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Oct 1, 2011 05:55 PM

Annual trip to New Orleans for Thanksgiving!

Hi Chowhounds,

My father and little brother will be visiting me in New Orleans for Thanksgiving this year. I am currently a senior at Loyola so its their last Thanksgiving trip here! In years previous we have had Thanksgiving dinner service at Commander's and August. both amazing but I am looking for something a bit more low key-more of a local delectable favorite versus the over the top August experience.

Could anyone tell me if Coquette or Lilette are open for Thanksgiving dinner? Or any other suggestions for a quaint, low key but intimate Thanksgiving dinner spot?

Their trips always revolve around good food and drink so this is the list I have so far. Suggestions welcome!!

St James Cheese-lunch
Bouligny Tavern-lite dinner and drinks
Patois-Sunday Brunch
Luke or Domenica-Dinner
Il Posto-Lunch

3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. Recognizing this is not anything like those you had in mind, the quintessential New Orlelinean Thanksgiving is to be had at the Fair Grounds (

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    1. re: paz5559

      +1 on the Fairgrounds, this is a quintessential New Orleans experience, entirely unique, and its been going on for decades. You can get bistro food anywhere.

      1. We had a a low-key, sit at the bar and eat turducken affair at Luke last T-day. I'd do that again in a heartbeat ... the food was great and the service exactly what we were looking for. (Mind you, the pot luck spreads at a few of the bars we frequent weren't so bad either ... but that seems not what you're after.)

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        1. re: montuori

          and, if you haven't read it already, the turducken chapter in Sara Roahen's book Gumbo Tales is hilarious.

        2. To answer your question Lilette and Coquette are not open on Thanksgiving Day. I have been calling around to a few of my favorite places and the smaller places like the ones you mentioned along with Clancy’s and Brightsen's are not open either. I’m starting to see trend here-nice small neighborhood restaurants= closed on Thanksgiving and probably Christmas too. Therefore, my suggestion would be The Bombay Club. This restaurant fits your description of what I believe you are looking for. If you have any other questions about anything New Orleans please let me know!

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          3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

          1. just posted some restaurants open on Thanksgiving. not sure if that's all or just some of them.