2021 is certainly shaping up to be pretty great. We have festivals and live music to look forward to, bars no longer have a “last call,” and our restaurants are back in action (we recommend making a reservation if possible!)

Did you know that the first Friday in June is always National Donut Day? And aren’t you glad you have us to tell you? Playing favorites with donut shops is like choosing a favorite child, but we can’t deny our love for Blue Dot Donuts on Canal in Mid-City. You can get a dozen donuts for under $12, including their maple glazed with bacon, blueberry cake, and the OG: original glazed (see what we did there?). Another option might not be donuts by the American standard, but beignets from Café du Monde are the Creole version of a donut, and even locals will admit that they are wait-in-line worthy. Since 1862, they’ve been serving them up hot and doused in powdered sugar in orders of three. Pair them with a hot café au lait for dunking and we promise you’ll understand the hype. And, last but never least, a big shout-out to Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Café in the Treme for their insanely delicious buttermilk drops that are more cake-like than most donuts but feature that sugary, crunchy glaze we all love so much. You simply must try one to know one.

June is also the month we celebrate our fathers, and what better way to say, “I love you, Dad!” than with barbecue! Central City BBQ has about anything he could possibly want from brisket chili cheese fries to burnt ends, racks of ribs, and smoked turkey. Combo plates of two and three meats plus sides, like sweet corn spoonbread, brussels sprouts and pit house beans are always a hit. Dine in or grab to-go if Dad wants to celebrate at home. You also can’t go wrong with Blue Oak BBQ on N. Carrollton with their award-winning menu of smoked wings, fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese, pulled pork and roasted garlic mac-n-cheese. Plus, they have delicious seasonal daiquiris if Dad is craving something cold and boozy.

If your dad is a real BBQ connoisseur, then snagging some Hogs for the Cause tickets might be the best option! A bbq cookoff benefiting families with children who are undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer, Hogs has raised millions of dollars to help with the unexpected costs of treatment like hotel rooms, special diets, travel costs, etc. The event will have live music, giveaways, and all the pork Dad’s heart desires. Visit their website for tickets.

We would be remiss in a round-up of June holidays without honoring Juneteenth. On this important date in history which marks the end of slavery in the United States, we come together as a nation to remember the significance of June 19, 1865. How you choose to commemorate Juneteenth is entirely up to you, but we think showing some love and appreciation to our growing list of local, black-owned restaurants is a great start. Begin the day at Backatown Coffee Parlour for a vegan sweet potato scone or BBQ crawfish and grits with coffee. Enjoy a salad, burger, or crispy fried crab cakes from Munch Factory for lunch or the award-winning, world-famous fried chicken from Willie Mae’s Scotch House. And last, but never least, a meal at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is always a treat. Enjoy classics like creole gumbo, crawfish etouffee, veal grillades, and bread pudding in their iconic dining room that has hosted some of the most important and famous people in our Nation’s history.

Gather, celebrate, and show love to one another! That’s what we’re looking forward to devouring this month.