Whether you're entertaining out-of-town guests, playing tourist in your hometown, or just don't feel like cooking after a long day of work, there always seems to be a reason to try a new restaurant in the summertime. In the New Orleans heat, however, it can be a daunting task at times to try to choose a meal that won't leave you feeling sluggish. If you're looking for a bright, airy spot to dine, here are two restaurants with fresh menus that highlight light dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients.
If you're looking for a restaurant that exudes summertime, head to The Country Club in the Bywater. An embodiment of the balance between sophistication and revelry that New Orleans does so well, The Country Club adds a fun twist to the traditional dining experience.
A classic center hall home has been transformed into a whimsical and colorful restaurant with hand-painted floral murals and various works from local artists, providing a welcoming and cheerful environment for diners be it brunch, lunch, or dinner. The menu boasts a variety of dishes that spotlight local ingredients, such as the seasonal grilled gulf fish served over brussels sprouts, charred kale, and roasted squash; the garden harvest salad bursting with fresh vegetables all dressed in a bright honey-lemon vinaigrette; and the crawfish & capellini, a light pasta dish filled with Louisiana crawfish, smoky tasso, asparagus, and topped with a lemon gremolata. And, because this is New Orleans after all, don't forget to ask about pairings from their award-winning wine program. They even offer their own house label wines with a new exclusive wine created just for the club. For those who finish up with lunch and want to spend the rest of their day soaking up some summertime sun, The Country Club is the place for that too. Out back, guests will find a hidden oasis complete with pool and its own poolside bar and grill – who would ever want to leave?
Nestled in the French Quarter, Longway Tavern is a vibrant destination for locals and tourists alike. This inviting place to gather, with its cozy interior and a tucked away, open-air courtyard strung with lights, becomes all the more enticing in the dog days of summer when a cocktail, a bite, and a little respite from the sun are much needed. On the menu you'll find tavern-inspired dishes created with farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients – it's an approachable assortment of familiar offerings, all prepared in exciting ways. Choose the chop salad for an elevated take on a traditional salad, or for something a bit heartier, go for the chicken cutlet sandwich, which is served on ciabatta and dressed with arugula, pickled peppers, olives, and cheese. Just want a quick app or a taste of something sweet? Try the radishes with butter and caviar for a dish that is refreshing yet decadent or The Chocolate Dessert if you're going all in on the decadence. Pair any of the above with a refreshing cocktail – The Sidecar is one of our personal favorites. Whether dining inside or out, you'd never even know you were a mere half block from Bourbon Street, so if you're looking for a spot as laid-back as New Orleans summer, this is the place for you.
This article appeared in the Summer 2019 Issue of Adore Magazine.