A Thanksgiving Guide to Dining Out

Yes, cooking at home can be "exciting" (read: stressful). And yes, it's nice to come in from the cold and hang out with your 12 closest friends/family members/co-workers/apostles while the turkey roasts. But there's a world beyond that homebound scenarioa world of dining out (or getting fancy takeout) on the biggest of all dining days. So check out our modest suggestions for Thanksgiving-themed events and offerings your oddball holiday coterie might dig. THROUGH NOVEMBER 26 Grand Central Bakery prefers not to mess with success, so the apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies they're cranking out this Thanksgiving season are pretty much the same pies you'd be eating if you lived in 1935. These pies are so vintage, you'll swear their existence in our era is due to some contortion of the time-space continuum. Order ASAP and pick 'em up on Wednesday, Nov. 26. $12-$13.95. Grand Central Bakery, 214 First Ave. S., 206-768-0320. PIONEER SQUARE A catered Thanksgiving can be just as successful as the noncatered kind; at least that's what Lowell-Hunt Catering wants you to believe. Their Turkey Day wares are tempting: beef and portobello brochettes ($1.75 each), Brussels sprouts with bacon and shallots ($7/quart), and the turkey itself ($70)enough for eight people, in factalong with a nice pie, pumpkin ($22) or pecan ($24). Minimum order is $75. Place orders by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Pickup happens on Wednesday, Nov. 26 before 6 p.m. Lowell-Hunt Catering, 1111 Fairview Ave. N., 206-264-0400 ext. 104. EASTLAKE NOVEMBER 22 Did you know Long Beach had a cranberry museum? Neither did we. In any event, the museum and its gift shop are hosting a cranberry tasting affair, which we can only hope is in no way adulterous. "Food items made with cranberries will be featured"though we bet you'd have figured that out for yourself. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Cranberry Museum and Gift Shop, 2907 Pioneer Rd., 360-642-5553. LONG BEACH THANKSGIVING (NOVEMBER 27) Salish Lodge & Spa wants to butter up your Butterball this Thanksgiving with a deal that's sweeter than Aunt Mim's candied yams. With three tantalizing menusone for carnivores, one for meatless eaters, and one for the kiddiesthe renowned Snoqualmie resort has its bases covered, and if the per-person rate seems steep, consider this: "guests take home a doggie box (not a small bag) of all the day's fixings." Except for the joy of watching your relatives bicker à la Pieces of April, why stay home and cook? Why, indeed. $75 per person ($29 for kids). Salish Lodge & Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., 800-2-SALISH. SNOQUALMIE Ray's Boathouse is pulling double duty with two Turkey Day events: a sprawling buffet featuring a seafood bar, a carving station, and more than a dozen lovely sides and salads; and a full-on prix-fixe feast starring turkey, prime rib, grilled king salmon, or prawnsyour choice. If you're lucky enough to have a relative named Ray, tell your family you're eating at Ray's this year and take them here. $27.95, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (buffet); $22-$34, Noon-8 p.m. (prix fixe). Ray's Boathouse, 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770. BALLARD The Rose Club tries its Northwest-influenced hand at Thanksgiving chow, for vegetarian and carnivore alike. Price includes a drink. $25. 6 p.m. The Rose Club, 3601 McClellan St., 206-214-9801. MOUNT BAKER food@seattleweekly.com

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