thanksgiving 2011

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Aqua by El Gaucho, noon–8
The fresh roasted turkey is paired with green beans and caramelized shallots, home-style stuffing, buttery potatoes, and candied yams. The regular menu will also be available. $42/adult; $15/child. Call 206-956-9171 for reservations.

Barking Frog, 11:30–8
Dungeness crab cakes and figs and prosciutto are among the eight appetizers, with ginger-crusted seared Ahi, Muscovy duck breast, rib eye steak, and turkey plumping up the seven-entree menu. Plates range $10–$35. Call 425-424-2999 for reservations.

BluWater Bistro, opens at noon
Pick a starter and two entrées (prime rib, turkey, or ham, all served with the trimmings) and then round a good thing off with traditional pumpkin pie. $29.95/adult; $12.95/children under 12. Call 206-524-3985 for reservations at the Greenlake location, 206-328-2233 for Leschi.

Boka Kitchen and Bar, noon–8
A heritage turkey with potatoes and cranberries follows starters like maple glazed pork belly with salted caramel roasted chestnuts. Then comes pumpkin pie slathered in maple whipped cream or chocolate lava cake with bourbon ice cream. Plates range between $9 and $33. Call 206-357-9000 for reservations.

Café Flora, 1:30–6:45
The Madison Park staple proves Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be defined by turkey. Here an expansive vegetarian menu offers everything from crispy mushroom risotto cakes to maple pear salad to pecan pie. $50/adult; $20/child. Call 206-325-9100 for reservations.

Copperleaf Restaurant, 4–8:30
The Northwest farm fresh menu offers caramelized scallops, short ribs, venison, or a roast heritage turkey with heirloom potato salad and pumpkin agnolotti. Indulge your sweet tooth with either pistachio ice cream or pumpkin custard. $59/adult; $29.50/child; wine pairing $15. Call 206-214-4282 or book online for reservations.

The Georgian, 11–7
A lavish spread entices with bacon-wrapped scallops, Swiss fondue, smoked wagyu New York strip, honey baked ham, and turkey with trimmings. Save room for the chocolate buffet. $95/adult; $35/children ages 6 to 12. Call 206-287-4049 for reservations.

The Herbfarm, 5
The Woodinvile institution’s American Harvest is a nine-course extravaganza with six wine pairings. Highlights include grilled loin of fallow venison, bronzed heritage turkey, local foie gras with quince gelee, and roasted apples. $225/person. Call 425-485-5300 for reservations.

Linda’s Tavern, 7pm—2am
The Cap Hill hipster haunt is serving up a ten-buck Lonely Heart Hungry Man Special: a turkey TV dinner, a shot of bourbon, and a can of beer.

Plum Bistro, starts at 2, served family style till 6
On the bill at this vegan feast: hickory-smoked seiltan roast, slow-cooked tofu with gravy, and wild rice quinoa stuffing. Mashed potatoes, sweet cornbread, and greens come on the side (gluten-free accompaniments also available). $35/per person. Reserve for groups of four or more.

Salish Lodge
In the dining room sit down to four courses of organic greens, duck confit, roasted turkey, and bourbon-caramel pecan tart. Or eat your way through the decadent buffet in the ballroom, complete with seafood, carving, and dessert stations. $65/adult; $25/children ages 6 to 12; free for children 5 and under. Call 1-800-2-SALISH to reserve.

Skillet
For $65 (or $15 each), the street food stalwart will whip you up five different sides, from butter rolls to bacon jam–roasted brussel sprouts to cauliflower and gruyere gratin. Really pressed for time? Line your desert table with $25 pies—lemon ginger, coffee pecan, salted caramel apple, or pumpkin. Call 206-512-2002 to order, but be sure to get your wish list in by the 22nd. Pick up is scheduled for the 22nd or 23rd at Skillet Diner.

Urbane, seatings at 2, 5, and 8
The mains—mustard-crusted prime rib, poached turkey breast, butternut squash with field roast—are all you but the five sides are served family style. $38/person; $19/children under 12. Book online or call for reservations.