The holidays are a time when people like to get dressed up and celebrate the year as a family. This year has been an especially stressful year, and the restaurants in the New Orleans community understand that. Allow them to take the stress off your plate so they can fill it with their delicious Thanksgiving meals. Here are five New Orleans favorite classic restaurants where you can spend your holiday, stress-free. Dress your best (or wear your stretchy-waistband pants), be thankful that you are sitting around the table with your loved ones, and let the employees at these amazing restaurants do the rest.
Every year, Josephine Estelle stays open for Thanksgiving to serve the New Orleans community. This year will be no different. The prix fixe menu is $65 per person for a fabulous four-course meal. On Thanksgiving Day, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and then from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., serving the Thanksgiving menu only.
The delicious meal comes with two options for each of the four courses. The first course has a choice between a fall chopped salad or a crab and shrimp salad (which has an upcharge of $10). The second course is pasta—choose between campanelle with wild mushrooms and truffle sofrito or cavatelli with short ribs and eggplant. Then, the third course options are either a roasted Joyce Farms turkey breast with all the fixings (cornbread chicken andouille chestnut dressing, Brussels sprouts, and cipollini gravy) or grilled swordfish with Brussels sprouts, faro, fennel, and caviar. Josephine Estelle will also have vegetarian options available upon request. Finally, for dessert, there will be a beautifully made chocolate tart with sweet potato, pecan, and Chantilly.
Josephine Estelle will also be taking orders for Thanksgiving takeout meals for your family to enjoy at home. The restaurant does recommend making a reservation if you plan to dine in with them for Thanksgiving. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070, josephineestelle.com
Recently, Chef Nina Compton reopened her award-winning flagship restaurant Compère Lapin. They are so excited to finally be back open, and they will be opening their doors to your family on Thanksgiving Day. From noon until 4 p.m., the restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving lunch and dinner from their family-sized menu. For dine-in only, Chef Compton's menu will be $75, excluding tax. The menu starts with a fall chopped salad. For the second course, Compère Lapin will be serving family-sized portions of Roasted Mojo Turkey Legs, jerk sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rosemary and sage stuffing, and cranberry sauce to top it all off. Then, for the best part, the dessert menu offers a mouthwatering pumpkin flan with caramelized pecans. Make your reservation at Compère Lapin on OpenTable, before they are full. 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119, comperelapin.com
This year for Thanksgiving, Arnaud's Restaurant will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family to enjoy, for $55 per person. Come eat, drink, and be thankful with Arnaud's Thanksgiving Table D'Hote menu, which features three different options for an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert.
The appetizer menu offers Shrimp Arnaud, smoked duck gumbo, or an Arnaud's Salad. The Shrimp Arnaud is the restaurant's signature dish, with fresh Gulf shrimp marinated in their famous tangy Creole remoulade sauce.
For entrées, Arnaud's menu features traditional roasted turkey, boudin-stuffed quail, and stuffed Gulf fish, which is baked and stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, savory breadcrumbs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses and served with lemon butter and vegetables Parisiennes. Last but not least, the dessert menu offers two traditional Thanksgiving desserts with an Arnaud twist: Choose between a chocolate pecan pie and a cranberry cheesecake with white-chocolate bark. 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433, arnaudsrestaurant.com
This Thanksgiving, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Chef Ryan Hacker of Brennan's will be preparing a three-course Thanksgiving meal. Celebrate your holiday with ease this year and let Brennan's do the work for you. The three-course feast, priced at $65 per person, has a variety of options, and they also offer a kids' Thanksgiving menu for $25.
For the first course, Chef Hacker gives customers many options to choose from. For example, they offer an oyster and bacon gratin with cheddar Mornay sauce, truffles, and cornbread crumble, or their seafood filé gumbo with andouille, crabmeat, and oysters over steamed rice. Another unique option for the first course is the butternut squash agnolotti, which comes with spiced pumpkin seeds, sage, and brown butter. Other options include the classic turtle soup, the crab and celery root salad, and the baby kale and endive salad.
For the entrées, Brennan's puts their unique touch on the Thanksgiving meal. The menu features a fried buttermilk-brined turkey breast with cornbread dressing, roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry, and rosemary Jus. For a unique option, Chef Hacker will prepare Eggs Sardou with crispy fried artichoke hearts, creamed spinach, and choron sauce. The second course also offers Eggs Hussarde, redfish, a Creole beef tenderloin, or a brown sugar-cured pork loin.
The dessert menu at Brennan's will make your mouth water by simply reading it. The menu has a chocolate pumpkin pie with toasted marshmallow and spiced caramel, a pear galette, or, of course, the world-famous Bananas Foster, which was created at Brennan's itself in 1951. 417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711, brennansneworleans.com
Mr. B's Bistro
This Thanksgiving, the old New Orleans restaurant Mr. B's Bistro is preparing an entire menu just for Thanksgiving Day. For an appetizer, you'll have the option of either crispy fried oysters; a jumbo lump crab cake; roasted mushroom ragout with a Madeira wine cream sauce, served with ciabatta bread and goat cheese; or duck spring rolls, with mushrooms, spinach, and goat cheese and a ginger-soy dipping sauce. For soups and salads, the Bistro is serving a baby iceberg salad and a fall salad, as well as gumbo ya ya and seafood gumbo.
The entrée menu has many different options for everyone, such as the wood-grilled fish, filet mignon, Mr. B's barbequed shrimp, or a bourbon pork loin. The menu also features traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Tanglewood Farms roasted turkey and all the fixings, including sage sausage, cornbread dressing, mashed sweet potatoes, haricots verts, cranberry relish, and house-made gravy. But the highlights of the Thanksgiving entrées have to be the bacon-wrapped shrimp and grits and the pepper-crusted duck breast over mushroom risotto.
Mr. B's also offers a kid's menu that includes dessert, for $14.
Dessert for the little ones is ice cream with chocolate sauce. For the big kids, the Bistro has many options, including hot buttered pecan pie, bread pudding, pumpkin cheesecake, a lemon ice box pie, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce. 201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078, mrbsbistro.com