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Holiday Happenin's in New Orleans

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Thanksgiving in New Orleans
Thanksgiving in New Orleans

There is no better city to celebrate Thanksgiving in than New Orleans. Since every day is a celebration of food and family in this city, New Orleans takes Thanksgiving to a whole new level of feasting and festivities.

Everyone has his or her favorite Turkey Day recipe, but after spending the holiday in New Orleans, you’ll probably walk away with at least one new dish to add to your traditional meal. We’ve even managed to jazz up the turkey, putting a New Orleans spin on the traditional holiday bird. One option is a deep fried turkey. Sound decadent? It is.  But on a day devoted to eating as much delicious food as possible, why not go the extra mile in indulgence? Another option is the turducken – a legendary New Orleans Thanksgiving dish. Eclectic and excessive, this Cajun creation cooks a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey. Take our word for it – take one bite and you’ll be hooked. And if you find yourself craving the creation for future holiday meals, you’re in luck – many companies on the Internet will ship turduckens nationwide. Traditional stuffing is tasty, but in New Orleans we add a little cornbread, Creole pork, oyster, shrimp, or crawfish. The result? Perfection. New Orleans holiday cooking is creative and delicious, making our Thanksgiving staples are anything but ordinary.

No one wants to be away from home at Thanksgiving, but sometimes a person has to be on the road at the wrong time. The best home away from home on this holiday is New Orleans. No city cares more about good eating, after all.

A few of the city’s finest restaurants stay open for Thanksgiving dinners, so why not kick back with family or friends and enjoy each other’s company while someone else does all the cooking? Most hotels offer turkey dinners as well, so you’ll be sure to find a great meal somewhere in the city. Make sure you check ahead to see which restaurants are open and what the hours will be. Some of them have separate seatings. Make reservations. Check with your hotel guide, concierge or cab driver for recommendations and call a few. You will find a meal that will make you say, “Happy Thanksgiving, New Orleans.” Guaranteed.

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