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Thanksgiving Dinner

When all you want to make for Thanksgiving is reservations.

By Kathryn Robinson November 9, 2009

Don’t try this at home!

Don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving? We give thanks for the many restaurant kitchens who do. Something for everyone on this list…and not a moment too soon. We’re T minus two weeks here, pilgrims.

Traditional Atmo
At restaurants like The Hunt Club and Calcutta Grill, the traditional hearth-and-home ambience supplies half the bliss. The other half comes from the traditional turkey-stuffing–cranberry sauce spread at the Hunt Club; a turkey–prime rib–ham–smoked salmon buffet at Calcutta (the dining room at the Golf Club at Newcastle).

Feast with a View
Salty’s at both Alki and Redondo plan to lay on a big buffet spread as only Salty’s can, complete with windswept Northwest vistas of whitecaps and sea. At Ponti the charming outlook onto canal and bridge will be supplemented with chef Alvin Binuya’s three-course feast starring brown sugar–brined natural turkey, grilled wild Alaskan salmon, roasted Washington Angus prime rib, or quinoa-masa cakes with butternut squash mole. Plus fixins galore.

Prix-fixe
Hankering for something a little less traditional, a little more nouveau? Trellis at the Kirkland Heathman Hotel will be doing up three-course feasts featuring guests’ choice of starters like saffron-mussel bisque, entrees like housemade gnocchi with saffron tomato sauce and shaved sheep cheese, and desserts like lemon-sage flan with sage tuile and sage syrup. At Urbane choose from among apple-walnut–duck rillette salad, mustard-crusted prime rib with horseradish sauce, and pear crisp.

Vegetarian
Finally, even the Tofurkey crowd has options. Cafe Flora will present four-course menus of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free persuasions. Included will be such delights as crispy chanterelles and truffled cauliflower with porcini–red wine sauce and toasted hazelnuts. Across town, Carmelita will be similarly, creatively vegetal, offering four-course spreads for vegetarians and vegans and plenty of desserts for all. Wine pairings, too!

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