Indulgence is the norm in New Orleans, so it’s no surprise that locals (and lucky tourists) get to celebrate Christmas with a long, several-course feast called Reveillon that marries quirky Creole flavor with rich French faves like foie gras, duck confit and caviar. Reserve a table at one of these three notable restaurants for a signature New Orleans Reveillon dinner in December:
Head to Hotel Monteleone’s Criollo Restaurant & Lounge to partake of its à la carte Reveillon menu, available December 1 through 25, which offers duck breast, flounder en papillote and coriander-crusted lamb, among other dishes. After you’ve indulged, retire to one of Hotel Monteleone’s plush literary suites, named for Southern writers like William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. All of the namesakes frequented the hotel (and perhaps enjoyed a Reveillon feast themselves).
Do you have a stay booked at the W New Orleans – French Quarter this holiday season? Then make a reservation at its restaurant, SoBou, for a $48 prix-fixe Reveillon dinner that includes four rich courses: flounder carpaccio with bowfin caviar, honey and butternut squash soup, duck confit with a puree of foie gras and white bean cassoulet, and bread pudding served with salted-caramel ice cream and candied pecans. The menu is available for dinner through December 23.
In the heart of the French Quarter, enjoy a four-course, $39 prix-fixe Reveillon feast at Hotel St. Marie’s Vacherie restaurant, available December 1 through 24. Each course offers several selections, but some highlights include the flash-fried Louisiana oysters, blackened alligator bites, Boudin-stuffed deep-fried Cornish game hen with collard greens and bread pudding with whiskey sauce.
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Monteleone