Seems like there are several of us making plans for celebrating in N.O. this year! We have late reservations (Stella!) on Christmas Eve followed by midnight Mass, so are planning on sleeping in late on the 25th. We'll be renting an apartment for the week, and had the idea of eating in, instead of fighting for a scarce reservation, but are not sure whether this is doable or not. I've seen a few posts below for good takeout places -- are there any near the Marigny area we should focus on? How about other (not-necessarily-native) gourmet groceries in the area, for items like caviar etc? Will these places even be open on the 24th?
As for the menu choices (assuming this is not a totally crazy idea): what will do best the day after it's purchased: we're thinking jambalaya, etouffee etc. might even improve with an overnight, like good chili does. Thoughts on that? Or anything to avoid (other than the obvious - fried stuff, etc.)?