Thanksgiving is 48 hours from now and if you haven’t started brining your bird or figured out what kind of pie you’re going to make, why not let the experts handle the holiday for you? While some restaurants are closed on Thursday, others are open for business and serving up special turkey day menus. Wondering where you can enjoy buttery biscuits alongside mashed potatoes and gravy? Here are nine Bay Area eateries that will take care of Thanksgiving for you.
Hungry for a Southern-inspired Thanksgiving meal? Head to the revamped Elite Cafe on Fillmore Street. The restaurant is serving a turkey dinner that includes roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy, maple roasted carrots, yukon gold mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, oyster tasso dressing, and grilled Brussels sprouts. Elite’s regular menu will also be available, so if you’re in the mood for their famous meetinghouse biscuits, deviled eggs, or shrimp cocktail, you can order those dishes, too.
At RN74, chef Michael Mina is inviting guests to sit back and enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. The menu features creative interpretations of classic turkey day dishes. There is a warm seckel pear salad, sweet yam gratinee, smoked chestnut stuffing, butter-basted heritage turkey, Maine lobster thermidor, roasted foie gras with beluga lentils, and pumpkin risotto with white truffle butter. For the ultimate experience, get the wine pairings to match whatever you order. Cheers!
Executive chef John Griffiths is offering a little something for everyone with his four-course Thanksgiving menu at Bluestem Brasserie. To start there is spice-roasted squash soup and harvest salad of butter lettuce with shaved persimmon, pomegranate and Point Reyes Blue cheese. Entree choices include slow-roasted heritage turkey with lightly smoked sweet potato puree, arctic char with lentils and bread crumb salsa, or roasted filet mignon with golden potato puree and wild mushroom confit. Pastry chef Lori Baker’s dessert? Chocolate chestnut torte with candied cranberries and ginger creme anglaise. Delish!
At Americano, chef Josua Perez is serving a choose-your-own-Thanksgiving-adventure meal of three courses. Starter options consist of sunchoke and roasted pear soup, chicory salad with citrus and beets, warm butternut squash panzanella with goat cheese, and crispy pork belly with braised greens and sweet potato puree. All the first courses sound so delicious, it will be hard to select just one! For the main course, there is a turkey leg confit with sausage stuffing, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, and gravy. However, if you’re not a huge fan of turkey, order the black cod with fennel chowder, the grilled polenta with spiced winter vegetable ragu, or the prime rib with savory gorgonzola bread pudding. Like the first course, it will be difficult to narrow down dessert. Choose from pumpkin pie tartlets with maple meringue, apple fritters with bourbon ice cream, or budino with spiced shortbread and whipped cream.
In need of a truly decadent day off? Book a staycation at the St. Regis’s 3,200 square-foot Presidential Suite. The hotel’s chef Franck Desplechin will create a special turkey-day meal just for you. Plus, the St. Regis will send up a personal butler to take care of all of your needs.
Want to get out of town? Head to Napa and make a reservation on the Napa Valley Wine Train. The train, which recently received a haute makeover, is offering lunch (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) rides. The experience involves a three-hour ride through wine country, a multi-course Thanksgiving meal prepared by chef Donald Young, and plenty of free-flowing wine. It’s an indulgent and relaxing journey where you’ll make new memories with long-lasting pals and new friends.
Over in Oakland, on the waterfront at Jack London Square, Lungomare’s chef Craig DiFonzo is putting together a locally-sourced menu. Guests choose their first and main course with an assortment of delicious sides served family style. Here are the most scrumptious sounding menu items: Italian-inspired roasted chestnut and potato soup, Alaskan halibut, smoked turkey breast, roasted Brussels sprouts with oven dried tomatoes and pancetta, and chocolate budino.
Want to style your own table, but not have to worry about the food? Let MKT Restaurant, the eatery at the Four Seasons San Francisco, craft the perfect meal. Order the entire dinner to go from executive chef Alexander La Motte. The feast involves a 20-pound turkey, four sides, soup, salad, and pumpkin pie.
Another place where you can order the food to go? Belcampo. The upscale meat company is offering a farm-to-table meal complete with roasted root vegetables, mashed sweet potatoes, collard greens, sage stuffing, and an assortment of different turkeys. For dessert? Traditional apple or pumpkin pie.