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Nov 20, 2011 11:44 AM

casual pgh restaurants open for thanksgiving?

we're trying to find a casual restaurant open thanksgiving. not doing a turkey dinner, just looking for someplace decent and enjoyable on the east side of pittsburgh. we've been looking for chinese but have had little luck so far...


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  1. There's generally not enough traffic to keep the Chinese restaurants open. People going out are looking usually for traditional without having to cook. I don't think the Post-Gazette did a roundup this year of open places, and really, you're cutting it close now with less than a week to go. ;-) Mostly you would have to make reservations.

    That said, a few chains are open now: Houlihan's, Atria's and Bucca di Beppo. You might still want a reservation though. Houlihan's has some things on their buffet that are not turkey dinner. Atria's is a 3-4 course menu with only a couple choices. Dunno about Bucca.

    There used to be one Chinese place that would open, or at least there was one year, can't find mention of it this year. I want to say it was Orient Kitchen on Baum, but I'm not sure. I can't find the article from a few years ago that said this.

    We're actually going to try out Houlihan's, for what it's worth. Had a change of plans that has my dad coming up that day. Originally it would have been just the two of us, and we don't cook or go out for T-day.

    Oh, a bit more digging, if you go here and look at the "Little Bites" features for the last few times, each one mentions some Thanksgiving out places. The one additional one that might fit: Claddagh Irish Pub in South Side Works, yet another chain. Lidia's in the Strip is open with some non-Turkey stuff, but it may not seem so casual and I figure it's popular and well booked already. Almost everything else is pretty set on traditional I think. Even McCormick & Schmick's which is generally a seafood restaurant appears to be doing a turkey-type menu.

    Orient Kitchen
    4808 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    Claddagh Irish Pub
    407 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

    McCormick & Schmick's
    301 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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    1. re: CrazyOne

      that's what we're actually trying to avoid.. not looking for a turkey dinner or anything of that ilk. my son had suggested eat-n-park but that doesn't seem to be open. only city i've lived in that doesn't have a fair selection of hole-in-the-wall and (extremely) casual restaurants open on holidays. oh well, we'll sort something.

      1. re: quotidianus

        Everything I mentioned except maybe Atria's (and the mention of McCormick's) has options other than turkey dinner, plus in the link there are some more Italian places mentioned that have Italian food as an option. That is why I mentioned them. Ah, well. Perhaps it's more important to blame the city for not meeting your standards....

        There might be some bars open, there is football after all. Or maybe they use this as one of the few days a year to close and get a well-deserved day off. I don't begrudge them that, although perhaps a few folks here and there might wish for a bar to go to after a couple hours with their dysfunctional families. ;-) Hotel bars are typically open.

        1. re: quotidianus

          Pittsburgh is a very family oriented area and people very often do not move far from thier home.. ( for the most part) More often than not Holidays are spent doing the "traditional" route of home cooking or a more fancier meal out.
          You can find the Deny's and some hole in the wall bars specific to a area (check to see if kitchen is open) ... , but the rest require reservations and palnning..

      2. How about Hokkaido Buffet? Went there with family when visiting. Had nice variety and enjoyed it alot. Thanksgiving special listed on website.

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        1. re: ML PAVACT

          You know, that sounds like a REALLY good idea. Dinner all day, starring lobster with ginger and scallion. $19.95 buffet.

          1. re: Jay F

            ah brilliant! we're headed that way for movies anyway. thanks!

        2. It looks like Orient Kitchen, 4808 Baum Blvd, is open, but here is their number just in case:

          Orient Kitchen
          4808 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213