Nov 9, 2023 - Food and Drink

New Orleans restaurants offer Thanksgiving shortcuts

Three pies are viewed from above.

Ayu Bakehouse offers pies, breads and hot chocolate mallows for the holidays. Photo: Courtesy of Ayu Bakehouse

Whether you're looking to lighten the load when cooking a whole Thanksgiving meal, or you just can't stomach showing up empty-handed to Friendsgiving, many New Orleans restaurants offer a la carte options for the holiday.

Why it matters: There's nothing wrong with taking a shortcut.

What's happening: New Orleans restaurants have long offered Thanksgiving reservations, and a growing number are starting to offer grab-and-go options, too.

  • We're rounding up a few that we're hoping to try this year.

Worth noting: Most businesses require you to pre-order for the holidays, so make your decisions early.

🦃 Ayu Bakehouse

  • What we're eyeing: Dinner rolls, hot mallows for decadent hot chocolate and pies baked in a croissant crust.
  • The fine print: Pre-order now, or try your luck as a walk-in beginning Nov. 13.

🦃 Bodega

  • What we're eyeing: vegetable sides like roasted delicata squash, shrimp and mirliton dressing and crispy Brussels sprouts. Plus, they have a take-and-bake turkey.
  • The fine print: Order by Nov. 19 with pickup or delivery on Nov. 22.

🦃 Copeland's

  • What we're eyeing: Cajun fried turkey, oyster dressing and pumpkin bread pudding.
  • The fine print: Pre-order at least 24 hours in advance and pickup anytime through Nov. 23.

🦃 La Boulangerie

  • What we're eyeing: Cheddar and chive biscuits, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and butternut squash soup.
  • The fine print: Order by Nov. 19 and pickup on Nov. 21 or Nov. 22.
A Popeyes turkey sits on a platter in front of a turquoise wall.
Popeyes Cajun-Style turkey is available for shipping or pickup at local stores. Photo courtesy of Popeyes

🦃 Popeyes

  • What we're eyeing: The Cajun-Style Turkey. Don't knock it till you try it. Grab some biscuits while you're there.
  • The fine print: Call your local Popeyes to order ahead, while supplies last, or order online with free shipping. Expect between one and three days for shipping.

🦃 Windowsill Pies

  • What we're eyeing: Vanilla bean bourbon pecan pie, gingered pumpkin tart with candied pepitas and apple crumble pie.
  • The fine print: Pre-orders are limited, so get yours in early.

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