“In New Orleans, we live to eat not eat to live,” says Jennifer Day, director of communications and public relations, New Orleans CVB
. “That’s what makes our restaurants special.”
There’s no argument that the Crescent City is one the culinary leaders in the South. Whether it’s enjoying a po’boy, oysters or other local delicacies, the food definitely leaves an impression that’ll always be remembered.
Perhaps Kim Priez, vice president of tourism sales, New Orleans CVB sums it up the best: “Our restaurants are on the same scale as New York City restaurants.”
And through the end of the month, you can celebrate the cuisine with the 7th annual COOLinary
. Over 40 participating restaurants
are offering special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less, and three-course dinner menus for $35 or less.
While you enjoy the dishes that have put the city on the culinary map, Priez points out some changes have taken place as well.
“It has been really interesting past six years. The city is going through a revitalization and a touch of cultural renaissance in every corner, including the culinary section.”
“We experienced a huge influx of people from around the country who came to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina. They’ve fell in love with the city and now call it home.”
As a result of the influx, many New York City-style eateries have opened.
“There’s definitely a handful of places that have a New York-vibe,” she says. But adds, “There’s still a lot of ethnic group influences playing into the cuisine as well.”
“New Orleans will always been known for a certain staples of food, but as of late our chefs have taken it to the next level.”
What’s Available Where
If you’re ready to explore and indulge into the culinary scene in New Orleans, the city is ready for you. Here’s a quick glimpse into some of the menus.
photos: courtesy of New Orleans CVB