It’s that time again. A day off of work to cook, clean, drive, talk, hug…not exactly relaxing is it? If you’re considering saving yourself the trouble of creating a meal in this year, San Mateo’s got a plethora of choices to host your family gathering, all with no hassle to you.
231 Ellsworth is hosting a 4-course dinner from 1-8pm on Thanksgiving Day: $59 per adult or $30 for children under 12 buys your choice of soup, appetizer, main course and dessert from a special holiday menu. Enjoy a proper turkey dinner in the form of a “Roasted turkey breast and confit leg with Grandma’s stuffing and cranberry sauce” or choose one of three other dishes (salmon, short ribs, and New York steak) if the traditional meal isn’t your style. Tax and tip are not included in the price and no vegetarian option for dinner appears to be available (though they may accommodate dietary concerns; call for information). (650) 347-7231.
Astaria at 50 E. 3rd Avenue will have a Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 2-6pm offering a plated appetizer, dinner buffet and plated dessert. Choose from fresh maple brined turkey at the carving station or grass-fed Angus prime rib and accompany those with your choice of over ten side dishes including mashed potatoes, oven glazed Maker’s Mark sweet potatoes, broccoli au gratin, cornbread stuffing and Astaria’s “green bean” casserole. A seafood station offers raw oysters, seafood cioppino and seared organic salmon. Save room for your choice of dessert and you’ll surely be just as stuffed as if you stayed home, sans the mess, of course. Prices are $45 for adults, $20 for children 10-12, $15 for children 5-9, and children under 5 are free. Tax and tip not included, deposits will be taken for parties of 6 or more. (650) 344-9444.
Porterhouse at 60 E. 3rd Avenue is offering their regular menu in addition to a special Thanksgiving turkey dinner for $30 including a first course of soup or salad, full turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce and gravy, and your choice of pumpkin pie or butterscotch bread pudding for dessert. Children get 2-courses for $15 and the doors will be open from noon until 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. (650) 579-5911.
Junnoon is a bit down the road in Palo Alto, but is hosting such an exciting Thanksgiving dinner option that even San Mateo-ites should know all about it because it may be worth the extra few miles drive. At 150 University Avenue, Junnoon is offering a “Spiced Thanksgiving to-go menu” for those who don’t want to cook but still want to enjoy the comforts of home on this special day. A la carte dishes can be mixed and matched to suit your likings and the size of your gathering. Junnoon’s Spiced Thanksgiving To-Go includes:
- Mains (all servings for 4): Junnoon Signature Turkey ($40.00) spiced with cilantro and green cardamom, Tandoori Achari Chicken ($20.00)
- Soups & Salads (all servings for 4): Coconut Sundal Pomegranate Salad ($20.99), Goan Cauliflower & Ginger Soup ($9.99)
- Sides (all servings for 4): Cranberry Chutney ($6.99), Pumpkin Eischeri ($17.99), Green Beans Poriyal ($14.00), Baby Corn Spinach ($12.00), Tandoori Chicken Pasta (23.99), Masala Mashed Potatoes ($9.99), Goat Cheese Naan ($5.00),and Fig, Cherry & Apricot Bread Pudding ($20.00)
Customers can order by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by calling (650) 329-9644, or by emailing email@example.com; pick up by 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at Junnoon.
Voignier at 222 E. 4th Street is offering a classy thanksgiving feast from 3.30-7.30pm for $65 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing. Main course choices include breast of Heritage Turkey, braised short ribs, roasted halibut and a vegetarian option of wild mushroom pappardelle. (650) 685-3727.
Kincaid’s at 60 Bay View Place in Burlingame is open on Thanksgiving from 1-9pm and offers a huge selection of menu meals including starters, soups, seafood and sides in addition to a special turkey dinner with house-made trimmings for $25. (650) 342-9844.
Central Park Bistro at 181 E. 4th Street is open from 5pm for dinner with their regular menu and a huge selection of wines by the bottle or glass. Reservations recommended. (650) 558-8401.
And with all those choices, there’s certainly no need to slave over a hot stove for two days; enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner out this Thanksgiving in San Mateo!