New Orleans restaurants adapt to new normal by offering curbside service, take-out options

Many New Orleans area restaurants are adapting to a new normal — as state and city leaders outline new restrictions on restaurants to help slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

The new rules are forcing many New Orleans restaurants to find new formats of serving customers in order to survive.

Gianna restaurant in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo courtesy: Link Restaurant Group

Dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is a story that’s way too familiar for many New Orleanians.

Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, founders of Link Restaurant Group, called the city “resilient” in the face of other tragedies including Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

“We are all going through what could be the toughest challenge we have ever faced and hopefully ever will,” Link and Stryjewski said in a statement. “We are resilient, and we come out of these better and stronger.”

Photo courtesy: Galatoire’s

Even more iconic, upscale establishments are hopping on board to stay alive.

For the first time in the restaurant’s 115 year history, Galatoire’s announced it would offer to-go family style meals.

“We hope these family-style meals will bring your household a bit of normalcy during this unprecedented time,” Galatoire’s President and CEO Melvin Rodrigue said.

Other iconic New Orleans restaurants are also shifting to take out including Brigsten’s and Commander’s Palace.

Here’s a list of some New Orleans area restaurants offering curbside service or to-go options in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic:

This list is continuously being updated with local restaurants submitting information to us. Check back for updates.

Link Restaurant Group – The Link Restaurant Group family of restaurants will offer both to-go orders and curbside pickup. These restaurants include Herbsaint, Cochon, Peche, Gianna, Butcher and La Boulangerie. Customers can browse websites for selections and call restaurants for orders. A take-out fine wines and beer list is also available for order.

Al Copeland Restaurants – Copeland’s restaurants will offer take-out and delivery service, including Copeland’s, Nolé in New Orleans and Batch 13, Cheesecake Bistro in Baton Rouge. Orders can be placed online or by calling locations. Delivery by Waitr also available with promo code “FREEDELIVERY.”

Galatoire’s Restaurant – Executive Chef Phillip Lopez will create to-go family style meals daily to include a salad, meat and seafood entrée choice, side dish and dessert. Meals feed four and will be served hot. Grab-and-go options of Crab Maison, Shrimp Remoulade and soups will be available separately, served cold. At 3 p.m. each day, the menu for the following day will be announced.

Toups Meatery – Chef Isaac Toups is offering curbside takeout at his Mid-City restaurant Toups’ Meatery, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and will soon offer third-party delivery with GrubHub. Diners can rest assured knowing that there are plenty of boudin balls and cracklins for everyone.

Copper Vine – The CBD wine pub offers curbside takeout and 3rd party delivery with GrubHub, Waitr and Uber Eats. The eatery is offering a 20 percent discount off all items for both. Additionally, the Copper Vine has just launched catering delivery for larger groups and offices.

Jewel of the South – Curbside takeout options are now available daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Diners can also order Jewel of the South items on Uber Eats.

Bywater American Bistro – Chef Nina Compton will host a series of Takeout Pop-Ups at both of her restaurants, Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro. Guests can order a curbside Crawfish Boil To-Go at Bywater American Bistro on March 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bywater American Bistro will offer a Sunday supper to-go on Sunday, March 22.

Munch Factory – Limited menu with take-out, curbside and limited delivery (free for orders over $30). Personal delivery available for the Lower Garden District and Gentilly restaurant location within 3 miles of each respective location.

Landry’s Restaurant – All Landry’s restaurants will be open for take-out or delivery services, offering 10 percent off to-go orders.

Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery – The bakery will offer curbside pick-up at Covington and Chalmette locations only.

Middendorf’s – The restaurant known for its thin-fried catfish will offer curbside pickup at both Manchac and Slidell locations. Manchac hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. Slidell hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday to Sunday. Full menu available with additional menu items available starting March 19.

Blue Oak BBQ – The restaurant will offer pick-up orders only online or via phone. The take-out menu features cold-packed family meals featuring pulled pork, chopped brisket and chopped barbecue chicken. Each package comes with a roll of toilet paper and a stress relief pig.

Lakeside Shopping Center – While the mall is temporarily closed, restaurants on the property are open and offering take-out or curbside options. Restaurants include Fleming’s, P.F. Chang’s, Pokeworks, The Cheesecake Factory, BRAVO and others. Check the Lakeside website for the latest updates.

Los Jefes Mexican Grill – The Mexican eatery in Metairie is open for curbside pickup and delivery. Free delivery within 2 miles of the restaurant. For orders outside of the free delivery area, third-party delivery service is available through Uber Eats, Waiter, Grub Hub and Chow Now. Los Jefes opens daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Larger catering orders, family lunch and dinner packs also available for purchase.

Soule’ Cafe – The restaurant in the Tulane – Broad corridor offers vegan options, beer and package liquor delivery. Soule’ Cafe will offer a daily modified menu and specials. Take-out or delivery available.

Joe’s Cafe – All Joe’s Cafe locations are open and offering drive-thru and/or pick up. Third-party delivery available though Waitr.

Commander’s Palace – Chef Tory McPhail will dish out meals to-go. Commander’s Palace To Go will accept orders from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check the website daily for a constantly evolving menu.

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant – The Gretna neighborhood staple located in the heart of the historic district offers to-go orders with counter or curbside pick up, along with catering delivery to anywhere in the metro New Orleans area. Third-party services Uber Eats and Waiter also offer delivery.

Hooters – Hooters locations in Louisiana are providing 100% curbside service for a limited menu of Hooters favorites, six packs of beer, and bottles of wine and prosecco. Hooters locations will open at 11 a.m. daily.  Delivery is also available.

Italian Barrel – The French Quarter restaurant on Decatur street offers its full menu available for pickup and delivery. The restaurant says its now also serving sandwiches.

The Harbor Bar and Grill – Burgers, seafood and more available for pickup in Metairie. The restaurant also stays open late until 3 a.m.

French Press Coffeehouse – While the lobby is closed, drive-thru is open at all locations. Full menu also available with delivery through third-party services on Waitr, Uber Eats and Grub Hub. Severn location hours are 7 a.m to 6 p.m. Hours at all other locations are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Blue Line Sandwich Co. – The Metairie Road eatery opens 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for takeout. Third-party services Waitr and doordash offer delivery.

Bellegarde Bakery – Curbside pick-up from noon to 2 p.m. every Thursday. Pre-orders MUST be placed online by Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Online store open for local and national shipments of flour, pasta and other items.

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant The historic restaurant will offer a limited take-out menu Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes daily family meals, packaged for a family of four for $30. Red beans and rice, fried chicken and mustard greens will be available daily, with other options rotating each day. Other Dooky Chase favorites are available including gumbo, po-boys and salads. Place orders by calling the restaurant.

Panera Bread – Panera Bread in Metairie, which closed last week, reopens for business on March 30. Hours of operation for Metairie location are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  All locations in New Orleans, Harvey, Metairie, Slidell, Covington, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Lafayette are open for pickup and delivery options.

Here are additional links to guides for local take-out resources:

FOX 8 News reporter Kimberly Curth spoke with more famous New Orleans restaurants offering take-out options.

Customers can find more than 100 nearby restaurants offering take-out or delivery at Open4bizla.com.

New Orleans & Company, the city’s tourism marketing group, has listings of restaurants offering take-out, delivery and restaurants serving alcohol with takeout.

The St. Tammany Tourist & Convention Commission features a list of North Shore restaurants offering take-out, delivery and curbside service.

The River Parishes Tourist Commission launched a new Taste of the River Parishes initiative, to support restaurants open in the area.

The St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce compiled a list of restaurants remaining open for take-out in its Parish To-Go directory.

New Orleans food writer Tom Fitzmorris “went back to Katrina mode” to detail restaurants open and offering takeout options on his site.

Lakeview Civic lists businesses and restaurants open in the Lakeview area on its Facebook page.

The team behind the Drinker’s Edition app created a new site, takeoutcovid.com, a directory to restaurants still operating, organized by neighborhood.

Also, members of our new FOX 8 NOLA | Coronavirus | New Orleans Facebook group chimed in about places offering curbside options in this thread.

Do you know about any other New Orleans area restaurants that should be on this list? We want to let everyone know! Contact us here.

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