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Saving Money with Temperature Lunch at Palace Cafe in New Orleans

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Every summer, I hear about the Palace Cafe’s Temperature Lunch but never made the trek downtown to try it out. Palace Cafe, one of the best restaurants in New Orleans, is located on Canal Street.

This New Orleans Favorite has always been on my bucket list as a restaurant to try.

For my mom’s birthday staycation we went to the Audubon Insectarium and walked down to the Palace Cafe to enjoy a two-course meal for less than $10.

Palace Cafe in New Orleans Louisiana

The inside of Palace Cafe in New Orleans after the lunch rush.


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What is Temperature Lunch?

Temperature lunch is special that the Palace Cafe runs every summer from Monday-Friday, 11:30-2:30 pm. If the high is 92 degrees the day before, then your meal will be $9.20 the next day.

Each temperature lunch is a two-course meal that includes a soup or salad and a made dish for that day. Temperature lunch at the Palace Cafe runs from Memorial Day in May to Labor Day in September.

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Palace Cafe New Orleans Menu

What makes Temperature Lunch so great is that each day on The Palace Cafe’s website and Facebook pages, they announce what will be available for the temperature lunch.

The limited discounted menu only offers one option – but everything I’ve seen offered looks amazing.

All three of us wanted to try out the temperature lunch, because when else can you get a meal at the Palace Cafe for $10?

Since we were celebrating mom’s birthday, we ordered the Fried Eggplant that comes with pepperonata and creole tomato aioli.

fried eggplant appetizer at palace cafe

Fried Eggplant that comes with pepperonata and creole tomato aioli from Palace Cafe

Our meal came with the Werlein Salad which is made up of romaine lettuce, Leidenheimer croutons, pecorino romano, garlic-anchovy dressing and our main entree was the Butcher’s Gumbo with Grilled Chicken Breast and Fried Picked Okra.

salad at palace cafe for temperature lunch

Werlein Salad which is made up of romaine lettuce, Leidenheimer croutons, pecorino romano, garlic-anchovy dressing.

gumbo with grilled chicken at palace cafe temperature lunch

Butcher’s Gumbo with Grilled Chicken Breast and Fried Picked Okra

To wrap up the celebration I got the Palace Planters Punch made with old New Orleans amber rum, cardamom, orgeat, vanilla brandy, orange, lemon.

This cocktail just put Palace Cafe as one of my favorite places to get a cocktail in New Orleans.

cocktail at palace cafe in New Orleans

Palace Planters Punch made with old New Orleans amber rum, cardamom, orgeat, vanilla brandy, orange, lemon.


Dress Code for Palace Cafe?

Palace Cafe is the most casual restaurant in Dickie Brennan’s family, I would say that you should dress comfortable but avoid wearing shorts and tennis shoes.

A sundress for women or nice jeans and pants should make you feel relaxed dining in this establishment.

I wore a white linen dress that I also wore while sightseeing in New Orleans in the summer heat.

Mallory and butterflies at the insectarium. This White linen dress was dressy enough for the Palace Cafe

Mallory and one of the butterflies landing on her hand!

Should I go to Palace Cafe?

Absolutely! No matter when you are visiting dining at the iconic Palace Cafe on Canal Street.

Palace Cafe is considered one of the classic New Orleans restaurants owned and operated by the famous Dickie Brennan, Steve Pettus, and Lauren Brennan Brower.

One of my favorite things about the Palace Cafe is seeing the iconic sign while driving down Camp Street.

The Palace Cafe is now one of my favorite Cajun restaurants in New Orleans to recommend to tourists to dine in while they are visiting downtown New Orleans.

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