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Anderson's Top 12 Grilled Oysters; Thanksgiving At The Track

And more dining news from around New Orleans.

The Franklin, home of great grilled oysters
The Franklin, home of great grilled oysters

FAIR GROUNDS: For those heading to the track this Thanksgiving, Ian McNulty suggests digging into the fair ground's corned beef po boy: "Served at concession stands around the Fair Grounds, this sandwich ($9.75) may subtly bring to mind the holidays for some since a Thanksgiving visit to the track is a longstanding local ritual." Apparently this po' boy was also a status symbol back in the day. [Advocate]

NOLA: If your post-turkey plans take you to the shopping hubs of greater New Orleans, McNulty also listicles the best restaurants nearby including Oak Oven (near Elmwood), Churros Cafe by Lakeside Mall, Baie Rouge on Magazine and many more. [Advocate]

NOLA: Brett Anderson has been "eating grilled oysters at a steady clip over the past several weeks." His favorites: Acme, Basin Seafood, Bourbon House, Casamento's, Drago's, Katie's The Franklin, K. Gee's (Mandeville), Meme's, Morton's, Mr. Ed's, and Neyow's. []

NOLA: Alison Alsup suggests The Columns, Bouligny Tavern and Bar Tonique as cozy retreats when the weather dips. All three offer killer happy hour specials too. [Advocate]

NOLA: Booze whisperer Laura McKnight reports that December and January will be big months for giving back through drinking (a win win, folks) with boozy fundraising events coming up from the LASPCA--including Toasts & Tails and Jingle Bells-- The Big Easy Cocktail Club, and The Barman's Fund. []