French Quarter breakfast and lunch institution Mena's Palace (200 Chartres St., 504-525-0217; www.menasplace.com) offers throwback specials at their original prices on 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 had been a family-run business since the 1950s and was located at 622 Iberville St. Following a fire, 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. Tuesday for dine-in guests only. Diners are encouraged to bring cash; the restaurant accepts credit cards, but there's a $10 minimum charge.