How to Survive Thanksgiving in New Orleans

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Bring the Entire Family or Escape the Madness

November 20, 2018

So, you’re visiting New Orleans for Thanksgiving this year? You’re in luck, the Crescent City is one of the best places to be for one of the best holidays of the year.

With all our historic charm, love of food and even bigger love of drinking, there’s plenty of options on how to spend your day.

While our local breweries are closed, we’ve put together a few places where you can dine until you drop, drink the day and night away and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

From fine dining extravaganzas to local favorites we’ve got you covered. Read on and decide which activity will be yours for the taking.

Avenue Pub

Open 24/7
1732 St. Charles Ave

Photo from @nolabrewbus Instagram

As the phrase goes When in Rome do as the Romans. Well, in this case when in New Orleans, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

Go ahead and start your day out with a breakfast or brunch beer and head on over to “the Pub” on St. Charles. There, you’ll find an assortment of craft beers or bourbons to choose from to start your day out right.

In case you do need an actual breakfast-or lunch- the kitchen serves up comfort foods along the style of burgers, quesadillas, and all your typical bar food, many of which have a New Orleans twist to them.

The pub is open 24/7 and the kitchen will be serving food from 2pm to 2am on Thanksgiving Day. Voted one of the best craft beer bars in America, this is a great spot before heading onto the rest of your turkey day festivities.

The Country Club

634 Louisa St.

country club thanksgiving

from the The Country Club on Facebook

At local favorite The Country Club, their staff is set to cook up a feast worthy of royalty.

Guests will have a choice of five different entrees:

  • roasted turkey
  • chargrilled filet mignon
  • boar chops
  • pan roasted shrimp
  • speckled trout

Also available are traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts. Price varies with entrée choice, call ahead for reservations as space is limited. See the full menu here.

Tujague’s


Reservations required, $60 per person
823 Decatur St.

A longtime dining establishment right in the heart of city, Tujague’s has a creole spin on your traditional Thanksgiving meal.

From 11 am-9:30 pm the restaurant will be offering a pre-fixed four-course menu. Along with soup, salad and dessert, diners will be able to pick from five different entrees.

Options include pan seared gulf fish, beef short ribs and Colorado braised lamb shank.

Beer lovers take note, also offered will be Abita Amber BBQ shrimp and grits. Which is nothing less than a perfect holiday nod to one of our favorite local breweries.

Finish off your meal with a drink from the bar. Perhaps a Sazerac or the iconic Grasshopper.

During the month of November, Tujagues will be offering Grasshoppers half price to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the drink’s creation.

In order to qualify for the discount participants must post pictures of their after-dinner cocktail to social media and tag the restaurant using the provided hashtag.

Fair Grounds Race Course

Gates open at 10 am
1751 Gentilly Blvd.

Fair Grounds Race Course

photo from fairgroundsracecourse.com

A long-running New Orleans Tradition of Thanksgiving Day at the track. You can spend the day sipping on bloody Mary’s, eating olives all while betting on your favorite horse to show.

Be sure to take in the spectacular scenery and by that, I mean, look for the hats. The racetrack opens for the season on November 15, but Thanksgiving Day is the real show stealer.

Revelers from all over arrive with their drinks in hand and their spectacular hats on their heads. Not quite as regal as the Kentucky Derby, but in true New Orleans style, anything goes.

Expect the unexpected. The only thing you can count on is a good time.

For your turkey day appetite, you have two choices. The Clubhouse offers a full holiday dinner with all the fixin’s. Plates are $70 per person and reservations are required.

If a buffet is more your style, you’re in luck. For $32 per person you can dine on the buffet full of Thanksgiving staples.

The Fair Grounds also boasts full bars to keep you fed and happy for the big day.

The Bombay Club

Reservations required $39 per person
830 Conti St.

The Bombay Club

Photo from princecontihotel.com

For another fine dining option, consider another New Orleans classic. The Bombay Club will be offering their annual Thanksgiving specials.

From 10 am to 10 pm they will be offering a 3-course meal beginning with your choice of either crab, Mirliton soup or apple wedge salad.

Diners can then choose between entrees of either Cajun spiced roast turkey breaks or roast pork roulade.

Finish up your meal with either pumpkin crème brulee or praline bund cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream.

Lula’s Distillery

Reservations accepted $50 per person
1532 St. Charles Ave.


Maybe you’re in the market for spirits or brews, look no further Lula’s Distillery is open for your holiday needs.

This Uptown gem will be offering drinks as well as a full Thanksgiving menu.

From 11 am to 6 pm the distillery will be offering 4 course meals. Start out your meal with seafood gumbo and garden salad.

If you’ve been looking for a deep-fried turkey, look no further. Lula’s offers two entrée choices in their Thanksgiving meal, Cajun brined deep-fried turkey with Cajun turkey gravy or Roast beef tenderloin.

Round out your feast with assorted Lula’s house desserts. Also offered will be family style sides such as bacon stuffed green onion smashed sweet potatoes, corn maque choux and dirty rice.

Be sure to check out the full bar where Lula’s vodka, Lula’s rum and Lula’s gin take centerstage. All spirits are made on premises and are made with 100% Louisiana sugarcane products.

If cocktails aren’t your thing, Lula’s has a full bar for all your wine and beer needs.

J&J’s Sports Lounge-Thanksgiving Potluck

800 France St.

j & j's sports lounge

photo from J&J’s facebook page

If you’re looking for a local favorite tradition look no further than J&J’s Sports Lounge for their annual Thanksgiving potluck extravaganza. Locals and visitors alike enjoy this yearly tradition.

With its many guests each bringing a dish to share the food assortments are endless. Be sure to bring your own to join in on the fun.

Drinks are on tap all night in this 24/7 dive bar.

You can also get in a quick game of pool. Or chat with the friendly locals. For your down-home Thanksgiving this is your place to be.

Come enjoy the atmosphere from 3 pm – 6pm. This year the bonus of the Saints home game against the Atlanta Falcons adds the viewing party right from the bar.

Food starts being cleared promptly at 6 pm to make way for bar patrons to enjoy the game. Stick around, watch the game and grab a beer or several. We all know we drink whether we win or lose around here!

The Saints vs. The Falcons

Mercedes Benz Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl Drive

New Orleans Superdome beer dome foam

Dome FOAM!

Speaking of Saints football, this year, the NFL has an added treat.

Saints are at home in the dome ready to take on the Falcons. Gather with friends, family or strangers to cheer on the Saints.

After all, what is Thanksgiving without football? Kickoff is at 7:20 pm, and at the time of this writing tickets are still available.

However you end up spending your Thanksgiving, make it a happy and safe one. From all of us at NOLA Brew Bus we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for activities to round out your weekend be sure to check out the tours we have running. We’d love to celebrate with you!

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