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Nov 7, 2008 11:15 AM

Best bet for Turkey-day dining out?

Seeking restaurant recommendations for traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It's just two of us and I'm not a big turkey-fan (blasphemy, I know) so we want to go out where DC can get his traditional fixins and I can order from a menu. Willing to spend around $200. I have nothing against children, but would prefer a place that doesn't attract them.

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  1. If you are up for a drive and a cultural adventure, check
    for the Thanksgiving offerings at the excellent restaurant on the grounds of the Canterbury Shaker Village ( near Concord NH. They probably don't have guided tours on the holiday, but you could stroll the grounds and look in the windows at the original Shaker-designed furnishings and inventions.

    1. I am very surprised cruising Opentable that a number of restaurants are open and Pigalle, Harvest and L'Espalier have availability and may meet your criteria.

      1. whatever you do, DON'T go to the Boston Harbor Hotel. We made that big mistake 2 yrs ago. Daniel Bruce must have been on vaca. or something; it was sooooo mediocre. We looked at the 4 seasons menu but it was boring.
        I think the 3 small places that capeann mentioned would be lovely/quiet/comfy. The advantage of Harvest would be that Brattle St. is such a beautiful street to stroll afterwards.

        1. here's a link to Open Table's list of boston area restnts that are open thanksgiv day. If the link doesn't work, go to

          1. Aujourd'hui generally does a phenomenal Thanksgiving Day buffet for about $100 a head (the booze will put you a bit over your budget), but it is absolutely worth it. Your DC can get their traditional fixings, and you can get everything else.