New Orleans dining hotspots “Live to Eat” for Restaurant Week


Gustavo Escanelle

Trenasse’s Chef Silvie puts the finishing touches on her Restaurant Week entree. Trenasse offers their Restaurant Week menu for $39. (Courtesy of Greg Curry)

Caleb Beck

Summer season is significantly slower for restaurants in the Crescent City, but with the turn of September, local eateries will band together for the annual Restaurant Week celebration to enthuse customers with special deals.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Greater New Orleans Chapter will be sponsoring the 5th annual Restaurant Week, with over thirty restaurants in the New Orleans metropolitan area participating to promote special fixed-price menus to let customers sample quality food at 25% off the stand-alone price.

John Michael Rowland, general manager of Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar uptown, explained that the week is a celebration that reinvigorates all kitchens and waitstaffs, allowing restaurants to put their stamp on signature food specials.

“We’re excited for Restaurant Week because it’s a time where the local restaurants can pull together as a community and offer quality, full-course meals at value prices to customers that might not eat out all the time,” Rowland said.

Stan Meadows, director of operations at Trenasse in the Central Business District, said that this promotion provides an excellent opportunity for chefs to experiment with their offerings to give a well-rounded taste of their creations at a reduced price.

“We are honored to be a part of Restaurant Week; it allows our head chef Silvie and her culinary team a platform to craft traditional Louisiana food with a twist of Trenasse,” Meadows said.

Dominique Ellis, who heads public relations for Kenton’s uptown, maintained that the courses offered in their Restaurant Week menu are priced to encourage casual restaurant diners not to shy away from a filling, decadent meal.

“Kenton’s chefs set up the Restaurant Week menu to transition well from appetizer to entrée to dessert. It’s intended to be a generous portion of food at a great price and welcome anybody to the restaurant.”

Restaurant Week will run from Sept. 14-Sept. 20 all across the city, featuring the eateries listed as well as Pacal’s Manale, Domenica, Commander’s Palace, Shaya and many more.