Compelling Menus Offer Alternatives to a Home-Cooked Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, yams and pie.

(Updated on November 15.)Don't want to stay home slaving at the stove? Try these options for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23. Dining Andaluca Executive chef Wayne Johnson crafts three-course meals. Choose between starters (butternut squash soup or field greens), entrées (roasted quail or beef tenderloin), and desserts (gingerbread bread pudding or vanilla custard). 407 Olive Way, 206-382-6999, $50 plus tax and gratuity. Free valet parking. 3–9 p.m. BOKA Chef Seis Kamimura will offer a prix-fixe menu with items such as brined and roasted turkey and roasted pumpkin risotto. 1010 First Ave., 206-357-9000, Call for price. Three seating times: 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Bombay Grill A buffet with items such as Turkey Tikka Masala, seafood curry, and Lamb Rogan Josh. 4737 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-548-9999, Adults $15.95, children 4–10 $8.95, under 4 free. 11:30 a.m.—8 p.m. Coldwater Bar & Grill An autumn feast, with appetizers such as roasted fingerling potatoes, entrées including butternut squash ravioli or New York steak, and desserts including pumpkin pie or apple tart. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-256-7697, $42. 2:30–9 p.m. Earth & Ocean Various main courses, starters, and desserts. Entrée possibilities include: grilled venison chop, roasted wild pheasant, and Thundering Hooves' Bronze turkey. Three-course meal prices vary (depending on entrée) and do not include tax and tip. 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-264-6060, 3—8 p.m. The Hunt Club Housed in the Sorrento Hotel, this traditional restaurant offers a five-course meal, taken from the hotel's historic holiday menus from 1918 to 1924, with choices such as braised lamb or salmon medallions. 900 Madison St., 206-622-6400, $75. 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Kaspar's Special Events & Catering (Waiting only) Huge buffet with everything from peppered red snapper escabeche to maple vanilla bean sweet potatoes. 19 W. Harrison St., 206-298-0123, Adults $40, children 7–12 $15, 6 and under free. Noon–7 p.m. Maggiano's Little Italy Build your own four-course dinner, from roast turkey with giblet gravy, focaccia bread sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, and pumpkin praline cheesecake and Italian favorites such as four-cheese ravioli and homemade lasagna. Take out is available with 24 hours notice. 10455 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue, 425-519-6476, Adults $34.95, children 5–12 $16.95. Noon–7 p.m. Mulleady's Irish Pub & Restaurant Traditional Irish pub fare or hand-carved turkey sandwiches and house-made pumpkin pie cheesecake for dessert. 3055 21st Ave. W., 206-283-8843, Starting at 5 p.m. Palisade A special menu or Palisade classics. The Turkey Day dinner has free-range turkey, apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry-orange relish, and more. 2601 W. Marine Pl., 206-285-1000, $20.95–$63.95. 1–8 p.m. Pomegranate Bistro Expect Lisa Dupar's southern roast turkey, pumpkin sweet potato-pecan soufflé, caramelized onions and green beans, and buttermilk drop biscuits with honey butter, served family-style. 18005 N.E. 68th St., Redmond, 425-881-3250, $42. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Ponti Seafood Grill Get a choice of free-range Washington turkey, troll-caught wild king salmon, or prime rib steak. Sides include garlic mashed potatoes and candied sweet-potato gratin. 3014 Third Ave. N., 206-284-3000, $39. 1–8 p.m. Ray's Boathouse Downstairs, Ray's serves a seated feast where you can select such entrées as oven-roasted turkey, wild salmon, prime rib, or gulf prawns. Soup and salad included. The buffet in the cafe upstairs is sold out. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 206-789-3770, $22–$36. Noon–8 p.m. Salty's on Alki Executive chef Jeremy McLachlan and company plan carved turkey with giblet gravy, blackened salmon, or seafood paella, while a chocolate fountain and a plethora of desserts await. 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., 206-937-1600, $36.95. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge As part of the restaurant's four-course prix-fixe meal, choose from Thanksgiving hits (roast turkey with garlic and sage) or Northwest goodies (roasted salmon). 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, 206-269-4575, $59.95. Call for times and reservations. Spitfire Not just 22 plasma widescreen TVs for the football enthusiast. From 10 p.m. to midnight, the Latin menu is half off, with such features as chili-spiced rib eye with grilled spring onions, and grilled prawns with a beer, butter, garlic and chili roux. 2219 Fourth Ave., 206-441-7956, 5 p.m.–2 a.m. Waterfront Seafood Grill Bay views along with a menu of turkey with sage butter, cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, mascarpone pumpkin mousse, and more. 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70, 206-956-9171, $29; dessert extra. 2–8 p.m. Yarrow Bay Grill Chef Vicky McCaffree will cook an organic, herb-roasted turkey with prosciutto sausage stuffing and rich gravy, mashed potatoes, and sautéed brussel sprouts and pecans. The Grill's regular menu will be available, too. 1270 Carillon Point. Kirkland , 425-889-9052, $28 per adult. 1–8 p.m. Take Out Go-to places for the extras—bread, salumi, dessert, you name it. Belle Epicurean Create a splash with some gorgeous baked goods, including sweet potato pumpkin brioche buns, cranberry tea cake, and savories like pureé of wild mushroom soup and baked brie en croute. 1206 Fourth Ave, 206-262-9404, $12–$53. 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Frontier Room Items included smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, and pecan pie. Or, bring in your own turkey and the Frontier Room will smoke it for you in its Southern Pride Pit Smoker. 2203 First Ave., 206-956-7427, $175 for eight people. Smoking fee: $2.50 per pound of turkey. Grand Central Baking Offering freshly baked pies on the day before Thanksgiving, with all-butter crusts and apple, pumpkin, or pecan filling. 214 First Ave. S., 206-622-3644, $12–$15. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat. Great Harvest Bread Company The company's eight Western Washington locations are selling special holiday breads including pumpkin chocolate-chip, pumpkin hazelnut, apricot brandy, and cranberry bread. Dinner rolls also available. Maggiano's Little Italy Menu items are available with 24 hours notice. 10455 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue, 425-519-6476, Pomegranate Bistro Fixin's include brandied orange cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes with gravy; mushroom sausage stuffing; and a dessert choice of chocolate bourbon pecan pie, sweet potato pie, or pumpkin pie. 18005 N.E. 68th St., Redmond, 425-881-3250, $33 per person (minimum of six people). Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Meals are to be picked up on Thanksgiving Day. Salumi Food of the gods, assuming the gods eat meat: platters of artisan cured meats. 309 Third Ave. S., 206-223-0817 for orders, 206-621-8772 restaurant, $24–$33. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Fri.

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