If you’re traveling to New Orleans for the Christmas holidays, you may not be visiting family with whom you’d be sharing a holiday meal. Instead, you’re probably looking for an incredible Christmas meal at one of the cities finest restaurants. Here are three options for Christmas dining both in and around the city.
Tujague’s (823 Decatur St – French Quarter)
Established in 1856, Tujague’s, the second oldest restaurant in the city, serves up meals in the original Creole tradition, and it offers a special occasion menu for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. It’s a four-course meal that begins with Shrimp Remoulade, followed by Sweet Potato and Crab Meat Bisque. For an entrée, guests enjoy Roasted Turkey with oyster dressing, candied yams and cranberry sauce, and Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce is for dessert. The meal costs $45.99 for adults and $17.99 for children.
SoBou (310 Chartres St – French Quarter)
Just south of Bourbon St, SoBou is one of the newest French Quarter restaurants, and it focuses on both a Louisiana-centric and street food menu as well as a sophisticated drinking culture. On Sobou’s Reveillon menu for Christmas Day, guests will find four courses and a Le Coupe de Milieu, a tiny cocktail served in the middle of the meal. The first course consists of Local Amber & Smoked Gouda Ale Soup followed by Louisiana Oysters on the Half Shell. After the Le Coupe de Milieu comes the entrée, a Crispy Confit Pork Osso Buco, and dessert is Pecan Pie, Not Pie: Chocolate Covered Cracklin’ & Peanut Butter Whipped Cream.
Andrea’s (3100 19th St at Ridgelake – Metairie)
If you want to get out of the city for awhile, Italian purveyor Andrea’s, located in the suburb of Metairie, offers special holiday menus for all major holidays, including Christmas Day. The meal includes the choice of an appetizer, salad, and anywhere from 12 to 16 different entrees plus a dessert, all for one set price per person. The chef has not yet set the menu for this year’s Christmas, but a taste of the Thanksgiving Day menu includes Ravioli Al Formaggio Florentino and Shrimp Eggplant and Parmesan Cheese Soup for appetizers, Roast L.I. Duckling L’orange Sauce and Veal Scalloppine Piccata or Marsala for the main course and Zuppa Inglese, Caramel Custard and White Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert.