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Nov 10, 2010 05:48 PM

Christmas 2010 Eats in New Orleans

For the second time, my partner and I are spending the Christmas holidays in New Orleans. We love how quiet the quarter is and how laid back everything is compared to other busier times of year.

Loved Bayona and Herbsaint the last time we were there as well as the quirky Port of Call

Am planning on a Revillion dinner this year on Christmas Day...anyone have any suggestions?

Am thinking that Stellas! sounds like an experience that might be worth a visit as well and am considering the tasting menu...thoughts?

Lastly, there used to be there very casual mom and pop like place on Lake Pon. that served boiled crab, shrimp, and potatoes etc. Can't remember the name of the place, but loved its simplicity and boiled seafood. Anyone know what this establishment might be and if it is still open and if not have suggestions about other similar places in New Orleans.

Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!


430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. You may be thinking about Maggie & Smitty's which was where all of the seafood restaurants were located at the Lakefront (all gone now due to hurricanes). Or Sid-Mar's which is now located in Metairie.

    1. Ritz-Carlton Buffet (yes, a buffet) on Christmas Day is a pretty fun experience.

      As the other poster sai, I believe that you were referring to Maggie and Smittys where you sat outdoos at picnic tables and ate and the only things fatter that the overstufed po-boys were the half-dozen ferral cats that ran around the place!

      I believe that R&O's still offers some pretty good boiled seafood and is close to the lakefront area that you mentioned.

      Happy Holidays


      1. You may already be aware of this, but you can see all the Reveillon menus at the French Quarter Festivals website. Go to click on the tab for Reveillon Menus, and then click on each restaurant to see its offerings. Quite a few renowned restaurants are participating, including Arnaud's, Brennan's, Brigtsen's, Commander's, Galatoire's, Upperline and many more. You need not wait for Christmas Day: these deals are up and running now. Stella is not participating, perhaps because it is focusing on a big New Year's Eve blowout. It is a very good restaurant, and the tasting menu looks great. Happy holidays!

        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Brigtsen's Restaurant
        723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        Upperline Restaurant
        1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

        1. I don't know if August is open X-mas howevever, you may find this review of their revillion helpful:

          1. Just did the reveillon menu at Pelican Club. I don't know whether it is open on Christmas Day, but I would highly recommend it. The food was excellent and it's a lovely restaurant.

            Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
            312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: latasche

              I thoroughly enjoyed Reveillon at the Pelican Club last year. Went to Upperline last night for a family dinner and can report that their Reveillon menu is excellent. They have many more options than most, including a 7-course tasting menu, and the price is right: $40. JoAnn Clevenger, the inimitable owner, was spreading holiday cheer. She even offered a compliment on the indescribably silly Santa hat my family presented to me during cocktails. Joyeux Noel!

              Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
              312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Upperline Restaurant
              1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA