The Ultimate Thanksgiving Restaurant Primer 2011

Whether you're traveling, tired, or lazy, these restaurants are serving Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving Dinner
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Thanksgiving Dinner

We've seen them played out on the big screen — the dire situations that call for finding a restaurant that's open for dinner on a big holiday. The weather is bad and you're stranded in a city because your flight has been cancelled à la Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Maybe the neighbor's dogs rampaged through your kitchen and devoured your turkey like in A Christmas Story. Or you get to your relative's house and they've already started, like in Avalon when Lou Jacobi arrives and asks, "You cut the turkey without me?!"

If you can't decide whether to brine or deep-fry, or you want to do a destination dinner — whatever the reason, wherever you are, this list should help. Below are suggestions by notable blogs, newspapers, and personalities for restaurants celebrating Turkey Day, as well as places you can pick up meals to-go, in The Daily Meal's featured cities.


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III Forks — Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast at this high-end steakhouse chain with menu items that include tomato basil soup, châteaubriand, and Kentucky bourbon pecan pie.

Trace at The W Austin — Locally sourced seasonal ingredients get dressed up for the holidays in this traditional Thanksgiving menu. Dishes include curried squash soup and turducken — turkey stuffed with duck confit and chicken liver cornbread dressing. 

24 Diner — The elevated comfort food served at this restaurant is tailor-made for a memorable Thanksgiving feast. The fare is traditional, with dishes such as brined, roasted turkey (alongside turkey leg confit) and bacon-braised greens.

For further guidance on where to eat Thanksgiving in Austin check out these guides:

• Citysearch: Austin Thanksgiving Planner 2011

Open Table: Austin


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Grafton Street — Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner with dishes like duck confit tart, pan-roasted pork loin, and spiced chocolate molten cake.

Temple Bar — New England flavors meet American classics in this three-course Thanksgiving Dinner menu with dishes like smoked ham hock croquettes, pan-toasted faro “risotto,” and slow-roasted all-natural Amish turkey. 

Russell House Tavern — Enjoy upscale modern American dishes like hickory-smoked salmon terrine and roasted Verrill Farm pumpkin risotto without breaking your budget.

For further guidance on where to eat Thanksgiving in Boston check out this guide:

Open Table: Boston


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Bin 36 — Indulge in a flavorful Thanksgiving with dishes like duck served three different ways, maple syrup-brined turkey, and eight different family-style sides. 

LM Restaurant — Enjoy a Thanksgiving tasting menu that includes poached apple and chestnut soup, seared scallops, and a pumpkin tart with cranberry chutney and cream cheese.