Picking a restaurant that pleases the whole family is no small task. But with all the together time at home during COVID, the homemade classics and pantry staples might be getting a bit tired. Enter COOLinary–the six-week-long, end-of-summer tradition where New Orleans’ finest restaurants offer enticing multi-course, pre-fixe meals at even more enticing prices (think $20 and less for lunch and $39 or less for dinner and brunch). And while you may not associate “multi-course” and “pre-fixe” menus with kid-friendly dining options, there are plenty that are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Whether it’s COOLinary menus with tons of flexibility, spots offering take-and-heat family-style dinners or restaurants where parents can opt for COOLinary while still finding plenty on the standard menu for even the pickiest eaters, there’s no reason not to bring the kids along for some COOLinary fun. And for those more comfortable bringing the feast home, this year for the first time, almost all participants are offering takeout and delivery for COOLinary menus.
See below for some of our top picks for family-friendly COOLinary restaurants.