In New Orleans, you can eat like an absolute king (or queen!) on a dime. From beignets to fried chicken, oyster happy hours, and more, there’s certainly no shortage of affordable bites. But sometimes, you just want to splurge. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, a career milestone, or just looking for an excuse to get dressed up and treat yourself, New Orleans has a plethora of splurge-worthy, special occasion spots to try out when you want to really go all out on an unforgettable meal.

For most of us, fancy dinners aren’t everyday occurrences, so the list of restaurants you’ve been wanting to try might outgrow the budget you’ve set aside to try them. That is until COOLinary happens. For six glorious weeks, you can stretch those dining out dollars a little further with pre-fixe meals at some of the city’s best restaurants for less than $20 at lunch and $39 at dinner and brunch.

Paul Broussard, New Orleans Tourism
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While all of the menus have left us salivating, there are definitely a few places that are on our “special occasion” list that pop up on COOLinary and give us the chance to ball out on a budget. And this year, more than ever, it helps us justify dining out (or picking up) to support even more of our restaurants when they need it most, which feels like a win-win in our book. 

So whether you mask up and head out, or dial in to recreate a special meal at home, be sure to treat yourself to at least one of these splurge-worthy spots during COOLinary this year. 

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Splurge-Worthy COOLinary Picks

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Splurge-Worthy COOLinary Picks