[Kim Ranjbar / Provided Photos]

Easter in Exile

09:40 April 09, 2020
By: Kim Ranjbar

Regardless of the current crisis, it's still Easter this weekend and there's no reason we shouldn't celebrate with a grand New Orleans feast … from a distance!

While you likely shouldn't hide painted eggs in the yard, throw family parties or physically attend church this weekend, there is no reason you can't celebrate this traditional holiday with foodstuffs we're all accustomed to enjoying this time of the year.

Dooky Chase's Restaurant - Holy Thursday

If you still can, get your order in at Dooky Chase's Holy Thursday feast tomorrow for their traditional gumbo z'herbes, fried chicken and cornbread for pick-up curbside! The famous Treme restaurant has been offering an array of family-style meals on weekdays for takeout since the stay-at-home mandate began. The Holy Thursday menu offers gumbo z'herbes by the quart, half gallon and gallon; and 4, 8 or 12 pieces of fried chicken. Please call in your order as soon as possible to 504-821-0600 or 504-821-0535 or takeout@dookychaserestaurant.com.

Citywide, Curbside "Fish Fry" - Good Friday
Now in it's 4th week, the curbside "fish frys" are once again featuring Lenten seafood feasts from four different local restaurants with part of the proceeds benefiting the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation's Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund. For Good Friday, April 10th, restaurants Costera, Galatoire's, Patois and Ralph's on the Park will be offering a fried or grilled fish dish with a side curbside, adhering to all current safety regulations. "We are honored to be part of a fundraising promotion that raises money for industry workers impacted by the pandemic and also helps to keep restaurant workers on the job," said Jennifer Kelley, Executive Director of Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Tabasco® Brand has once again generously pledged to support the fundraising efforts with a matching donation to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

Beer battered catfish sandwich with slaw, pickled peppers and chips. ($15)
(4938 Prytania Street) 504-302-2332

Fried trout meunière amandine with summer squash ($15)
(209 Bourbon Street) 504-525-2021

Crispy fried catfish, potato salad, buttered green peas ($15)
(6078 Laurel Street) 504-895-9441

Ralph's on the Park

Corn fried local catch, coleslaw, white remoulade, hush puppies**Photo below ($15)
(900 City Park Avenue) 504-488-1000

But wait, there's more!

Toups' Meatery

Because more is never enough, the Toups' team is at it again this weekend. In addition to offering their daily free "Family Meal," an offer open to anyone who needs it, Isaac and Amanda Toups are giving away almost 150 free Easter baskets for kids in need this Saturday, April 11th. Plus, specialty brunch items will also be available for pickup and delivery from 11am to 3pm, in addition to their regular curbside menu. toupsmeatery.com

Pyre Provisions

It's the new 'cue on the Northshore and they're smokin' it up for Easter dinner. If you order by this Friday at 3:00pm for pickup by Saturday at 3pm, your family will be feasting on smoked turkey breasts or bourbon-glazed ham, a dozen dinner rolls and a choice of sides like mashed Yukon potatoes, oyster dressing or braised greens with ham-hocks. pyrerestaurant.com

Ruby Slipper

For Easter weekend, the Ruby Slipper has cooked up a special menu "from their krewe to yours" like applewood-smoked ham with French Truck Coffee Glaze, citrus and brown sugar corned beef brisket, goat cheese grits, crawfish quiche and a white chocolate bread pudding pancake casserole with whiskey cream sauce. The popular local breakfast chain is also offering a Good Friday family meal for four - Shrimp Creole & Rice with cane-syrup cornbread for only $45. Order your Easter feast online and schedule for pick up before it's all gone! therubyslippercafe.net

Out in Metairie, Chef Andrea saying "Happy Easter from Our Family to Yours!" with a special menu available for curbside pick up or deliver this Sunday, April 12th from noon to 5:00pm. Enough food to feed a family of four, Andrea's is offering dishes like Louisiana jumbo shrimp cocktail, crabmeat ravioli, turtle soup, lasagna, Braised Lamb Shank Osso Buco, roast prime rib au jus, Tiramisu and Cannoli Siciliano. You can also get a individual three-course meal. To order, call (504)843-8583. andreasrestaurant.com

Landry's Seafood House
Pre-order today for an Easter Sunday dinner to-go from Landry's Seafood in Lakeview! The family-style meals include top sirloin with baked potatoes, blackened mahi mahi, Southern fried fish with french fries and Parmesan-encrusted chicken with fettuccine alfredo. Call and order today (504) 283-1010 or place your order through Waitr!

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