In New Orleans, we give thanks for fabulous food every day of the year. Thanksgiving is just another day for our great chefs to show the rest of the world how it's done. Although many restaurants in the city are closed for Thanksgiving, some really fantastic ones are opening their doors for visitors as well as locals who would rather not cook. While it may not be grandma's house, eating out on Thanksgiving does have its advantages.
One of our favorite places to dine on Thanksgiving Day is The Bistreaux at the Maison Dupuy. Why? Because you can dine in the restaurant or outside in their breathtaking courtyard, if weather permits. Plus, it looks like Chef Matt Regan has really outdone himself this year with a 3-course prix-fixe menu that includes choices like Butternut Squash and Tasso Bisque, Herb-Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Oyster and Boudin Rice Dressing, Crab and Artichoke Gratin and White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce.
Guests with reservations for Thanksgiving Day dinner are also invited to spend the night at the hotel for as low as $119, single or double occupancy. The Thanksgiving package includes deluxe accommodations for each night, with half off for parking at $20 per night and two vouchers for cocktails in The Bistreaux. Attractive suite prices are also available. For dinner reservations, click here. For room reservations, click here.
Dine Uptown this Thanksgiving at Appoline with prix fixe seatings at noon and 3 p.m. Choices include Butternut Squash Soup (yum), Autumn Salad, Drunken Hen with Oyster Dressing and Natural Jus, and a Sweet Potato Tart with Bruléed Meringe and Pecan Brittle. With a menu like this, they're going to fill up quickly. Make reservations now.
If you've never been to Café Adelaide, we suggest you do so on Thanksgiving. With their three-course specials, you can choose between Roasted Manchester Farms Quail, White Oak Pastures Turkey or Wild White Shrimp and Cornbread. You also get your choice of soup or salads (yes, you can get Commander's Turtle Soup), and desserts including Cherries & Cayenne-Dark Chocolate Tart, Abita Root Beer & White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding, and Autumn Spice Pot de Crème. Go here for reservations. (This restaurant has closed)
Thanksgiving menu items are included as part of Fogo de Chão's regular full churrasco dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy Fire-Roasted Meats carved tableside, Roasted Turkey Breast with Au Jus, Market Table & Feijoada Bar, Sweet Potato Casserole and Brazillian side dishes. Book your reservations now.
Stroll down Exchange Alley for Thanksgiving at the Pelican Club. Chef Richard Hughes is offering a four-course prix fixe menu that includes starters like Cream of Oyster and Mirliton Soup. You can follow that up with choices like a Scallop Stuffed Artichoke or Escargot in Casserole. Entrée options include Slow Roasted Turkey Roulade, Half Crispy Almond Duck and Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecan, Fig, Apricot and Sage Bread Stuffing and Mushroom Sauce. The Vanilla Bean and Brandy Crème Brûlee is calling to us for dessert. If it calls to you, make reservations now.
Spend the holiday with a view of City Park at Ralph's. Their 3-course Thanksgiving includes an appetizer (go for the Parmesan Fried Oysters), an entrée such as Slow Cooked Turkey with oyster dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry compote and sweet potatoes; and your choices of desserts such as Chocolate or Lemon Doberge Cake. There's a special holiday menu for kids, too. Make your reservations here.
New Orleans' second oldest restaurant will be offering a special four-course dinner on Thanksgiving Day. You can start with an Autumn Salad followed by Crab and Brie Bisque. Then follow it up with your choice of four entrées (the Roast Ducking Madison looks good to us). Save room for dessert: a White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Maker's Mark Carmel Sauce. Click here for reservations at Tujague's.
If your prefer to eat at home but still want someone else to do the cooking, try Cello's Catering in Metairie. They're offering small and large Roasted Turkeys with Gravy, Oyster or Cornbread Dressing, Mirlitons and Shrimp, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cauliflower Au Gratin and more. To order, visit their website.
The Roosevelt is offering two ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the brunch buffet in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, you can take your pick of delicious options like Boudin & Egg Benedict with Crushed Cracklins and Charred Green Onion Hollandaise, Cajun Fried Turkey and Abita Root Beer Glazed Spiral Baked Ham. Entertainment will be provided by Amanda Ducorbier. Thanksgiving dinner at the Fountain Lounge will feature choices like Warm Pumpkin & Parsnip Bisque and Lacquered Heritage Black Turkey with Pommes Puree, Sage and Sausage Dressing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Giblet Gravy. Learn more.
Sensational restaurants like Commander's Palace, Court of Two Sisters and Sobou are also open on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are required for most (if not all) of these restaurants, so if you’re still deciding where you want to eat, you should make up your mind soon. If you call a restaurant and they tell you they're booked solid for the day, ask to be placed on a waiting list.
Can't make it to New Orleans? Just love preparing a delicious feast yourself? Jazz up your meal by adding a New Orleans style dish or two.
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