4 p.m. is the peak time to eat that Thanksgiving dinner, but N.O. does it much earlier

Jim Hanzo
November 21, 2018 - 8:55 am

What is the correct time to eat Thanksgiving dinner?  Many food experts say 4 p.m. is the ideal time.  
Don't tell that to most New Orleanians. 

Most say they like to gobble up their turkey dinner earlier and with the Saints playing Thanksgiving night, that makes sense.   The leftovers are saved for game time. 

"We're eating our Thanksgiving dinner at 1 o'clock," said a lady with her family.  "We usually do it a little later but because of the Saints game we're doing it at one so we can make it to the game."     

"Between 12 and 1," another man said.  "We like to eat early so we can watch the football game."   

This woman said her family will eat as early as 1 p.m. but there is a reason for that.
"Macy's (parade) and mimosas, then we get ready for our Turducken this year with all the trimmings," she said.   

This man says he's got it all figured out.  
"Normally I try to eat it the day before," he laughed.  "When my wife cooks, I'm trying to eat.  You see, you gotta sample everything, and then enjoy yourself the next day."  
According to a survey from the  the NPD Group a little more than a third of Thanksgiving meals start between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the peak start time is six. 

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