by Allie Pape - 10 Reviews - 45 List
You can't get away, your oven is the size of a shoebox, your family drives you up the wall ... whatever the reason, there's no shame in passing on a traditional cook-your-own Thanksgiving in San Francisco. Whether you want a cheap, basic turkey dinner, a fancy dinner out, or a cooking-free instant party for your other left-behind pals, we've got you covered. (Photo: Michael Campbell)
Updated: October 23, 2011
This classic hofbrau always serves up plenty of juicy roasted turkey, chicken, meatloaf, and other comfort eats. Come Thanksgiving, it adds on mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other favorite sides to complete the lineup. Best of all, Tommy's is dirt-cheap, and has one of the city's best beer selections. If you're looking to have a Turkey Day refugee's night out with other stranded friends, this is the place.
For a ritzier Thanksgiving experience, savor the five-course holiday tasting menu at this SOMA Asian-fusion spot. You can skip the turkey and trimmings altogether if you'd like and order off the regular menu, with dishes such as sake-marinated black cod and grilled New York strip steak.
As the rest of America engages in an orgy of meat-eating, vegetarians and vegans can sometimes feel a little left out. Never fear: The city's premier meat-free restaurant offers a $60 five-course prix fixe that's so good, even carnivores will be converted. Kids under 12 are also welcome; their meal is just $30.
Everyone can get what they want at this upscale steakhouse in the Westfield Mall's dome: for $52, a three-course prix fixe is available with turkey, prime rib, seafood, or a vegetarian option. Kids under 12 dine for just $26. Be sure to plan "dinner" for regular Thanksgiving hours; the restaurant closes at 7:30 on Turkey Day.
For a no-work turkey dinner at home, stop into one of this local grocery chain's three locations. They're offering a $90 dinner that serves eight, with turkey, butternut squash soup, Swiss chard stuffing, and chocolate bread pudding. Prefer to do the bird on your own? There's a nine-item "Side Essentials" package that handles the rest of the meal for just $60.
If you're rocking a solo Thanksgiving, but prefer to do it over a screening of "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" instead of a restaurant table, this Basque-influenced spot has you covered. For $45, you'll can feast on its annual one-person takeout bonanza: Last year's menu included pumpkin lobster bisque, roasted quail, mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts salad, and pumpkin bread pudding. A percentage of the profits go to Project Open Hand, which feeds sick and elderly folks this Turkey Day.
Turducken: a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey inside a mouth. It's the holy grail of meat enthusiasts, but it's a pain and a half to debone and roast. Let acclaimed butcher Ryan Farr do the work for you: His $275 triple bird comes with cornbread stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and gravy. (Bring your own Lipitor.) Quantities are limited, so order early to snag one.