News for Restaurants in New Orleans
Chef Michael Farrell of Le Meritage Restaurant offers what many consider one of the best small plates menus in the city. Now Farrell has unveiled his new "Start Dinner at Noon" promotion, offering a special menu from 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Fridays only. The menu's individual small plate items start at $13, or, two dishes and dessert for $21. Among the offerings are Gulf shrimp tempura, tuna tartare Napoleon, puppy drum sauté, braised beef short ribs, fig and goat cheese pizza. Farrell's food is full-flavored and offers interesting combinations, such as the raspberry soy sauce that complements the shrimp tempura, or the balsamic reduction with the fig-and-goat cheese pizza and arugula. Cocktail specials include 25 cent martinis and $3 Bloody Marys. Le Meritage, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-522-8800.
Once again this year, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced August to be "Coolinary New Orleans" month. Throughout the month of August, 40 local restaurants will offer two-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $35. This is the seventh year the NOMCVB has organized this special dining month, and participating restaurants cover almost every type of local cuisine. Among the high-profile participants this year are Bayona, Brennan's, Meson 923, Restaurant August, Commander's Palace, Brigtsen's, Cafe Adelaide and many more. Reservations are advised, especially on weekends.
Recently hired chef René Bajeux is making his mark at the venerable Rib Room with new daily prix-fixe lunch and dinner specials. Three-course lunches are priced at $25 and three-course dinners at $35. Offerings change daily, but typical of the chef's selections include Chicken Grandmère, with onions, mushrooms and bacon au jus; organic tomato gazpacho with Gulf shrimp; sautéed black drum with roasted potato and asparagus salad; sautéed redfish with lobster sauce; tuna medallions with pasta and vegetbles. Desserts run the gamut from chocolate bread pudding to cheesecake with caramel sauce to bananas Foster cream pie. If you have not been to the Rib Room for a while, this is one of the best deals the restaurant has offered in a long time. The Rib Room, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-529-7045.
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