A new tradition is being birthed in New Orleans: the Family Style To-Go Meal. A number of local restaurants have adopted this tradition in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, curating a rotating menu of daily specials with enough food to feed a family of four to six. Red beans & rice Mondays, spaghetti Wednesdays, and fried fish Fridays are just some of the offerings at these local restaurants, along with various a-la-carte items.
Now that New Orleans has entered into Phase One of the reopening plan, some restaurants have opened their dining rooms to seat a limited number of people. However, the takeout and delivery Family Style meals remain an option on their menus. While the meals included below represent current offerings, daily menus are often posted on the restaurants’ social channels, and they tend to sell out, so be sure to get your order in early.
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is providing Daily Family Meals for $30 with rotating specials. Throughout the week, enjoy red beans & rice, fried chicken, veal stew, turkey necks, spaghetti and meatballs, mustard greens, whole fried catfish, and much more. Meals, which feed a family of four, are $35 each. Other Dooky Chase favorites available include gumbo, po-boys, and salad. Family Meals are available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (504) 821-0600 to place an order.
Toups in Mid-City is offering a Family Meal every day at 3 p.m. (or until they run out) free of charge for the needy and especially those in the service industry. Call (504) 252-4999 to secure your box. Past family meals have included red beans and braised oxtails over Louisiana rice, rabbit and lentil stew, and Chef Isaac’s famous chicken and sausage gumbo. Toups is also open for curbside pickup and delivery daily.
This Lakeview restaurant has Family Dinners available Monday through Sunday. Specials include chicken shawarma, meatballs and angel hair pasta, and Friday seafood specials. Each meal feeds a family of four. Call (504) 766-6902 to place an order.
Thalia and Coquette are offering familly-style meals where the menu changes daily. Past options have included their beloved fried chicken dinner, smoked beef short rib platter, and peel & eat shrimp with cocktail sauce. These meals feed three to four people and range from $15 to $40. Check their Instagram for daily menu changes and place an order for pickup at (504) 265-0421.
This Mexican taqueria has three New Orleans locations, making it a convenient place for a tasty meal. The Felipe’s Family Meal feeds four people and includes everything you need to make your own taco bar. Just choose your protein, and they’ll take care of the rest. Order online here for takeout or delivery.
Copper Vine Wine Pub’s Family Meals include red beans and rice, chicken piccata, fish & chips, and Shepherd's pie. Available Monday through Sunday, these meals feed a family of four and are $49 each.
Feed 2-4 with a Family Meal from Brown Butter. Each meal comes with a starter, main, side, and dessert and includes a gallon of tea or lemonade. The selections will rotate frequently, but past options have included crispy fried jumbo turkey legs confit, pork & wild mushroom ragout, vegan braised collards, and vanilla bean bread pudding. Call (504) 609-3871 or place an order online. Open seven days a week.
The man behind Il Mercato on Magazine Street has pivoted to offer home delivery food services through his catering company, Joel Catering. On the menu are multiple Family Dinner Specials to choose from, such as shrimp pesto pasta with Ceasar salad, veal grillades served over rice pilaf with spinach salad, and spinach quiche with Brussels sprouts salad. Meals are available Monday through Saturday and start at $26.
Many of Pythian Market’s regular vendors are back open for curbside pickup and delivery, a few of which are offering Family Style Meals. Choose from Mexican and Vietnamese-style meal packs, which feed 2-6.
Enjoy a Family Meal from Lula from Monday through Sunday. Past meals have included steak, shrimp, and chicken fajitas, roasted chicken with lemon beurre blanc, and spinach and boursin manicotti. Meals start at $40 and feed four.
The Commissary is the latest venture from The Dickie Brennan & Co. family with the goal of sharing the company's legendary dishes direct-to-house. On the menu you'll find soups and salads, hot entrees and desserts, plus D.I.Y. Meal Kits to make in your home. Choose from the grill package, which includes cut of steak plus a side, the pizza package, shrimp boil package, and more.
Editor’s note: please keep in mind that this is a rapidly evolving situation, and restaurants participating in delivery and takeout are taking it one day at a time. If a restaurant on this list is no longer offering takeout, be sure to check out our list of additional restaurant options, as well as ways that people can support those in the hospitality industry whose jobs have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.