by Ian McNulty
One of the consolations of hot New Orleans summers comes from fine-dining restaurants, which typically fill the steamy lull with specials intended to lure locals out of their shadowy dens.
The citywide Coolinary program of discounted prix fix meals doesn't start until August this year, but a few restaurants are getting a head start on their own.
One of the more of intriguing is taking shape at all three of chef Emeril Lagasse's local restaurants this week only. From Wednesday through Sunday (July 1-5) Emerils (pictured above), NOLA and Emerils Delmonico will each serve their own three-course dinner menu, each priced at $35. It's an All-American theme in honor of the July 4 holiday. Here's a link to all the menus, and here are some highlights:
"At Emerils: chicken and waffles, made with fried organic chicken, a sweet corn Belgian waffle, watermelon slaw and Crystal hot sauce syrup
At Emerils Delmonico: sausage-stuffed pork with butterbeans, sage and tomato jam
At NOLA: Abita strawberry lager-barbecued chicken breast with loaded potato salad and grilled corn"
In addition, at Emeril's Restaurant, there is a three-course lunch menu for $19.50 available any weekday, which the restaurant says it can serve up in 30 minutes.