Thursday, November 19, 2009

Eastside Thanksgiving Dining Options

With all of the buildup and anticipation, it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. While it is tradition to eat a home-cooked meal, there are a multitude of options at many of the Eastside's finest restaurants for those looking to leave the cooking (and the dishes!!!) to someone else. Here are a few of the most enticing offerings we have come across:

Pearl Bar & Dining
In addition to a relish tray for the table, you can choose from multiple traditional options for Soup/Salad, Sides, Entree & Desserts for $32.95 per person.

A prix-fixe menu including slow roasted, free-range turkey, rich apple-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, fresh cranberry relish, and house made turkey gravy will be available for $24.

0/8 Seafood Grill
For $29 a head, 0/8 will also be offering a four-course prix-fixe menu. Most noticeably, the second course will be a Soy Ginger Glazed Pork Belly with a Berry Compote and Apple Fennel Salad.

Chef Brian Scheeehser will be offering a 3 course prix-fixe menu for $49 served from noon to 8pm.

Beach Cafe (casual restaurnat below bin on the lake)
If you are looking for a more casual meal but still want a waterfront view, the Beach Cafe will be offering a special holiday menu including most notably a parsnip soup with pomegranate molasses and lemon zest and a decadent pumpkin cheesecake with cardamom whipped cream.

Matt's Rotisserie
Served from 12pm to 7pm, Matt's will be offering a traditional holiday buffet including oysters on the half shell for a surprisingly low $29.95.

Designed Dinners:
For something a little different, pick up a full 3 course turkey dinner serving 4 including Butternut Squash Soup, followed by a large boneless breast of turkey with traditional pan gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mixed garden vegetables and finish with a freshly baked pumpkin pie for a remarkably low price of $45.

Eastside Extended:
Barking Frog, Woodinville
Chef Bobby Moore will be offering a special menu for the holiday from noon to 8pm. Most intriquing is the Turkey Confit Bread Pudding that will accompany the Roasted Free Range Turkey Breast.

Herbfarm, Woodinville
If you have no budget limitations this holiday season, the Hebfarm is offering a 5pm seating as part of the “An American Harvest” dining series for $205 per person.

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie
The luxurious dining room will host a special three course dinner for $70 for carnivores or a four course vegetarian option for $65.

Personally, for the very first time my wife Michelle and I happily find ourselves alone here in Redmond, not being able to make it back to either Boston or Dallas due to work obligations. We have ordered up an “Intimate Holiday Dinner with Organic Turkey” from Whole Foods, which we plan on enjoying accompanied by a healthy dose of wine and football!

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