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. 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 $30 each. Other Dooky Chase favorites available include gumbo, po-boys, and salad. Family Meals are available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (504) 821-0600 to place an order.
1000 Figs is now offering Family Style Meals available for pre-order, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The Chicken Feast from this delicious Mediterranean-style restaurant includes half or whole chicken, seared summer squash, saffron rice, and a local green salad. The Meze Feast includes hummus, Baba Ghanouj, tzatziki, roasted carrot dip, whipped feta, olives, eggplant confit, and more. Options range from 2-3 people to 4-5 people, and the feasts start at $36. A la carte items are also available, including hummus, lentil soup, and tzatziki, wine, kombucha, and more. While 1000 Figs has this modified menu, all tips received will go directly to a fund that their furloughed staff can receive for emergency assistance. Call (504) 301-0848 to place an order. Delivery is available within a two-mile radius of the restaurant.
This iconic New Orleans restaurant remains open for curbside pickup with a rotating daily menu available Tuesday through Saturday. The meals include a salad, choice of entree, and dessert. A sample meal includes wedge salad, choice of crawfish etouffee or bone-in filets, and choice of bread pudding or caramel custard. The Family Meal for four people is $76 for seafood option and $88 for meat option, served hot. Add-ons, including seafood gumbo and turtle soup, as well as bottles of wine, are available a la carte. Call 504-525-2021 between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily to place an order and schedule a pickup time. Same day orders must be placed by 2 p.m. Orders can be placed 24/7 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Pickup times will be between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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.
Ralph’s is offering Family Style Dinners which include different daily specials available Monday through Sunday. Enjoy crawfish pasta, grilled steak frites,slow roasted pork, fried chicken, and wagyu burgers on different nights each week. Turtle Soup, City Park Salad, and cheese plates will also be available a-la-carte. A meal for two is $25 and a meal for four is $50. They’re also offering 75 percent off all wines. Call (504) 488-1000 to place an order between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pickup is 4-7:30 p.m. daily.
Located inside Auction House Market, Tava’s menu includes frozen Family Meals. These meals are $25 each and serve up to four. Enjoy Chicken Tikka Masala, garbanzo bean curry, seared paneer with spinach curry, and more. Call (504) 517-2539 to place an order. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.
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 is $40 and feeds a family of four. Call (504) 766-6902 to place an order.
This upscale Riverbend eatery is offering four-person meals nightly. While the menu changes daily, past options have included everything from Beef Shank “Debris” Lasagna to Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs. The meals typically include an entree and two sides for $49, with discounted rates on wine and beer. The menus are posted on their social channels, as well as online. Place your order by 9 p.m. the night before, and then pick it up day of between 4-5:30 p.m.
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. Orders may be placed from 2-6:45 p.m. daily and pickups are available from 4-7 p.m. at Coquette.
$35 feeds the whole fam at Walk-On’s, with your choice of appetizer, entree, and side. Choose from a garden salad, large cheese fry, crawfish etouffee, blackened shrimp pasta, corn grits, and more and feed your whole crew of four. Order “To-Geaux” for curbside pickup at all locations. Find your location here.
Enjoy Italian cuisine in the comfort of your own home with takeout at Sofia. The Take-Home Family Style Meals feed a family of two or a family of four and features a rotating menu of specials, including Tuscan roasted whole chicken and garlic mashed potatoes, lasagna, marinated steak, and crispy fingerling potatoes, and herb-roasted pork tenderloin. Place your order online here before 2 p.m. on the day-of. The meals start at $25 and are available Wednesday through Sunday for pickup or delivery after 5 p.m. Service industry workers can take advantage of a special discounted family meal by calling (504) 322-3216.
This Mexican taqueria has three New Orleans locations, making it a convenient place for a tasty meal. The Felipe’s Family Meal feeds four, six or eight 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. Family meals start at $48.
Copper Vine Wine Pub’s Family Meals include red beans or white beans on Mondays, chicken fricassee or spaghetti and meatballs Tuesday, BBQ pulled pork or smoked brisket Wednesdays, blackened chicken pasta or roasted pork loin Thursdays, and whole roasted chicken or fried catfish Fridays. Available Monday through Friday, these meals feed a family of four and are $45 each. Meals must be placed by 2 p.m. and picked up between 4 and 7 p.m.
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. Family Meals are $30 for 2 or $50 for 4. Call (504) 609-3871 or place an order online. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
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.