Several folks have been asking about where to eat on Thanksgiving day in New Orleans, and I've found a great place to get the lowdown: visit Tom Fitzmorris's New Orleans Menu site and click on "Thanksgiving." You'll get a list of 50 restaurants serving on the holiday, plus some awesome recipes for your own spread.
Last year, Paul and I went to Commander's Palace for Thanksgiving with his folks. They offer a wonderful traditional meal, complete with gumbo and bread pudding or other seasonal desserts, but you can also choose from non-turkey entrees. Plus, you'll never find a friendlier staff. In fact, they were so friendly last year that they let us into the kitchen, where Paul snapped some awesome shots:
Commander's Palace Chef Tory McPhail posing with their holiday plate.
This was my dessert last year: pumpkin ice cream with caramel, candied pecans, in a cookie shell...big love.
Besides being one of the best days to eat incredible New Orleans food, Thanksgiving is a great time to visit a couple of Nola spots that aren't on the typical French Quarter/St. Charles route: City Park and the Fairgrounds. Thanksgiving day is opening day at the races! And the night after Thanksgiving is the first time to see Celebration in the Oaks.