The seven-day celebration of New Orleans food known as Restaurant Week begins Monday (June 20) and runs through June 26.
Some of the best restaurants all over town are offering special menus. There are four participating in Mid-City: Brown Butter, Café Degas, Katie’s and Ralph’s on the Park.
In the decade this event has taken place (with a hiatus for 2020), it has been taken place in September, after Coolinary month. The sponsors, Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and New Orleans & Co., decided to move the 2022 Restaurant Week to June.
“Instead of waiting until September to give a ‘shot in the arm’ in the summer to the restaurants, it was moved to the third week of June,” said Wendy Waren, spokesperson for the Louisiana Restaurant Association. “Also it coincides with lovely seasonal vegetables and the bounty of the seafood industry.”
The chefs are encouraged to create their own and also to feature their signature dishes, Waren said.
Mark Romig, the chief marketing officer for New Orleans & Co., formerly known as the New Orleans Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, said how happy they are to be partnering with the Louisiana Restaurant Association.
“We are supporting restaurants earlier, and planting the seeds in the regional markets for current and future visitation,” he said.
Diners in Mid-City can book a reservation at the following locally owned and operated restaurants for Restaurant Week.
Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar, 231 N. Carrollton Ave., suite C, 504-609-3871
Chef Dayne Womax and Simon Beck offer the cuisine of the South, in addition to Cajun and Creole dishes, with a focus on local ingredients. The Restaurant Week $40 menu includes a appetizer choice of hog’s head cheese or rabbit and andouille gumbo, an entrée choice of crispy pork belly or Viet-Cajun shrimp stew, and bread pudding with white chocolate amaretto sauce for dessert. A glass of wine, beer or featured frozen cocktail is included.
Café Degas, 3127 Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635
Named for the 19th-century French Impressionist Edgar Degas who once lived further down Esplanade, Café Degas serves classic French cuisine with a creative touch of Creole. Its three-course $42 special features a jumbo Gulf shrimp appetizer with roasted corn maque choux, spinach and cherry tomatoes; seared duck breast entrée with haricot vert, baby carrots and sweet potato hash; and floating island for dessert. It is available for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Katie’s Restaurant & Bar, 3701 Iberville Street, 504-488-6582
Katie’s has expanded since it opened as a corner lunch spot in 1984, but it is still a family-operated neighborhood restaurant. For Restaurant Week, it is offering a $25 two-course brunch menu that also includes a double mimosa or a double bloody Mary; a $25 three-course lunch menu; and a $38 four-course dinner menu.
The dinner menu starts with a cup of gumbo or house salad, followed by a Remy stack (fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade) or chargrilled oysters, with an entrée choice of blacked redfish over vegetables, Boudreaux pizza, double cut filet with mushroom demi-glaze and sides, or fried oyster linguine with bacon. It’s topped off with a choice of white chocolate bread pudding or doberge cake.
Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., 504-488-1000
This Brennan’s establishment presents local cuisine with global inspirations. Its Restaurant Week offerings include a $25 two-course, a $45 three-course brunch and a $50 three-course dinner. The dinner menu includes grilled romaine salad or the soup of the day appetizer and an entrée choice of swordfish with crawfish tails or blackened rib-eye. For dessert, there’s key-lime icebox pie or blackout doberge cake.