For some people, Thanksgiving cooking is a fun, challenging thing to look forward to all year round. But for others, it means battling long grocery store lines, burning pumpkin pies, and dealing with a dirty kitchen. That’s why we’ve put together a sample menu full of locally made items you can pick up for a stress-free feast. We’ve also rounded up some great New Orleans restaurants (in alphabetical order) that are staying open for the holiday to give you a delicious day of eating, without the cleaning.
*Editor’s Note: Due to high demand for tables on Thanksgiving day, we recommend calling ahead to make a reservation.
Dine In: A Big, Easy Thanksgiving
Take the pressure off this Thanksgiving by opting to dine out or host a nice catered meal. From pre-brined and stuffed turkeys, to pans of green bean casserole and artfully crafted pies, this is an easy job for the pros. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a big, easy Thanksgiving everyone will love – you included!
Bread, Wine, Appetizers
La Boulangerie – Fill your breadbasket with freshly baked breads, like potato rolls, jalapeno cheddar corn bread muffins, olive baguette, and raisin walnut loaves. Cakes, pies, and other pastries are also available.
Martin Wine Cellar – No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a toast. Martin Wine Cellar, located Uptown on 3827 Baronne St., can help you stock up on the best bottles to pair with your meal. Plus, many bottles are on sale for the holidays. Pick up some cheese straws while you’re at it.
Langenstein’s – Everyone knows it’s not a party or feast without this family-owned grocery’s Better Cheddar dip. Don’t forget the sturdy crackers to hold up against aggressive dippers!
Cochon Butcher – Let the pros do the prep: pick up your brined and/or boudin-stuffed turkey to roast yourself. And for something a little more non-traditional, whole hogs are also available, raw or pre-cooked. Sides such as green bean casserole, mac and cheese, oyster dressing and homemade gravy complete the feast. They even have dinner rolls and dessert! Check out the menu.
Dryades Public Market – Give the fire department a break and pick up your fried turkey from Dryades Market in Central City, where $40 of turkey can feed 24 people. Serve it up with some sides of sweet potatoes, squash medley, cornbread stuffing, and orange cranberry sauce. They also have seafood and non-seafood gumbo as well as freshly baked pies.
Gracious Bakery – Make a smaller mess of your kitchen this year by allowing Gracious Bakery to prepare dessert for your Thanksgiving feast. Festive options include brown sugar pecan cake with brown sugar buttercream and Dutch apple crumble pie with sour cream custard. Each nine-inch cake serves about 10-12 people and pies serve up to eight people.
Willa Jean – In charge of dessert? Show up to your Thanksgiving feast with one of these incredible pies: double-crust apple huckleberry, banana and peanut butter cream, or chocolate bourbon pecan. Maybe you’re a cookie lover like us? The chocolate espresso cookies and coffee make for the perfect alternative. This delightful bakery in the CBD is open for take-out only in the morning. Breads, sides, and desserts — everything but the turkey is available for pick up!
Dine Out: New Orleans Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day
Apolline: This Uptown neighborhood spot will feel like your own dining room!
Arnaud’s: Famous for French Creole Cuisine, this New Orleans establishment is serving a special Thanksgiving menu.
August: August is open for lunch and dinner this Thanksgiving.
Bayona: Enjoy a special menu prepared by Chef/Owner Susan Spicer.
The Bombay Club: Enjoy a $39 three-course dinner at the cozy French Quarter spot.
Borgne Restaurant: Seafood-focused modern Louisiana cooking with a special Thanksgiving menu.
Brennan’s: Thanksgiving at Brennan’s means a special three-course menu!
Broussard’s: This New Orleans favorite is offering a three-course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe for just $40.
Cambria Hotel: This Arts/Warehouse District hotel is serving breakfast and dinner Thanksgiving day.
Chophouse New Orleans: Prime chops and family-style sides perfect for the holiday, noon to 8 p.m.
Commander’s Palace: The iconic (and historic) New Orleans restaurant will serve a special Thanksgiving menu.
Copper Vine: This wine pub will open at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and will feature a full à la carte dinner menu.
The Court of Two Sisters: Creole classics in the heart of the French Quarter, open during regular hours on Thanksgiving.
The Country Club: This bohemian getaway in the heart of the Bywater neighborhood is offering a special Thanksgiving menu.
Couvant: Couvant will offer a special prix-fixe menu featuring a Wild Mushroom Veloute & Hazelnut Flan, Turkey Leg & Foie presse with sour cherry marmalade, Pear Frangipane Tart with Brown Butter Caramel Ice Cream, and more.
Criollo: Elegant, Creole-inspired fare inside the iconic Hotel Monteleone; will serve a special Thanksgiving menu and a la carte menu.
Curio: Curio is a new seafood restaurant in the French Quarter and is keeping its doors open on Thanksgiving this year, with a $35 prix-fixe menu.
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House: Authentic New Orleans dishes in a lively atmosphere on Bourbon Street.
Dickie Brennan’s Palace Cafe: Creole cuisine on bustling Canal Street, is perfect for a New Orleans-style Thanksgiving.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: Posh environs and prime steak.
Dickie Brennan’s Tableau: Elegant, upscale Creole in an open-kitchen setting, located right on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter.
Domenica: Artisanal pizzas and Italian fare in the Roosevelt Hotel; will serve a special Thanksgiving menu.
Fogo de Chao: Indulge in a special holiday dinner of bone-in cuts and seasonal recipes exclusive to the holidays. Dinner price applies all day Thanksgiving.
Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak: Have a family-style Thanksgiving day feast on Nov. 22 with a special Thanksgiving menu.
Galatoire’s: This “grande dame” of Creole cuisine is open for an elegant feast.
Jack Rose: Enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day menu that puts a twist on the old classics, including butternut squash bisque, stuffed roast turkey, and the iconic Mile High Pie.
Johnny Sanchez: Modern Mexican in a downtown setting; will serve a special Thanksgiving menu, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Josephine Estelle: Located in the Ace Hotel, Josephine Estelle is offering a special Thanksgiving menu.
Kingfish: This French Quarter spot is serving a $38 prix-fixe menu.
Luke: This Downtown restaurant is open all day, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mayas: Celebrate at Mayas with special drinks and menu items.
M Bistro: Enjoy an enhanced four-course menu featuring a seafood buffet, dessert station, unlimited sparkling wine and live entertainment at The Ritz-Carlton!
Mr. B’s Bistro: This old New Orleans family restaurant will make your family feel right at home on Thanksgiving Day.
Muriel’s: In the heart of the French Quarter’s Jackson Square, Muriel’s is open noon to 5 p.m.
Oceana Grill: Casual and classic, with a courtyard in the French Quarter, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Olde NOLA Cookery: This French Quarter location is open for regular hours.
Pat O’Brien’s: Keep celebrating all day long on Thanksgiving at Bourbon Street’s famous Pat O’Brien’s, open from noon to 2 a.m.
Public Service: Located in the brand new N.O.P.S.I. Hotel, Public Service is a bright and cheery place to spend Thanksgiving.
Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans: Prime steak in a clubby, intimate French Quarter space.
The Roosevelt New Orleans: The stately hotel (known in part for its memorable holiday decorations) will hold a traditional Thanksgiving buffet brunch inside the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom. Later, a four-course Thanksgiving-inspired meal will be served at the Fountain Lounge.
SoBou: The W Hotel eatery with inventive craft cocktails and located south of Bourbon Street (hence the name) will serve a special Thanksgiving menu.
Tommy’s Cuisine: Located in the Warehouse District, Tommy’s Cuisine is known for a delicious mix of Italian and Southern cuisines.
Tujague’s Restaurant: Authentic Creole cuisine dating back to 1856; call ahead for details.