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Holiday Happenin's in New Orleans

Thanksgiving Day Dining in New Orleans
November 25, 2010

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No one wants to be away from home at Thanksgiving, but sometimes a person has to be on the road at that time. The best home away from home on this holiday is New Orleans. No city cares more about good eating, after all, and no city has a finer selection of restaurants offering Turkey Day meals and specials.

For a real Thanksgiving adventure, try one of our city's famous Turduckens. This unique Cajun creation cooks a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey. Or try a deep-fried turkey. And leave yourself open for a wide variety of uniquely New Orleans-style stuffings -- cornbread, Creole pork, oyster, shrimp, crawfish or a combination of any two or more of them.

Many of the city's finest restaurants stay open for Thanksgiving dinners, and most of them are conveniently located downtown or in the French Quarter. Some offer buffet-style meals; others will be a la carte. 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 Thanksgiving meal somewhere in New Orleans.

Make sure you check ahead to see which restaurants are open and what the hours will be. Some of them have separate seating times. Check with your hotel guide, concierge or cab driver for recommendations and call a few places. When you find something to your liking, call ahead and make reservations. Some of the major restaurants that are open Thanksgiving Day are as follows:

And for the best in all-you-can-eat dining, try the buffet at Harrah's Casino on Canal Street.
For more detailed information on the above restaurants, including contact numbers, log on to the Louisiana Restaurant Association website at

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