In an effort to celebrate and appreciate foods special to New Orleans, many prominent restaurants participate in COOLinary New Orleans from August 1 until September 13. These restaurants offer a selection of their dishes at discounted prices, with prix-fixe menus offering select options. Depending on the restaurant, COOLinary is available for lunch, dinner, and/or brunch, and the most you'll have to pay is $39 for three courses.
COOLinary offers NOLA residents the opportunity to delve into the most traditional, culture-filled cuisines at affordable prices. This year, due to the coronavirus, customers can choose between dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
Apolline Restaurant is led by Chef Michael Shelton and General Manager Frank Phillips. Brunch is offered Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a discounted rate of $30, Apolline Restaurant is offering a three-course brunch that consists of a panzanella salad or sweet potato bisque, crispy chicken confit and French toast or johnnycake carnites, and, finally, a choice between cappuccino panna cotta or a housemade lemon bar. 4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com
Backatown Coffee Parlor
Located in the part of town known to locals as Old Storyville, where the famed Storyville neighborhood once was, Backatown Coffee Parlor aims to revive the appreciation of jazz for which this area was famous. Backatown prides itself on not belonging Uptown, nor Downtown—hence the name Backatown. This coffee shop offers free WiFi, has tables outdoors in a self-proclaimed "jazz-infused setting," and is open for brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their full five-course brunch (click here to see the options) offers classic NOLA cuisine, such as BBQ crawfish and grits, French toast with a side of bacon, and limoncello mascarpone cake—all for just $26.95. 301 Basin St., Suite 1, (504) 372-4442, backatownnola.com
Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, NOLA Caye serves food that has been inspired by Caribbean dishes; according to their website, even the restaurant's name translates to "New Orleans Island" or "Isle of New Orleans." They offer a three-course COOLinary Brunch for $39. The second courses offered are either Soft-Shell Crab Benedict, duck and eggs, or huevos rancheros, all of which are combinations of influences from both NOLA and Caribbean cuisines. 898 Baronne St., (504) 302-1302, nolacaye.com
Ralph's on the Park
Ralph's on the Park serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and brunch is currently only available for dine-in. This restaurant is located among the vibrant and culturally rich houses in Mid-City right by City Park. The second (and main) course of their three-course brunch is a choice between BBQ shrimp and grits, Steak and Eggs Hussarde, and a mushroom omelet. This discounted brunch is $39 in total—an excellent price from this highly acclaimed restaurant. 900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000, ralphsonthepark.com
Toups' Meatery is dedicated to serving Cajun-based food that encourages us to reflect on Louisiana's roots. They are open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their website shows an impressive list of accolades, which include Southern Living's "Best Restaurants in New Orleans" and The Wall Street Journal's "20 Great Modern Meateries." The third course of their $35 four-course brunch offers a choice between BBQ shrimp and grits, beef XO chilaquiles, and Fried Mississippi Catfish Benedict. 845 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 252-4999, toupsmeatery.com