Silvia’s barely has time to clear away the decorations from its lengthy and joyful Oktoberfest celebrations before resetting everything for its annual Thanksgiving feast – and what a feast it is! This is a massive all-you-can-eat buffet of not just traditional turkey and other holiday fare. True to its roots and name, Silvia’s also offers pierogis, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and other Polish treats in this marriage of Old World and New World family cuisine. The $24.95 per person price is a bargain, made doubly so by the wealth of choices – and the happy and fun atmosphere of Silvia’s International Restaurant in Enfield.
Thanksgiving begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. at The Hopkins Inn in the charming little town of Warren. Innkeepers Toby Fossland and Beth and Franz Schober set a lovely and groaning table at this 19th century inn overlooking Lake Waramaug, and they keep the feast going until 7:30 p.m. This inn is a family affair which Beth and Franz Schober have been running for nearly 40 years, and where their son and now fellow innkeeper Toby Fossland grew up. They make guests and diners feel like they are visiting someone’s home. This is Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings, and in an historic setting in the Berkshire Hills at that. There is a vineyard and lake beach nearby to visit for those who want to walk off a big meal – or build up their appetite.
The Muse is the premier restaurant at The Mayflower Grace, formerly known as The Mayflower Inn and Restaurant. Tucked into the folds of the Litchfield Hills, in scenic, rural Washington, Connecticut, The Mayflower Grace is an elegant and gracious hotel with accommodations, spa and a restaurant reminiscent of an era gone by. The recently “reimagined” Muse restaurant is Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux Jonathan Cartwright’s masterpiece. Although still elegant, it is now “casually” so, according to Cartwright, who has eased the formality of the previous setting without sacrificing its elegance. Crisp linens, brilliant crystal and spotless silverware dress the tables everyday, but at Thanksgiving The Muse outdoes itself. The prix fixe meal is not cheap, even for children (who dine at less than half price), but it is a sumptuous feast and one served in an atmosphere that is beautiful.
“Space is going quickly” for Thanksgiving reservations, warns the hostess at the SoNo Brewhouse in South Norwalk. The traditional “Brewhouse Thanksgiving Feast” is a popular event at this restaurant situated just down the street from the city’s Maritime Aquarium, so much so that now there are three seatings (at noon, 2:15 and 4:30 p.m). The massive meal includes the traditional turkey and fixings as well as ham, roast beef, assorted casseroles and deserts, all for $39.95 per person. The beer is extra, and as its name and décor suggest, the Brewhouse has a lot of beers to choose from to help quench any pilgrim’s thirst.
Thanksgiving does not have to be about only the big feast. For those who eat late in the evening, Davinci’s Pizza in Norwalk offers its full menu, dine-in or take out, for the midway meal. And for those who do the big dinner at noon or early afternoon, pizza can be a nice way to end the day without having to go through the hassle of yet another table setting and clean up. Davinci’s even delivers.
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