NEW ORLEANS, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced the line-up of more than 50 world-class restaurants for its eighth annual COOLinary restaurant promotion, offering special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and three-course dinner menus for $35 or less, August 1-31, 2012.
The event commemorates the renowned and authentic cuisine of New Orleans and its culinary community, which according to www.nomenu.com, currently boasts 1,311 restaurants. COOLinary, along with New Orleans CVB's Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown campaign, has become a staple calendar event for locals and visitors alike.
"Food is at the core of New Orleans' culture, and in the past seven years, thousands of visitors have commemorated our world-famous cuisine by dining at participating COOLinary restaurants," said Kim Priez, Vice President of Tourism for the New Orleans CVB. "Not only does the program aim to drive customers to restaurants during this typically slower tourism time, but it also gives locals and visitors from around the world the chance to experience cuisine at top city restaurants— all while celebrating the incredible work of our local chefs and all of their staff."
Restaurants participating in COOLinary 2012 include: Antoine's Restaurant, Apolline Restaurant, Bourbon House, Brennan's Restaurant, Brigtsen's Restaurant, Broussard's Restaurant, Cafe Adelaide, Cafe Degas, Cajun Cabin, Charlie's Steak House, Chartres House, Commander's Palace, Court of Two Sisters, Crepes a la Cart, Criollo Restaurant, Desire Bistro and Oyster Bar, Dickie Brennan's Steak House, Galatoire's, Galvez Restaurant, The Green Bar, The Grill Room, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, GW Fins, Huey's 24/7 Diner, Iris, The Irish House, Le Bayou, Le Meritage, Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar & Restaurant, Maximo's Italian Grill, Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steak House, Mr. B's Bistro, Mulate's – The Original Cajun Restaurant, Muriel's Jackson Square, One Restaurant and Lounge, The Original French Market Restaurant, The Original Pierre Masperos, Palace Cafe, Pat O'Brien's, The Pelican Club, Pier 424 Seafood Market, Red Fish Grill, River 127, Royal House, Ste. Marie, Superior Seafood, Tamarind by Dominique, Tujagues Restaurant, Vacherie Restaurant, Zea Rotisserie and Grill, 8 Block Kitchen and Bar, and more!
COOLinary New Orleans, along with the many restaurants, festivals and attractions, contributed to TripAdvisor ranking New Orleans in 2012's "Top 25 Travelers' Choice World Destinations" and in "Top 25 Travelers' Choice U.S. Destinations," then one month later, acknowledging New Orleans among the most affordable cities in the U.S. for domestic travelers based on one night's accommodation, dinner for two, cocktails and a taxi ride.
Please visit www.coolinaryneworleans.com to see the growing list of restaurants and to learn more about COOLinary New Orleans. Unique specials, as well as the latest information, menus and recipes from participating restaurants are also available on the official COOLinary website.
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,000-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Phoenix and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 52st anniversary in 2012. For more information, please visit www.neworleanscvb.com.
SOURCE New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau