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Oct 29, 2010 09:28 AM

Thanksgiving dinner (or brunch or lunch) in New Orleans - Vegetarian and/or seafood recommends

I'm a first-time visitor to New Orleans for the week of Thanksgiving looking for recommendations on a vegetarian-friendly place to eat that day. It doesn't have to be dinner, could be brunch or lunch. Seafood is okay too (I know, I know - I'm of the lacto-ovo-pesco variety). The recommends for outstanding restaurants seem to be meat-centric - Cochon, Herbsaint (?), and I'm not sure if they even do T-Giving?


930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Hey squire--

    I'd think a lot of places would have some kind of fish.

    Try Commander's Palace, Palace Cafe, Ralphs on the Park, Bayona, Bourbon House, Cafe Adelaide (, Mr. B's (, Antoine's, and Bacco. Some have more fish or vegetarian options than others, but all of them should have something.

    Good luck.


    Commander's Palace Restaurant
    1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

    Cafe Adelaide
    300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Bacco Restaurant
    310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Bourbon House
    144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. If you eat seafood, dairy etc you'll have no problem anywhere. You mean Thanksgiving Day specifically?

      If you prefer a buffet, The Roosevelt, The Ritz Carlton, Royal Sonesta, and many others have very lavish displays, seafood, egg dishes, etc

      This is a link to the 2009 list of places open on Thanksgiving Day, by a local food writer. It should be updated soon. At least it will give you a general idea.

      1. okay, thanks for all of these suggestions - we've done a bunch of research and have narrowed the choices to the following

        Bourbon House, Cafe Adelaide, or Palace Cafe for Thanksgiving - if anyone has an opinion on which is best I'd love to hear it! Thanks.

        Cafe Adelaide
        300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bourbon House
        144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: squire100

          I'd go with Adelaide. Lovely cocktails, and an actual, real vegetarian option on the dinner menu. Hard to find. Good place, too.

          1. re: squire100

            Not sure if you're aware but the places you listed have a Thanksgiving Day menu, it varies somewhat from the regular menu. (Not sure how hardcore you are on the vegetarian angle but many soups are made with chicken stock but I'm sure you knew that)