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Restaurant Week Feeds NOLA with Meal Deals

New Orleanians will always find ways to indulge their taste buds, and Restaurant Week is making it even easier. Through Sunday, September 15, more than 40 of New Orleans’ best eateries offer two-course lunches for under $20 and three-course dinners for under $35. 


Participating restaurants include NOLA classics like, Ralph’s on the Park, Mr. B’s Bistro, Pascal’s Manale, Antoine’s, August (dinner only), Commander’s Palace, Galatoire’s, Café Adelaide, Bourbon House, Besh Steak, Morton’s Steakhouse (dinner only), Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and numerous others. 


Marketing Manager for Commander's Palace, Darla Fisackerly, said the week is a great opportunity to flex their fine dining muscles for a a local crowd. "It's geared towards New Orleanians, and not just New Orleanians but people from the local area. We wanted more of them to come into our restaurant," said Fisackerly. 


The spokesperson added, "For us, it’s our chance to really showcase our food at a great value for our guests. It’s not like we’re cutting portions, we’re really trying to show them a true Commander’s Palace experience but at a very reasonable price point."


Like Commander's, August is unaccessible to many New Orleanians 52 weeks out of the year. For restaurant week, the culinary hotspot prepares a mix of surf and turf to satiate both the carnivore and the pescetarian.  Begin with Calabaza squash capaletti with oxtail and bone marrow or an under the sea salad with crabmeat, jellyfish, shrimp, croustiallant of rice, fresh herbs and fish sauce.  Follow those up with either the beef shortrib brucciloni with puffed farro, wild muchroom and gremolata or a light lemon fish piccata with celery and crab grenobloise.  Round out the third course with warm apple tart or blonde chocolate panna cotta.   


For lunch, Galatoire’s sticks to the classics.  Take your pick of three appetizers— sizzling Louisiana shrimp, chop salad and red bean vichyssoise— before diving into the entrees.  This week, Louisiana Drum, fried and sautéed, is on the menu, along with broiled pork chop and Brabant potatoes.  If you miss it at lunch, catch it again at dinner.   


Mr. B’s bolsters their menu with New Orleans staples like fried oysters, veal and crabmeat and soft shell crab.  Top the night off with bread pudding, profiterole or lemon ice box pie for an extra sweet treat.  


Down the road, in the Garden District, Commander’s Palace maintains its pristine reputation with customer favorites like turtle soup, Creole gumbo, shrimp and grits, lemon and brown butter roasted fish, and of course its famous bread pudding.  Other options like crispy shrimp, romaine salad, harvest tomato salad, white truffle, summer mushroom and Parmesan risotto, and pecan and sugarcane lacquered quail make Commander’s a perfect place to hit more than once this week.   


It’s always restaurant time in New Orleans, but this week gives people a chance to explore something new, or even revisit something old for a reasonable price. 

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