At 175 years old, Antoine's Restaurant (713 St. Louis St., 504-581-4422; www.antoines.com) is celebrating the biggest anniversary among New Orleans restaurants this year. The city has a few French-Creole restaurants in the century club, including Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; www.galatoires.com), which opened in 1905, and Tujague's (823 Decatur St., 504-525-8876; www.tujaguesrestaurant.com), which originally was opened in 1856. Rival coffee and beignet stands Cafe Du Monde (citywide; www.cafedumonde.com) and Morning Call (3325 Severn Ave., 504-885-4068; www.morningcallcoffeestand.com) both were founded in the French Market more than 140 years ago.
That may make a 25th anniversary seem like a drop in the bucket. But both Emeril's Restaurant and Bayona are marking silver anniversaries this spring.
Chef Emeril Lagasse opened his flagship restaurant Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393; www.emerilsrestaurants.com) in March 1990. Through March 25, the restaurant is offering special menus of popular dishes from throughout the years. Dishes include shrimp remoulade parfait with avocado and tomato, fried oyster salad with frisee, arugula, Pernod dressing and house-cured bacon, as well as a blue cheese-glazed filet mignon with house Worcestershire sauce and chocolate peanut butter pie. There are different menus each week, and Lagasse hosts three special dinners from March 26-28. The events begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by a six-course dinner with wine pairings. The meal costs $250 plus tax and tip.
Chef Susan Spicer will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her flagship restaurant Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455; www.bayona.com) with a special dinner April 8. It also will feature popular dishes from past menus. The dinner is $85 without drinks, tax or tip.