Thanksgiving Out

Not everyone is into the idea of slaving away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, but everyone likes the idea of a warm, fresh Thanksgiving Day meal. There’s no shame is heading to a restaurant for your fill on this holiday. In fact, many restaurants are doing it up better than any of our grandmas could (no offense to Grandma). We found a few restaurants with special holiday menus that are making us second-guess a home-cooked meal.

New York City
There are plenty of restaurants serving a special prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving in the Big Apple, but the idea of eating just steps away from the site of the holiday’s biggest parade is too good to pass up. At Picholine, Chef Terrance Brennan is serving a $115 prix-fixe menu featuring 4 courses including a choice of Amish farm turkey, beef, salmon, sole or wild mushroom risotto. With pumpkin bisque with black-truffle foam and a lobster and sweet potato appetizer also on the menu, how can you say no?

Detroit
Been wanting to try turducken, but don’t have the nerve to actually make one? Mario’s in Detroit will happily prepare you a turducken (or just a turkey) with all the fixings, able to be picked up by appointment from either their Midtown or Troy locations. Your 15-pound turducken will be stuffed with a chicken that’s stuffed with a duck and layered with sausage stuffing. Time to give thanks for, er, innovative cuisine. The deadline has passed to make an order, but it’s something to keep in mind for next year.

Philadelphia
Chef Mitch Prensky of the “urban farmhouse” restaurant, Supper is serving a family-style Thanksgiving meal with farm-raised turkey, sweet potato soup with cinnamon marshmallow and sage, sautéed Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon, potato puree with cheddar and horseradish and, of course, house-baked pumpkin pie.

Boston
The BOKX 109 American Prime  steakhouse in Newton’s Hotel Indigo has created a 3-course prix-fixe menu with the likes of roasted cauliflower soup, bone-in prime rib with roasted fingerling potatoes, or turkey with cornbread and sage stuffing. And of course, don’t forget the pumpkin cheesecake or homemade apple pie.

San Francisco
Epic Roasthouse, San Francisco’s “restaurant with a view,” is offering a 4-course meal with your choice of caramelized ricotta gnocchi, lobster ravioli with paddlefish caviar, and wood oven-roasted organic turkey, among many other choices. Don’t miss the spiced quince croissant bread pudding or pumpkin custard Charlotte. A wine pairing is also available.

Los Angeles
Add a little British flair to your feast at the White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills. In typical LA-style, this pub is offering both a Herbivore-friendly 5-course menu, as well as a menu just for Carnivores. So whether you’ll be sticking with the vegetarian shepherd’s pie or opting for the roasted turkey, rosemary green beans and bangers & mash, save room for the cognac-dipped chocolate cake.

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