The Louisiana Restaurant Association is encouraging diners to make reservations for its third annual We Live to Eat Restaurant Week, which features two-course lunches for less than $20, and three-course dinners under $35.
On Magazine Street, Apolline (4729 Magazine St., 504-894-8869; www.apollinerestaurant.com) serves about 270 guests a week, says owner Keith Andrews. During Restaurant Week 2012, it fed 400 diners. "It might be our busiest week ever," he says.
Andrea's Restaurant (3100 19th St., Metairie, 504-834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com) generally has a waiting list during the promoted week, says sales director Tia Sommerville (only Christmas is busier). "Everything is about cost right now, with the economy the way it is," she says. Restaurant Week also encourages people to try Andrea's for the first time, she adds.
The same is true for Cafe Adelaide, (300 Poydras St., 504-595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com) which keeps prices consistent with Restaurant Week throughout the year, but draws in more newcomers from the event's advertising.
"It's all about the perceived value," says Nolan Hahn, a manager at Cafe Adelaide. "People are made more aware of us and they come out and dine with us."
The week of discounted menu options runs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15. Participating restaurants include a spectrum of options, from Antoine's to The Country Club in Bywater. For a full list of restaurants visit www.welivetoeatnola.com/restaurant-week. — JEANIE RIESS