For the month of August, restaurants will offer discounted dining deals as part of the annual Coolinary New Orleans summer promotion. It's a chance for diners to try out a new spot or revisit an old favorite without breaking the bank. For restaurant owners, it's a way to attract diners during the slower summer months. The deals follow a similar format as previous years, with restaurants offering prix fixe menus for no more than $39. This year, more than 90 restaurants have joined the list.
At Maypop, chef Michael Gulotta's Southeast Asian restaurant in the Warehouse District, a $36 three-course menu includes a chilled melon soup with coconut yogurt, melon salad, salami and cocoa granola, and a hot chicken vindaloo with crispy sticky rice cakes and pickled strawberries. A $20 lunch at Public Service inside the NOPSI Hotel features an heirloom tomato and bacon bisque paired with a grilled three-cheese sandwich on brioche. At Lula Restaurant Distillery, a three-course dinner menu for $28.95 features herb-marinated blue crab claws with heirloom tomatoes and sauteed Gulf fish with Israeli couscous and Creole slaw.