Mid-City Restaurants Offering Special Restaurant Week Menus – Mid-City Messenger

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The seven-day celebration of New Orleans food known as Restaurant Week begins Monday, June 20 and ends June 26.

Some of the best restaurants in the whole city offer special menus. There are four participants in Mid-City: Brown Butter, Café Degas, Katie’s and Ralph’s on the Park.

In the decade this event took place (with a hiatus for 2020), it took place in September, following Coolinary month. The godfathers, The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and New Orleans & Co. has decided to move Restaurant Week 2022 to June.

“Instead of waiting for September to give restaurants a summer ‘boost’, it was moved to the third week of June,” said Wendy Waren, spokeswoman for the Louisiana Restaurant Association. “It also coincides with beautiful seasonal vegetables and the wealth of the seafood industry.”

Chefs are encouraged to create their own and showcase their signature dishes, Waren said.

Mark Romig, director of marketing for New Orleans & Co., formerly known as the New Orleans Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, said how pleased they are to partner with the Louisiana Restaurant Association.

“We’re supporting restaurants earlier and planting the seeds in regional markets for current and future visits,” he said.

Mid-City customers can book a reservation at the following local restaurants for Restaurant Week.

Brown Butter Southern Cuisine and Bar, 231 N. Carrollton Ave, Suite C, 504-609-3871
Chef Dayne Womax and Simon Beck offer Southern cuisine, in addition to Cajun and Creole dishes, with an emphasis on local ingredients. The restaurant’s $40 menu of the week includes a choice of pig’s head or rabbit’s head cheese appetizer and andouille sausage okra, a choice of crispy pork belly appetizer or Vietnamese shrimp stew. Cajun and bread pudding with white chocolate amaretto sauce for dessert. A glass of wine, beer, or signature frozen cocktail is included.

Cafe Degas3127 Esplanade Ave, 504-945-5635
Named after 19th-century French impressionist Edgar Degas who once lived lower on the Esplanade, Café Degas serves classic French cuisine with a creative Creole twist. His $42 three-course special includes a jumbo Gulf shrimp appetizer with rroasted corn cabbage, spinach and cherry tomatoes; starter of pan-fried duck breast with green beans, baby carrots and minced sweet potato; and floating island for dessert. It is available for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Katie’s Restaurant and Bar, 3701 Iberville St., 504 488-6582
Katie’s has grown since it opened in 1984 as a corner eatery, but it is still a family neighborhood restaurant. For restaurant week, it offers a $25 two-course brunch menu that also includes a double mimosa or double Bloody Mary; a $25 three-course lunch menu; and a $38 four-course dinner menu.

The dinner menu begins with a cup of okra or house salad, followed by a Remy stack (fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade) or grilled oysters, with a choice of entrée from blackened redfish on vegetables, Boudreaux pizza, double cut filet with mushroom demi-glace and sides, or fried oyster linguine with bacon. It is completed with a choice of white chocolate bread pudding or dobergé cake.

Ralph is in the park, 900 City Park Ave, 504-488-1000
This Brennan establishment features local cuisine with global inspirations. Its restaurant deals of the week include a $25 two-course menu, a $45 three-course brunch, and a $50 three-course dinner. The dinner menu includes grilled romaine salad or soup of the day as a starter and a choice of swordfish starter with crayfish tails or blackened rib eye. For dessert, there is an iced lime pie or a black dobergine cake.

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