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Weekend Cheat Sheet

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Keeping Cool! Beat the heat this summer with chill dining options, sweet treats, icy sips and cool activities.

 

Friday

Lunch at: Created by the folks who brought 1000 Figs and the Fat Falafel food truck to New Orleans, Echo’s Pizza is yet another restaurant devoted to simple, delicious and healthy ingredients. Located on Banks Street in Mid-City, this unassuming pizzeria offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Split an order of suppli (fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella) and a burrata or mushroom pie with a friend. Or you can go solo with a Caprese sandwich on semolina focaccia featuring mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil — don’t forget to add the house-made bacon! Wash it all down with a cool cocktail or a tall, refreshing glass of lemon kefir soda. 3200 Banks St., (504) 267-3231, echospizza.com

Sip at: Though folks love Bourrée at Boucherie for the smoked pig pickin’ parties and stellar wings, the seasonal, ice-cold, fresh-fruit daiquiris also can’t be beat. Try The GT&D (one that’s always on the menu), featuring Greenall’s London Dry Gin, Tomr’s Tonic, cucumber and kaffir lime leaf simple syrup or Barbara’s Downfall, crafted with Old New Orleans Rum, pineapple, lime and caramelized thyme simple syrup. Whatever you choose, it’ll certainly be slushy, ridiculously robust and crazy cool. 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 510-4040, bourreenola.com

Catch a flick at: Sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to hide inside a darkened movie theater and enjoy the summer blockbusters in a wash of air conditioning. Head over to the AMC Elmwood Palace Theater in Harahan and see some summertime releases like Ant Man & The Wasp with Paul Rudd, American Animals starring Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot with Jack Black and Skyscraper with Dwayne Johnson. 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., (504) 733-2029, amctheatres.com

 

Saturday

Revive at: Get your caffeine fix at Coffee Science, a renovated Craftsman cottage on Broad Street opened by java aficionado Tom Oliver. With several scientific ways (and machines) to brew your cuppa Joe, this unique cafe takes pride in creating a most accurate cup using beans browned by local roasters like Congregation Coffee Roasters, Orleans Coffee, French Truck Coffee, Mojo Coffee House and Hey! Cafe. The shop also stocks pastries from Gracious Bakery including items like muffins, scones, mini bundt cakes, croissants and banana bread. 410 S. Broad St., (504) 814-0878, facebook.com/coffeesciencenola

See through the artist’s eye at: Experience the works of an artistic legend in his own time at the New Orleans Museum of Art’s exhibition, Lee Friedlander in Louisiana, on view through Aug. 12. Friedlander has been visiting our fair state documenting the local jazz scene and taking interesting street shots for quite some time. Spend a few hours inside the cool, marbled halls of NOMA and see Louisiana through the eyes of a highly talented photographer. One Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100, noma.org

Dine at: Feed your inner carnivore at Piece of Meat in Mid-City. Owners/chefs Daniel Jackson and Leighann Smith have recently opened a butcher/restaurant on the corner of Bienville and N. Rendon streets. Grab a cold one and relax outside before setting to the trough. Share an order of boudin egg rolls stuffed with pepper jack cheese and Sriracha dipping sauce. Then dive into a smoked brisket sandwich, made with pickled red onion and horseradish mayo, or The Delicate Lady, made with smoked Springer Mountain Farms chicken salad and blueberry barbecue sauce on a bun. 3301 Bienville St., (504) 372-2289, pieceofmeatbutcher.com

 

Sunday

Brunch at: Revel in seafood wild caught and sustainably harvested for brunch at Seaworthy, one of several delectable eateries at the Ace Hotel. Chef Daniel Causgrove is offering a menu, featuring dishes like smoked cobia with olive vinaigrette and prosciutto; jumbo lump blue crab draped in sherry cream and Manchego cheese; and poached eggs served atop fried Louisiana oysters lavished with caviar-chive hollandaise. Seaworthy also offers a special Bubbles & Brunch deal that promises two free brunch plates with the purchase of any bottle of Champagne. 630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071, seaworthynola.com

Splash at: Since you’re already at Seaworthy, why not work off your meal by swimming at the Ace Hotel’s rooftop pool? Even if you don’t have a room, visitors can pay a minimal fee for an afternoon of fun in the sun and a cool dip in the pool. Enjoy panoramic views of the Crescent City, while imbibing a drink or two at Alto — the Ace Hotel’s poolside bar that serves cocktails, craft beer, frozen drinks, wine and snacks. 630 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180, acehotel.com/neworleans/alto

Snack at: Sometime it’s just too hot to eat … unless it’s a couple of scoops of ice cream! Satisfy your yen for something cool at Sweet Handkraft, a new ice cream and macaron shop in Metairie. Sample unique flavors like vanilla honey lavender, ube (purple yam), cotton candy, cookie monster or doughnut, then pick your favorite to be served in a bubble waffle cone with your choice of toppings like Fruity Pebbles or Golden Grahams. Don’t leave without a box of handcrafted macarons! 3363 Severn Ave., (504) 516-2915, facebook.com/sweethandkraft