There’s no doubt about it—summer in New Orleans is hot. Fortunately for residents and visitors, the offerings from local destinations, stores, and restaurants are hot, too. Specials across the city will help you beat the heat and make the most of the summer months with new exhibitions, new styles, and new entrees and cocktails. Take pride in the city’s local small businesses and organizations and let your weekend plans revolve around their latest offerings.
History & Culture
The Historic New Orleans Collection
A free museum, publisher, and research center in the heart of the French Quarter, The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) features permanent and changing exhibitions exploring the history and culture of the Gulf South, a courtyard café, and a nationally heralded gift store at 520 Royal Street.
On view through October 8, 2023, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, examines the continuing evolution of America’s experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people.” A THNOC companion exhibition, “Yet She Is Advancing”: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878–1970, is on view through November 5, 2023. And registration is open now for the 2023 New Orleans Antiques Forum: “Music to My Eyes: Material Culture of the Southern Sound,” coming August 3-6.
Register to attend and plan your visit at hnoc.org.
The summer is a great time to visit Perlis Clothing in Uptown New Orleans, the French Quarter, Mandeville, and Baton Rouge. Shop the summer sale going on now in all departments: men, ladies, and boys. Additionally, you’ll find top labels like Peter Millar, Queen of Sparkles, Southern Tide, 34 Heritage, Johnnie O, Sparkle City, Bonobos, Vineyard Vines, Tasc and more.
“We are your go-to store for all your southern style clothing needs,” says Bebe Rafferty, Marketing Coordinator. “Since 1939, Perlis has been committed to complete customer satisfaction and unparalleled service including complimentary lifetime alterations and gratis gift wrapping.”
Perlis continues to add to its iconic crawfish logo collection of clothing, accessories, and gifts for the entire family. The men’s formal wear sales and rental department is renowned for offering a wide proper dress selection. Visit perlis.com to learn more about this longstanding local brand and to shop online.
Welcome the summer season with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the 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. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-to-find wines and spirits and boasts the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list.
This summer, beat the heat with Briquette’s unbeatable summer specials. Cool off and wind down at the bar during happy hour, 5-6 p.m., and enjoy discounts on refreshing cocktails, beer, and wine. For dinner, try one of Briquette’s weekly three-course offerings of menu favorites for $50 per person plus an optional cocktail pairing for only $25 more.
Briquette is currently open for dinner Wednesday-Monday, 5-9 p.m. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. Book your table today by calling the restaurant at 504-302-7496 or via OpenTable.
Temperature Lunch, the popular New Orleans summer dining tradition, continues with its 29th year at Palace Café. Keeping with tradition, a daily lunch special is priced at the previous day’s high temperature; if the high is 85° on Tuesday, count on Wednesday’s $8.50 lunch. Temperature lunch is available Wednesday through Friday now through Labor Day. Daily lunch specials feature local, seasonal ingredients with a New Orleans-style flair. Past entrees have included Crawfish Gnocchi, Louisiana Crab Cake, and BBQ Shrimp. For this season’s daily specials, follow Palace Café on Facebook and Instagram, or check the events page at palacecafe.com.
Located at the foot of the French Quarter, this classic New Orleans restaurant honors the rich history of New Orleans cuisine in an upbeat and lively grand café. Palace Café has won numerous awards during its history, including Best New Restaurant from Esquire Magazine and USA Today, the prestigious Ivy Award from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine, and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.