Ten Straight-Up Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners
Well, mostly traditional...
Serving up a near-dictionary definition of the thanksgiving dinner, these Seattle-area restaurants endeavor to stay true to the holy trinity of squash soup, tom turkey, and pie.
For a guilt-free turkey dinner, downtown’s sustainability maven is a sure bet. Menu options include a hearty winter squash soup with crème fraiche, organic (and free-range, local, etc.) roasted turkey with the works, and pumpkin tart with milk chocolate Chantilly. 12–10pm, 206-676-4600. $40/3-course prix fixe, or a la carte.
For a Thanksgiving spent wandering the stalls of Pike Place Market or Post Alley, this upscale crustaceancentric eatery is certainly an appropriate dinner locale. And the menu is remarkably scant in seafood. Choose the free-range turkey dinner for a platter of sides like apple-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and housemade giblet gravy, and, of course, a big slab o’ pumpkin pie. 12–7pm, 206-448-4884. $25/prix fixe, or a la carte.
For those who like their turkey with a side of sailboats and views of downtown Seattle. Appetizer choices include an oregonzola salad with candied hazelnuts and cream of butternut squash soup. The climax: salt-and-pepper-crusted turkey with sides like Yorkshire pudding, kumquat-cranberry relish, and glazed yams, followed by a delicious denouement of spiced pumpkin pie. 11am–9pm, 206-285-1000. $47/3-course prix fixe, or a la carte.
Chefs Kerry Sear and Jelle Vandenbroucke paint a memorable Thanksgiving in this four-course feast, which is lovingly preceded by baskets of warm raisin bâtard bread. Aside from traditional roast turkey, choose from menu options like spiced cinderella pumpkin soup and Dungeness crab and blue prawn crab cakes. Decadent desserts include a duo of pumpkin and pecan pies with caramel bourbon sauce and a molten chocolate cake served with—yes—pumpkin beer ice cream. Bonus: free valet parking for diners! 11:30am–7:30pm, 206-749-7070. $85/adults, $35/children 6-12, free/children 0-5.
Serving what is likely the most sustainable meal this side of the Cascades, this rustic Belltown café promises that 90 percent of its raw ingredients are sourced from within a 360-mile radius. A fixed holiday menu features butternut squash soup, turkey with savory sides like rosemary caramelized onion stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake. A la carte, extra sides and desserts are available, including seasonal delights like a spiced cranberry crème brulée with a gingerbread tuile. 11am–8pm, 206-441-9360. $30/3-course prix fixe, or a la carte.
Down near Sea-Tac, chef Mark Bodinet has transformed the former WaMu retreat into a cozy lodge of gourmet proportions...and a stellar destination for a holiday meal. Starters include hand-cut celery root agnolotti, while magnificent entrees like root beer-braised lamb with grilled pumpkin or 48-hour-braised Wagyu brisket (or, if you’re feeling adventurous, turkey) are dazzling stars of the show. And then there’s the insanely hedonistic dessert menu: banana bread French toast with peanut butter ice cream and cinnamon mousse; and pumpkin custard with Theo’s dark chocolate cheesecake. 2–8pm, 877-515-2176. $59/adults, $29.95/children 5-12, free/children 0-4.
This downtown Seattle mainstay delivers a solid Thanksgiving menu of seasonal dishes. Starters like local pork belly with scallops and a fall harvest salad pave the way for a classic heritage turkey dinner and dessert of pumpkin pie with maple ice cream or chocolate lava cake with bourbon (ice cream). 12pm–8pm, 206-357-9000. Pricing a la carte.
This 1900s home turned restaurant in Bothell provides a cozy and romantic atmosphere for holiday meals. Chef Lance Okamoto starts diners off with small plates like acorn squash ravioli with chèvre, leading up to a pear cider brined turkey dinner or alternative entrée choices like bison strip loin, salmon Oscar, or stuffed squash. A pie-less dessert menu proffers pumpkin and hazelnut bread pudding or an apple and pecan crisp. 12:30–7pm, 425-408-1306. Adult price varies per entrée selection, $15/children 0-12.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Rest assured that this meat-focused national chain will stick to tradition. Their blissfully bovine-free Thanksgiving dinner begins with a seafood gumbo or Caesar salad, followed by roasted turkey breast—served with house sausage and herb stuffing—and the most orthodox dessert of pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream. Seattle: 3–10pm, 206-624-8524. $36.95/adults, $12.95/children 0-12. Bellevue: 12 – 8pm, 425-451-1550. $36.95/adults, $12.95/children 0-12.
A colorful and romantic evening of four courses, each served at a leisurely pace as per the restaurant’s Mediterranean roots. Chef Sarah Lorenzon crafts a hearty turkey dinner with a little Spanish twist and Italian gusto. Diners also score free valet parking. 3 – 9pm, 206-382-6999. $50/four-course prix fix, or a la carte.