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Best bet for Turkey-day dining out?

rouxmaker Nov 7, 2008 11:15 AM

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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    SmartChow Nov 21, 2008 08:28 AM

    Redbones and Holiday Inn on Washington street in Somerville both have special thanksgiving dinners. The Holiday Inn buffet is about $25 and even though I am not into hotel food usually, they often have very good stuff here.

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      Shefood Nov 21, 2008 07:29 AM

      Look at the amazing deal Piaglle is having - got an email earlier this week.


      1. GretchenS Nov 20, 2008 07:57 AM

        Here is a long list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

        1. Anon12 Nov 16, 2008 11:22 AM

          T.W. Food is having a family-style thanksgiving dinner. http://www.twfoodrestaurant.com/ $65 for person, not including wine.

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            maggie may Nov 16, 2008 06:21 AM

            I would recommend Legal Seafood. While some Chain Snobs dont like it they still have the freshest fish around and after all Oysters , Lobsters etc were at the first feast. They also have a traditional turkey dinner on schedule Which I am sure will be good. I have been going to Legal since they were one restaurant in Inman square. They will not dissapoint and as an added bonus have resonablly priced wines. Thats where I will be going this year after some really bad experiences at other overpriced spots

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              Blumie Nov 16, 2008 06:29 AM

              I must be a chain snob, because I'm pretty certain that Thanksgiving dinner at Legal's would suck.

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                catsmeow Nov 16, 2008 07:27 AM

                We went to Legals for Thanksgiving about 4-5yrs ago. Absolutley horrible! The food was bad and the service acted like they were being forced to work that day.

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              mm617 Nov 15, 2008 09:50 AM

              Dante restaurant is offering a 3 course prix-fixe for $69. The menu looks incredible http://restaurantdante.com/. Plus you could take a walk along the river afterwards.

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                SaraASR Nov 20, 2008 07:05 AM

                Thanks for bringing up Dante. After seeing their menu, I switched! I'm a veggie, and figured that a steakhouse may not be the best option for me...

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                  Clampants Nov 25, 2008 06:53 AM

                  I'm not familiar with Dante, but that Thanksgiving menu looks pretty delicious. Does anyone know if it is an appropriate place to bring a (generally well-behaved) toddler? Or would we risk ruining lots of peoples' holidays?

                2. SaraASR Nov 14, 2008 09:24 PM

                  We're going to Mooo. Random, I know. But I want to try the other restaurant owned by Sorellina, Mistral, etc.

                  1. shorelee Nov 14, 2008 10:45 AM

                    I would suggest the Four Seasons Bristol Lounge or Dining Room......

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                      ghostcat Nov 13, 2008 10:10 PM

                      I was at McCormick's this afternoon, and I think the flyer for the Thanksgiving dinner listed the turkey dinner for about twenty dollars and the regular menu available. I don't think they can guarentee a kid free zone, however.

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                        Blumie Nov 12, 2008 11:55 AM

                        Just received an email with Clio's $85 prix fixe Thanksgiving menu:

                        Traditional Relish Tray

                        * * * * *

                        Sugar Bowl Pumpkin Soup
                        with curry spices, croutons & pumpkin tempura


                        Salad of Endive, Honey Glazed Walnuts & Quince
                        with bleu goat cheese & pomengranate seeds


                        Warm Stew of Wellfleet Oyster
                        with black salsify, leeks, lemongrass & caviar

                        * * * * *

                        Roast Free Range Turkey
                        with sourdough sausage stuffing & traditional garnish


                        Duck Fat Poached Halibut
                        with black truffles, chantarelles & green onion fondue

                        * * * * *

                        Warm Maple Financier
                        with spiced caramel, roasted apple terrine & cider sorbet

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                          whs Nov 13, 2008 05:35 PM

                          For 85 bucks???

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                            Blumie Nov 13, 2008 08:16 PM

                            Yup. We're talking Clio after all; the place doesn't come cheap. So many places fall flat on Thanksgiving. I would expect -- and hope, given the price -- that Clio would serve an excellent Thanksgiving meal.

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                              whs Nov 14, 2008 04:18 PM

                              For 3 courses, and with their portion sizes, it should come to about $20 a bite.

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                                opinionatedchef Nov 19, 2008 01:15 PM

                                whs, THANK YOU for a well needed deeep laugh!!

                        2. yumyum Nov 10, 2008 12:39 PM

                          Opentable has posted the menus of places accepting reservations for Thanksgiving. I think Upstairs on the Square is where I would go.


                          1. Joanie Nov 10, 2008 04:12 AM

                            McCormick & Schmick does turkey stuff plus a regular menu I'm pretty sure. so lots of seafood options.

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                              Gabatta Nov 8, 2008 01:32 PM

                              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.

                              1. opinionatedchef Nov 7, 2008 10:03 PM

                                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 opentable.com


                                1. opinionatedchef Nov 7, 2008 09:43 PM

                                  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. capeanne Nov 7, 2008 02:36 PM

                                    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. greygarious Nov 7, 2008 01:59 PM

                                      If you are up for a drive and a cultural adventure, check www.theshakertable.com
                                      for the Thanksgiving offerings at the excellent restaurant on the grounds of the Canterbury Shaker Village (shakers.org) 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.

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