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Sep 24, 2007 03:14 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner in Seattle

I live in Seattle, and my parents visit each year from Texas for Thanksgiving. I've been taking them to Ray's Boathouse (the downstairs restaurant). This year we want to try something different. Here's what I'm looking for:

1. more casual than Ray's (but not a dive)
2. not a buffet
3. not in a hotel
4. traditional turkey dinner
5. must be delicious!

Any ideas?

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  1. this is distinctly NOT what you want to hear but thanksgiving is the single worst day of the year for restaurant dining (with mother's day a close second) when kitchens must deal with unaccustomed crowds, new menus (turkey? pumpkin pie?) and staff who would really rather be at home with their families. home and family being the key here (else why would your parents choose this particular time to visit?) may i humbly suggest you organize a few friends - especially those whose own families cannot visit - who, with the able assistance of caterers and upscale markets, can help you put together a casual family & friends event with lots of aid to set, serve and clean up. not to mention the blessings of leftovers....

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    1. re: howard 1st

      howard1st - you have an extremely good point. Perhaps we'd do better with a takeout meal from an upscale market. I'll shop around for prepared meals for a small group (perhaps Metropolitan Market or Whole Foods). Thanks!

      1. re: wlayres

        Lisa Dupar Catering does a takeout Thanksgiving meal that sounds delicious(and I'm sure it is since everything she makes is).