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By Jen White · November 17, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

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.

posted by Lea ann

I've been to Commander's Palace once and it was such a treat that I'd be hard pressed to order traditional TG dinner there, even though I know they'd do it up right. Wonderful restaurant.

posted by AiLien

Just made our reservation at Commander's. I. Can't. Wait.

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