Six Places for a Holiday Meal This Season
Dec 14 2020

Six Places for a Holiday Meal This Season

By: Brhea Washington

One of the best things about the holiday season is not only spending time with loved ones, but enjoying great food and drinks along the way. While past holiday seasons have been filled with family gatherings, this year's ongoing pandemic has scaled down typical home get-togethers and social interactions. There are, however, still ways to connect with one another and enjoy meals, such as social distancing at a favorite restaurant or even planning virtual cooking dates with friends and family. For those who are used to cooking large family meals every holiday season, what better way to end this crazy year than relaxing and having a great meal cooked and served to you for a change? If there has been any year to take a break, it would be this one! Restaurants around the city are cooking old and new holiday dishes, with extensive holiday menu items for everyone to partake in. Here is a list of six places to indulge in tasty cuisine, where one can treat themselves or their families to appetizing meals this holiday season without having to cook.

Café Degas

Café Degas is the longest running French bistro in New Orleans, with a mostly outdoor café and a beautiful ambiance that sets this place apart. Their French cuisine has a taste of Creole flavors, sure to provide a great dining experience, whether with family, friends, or on a date night. They're offering their Réveillon dinner menu through the month of December, which includes flavorful multicourse meals at one fixed price of $44. Their decadent, four-course dinners even include a glass of ruby port for 21+ guests to enjoy with their meal. Dinner starts with seared sea scallops alongside braised fennel, spinach, and bacon jam, and is followed by a Réveillon Salade. The next course includes a New York strip au poivre with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, and green peppercorn brandy cream sauce. No dinner is complete without dessert, and Café Degas's chocolate pot de crème is a sweet, satisfying end to a delicious dinner. 3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635, cafedegas.com

Red Gravy

Red Gravy is a cozy bistro serving deliciously rustic Italian cuisine that has been passed down through family generations. Their locally sourced ingredients create delicious food, from brunch to their homemade pastas. This year, Red Gravy is hosting their fifth annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American food celebration serving a variety of seafood, fish, and shellfish dishes. Seafood-lovers can indulge in Red Gravy's grand multicourse meal of seafood, pastas, and vegetables for $85 on Friday, December 18. Purchase tickets for their Feast of the Seven Fishes event to reserve some of their limited seats and enjoy six-course meals with delicious dishes such as baked stuffed clams, seafood panzerotti, fried flounder, and their famous and traditional sweet dough struffoli for dessert. 4206 Magazine St., (504) 561-8844, redgravycafe.com

Gianna

Gianna's dishes reflect cooking techniques that stem from family in the Veneto Region of northern Italy. Throughout the month of December, Gianna is celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes, with Italian dishes that honor Italy's and Louisiana's culinary traditions. Their $50 "Feed Me" menu is family-style, providing fresh and sustainable seafood that includes fresh, spear-caught cobia fish from Chris the Spearfisherman. The meal starts with cobia belly crudo and chopped salad, followed by chili shrimp spaghetti, asciutta pasta, steamed mussels, and focaccia bread. The next course features grilled cobia and vegetables, finished with a dessert of lemon mousse and chocolate budino. There is also a pairing of beverages, including wine and an aperitif to drink while enjoying a great meal. 700 Magazine St., (504) 399-0816, giannarestaurant.com

Gris-Gris

Gris Gris is celebrating Louisiana culture this holiday season with their first annual Mangé Loa Holiday, which features a Voodoo-inspired menu. Mangé Loa, the feeding of the gods, is a Voodoo ceremony consisting of a feast of animal offerings, drinks, and desserts. Until Christmas Eve, Gris Gris's four-course dinner menu is $65 and showcases a great host of tasty Loa offerings, including optional wine pairings provided by The Prisoner Wine Company. Their delicious dishes include options such as chicken and andouille gumbo, poached oysters, herb-roasted Cornish hen, cast-iron seared fish, brown-butter-basted swordfish with lobster, and more. The meal is complete with cherry chocolate chuck ice cream with dark-chocolate peppermint ganache to finish the Mangé Loa celebration off right. 1800 Magazine St., (504) 272-0241, grisgrisnola.com

Galatoire's

Galatoire's has been a legendary staple in New Orleans since 1905, with recipes and traditions that have spanned from the Galatoire family for generations. For the holiday season, Galatoire's is offering their Réveillon menu every Wednesday through Sunday, for lunch and dinner, until Christmas Eve. This four-course menu starts at $48, with first-course choices of fried oysters or shrimp remoulade, one of the restaurant's most popular dishes. The second course has options of root vegetable salad or turtle soup au sherry. For the entrees, there are a variety of great dishes to choose from, such as a roasted half chicken with butternut squash ($48), fried trout ($52), duck leg confit ($58), or grilled filet mignon ($60). Galatoire's dessert is a choice of bread pudding with banana praline sauce or apple streusel tartlets, made with green apples and spiced wine meringues. 209 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2021, galatoires.com

Dickie Brennan's Tableau

Tableau's amazing dining experience is well-known, and shortly after opening, they were named one of The Times-Picayune's Best New Restaurants in New Orleans and voted as having #1 best balcony for dining and drinking. Tableau honors the authentic roots of Creole cuisine, while also infusing their dishes with flavors from around the world. Tableau's Réveillon menu is offered until December 23, with a four-course dinner for $62. The first course has a choice of rabbit pot pie or brown-butter sage gnocchi, followed by a second course of turtle soup or winter green salad. The third course has a choice of seared scallops or a 12-ounce prime rib eye with oyster mushrooms and tomato salad. Tableau ends the meal with a dessert of eggnog panna cotta, perfect for the holidays, or a tarte à la bouillie, made with Cajun sweet dough and old New Orleans Rum caramel sauce. 616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463, tableaufrenchquarter.com


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