Well, it’s COOLinary Month in New Orleans and that means about 70 of the best restaurants in the city offering a 2 – 3 course Lunches for $20 or less and 3 course Dinners for $39 or less! Each week this month I will give you my picks for a lunch and a dinner. Oh, and some restaurants are offering Sunday Brunch for $39 or less.
Lunch at Antoine’s
$20 for lunch at Antoine’s. You can’t get lunch at Applebee’s or Chili’s for $20! So walk on over to the corner of Royal Street & St. Louis (or take a Pedi-Cab) and have a fabulous lunch. You get a choice of Vichyssoise, Oysters Bienville or a Summer Salad. Then an Entrée. Roasted Chicken Breast over Florentine Rice with a Mushroom Sauce. Or Veal Florentine, Breaded Veal served over Creamed Spinach with a Hollandaise Sauce. Or you might want the Shrimp Bonne Femme. Shrimp in a casserole with Petit Pois Peas and Bowtie Pasta topped with Cheese Gratinee. Then comes the Dessert Course. Pecan Bread Pudding with a Praline Rum Sauce. Or maybe you would prefer Caramel Custard with Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries. Or how about Meringue Glacee with Chocolate Sauce (that’s Vanilla Ice Cream on a lightly toasted Meringue Shell draped with Chocolate Fudge Sauce). Finally, there are the $.25 cocktails. I’m just saying…you’re on vacation!!
Dinner at Muriel’s
This is one of my personal favorites! Muriel’s on Jackson Square, right next to the Presbytere. You can have Soup (either Seafood Gumbo, Turtle Soup au Sherry or whatever the Soup of the Day is) or Gorgonzola Cheesecake (Gorgonzola Prosciutto Terrine, McIlhenny Farms Honeyed Pecans, crispy Prosciutto and slices of Tart Green Apple. Or there is the Muriel’s House Salad if salad is to your liking. But my wife’s favorite is the Shrimp & Goat Cheese Crepes (Goat Cheese filled crepes topped with Fresh Gulf Shrimp in a buttery Cream Sauce of Chardonnay, Onions, Tomato and Bell Pepper)! They really are great! And that’s just the Appetizers!
Entrees include a choice of one of any of these. Mussels & Linguine (Prince Edward Island Mussels tossed with Andouille Sausage and Leeks in a Tomato and Sweet Vermouth Broth) or Pecan Encrusted Baby Drum (for the Fresh Fish lover, sautéed Drum with roasted pecans and a Louisiana Crabmeat Relish laced with a Lemon-Butter Sauce). Now, you could have the Citrus brined half Chicken served with Pearl Pasta tossed with Mushrooms and Tasso in a lightly roasted Garlic Cream. Or what about the Shrimp & Grits? Then there is my favorite, the Double Cut Pork Chop, wood grilled and topped with a Peach BBQ Sauce, Jicama and Sweet Potato Slaw and baby Arugula.
For Dessert there is Pain Perdu Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce or Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee or Flourless Chocolate Cake with Crème Anglaise & Raspberry Coulis. All of that for $39.
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