Summer Specials
Effervescence Bubbles & Bites

Vacation season is upon us, and if you’re in a city like New Orleans, you’re already in one of the best vacation destinations you can imagine. Known for its food, shopping, and entertainment, the Crescent City is ready to show off with summer specials that abound across the city. As local restaurants and shops all vie for attention, locals and visitors win with discounts and promotions that make eating a world-class meal or buying a gift easier and more affordable than ever. From happy hours with discounted snacks, wines, beer, and cocktails to two- and three-course meals highlighting seasonal fare, summer is a great time to dine out. Additionally, local health and wellness opportunities abound to get you feeling good and active before a busy fall hits. Museums offer exciting summer exhibitions and events for passing the slow summer days, and local hotels welcome vacationers and staycationers looking to head down into the heart of the city. Check out the following summer specials for ideas and more.

Restaurants, Bars & Special Event Venues

Temperature Lunch, the popular New Orleans summer dining tradition, continues with its 25th year at Palace Café. To celebrate the anniversary, Palace Café is joined by sister restaurants Bourbon House and Tableau, who will also offer temperature lunch specials.

Keeping with tradition, two courses are priced at the previous day’s high temperature; if they high is 85° on Monday, count on Tuesday’s $8.50 lunch. Temperature lunch is available Monday through Friday now through Labor Day. Guests choose between a soup or salad first course. Second course entrée options change daily based on local, seasonal ingredients.

“Temperature Lunch is synonymous with summer lunch. Locals love it and frequently dine with us more than once a week—in fact we have a few guests we see daily. This year, with the addition of our other restaurants, we hope to give guests even more variety,” says Palace Café owner, Dickie Brennan.

Past entrees have included Crawfish Gnocchi, Louisiana Crab Cake, and BBQ Shrimp. For this season’s daily specials, follow Palace Café, Bourbon House, and Tableau on Facebook and Instagram, and check the events pages at,, and


Find all of “Nawlins’” favorites at New Orleans Cajun Cookery, located just outside the French Quarter at 719 S. Peters Street in the CBD. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Cajun Cookery is perfect for visitors and downtown professionals alike. Highlights of the menu include Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, seafood platters, and poboys.

The Cookery’s full bar features hand-crafted cocktails and a vast selection of craft beers from Louisiana’s growing list of breweries. Pony up to the bar between 3 – 6 p.m. and enjoy $5 drinks and appetizers. Outdoor seating is available and perfect for those breezy summer mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

For more information on the restaurant and its offerings, call 504-407-0653.


Celebrate Summer 2019 in the heart of the French Quarter with family and friends at New Orleans Creole Cookery with a three-course lunch for only $20.19 (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). Famous for its authentic Creole fare and the time-honored classics such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain, the restaurant is also perfect for a cold beverage and fresh oysters at the oyster bar.

New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Enjoy casual fine dining at its very best in your choice of the charming Toulouse Lautrec dining room, romantic courtyard, or lively oyster bar. Each offers a Creole-inspired menu complemented by tempting handcrafted cocktails. Located at 510 Toulouse Street in one of New Orleans’ oldest and most storied locations, New Orleans Creole Cookery is just steps from French Quarter excitement.

New Orleans Creole Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner, and a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Learn more at Call 504-524-9632 for reservations.


This summer, visit the Warehouse District’s recent addition, Briquette, at 701 S. Peters Street. Owned by Anna Tusa of New Orleans Creole Cookery and helmed by Chef Guy Sockrider, Briquette 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 small plates for sharing the variety of fish and seafood, including whole grilled fish. Other flavorful menu items include aged beef, pastas, and more. The bar at Briquette features a curated wine list to accompany the menu along with specialty, hand-crafted cocktails.

Start a new tradition this summer with delicious food shared with friends and family together at Briquette during a refreshing happy hour, daily from 3 – 6 p.m. Happy hour features a variety of cocktail, beer, and wine specials. For more information and reservations, visit Briquette online at or on Facebook. Lunch is available Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m.


Voted Tops of the Town #1 Brunch by New Orleans Magazine for the third year in a row, Red Gravy celebrates summer with a number of new dishes and specials by Owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker.

While keeping all the menu favorites—especially anything with a meatball—the restaurant has recently added new items, including the popular fried chicken and biscuits served with a white sausage gravy and the mac and cheese turnover served with eggs and red gravy. Other specials include skillet cakes, browned-butter pancakes filled with a variety of items like jam, fresh fruit, bacon, and candied walnuts served piping hot from the oven, and the ever-changing burger, a 6-oz. patty dressed differently each week.

Roseann has also been busy baking, adding croissants, danishes, turnovers, and muffins in addition to the restaurant’s popular raspberry zeppoles and homemade cannoli. Look for specials all summer long inspired by Roseann’s travels.

Since seating is limited, reservations are recommended. View the menu and make reservations online at, or call 504-561-8844.


Summer is packed with food-related fun for all ages at Ralph Brennan restaurants across the city. Ralph’s on the Park brings back their popular summer special (July – September) of 3 Appetizers + a Glass of Wine for $33. Choose from appetizers such as Duck and Mushroom Tart, Blackened Shrimp Tartine, Crab Spaetzle, Oysters Skully, Seafood Broken Rice Risotto, Grilled Vegas Strip, and more.

Brennan’s Summer Manners Class offers children ages 5-8 a chance to up their table etiquette, meet Brennan’s famous turtles, and enjoy a three-course breakfast. The class is offered Tuesdays in July from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Take a Taste of History Tour at Napoleon House Wednesdays, 3 – 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m, in July and August. For only $25, enjoy a tour of the 200-year-old landmark with an engaging tour of Napoleon’s intended residence along with ¼ muffaletta and a Pimm’s cup cocktail.

Beginning July 12th, Café NOMA’s 2019 “The Artful Palate” complimentary summer cooking series will feature seven artfully inspired demos with Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs every Friday in July and August at 6 p.m.

Visit each restaurant’s website for details.


Located in the Lower Garden District and just blocks from Downtown New Orleans, Hoshun Restaurant delivers a flavorful punch of pan-Asian flavors with their own take on traditional dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam, and other South-Asian countries. Popular menu items include pho soup and five-pepper calamari, pad Thai, sushi, General Tsao’s Chicken, Hunan steak, Kung Pao shrimp, and more. Enjoy family-style dining in an elegant atmosphere while sharing your favorite appetizers, entrees, combination dinners, and sushi specials. Open daily until 2 a.m., Hoshun is a favorite late-night spot for locals and visitors alike.

Whether you’re looking for seafood, steak, or vegetarian fare, Hoshun’s extensive menu provides options for everyone. Salt & Pepper Shrimp and Ahi Tuna Seared are a couple of Hoshun’s seafood specialties, while Butter Pepper Mignon offers a meatier possibility.

For menu and information, visit or call 504-302-9716. Located at 1601 St. Charles Ave., Hoshun offers a private party room overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line fitting between 25-70 people.


At Commander’s Palace, Executive Chef Tory McPhail, along with the support of an experienced team of sous chefs, serves haute Creole dishes that continue to delight the discerning locals and visitors of New Orleans. The restaurant is known as a place where memories are made. Commander’s Palace recently celebrated its 125th anniversary and was named Restaurant of the Year 2018 by Times-Picayune.

This summer, enjoy a refreshing Sunset on the Patio #2, a delicious cocktail of Don Q Cristal Rum, fresh lime, and Mandarin Napoleon, finished with strawberry liqueur. A new take on a sunny Commander’s Classic, the cocktail is served with your own pair of Commander’s Palace sunglasses, ideal for the beach or a summer jaunt.

Planning a dinner party? Commander’s Palace makes entertaining easy. The restaurant’s experienced party planner will work with you to tailor every aspect of the event to your liking. Enjoy dinner seven days a week, lunch Monday through Friday, and jazz brunch on the weekends. For reservations and more, visit


Spend summer outdoors with a glass of wine in the serene courtyard at Effervescence Bubbles & Bites. Enjoy the peaceful fountain, relax on the outdoor couch, or grab a sidewalk table on North Rampart and treat yourself to bubbles. The impressive wine list spans the globe, including over 80 Champagnes by the bottle and 30 sparklers by the glass.

Every Wednesday, Effervescence pops open a magnum of Champagne to pour by the glass—double the excuse to celebrate midweek. Flights are the perfect way to explore the list, available by the full or half glass. Try their summer sparkling rosé flight for a fun, crisp and fruity sparkling adventure. The full bar also serves bubbly cocktails, beer, and spirits.

Effervescence’s bites menu features fresh and local ingredients prepared by the Michelin-trained chef couple. Highlights include a Caviar Service, Dry-Aged Louisiana Wagyu, Pommes Frites and their signature Gulf Seafood Plateau, featuring five local, refreshing, and thoughtful seafood preparations.

Effervescence is open Wednesday-Sunday; for hours, menus, and event bookings, visit Look for upcoming events including wine classes and outdoor movie screenings. Limited reservations available on OpenTable.


Mr. Ed’s has been a local favorite since 1989 and is still regarded as among the best eateries in New Orleans today. Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar serves your choice of chargrilled, fried, or raw oysters as well as longtime favorites such as Oyster Rockefeller and Bienville. Offering both a stand-up oyster bar and cocktail bar, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy.

With five unique locations across Greater New Orleans, including the newest, second French Quarter location at 821 Iberville St., Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House brings its fresh seafood, poboys, platters, and specialties to Metairie, the French Quarter, Mid-City, and St. Charles Avenue.

“Mr. Ed” McIntyre also oversees Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant of Metairie and Kenner, Austin’s Seafood & Steakhouse of Metairie, and The Pearl Room of Harahan. Explore each savory menu at


Offering modern elegance and the celebrated cuisine of Mr. Ed’s Restaurant Group, The Pearl Room is the metro area’s exceptional new venue for receptions, banquets, and special events. Located in Harahan, The Pearl Room combines exquisite ambiance, quality professional service, and decadent, diverse menus to create seamless, memorable occasions for guests.

Whether planning a gorgeous ceremony at dusk under The Pearl Room’s stately entrance portico or a spectacular night-time event with the grounds magnificently illuminated, The Pearl Room can customize and complete every detail of your event. From simple to lavish, small to grand-scale, The Pearl Room’s packages offer flexible options for a number of different occasions. An extensive reception menu features the best of Mr. Ed’s Restaurant Group culinary team, from New Orleans favorites like crawfish ettouffe, crab cakes, and fried seafood to reception classics like carving stations and Italian entrees.

“We work with each client individually to review our menus and customize details,” says Amanda McIntyre, Banquet Manager. For more information, call 504-737-0604, email, or visit


Stop in this summer to one of New Orleans’ most famous and historic sandwich shops; Parkway Bakery & Tavern has been serving up the legendary poor boy sandwich and other local favorites for over 100 years. Since 1911, Parkway has been a family-run business with a reputation for high-quality, delicious food and authentic New Orleans hospitality.

Featured on The Travel Channel, Food Network, in Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere, Parkway continues to be a welcoming, local institution at the corner of Hagan & Toulouse Streets in Mid-City, right on Bayou St. John. Its robust menu of over 25 different poor boys—plus plenty of seating and parking, a full bar, and more—means there’s something for everyone at Parkway.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Parkway has a seat waiting for you. The restaurant is proud to provide a taste of home for past residents who’ve had to move away and yet return regularly to connect with the city through food, laughter, and friendship.

Parkway is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and closed on Tuesdays. For more information, visit


This summer, stop by any of the Tropical Isles, home of the Hand Grenade®, New Orleans’ Most Powerful Drink® and the Hand Grenade® Martini. Also, enjoy a Hand Grenade® at Funky Pirate Blues & Music Club or Bayou Club. Experience Trop Rock, Cajun/Zydeco & the Blues with Tropical Isle’s nightly entertainment, the best on Bourbon. State-of-the-art sound systems plus great live bands will keep you dancing the night away at Tropical Isle Bourbon, Tropical Isle Original, Little Tropical Isle, Funky Pirate and the Bayou Club. While there, ask about the Hand Grenade® Martini. Enjoy big screen TVs at Funky Pirate, Bayou Club, Tropical Isle Bourbon and Top of the Trop. For more on Tropical Isle, visit Don’t let French Quarter construction fool you—all locations are open!

For a quiet escape with available courtyard dining, visit local favorite The Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro right off of Bourbon at 720 Orleans Ave., which has more than 200 varieties of wine by the bottle and plenty of wine by the glass, plus a Bacon Happy Hour. For sample menus and wine lists, visit


Located on Magazine Street, Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco brings exceptional, authentic Peruvian cuisine to Uptown New Orleans. Helmed by Executive Chef and Owner Juan Lock, Tito’s features seafood favorites such as Ceviche Criollo (gulf fish) and Ceviche Nikkei (yellowfin tuna) in addition to Arroz con Mariscos, a popular Peruvian style paella. The menu also features a number of well-spiced beef, duck, and lamb dishes, including Anticuchos de Res (hangar steak) and the Lomo Saltado (tenderloin tips).

The restaurant takes great pride in freshness, offering the highest quality ingredients in its dishes and handcrafted cocktails. The bar at Tito’s is famous for its selection of Piscos, a Peruvian-made brandy. Sip a Lychee Cocktail or Cucumber Mule, or indulge in the variety of selections of Pisco cocktails with a fruity blend of tropical juices. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., and features a variety of drinks and small plates perfect for satisfying late afternoon cravings.

For more information, and reservations, visit or call the restaurant at 504-267-7612. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco is located Uptown at 5015 Magazine Street.


Justine is a brasserie in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Opened by husband-and-wife team Justin and Mia Devillier, Justine combines the sophistication of Parisian brasseries with the playfulness of the South’s most lively district. Featuring dishes like Poisson Amandine, Fois Gras Torchon, and Moules Frites, the menu honors the technique and simplicity of French classics, while evoking the senses with exciting, grand presentation. Nightly entertainment adds flare to Justine’s Parisian ambiance with a variety of entertainers from burlesque dancers to weekend DJs.

True to the heart of French brasserie culture, the multi-roomed restaurant offers a versatile space to be enjoyed by all, whether it’s for a weekday lunch, afternoon glass of wine, celebratory dinner, or late-night revelry. The café side opens to the Chartres Street sidewalk, emulating the quintessential Parisian-street experience. The kitchen room is anchored by two large communal tables overlooking the kitchen led by James Beard Award Winning-Chef Justin Devillier, and in the smoked-mirror-embellished bar room, Bar Director Jesse Carr embraces French spirits and the drinking culture that surrounds them.

For reservations and information about private dining, visit


Health & Wellness


Summer Specials
Love Swimming Swim School

At Love Swimming Swim School, students of all ages are taught by a team of expert adult instructors who are passionate about teaching. Through safe, fun, and small classes, Love Swimming strives to provide swimmers with a strong foundation of love and respect for the water. Love Swimming’s teachers motivate individuals to explore their abilities beyond their fears and expectations.

With an indoor facility, Love Swimming Swim School never gets rained out, and their heated pools create a comfortable learning environment where swimmers can get right to swimming. This comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills that will last a lifetime.

The organization believes swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults and offers classes for ages six months to adult. Begin your swimming adventures for both fun and exercise by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit


After pursuing her own journey in weight loss and experiencing remarkable success, Registered Nurse Peggy Rodriguez became passionate about helping others get and stay healthy. Since founding EveryBody Wellness in 2008, Peggy has built lifelong relationships with clients by educating them on how to both lose weight and maintain it.

“Losing weight is intimate and can be an intimidating process. There is no single path that works for everyone, and everyone’s goals are different,” says Peggy.

The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method at EveryBody Wellness is scientifically proven—it is dependable, repeatable, and predictable. Based on the principles of being a low calorie, low carb, low fat, and “right amount of” protein protocol, the program helps clients lose fat pounds while maintaining muscle mass. EveryBody Wellness’s team of registered nurses, dieticians, nutritionists and certified weight loss coaches educate clients in the understanding of the impact food has on the body, the mechanism that helps lose fat, and the food combinations that may lead to fat storage.

To learn more and read success stories, visit




Now is the perfect time to visit PERLIS Clothing in Uptown New Orleans, the French Quarter, Mandeville, and Baton Rouge. A large selected group of quality summer clothing for men, ladies, and boys is 20% to 50% off during the Summer Sale through the end of July.

A true family clothing tradition since 1939, PERLIS remains committed to complete customer satisfaction with long-time knowledgeable employees and unparalleled service including complimentary lifetime expert alterations.

“We are ever-expanding our inventory with the newest names in designer merchandise while continuing to offer time-tested classic labels,” says David W. Perlis, President. “Customers while traveling are often sharing with us via social media images of our iconic crawfish logo clothing they see people wearing all over the world. Look for exciting new additions to our crawfish collection soon.”

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


Summer Specials
Claudia Croazzo

Claudia Croazzo is a bespoke international fashion house founded in 2016 by UK designer Claudia Croazzo. The fashion house specializes in affordable couture collections as well as bespoke made-to-measure gowns for the perfect red-carpet look.

Claudia Croazzo’s unique, sleek, and sophisticated style takes inspiration from her Italian heritage and each collection tells a story. From ready to wear fashion, black label dresses and jumpsuits to beachwear, the elegant and playful designs of Claudia Croazzo are available at the exclusive United States location on Magazine Street in New Orleans.

Claudia’s designs have been showcased at official LFW closing events, published in numerous fashion editorials, including UK Elle and Vogue, and worn at many red carpet events. All items are thoughtfully designed, fabric sourced by Claudia Croazzo herself, and tailored to her personal taste.

For more information or to shop online, visit Visit the Uptown New Orleans fashion house at 4214 Magazine Street.


The lazy days of summer are upon us, and it’s a perfect time to walk the French Quarter and visit the unique shops and beautiful galleries. Just in time for the season, lovely cotton dresses in colorful prints await you at A. Renee Boutique. In fact, the entire store is full of color—unique designers and fun fashion such as reversible cotton skirts, bold shoulder tops in seven shades, fun dancing/date dresses, elegant evening wear, Kent Stetson bags, and locally made jewelry add to the fun and flare of summer.

A. Renee Boutique stocks Misses/Women sizing from XS-XL. Shop online from the comfort of home at Follow the fashion boutique on Facebook and Instagram at  @AReneeBoutiqueNOLA. For more information, text or call 504-418-1448 or email


Travel & Entertainment


The first upscale apartment-hotel in the heart of New Orleans, Domio Baronne St. features brand new facilities, curated design, and thoughtful amenities that will delight New Orleans’ visitors. Housed in the historic Warehouse District among art galleries, shopping, bars and restaurants, Domio Baronne St. is minutes from the New Orleans French Quarter and the bustling Lower Garden District.

Domio is reinventing the out-of-town stay experience by providing larger spaces that focus on comfort, consistency, and world-class design. Rather than families and friends splitting up, staying in separate rooms or even separate neighborhoods, Domio brings people together. With studios, one & two-bedroom  “apartments,” Domio Baronne St. provides a luxurious, modern home away from home. Domio Baronne St.’s 38-foot rooftop pool is perfect for hot summer days and offers daybeds and a stunning view, while a workroom and gym help you maintain your routines while away. A game room and 24-hour concierge ensure there’s always options for something to do.

Use code BOOK15 for 15 percent off your stay at any Domio, currently in eight cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Diego. Visit


Come play on the final day that Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) on Julia Street is open to the public, and enjoy your favorite exhibits one last time. The beloved museum will be reopening later this year in a new location inside New Orleans City Park. In the meantime, join in the last-day on Julia Street celebration and receive a temporary tattoo of LCM’s red logo house, decorate a second line hanky with LCM colors, get a special LCM logo sticker, and sign your name on one of the Big Blue Doors! The 1:45 p.m. Countdown to Closing, reminiscent of LCM’s beloved annual Countdown to Noon, will include balloons and confetti released together one last time.

The celebration takes place July 27th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets run $2.50 per person for LCM members, the price for admission on the museum’s original opening day in 1986. Admission for non-members runs $10 per person. For more information and to learn about other July activities at the museum, visit or call 504-523-1357.


A stay at the contemporary, boutique hotel known as The Troubadour offers visitors and staycationers a personal retreat within the lively and convenient New Orleans Central Business District. Located just blocks from the theater district and charming French Quarter, The Troubadour Hotel is the ideal locale to take it all in as you get away from it all. Whether your plans entail dinner at a world-renowned restaurant and a show at an historic theater or a night wandering the blues and jazz clubs of Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets, The Troubadour Hotel provides a luxurious respite for all kinds of discerning culture-seekers.

The Troubadour offers summer packages and specials for visitors looking for an above-average hotel stay. Rooms are outfitted with authentic original artwork, and modern amenities such as Keurig coffeemakers, Igloo fridges, 42” flat screen televisions with premium channels, and Bluetooth-ready alarm clocks.

Visit to view specials and book your exceptional downtown New Orleans stay.


Combining historic restoration and new construction, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s (THNOC) brand new exhibition center at 520 Royal St. houses a continuing exhibition on the history of the French Quarter, changing exhibitions, dynamic interactive displays, an immersive film, an educational space, café, and shop. Like THNOC’s other locations, admission is free.

As the inaugural exhibition of the new facility, Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, explores the influence of history on contemporary art. The spacious new galleries beautifully showcase works of more than 75 artists.

Visitors looking for a more enhanced experience may want to consider the exhibition-related programming offered in July. These events include live oral history recordings on July 13 with artists Willie Birch, Keith Calhoun, Chandra McCormick, and Robert Tannen; a book club discussion on July 17 with Rebecca Snedeker, author of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas; “Stoop Stories” on July 20, a monthly series of informal gallery talks with artists from the show.

For more details and other events, visit


Home Design & Resources


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 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 for a gallery of projects and additional information.