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Where to Bring the ‘Rents on National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day October 14

10:00 October 14, 2020
By: Brhea Washington

In the midst of crazy times due to the pandemic and quarantine, you may or may not be tired of being cooped up inside with your parents. Or, if you no longer live with your parents, maybe the pandemic has kept you apart, and you are just dying to catch up with Mom and Dad over lunch. What better way to get out of the house than to treat your parents to lunch for National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day on October 14?

To answer the question you're probably wondering about: No, this is not a fake holiday, and yes, it is an actual, recognized day (google it!). For some schools, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day has been an opportunity for parents to visit their child's school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. If you're a little bit older, however, don't use this day as an excuse to bring your parents somewhere to eat school lunch because that's cruel.

Taking your parents to lunch should include enjoying quality time with your parents and eating good food, while you are also silently relishing the fact that it's not yet National Pay Back Your Parents Day. That's not until November 20. Check out this list of restaurants to take your parents on October 14 in celebration of all the years they've fed you and cooked for you. At this point, you probably owe them one. (See, you're getting a head start on that Pay Back Your Parents Day after all.)

The Backyard

If you and your family can't get enough of BBQ, The Backyard is a BBQ restaurant featuring a beautiful backyard sitting area where you can enjoy some fresh air and great Louisiana beef. Specializing in smoked meats, The Backyard is a great place to watch Saints games and enjoy great food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Their menu includes a wide great range of many BBQ options, whether you like brisket, chicken, turkey, or burgers. The Backyard also has draft beer choices if both you and your parents (or just your parents) are of drinking age. 244 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 309-8767,

The Ruby Slipper Café

If your parents are early-birds, The Ruby Slipper caters to the morning risers until early afternoon and is famous for their award-winning breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu. The Ruby Slipper's menu features breakfast standards such as omelets and French toast. Their menu also features both Southern and New Orleans-styled dishes, from fried green tomatoes and buttermilk biscuits to BBQ shrimp and grits. Both you and your parents are likely to find an early-lunch option that satisfies everyone for that special meal of the day. Multiple locations, therubyslippercafe.net

The Rum House

The creation of The Rum House sparked from an idea to escape day-to-day life, school, and work to a place to dine and drink, while enjoying time with friends and family. If you or your parents want time to break away from daily stress, especially now during the pandemic, The Rum House would like you to visit. Their specialty is Caribbean-inspired tacos and drinks that are flavorful, fresh, and pure perfection, for lunch or an extended Happy Hour. If you fancy nachos or tacos with meat options, such as, fish, jerked chicken, or beef, The Rum House lets you escape to an island beach-themed taqueria for a meal. 3128 Magazine St., (504) 934-3333, therumhouse.com

Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon

If your parents are sports fans, especially New Orleans Saints fans, what better place to bring them than to a sports-themed restaurant? Bobby Hebert, former Saints player, became a restaurateur with Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon, which features a menu and establishment that combines both the sports and the food culture of Louisiana. The menu includes a wide range of seafood options, such as "Who Dat! crab cakes," "Mardi Gras pasta" with crawfish and shrimp, and fried seafood platters. They also offer many more New Orleans staples, ranging from gumbo to po-boys. Diners can enjoy their delicious meal while taking in the restaurant's décor, including sports memorabilia and signed jerseys, and watching the game on their 90-inch television and 30 other TVs. No game on at lunchtime? Then you'll be stuck chatting with your parents. 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 324-6841, bobbyheberts.com

Heard Dat Kitchen

If you and your parents want to enjoy a home-style meal away from home, Heard Dat Kitchen has you covered. Established in 2015, this spot serves tasty and quality interpretations of traditional dishes and fine Southern cuisine, brought to you by an award-winning chef. You can try their daily servings of red beans or Dat Plates (with your choice of chicken, fish, shrimp, or stuffed bell pepper, with macaroni and cheese, peas, and potato salad). There are also signature dishes that include surf and turf, fried or blackened fish, or fried chicken. Their dish options will feel like elevated comfort food that you and your parents can savor and relish in during a nice lunch out of the house. 2520 Felicity St., (504) 510-4248, hearddatkitchen.com

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