Throughout the month of August, more than 50 local restaurants are participating in the city's COOLinary promotion by offering two- or three-course lunches for $20 or less and three-course dinners for $35 or less.
The annual event is organized by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the idea is to help fill dining rooms during the typical summer lull in tourism and convention business. For locals who take up the offer, it can boil down to a bargain summer restaurant tour. Visit www.coolinaryneworleans.com for a list of participating restaurants and their COOLinary menus.
This year, some restaurants also are promoting extra deals alongside their COOLinary menus, including drinks specials such as half-priced house wine and draft beer at Manning's Eat-Drink-Cheer (519 Fulton St., 504-593-8118; www.manningsneworleans.com) and discounted beer and cocktails at Brigtsen's (723 Dante St., 504-861-7610; www.brigtsens.com). Find details on the website under "special offers."