COURTESY MENA'S PALACE
French Quarter institution Mena's Palace is offering a 40th anniversary throwback menu on Jan. 26.
French Quarter breakfast and lunch institution Mena’s Palace
(200 Chartres St., 504-525-0217) is offering throwback specials at their original prices Jan. 26.
Honoring his 40th anniversary at the spot, chef Leo Christakis — and daughter Ellie Christakis — will offer a special menu including some of the restaurant’s signature Creole fare for prices of little more than a dollar.
Specials include red beans and sausage ($1.25), shrimp Creole ($1.25) and cups of gumbo ($1).
Christakis bought the French Quarter diner in 1976 after emigrating from the Greek island Chios in the 1960s. He served classic Creole fare and, in a nod to his heritage, a chicken gyro plate. Mena's was a family-run business since the 1950s, before Christakis bought the restaurant, which was then at 622 Iberville St. Following a fire at the original location, the restaurant relocated to its current Chartres Street address.
Mena’s Palace is offering the anniversary specials from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 for dine-in guests only. Diners are encouraged to bring cash; the restaurant accepts credit cards, but there’s a $10 minimum charge.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s website here.