visit ShopAuraluz.com.
Stop by Perlis clothing in Uptown New Orleans, the French Quarter, Mandeville, and Baton Rouge—all stores are open. Perlis is known for its large variety of southern clothing for men, women, and boys. Right now, take advantage of Perlis’s summer sale of up to 50 percent off of select branded and Crawfish items. For 80 years, Perlis has been committed to complete customer satisfaction and unparalleled service, including complimentary lifetime expert alterations.
“We are constantly seeking out the most classic, well-made garments available to put on our shelves,” says Bebe Rafferty, Marketing Coordinator. “We carry designer brands, made-to-measure items, and our crawfish logo collection all year round.”
Perlis also carries exclusive New Orleans novelty belts, cufflinks, ties, and other cufflinks that you can only find in its stores. The men’s formal wear sales and rental department is renowned for proper dress and a wide selection. Ample off-street parking is available at all locations. Visit Perlis.com.
Set in the vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting and granite countertops.
In addition to top-quality living, Lumina invites residents to indulge in the rich culture of the surrounding city with community and social spaces. These exquisite features range from a resort-inspired pool and 24-hour wellness center to a clubroom and a lounge, while additional perks like a dog-washing station, covered bike racks, and package lockers ensure convenience and easy living.
With popular restaurants, bars and retail shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com.
The Delaneaux Apartments
All the luxury and amenities of Mid-City’s Lumina are coming soon to the Lower Garden District with The Delaneaux Apartments. This modern living community is designed to cater to your busy schedule and to ensure comfort, convenience and relaxation when you return home.
Chef-inspired kitchens feature sleek, stainless steel appliances and custom island dining tables, and each floor plan is accented with contemporary finishes that set these spaces above all the rest. Amenities unique to The Delaneaux include a movie theater, a grand two-story clubroom and a resort-inspired pool, allowing residents to savor the rich history of their neighborhood whether inside their apartments or spending time with neighbors in communal spaces.
The elegance of these spaces combines the beauty, distinction, and originality that make New Orleans an exceptional place to live with modern comforts and exquisite touches that create an unrivaled residential experience. For more information or to sign up for the VIP waiting list, call 504-841-9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
With Southern Refinishing, you don’t get a contractor—you get a family. Southern Refinishing offers more than 40 years of experience in bathroom and kitchen reglazing projects for customers in the Gulf South. In addition to saving homeowners the cost of replacing their bathroom and kitchen fixtures, the company’s goal is to make every customer’s experience as comfortable and painless as possible. They know how stressful it can be to have a contractor disrupting your personal space, so the company works to minimize disruption throughout the remodeling process.
From tile walls, countertops, and sinks to fiberglass and acrylic tub repairs and tub/shower conversions to clawfoot tubs, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. A local New Orleans company, Southern Refinishing is experienced with both small and large jobs, from residential homes to commercial projects such as hotels. Get a customized quote today by calling 504-348-1770.
Visit SouthernRefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
Enjoy a French Quarter Fling at Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans and experience world class cuisine, unique shopping, and authentic cultural excursions in one of the nation’s most fascinating cities. When you use promo code “FQF” and book this special, you will save big with rates starting from $149 per night on both weekdays and weekends. This package includes complimentary parking and accommodations in Royal Sonesta Hotel’s freshly appointed guestrooms. Whether you adventure out to experience the locale or stay on property to soak in the sun by the hotel’s outdoor heated swimming pool and Oasis pool bar, you will be sure to make the most out of your summer getaway.
Visit Sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans to book now (promo code: FQF). Terms and conditions apply, and promo is based on availability. The Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans looks forward to welcoming you.