It’s that time of the year. The turkey won’t cook itself (I think there’s an app coming out next year though) and your family won’t rest until they’re stuffed to the gills. Increasingly restaurant’s are looking to take the load off of the overwhelmed home cook though. Here are a few Thanksgiving day dining options for 2014.
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
$45 adults, $20 wine pairing, $20 children 12 and under
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
A special four course menu offers a choice of soup or salad, choice of appetizer, choice of the entrees of turkey, prime rib or pork chop, and choice of dessert. “I am excited to host this year’s giving of thanks with old friends and new friends,” said Tyler Jolley, managing partner.
$55 adults, children 12 yrs and younger $25
If marshmallow topped yams make you shiver, don’t fear. Dine in style with Franck’s Thanksgiving feast this year with a menu that includes fancier dishes such as sous vide duck leg and 6 day brined turkey breast.
$8.00 – $16.00 per item
Vegans and vegetarians can rely on Frisch, the “compassionate eatery focusing on animal free, super tasty food” to fuel their Thanksgiving day table. Frisch are offering everything from savory soy chicken through pumpkin chia pumpkin on their holiday take out menu.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$59.00 adults, $29.50 children ages 5-12, children 4 and under complimentary
Savor the season and the tastes of Thanksgiving without setting foot in the kitchen. Enjoy a bountiful menu of turkey with all the trimmings or choose from many other regional and international offerings at the Grand America’s sumptuous Thanksgiving Day Grand brunch.
Grand America – Garden Cafe
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$39.00 adults, $15.00 children’s buffet 5-12 years of age, children 4 and under complimentary
Celebrate the season with family and friends and at The Garden Café with their special three course set meal featuring lobster pot pie, prime rib or good ol’ turkey. For dessert you don’t even have to make a choice, just hit the grand dessert buffet.
12.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
$59 adults, $32 children 4 – 12, $10 children under 4
Enjoy the big day with your loved ones at the elegant La Caille. The three course menu takes in plenty of seasonal favorites including pumpkin soup, prime rib and apple crisp.
Log Haven *
$49.95 adult, $24.95 children under 12 years of age
1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Head on up to the rustic charms of this mountainside retreat and enjoy a four-course plated luncheon that covers lots of the seasonal classics while maintaining the refined touch, that Log Haven is famous for.
$50.00 adults, $24.00 children, children 4 and under complimentary
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Little America – Lucky H Bar & Grille
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Let the Little America chef’s make your Thanksgiving a special day, at either their extensive buffet or the Lucky H Bar & Grille with a set menu loaded with fall favorites.
The popular downtown breakfast spot will be offering their traditional brunch on Thanksgiving day. The menu is loaded with traditional breakfast dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches. “Since experimenting with opening on Thanksgiving morning a few years back – judging by the crowds, it has become apparent that it’s a new tradition for many,” said Will Keesen, general manager. “Actually, this is mostly all about me needing a place to eat that morning,” he joked.
$80 per smoked turkey
Pick up from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Have the BBQ geniuses at R&R BBQ take care of the hard work and put the perfect smokey finish on the table. R&R have a limited number of smoked turkeys this year if you act fast.
Snowbird – The Aerie
$46 adults, $22 kids (6-12)
11.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Snowbird – The Lodge Bistro
$43 adults, $22 children
11.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Snowbird – The Atrium
$43 adults, $19 children 7-12, 6 and under free
A gourmet buffet with freshly made sushi, Southern style fried turkey and ala carte dining, Snowbird has it all. Not to mention a range of dine and stay packages to make the event even grander.
Restaurants: Park City / Deer Valley
Apex At The Montage
$75 for adults, $30 for children ages 5 to 12, free for children 4 and younger.
12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sample salads made from endives, romaine hearts bitter greens or rigatoni; potato leek and butternut squash soups; chilled shellfish; unique sides like Granny Smith apple-sausage stuffing and Apex cranberry sauce; and a carvery serving herb-roasted turkey breast, peppercorn-crusted prime beef tenderloin, rosemary-roasted leg of lamb and chili-glazed cedar-plank salmon. Then, top things off with some of the 12 desserts on offer, including chocolate Bundt cake, mocha éclairs, and cheesecake in a jar.
The Bakery @ Windy Ridge
Take-out, baked goods
Cut-off to place orders is Wednesday, November 19. All order must be pre-paid and picked up on Wednesday, November 26 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Impress your guests or your hosts with pies, tarts, cakes and other goodies from the Bakery at Windy Ridge. Finger-foods your thing? Try the pyramid-coconut or French macaroons. Prefer cakes? Rich red velvet, German chocolate, carrot spice and strawberry vanilla-bean are just a few of the selections on offer. There’s also pies galore, fruit tarts, and gluten-free selections (including those macaroons!). Be sure to keep Windy Ridge’s famed quiches and lasagnas in mind, too!
Brass Tag @ Deer Valley Resort
Prix-fixe dinner for two or a la carte
$48 per person for the prix-fixe menu
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Brass Tag will be serving a gourmet prix fixe dinner for two that includes butternut squash and arugula salad; turkey breast roulade with brick-oven Brussels sprouts, Deer Valley caramelized garlic whipped Yukon gold potatoes, and a shiitake mushroom and green bean casseroles; and skillet pumpkin prime and cheddar-cheese-crusted apple pie. An a la carte option is also available.
Buzz Coffee & Tea @ The Montage
$195 for dinner serving up to eight people.
Orders must be placed at least 72 hours in advance.
Take home a tasty Thanksgiving meal without spending the day sweating above the kitchen stove. Buzz Coffee’s “grab and go” meal for six to eight people includes herb-roasted turkey breast, sausage-apple stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, cranberry sauce, country turkey gravy, and a choice of Granny Smith apple pie or traditional pumpkin pie.
$25 to $29 per entrée
3 p.m. until close
You pick at Cisero’s delectable three-course Thanksgiving dinner. Start with the house or Caesar salads or warm butternut squash soup with crème fraiche and spicy pumpkin seeds. Then choose traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, prime rib, or Utah steelhead trout, then dig into pumpkin ricotta cheesecake, a brown-butter pecan tart or bread pudding with whiskey-caramel and Bees Knees vanilla ice cream.
Daly’s Pub & Rec @ The Montage
For an active and truly stress-free Thanksgiving, head to Daly’s Pub & Rec at The Montage at Deer Valley Resort. Take in the NFL games, enjoy bowling, billiards and a vintage arcade, and dig into gourmet pub food, including a special turkey sandwich.
The Eating Establishment
$14.95 for lunch, $21.95 for dinner
Lunch is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; dinner is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a warm, casual and family-friendly atmosphere, check out the Eating Establishment. Park City’s longest-running full-service restaurant is serving traditional Thanksgiving lunch and dinner, including garlic mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry relish, stuffing, gravy and, of course, oven-roasted turkey. Dinner also comes with cream-of-pumpkin soup and warm apple pie.
A la carte
Turkey not your thing? Check out Flying Sumo, Park City’s favorite Old Town sushi restaurant. This local’s favorite will be serving all its sushi rolls and nigiri for half-off! And not just on Thanksgiving, either: The special continues all fall long.
Glitretind @ Stein Eriksen Lodge
$75 for adults, $25 for children ages 5 to 12, free for children ages 4 and younger
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
Talk about a buffet! Glitretind, home of Stein Eriksen Lodge’s famed Sunday brunch at Deer Valley Resort, is once again serving its giant, five-star Thanksgiving buffet. Selections include pumpkin-apple soup with sherry and bacon, scallop-and-lobster fall potato chowder, grilled lamb T-bone, braised veal short-ribs, roasted Arctic char, sides, salads, Stein’s Grand Dessert Display, and so much more.
$28.75 for adults, $14.75 for children under 12
2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For traditional Thanksgiving dinner done right, there’s no better pick than Grub Steak, Park City’s favorite local steakhouse. The restaurant’s special prix fixe menu opens with butternut squash and McIntosh apple soup, followed by either Park City’s ‘Best Salad Bar’ or baby romaine heart-Caesar salad, then roasted tom turkey with harvest vegetable stuffing, traditional gravy, parsnips and carrots pear butter, homemade mashers, fresh citrus cranberry relish and oat-and-barley beer bread along with sourdough baguette. Then finish it off with pumpkin pie vanilla-bean whipped ice cream or warm spiced apple bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
Powder @ The Waldorf Astoria
$65 for adults, $25 for children ages 3 to 11
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Powder’s pulling out all the stops, serving a buffet featuring roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry orange compote, herb-crusted prime rib, honey-clove glazed ham, braised short ribs, Loch Duart king salmon, candied yams, wild boar and apple stuffing, and more than a dozen other sides, soups, cheese, breads, desserts and seafood. If you’re looking for one of Park City’s ultimate buffets, you can’t go wrong at Powder.
Residents of Northern Utah might want to check out what’s baking at the amazing Crumb Brothers. Take a look at this Cranberry Walnut Bread now available for pre-order for the big day. And of course, you get to tell your guests you made it yourself.
Or you could go one step, well ten steps further and have Cuisine Unlimited cater the whole shebang, and claim credit too! Cuisine Unlimited will prepare an entire Thanksgiving dinner, or any portion/setup therein and deliver right to your door. This option is a double win, no cooking but you still get leftovers for the next day too.
Minimum 10 People @ $36.50 per person
Under 10 People @ $40.00 per person
Herb-Roasted Whole Turkey (14-16 lbs.) Only $125.00 *
Delivery in Salt Lake Valley $40.00
Delivery to Park City $55.00
Pick Up or Delivery – 9:00 a.m. to Noon Thanksgiving Day or 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. day before.
* Gastronomic SLC is a proud local partner of Faustina, Log Haven and Oasis Cafe.
Founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review. Former restaurant critic at the Salt Lake Tribune. Stuart is largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words he doesn’t understand. Ate all the pies.