In an old hunting lodge set on an acre of lush greenery on the banks of a bayou, Rainbow Lodge is a serene escape from the city. Inside the confines of the log cabin, you’ll find rifle- and taxidermy trophy-lined walls, white tablecloths, and an American menu with wild game and seafood at the forefront. Enjoy unique preparations like elk chops, duck gumbo, pheasant breast, and antelope loin, or traditional seafood compositions like peppercorn-crusted swordfish, truffled lobster risotto, and seared scallops. The hand-carved bar, dubbed the “Tied Fly Bar” as an homage to fly-fishing, holds a vast selection of eclectic wines and spirits to complement the log cabin’s upscale cuisine.
Everyone knows the real draw of an at-home Thanksgiving dinner is the late-night, leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich—at least, Rainbow Lodge knows that. That’s why the gorgeous historic lodge offers to-go Snack Packs brimmed with enough turkey, gravy, and dressing to satiate you as soon as your pants fit again in, say, three hours. As for the pregame (a.k.a. your actual Thanksgiving Day meal), the Lodge’s multi-course options are enough to give you the good ol’ itis, stacked with dishes like Smoked Duck Gumbo, Rainbow Trout with Pecan Brown Butter and Lump Crab, Southern Style Turkey Roast with the fixin’s, and Candied Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Cost: $75 per person for three courses (with extras available) and $45 for kids; Late-Night Snack Packs are $6 a pop.