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4 COOLinary Restaurants You Should Hit Up Before It Ends

by Ashlee Nicole
Coolinary 2017

Coolinary 2017

August has surely become one of my favorite months of the year, and the why is pretty simple: COOLinary. During the entire month of August, the annual culinary event allows you to experience various tastes of New Orleans by visiting 80+ participating restaurants that feature specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. COOLinary is such a cool way to dabble into multiple restaurants without breaking the bank.

COOLinary-participating restaurants curate two to three-course menus. For example, Restaurant R’evolution offers a two-course, $20 lunch, and a three-course, $39 brunch, while Antoine’s offers a three-course lunch for $20.17 and a three-course dinner for $39.

Perusing the list of participating restaurants can be a bit overwhelming. I mean, there are so many to choose from. So, I’ve put together a mini-guide to COOLinary. Here are four spots that have my stamp of approval:


COOLinary or not, Cafe Adelaide is one of my favorite places for lunch. There’s always a curated menu and not to mention, $.25 martinis are not a bad idea.


Cafe Adelaide's Chopped Salad

First Course

Downtown Chopped Salad
Romaine, olives, tomatoes, crispy chickpeas, pressed eggs & Parmesan with Spanish white anchovy-buttermilk dressing


Shrimp & Tasso Corndogs
Wild white shrimp dipped in tasso corndog batter with 5-pepper jelly, pickled okra & Crystal hot sauce butter

Second Course

Crispy South Louisiana Catfish
“Paradis” potato salad, vegetable slaw and charred green tomato tartar sauce with brûléed lemon




LÜKE – Dinner

Lüke has recently become a favorite of mine. From their amazing tasty brussels sprouts, to the P&J oysters, to the most unique French 75 I’ve ever tasted, Chef Besh knew what he was doing with this one.


Lüke's Brussels Sprouts

First Course

Brussels Sprouts
(Demi Portion)

Second Course

Shrimp & Cavatelli Étouffée

Third Course

Buttermilk Panna Cotta


Lagniappe: Order the French 75. Thank me later.







The Rib Room is cute for date nights with your bae or a nice night


The Rib Room's Gulf Fish AmadineFirst Course
Crispy Frog Legs
Tossed in a Spicy Garlic Butter Sauce w/ Bleu Cheese Dressing and Pickled Cucumber

Second Course
Pan Seared Gulf Fish Amandine
w/ Garlic Sautéed Kale, Parsley Potatoes and Sauce Amandine

Third Course
Lemon Doberge
Passion Fruit Puree, Candy Lemon Slice, $39


If you know me, you’d know that this one of my most favorite spots ever. I literally love to go here to celebrate birthdays, anniversary, or just because. More importantly, the cheese fondue is my life.


Cheese Fondue w: Breads at Melting Pot

Fondue spread at Melting Pot

First Course

Cheese Fondue
w/ artisan breads + seasonal vegetables

Second Course

The Melting Pot House Salad
Romaine & iceberg, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, croutons and sliced egg w/ choice of sweet & tangy or peppercorn ranch (Gluten Free)

Third Course

Coq au Vin (Cooking Style)
Burgundy wine infused with fresh herbs, spices and mushrooms

The Coastal (Entrée)
Ahi Tuna, Atlanic Salmon, Lemon Garlic Shrimp



COOLinary ends August 31, so act fast. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the official website.

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