by Alan Kent - 0 Reviews - 7 List
This Thanksgiving, you've got a choice: Grab a turkey to go, or dig into Thanksgiving dinner at a Portland restaurant. Either way, you'll cut out hours slaving over a hot stove, eliminate debates about the relative merits of bird-baking, and give thanks that a professional chef has made the crucial choices for you. To help, we've rounded up Portland's best choices for Turkey Day done the easy way! (Photo: Thanksgiving Meal by Flickr user Craig Dugas)
Updated: October 22, 2011
This Thanksgiving, Portland Prime offers its standard menu featuring steak and seafood, plus a Chef's Feature with classic Thanksgiving fare: turkey, gravy, and all the sides you can stomach. Be sure to reserve seating ahead of time (online is best) and prepare to be dazzled by the 140-bottle wine list. (Since the restaurant is only two blocks from a MAX stop, you can ride the rails home, sober or not!)
Andina offers top-notch Peruvian fare in the Pearl. This year, its three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner is $55 per person (plus tip). The regular menu isn't available on Thanksgiving, but the day's options are surprisingly extensive for a prix fixe menu--including fantastic seafood if Peruvian turkey isn't your thing. Seatings are available from 1pm to 9:30pm, and live music will be provided. Reserve a spot online.
Book your party of up to 12 for Thanksgiving at the Country Cat, any time from 2pm to 8pm. A four-course meal is available for $45 per person (plus beverages, plus tip). The menu features a special Thanksgiving turkey (it's brined, smoked, then braised), pork chops, plus vegetarian and pescatarian options. A kids menu is also provided, so picky eaters have plenty of choices. The full Thanksgiving menu is online, and reservations can be made by calling (503) 408-1414.
Every year, New Seasons offers a complete line of wholesome Thanksgiving goodness--and you can taste it in advance. Check out tastings on Nov. 12 and 13, 11am to 5pm, at all store locations. The menu features Diestel turkey and all the sides (including desserts). New Seasons recently discontinued its home delivery business, however, so this year you'll have to stop by a store to pick up your order.
Huber's specializes in a traditional turkey dinner year-round, so Thanksgiving is no stretch. Established in 1879, this Portland mainstay offers a variety of Thanksgiving take-out options, including a Turkey Package serving 8 to 10. It features a 12-plus pound turkey, sage dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, beer bread, and a pumpkin pie for $125. Check its website for more specials and sides; then call (503) 228-5686 to place your order.
Grand Central provides all the Thanksgiving bread and baking goodies you can imagine: from U-Bake crusts (make our own pie!) to a festive pumpernickel, it's all good. The bakery also offers stuffing, dinner rolls, and pies (including pumpkin and pecan). If you're looking for a twist this Thanksgiving, the U-Bake Pizza Dough opens up all sorts of culinary options. Check out the menu online and call (503) 445-1600 to order ahead. The store also offers delivery for orders of more than $75.