If you find yourself dreaming of a world where Thanksgiving doesn’t mean waking up at 4 a.m. to start your turkey and the day after isn’t spent cleaning up the remnants of food and family, dining out may be calling your name. In fact, in 2014, the National Restaurant Association found that 15 million Americans planned to dine out on Thanksgiving.
According to CNN Travel, these seven restaurants are some of the best options available if you find yourself searching for a fantastic meal on Thanksgiving Day:
Georgia Brown’s – Washington D.C.
Could Washington, D.C., the embodiment of America’s differences as a nation, possibly provide an amiable setting for a holiday reputed for its dinner-table discord? Well, a reassuring cast of Washingtonians will join hands and give thanks together at this Low Country cuisine institution that’s hosted one of the heartiest Thanksgiving feasts for the past 20 years. And, it’s just two blocks away from the White House. Starters include she-crab soup and fried green tomatoes. Then you can choose from one of five entrees, including turkey (roasted or fried) and crab-stuffed flounder. Traditional Southern sides and desserts such as collards and cobbler finish off the menu.
Akasha – Los Angeles
It’s OK to feel good about gluttony at this hip Culver City restaurant renaissance leader that specializes in New American comfort food with all the organic, locally sourced fixin’s you desire. A sampling of Akasha’s creative and relatively guilt-free Thanksgiving feast includes a roast cauliflower bisque, herb-roasted turkey from a local farm with chestnut and sage stuffing, and a pie buffet!
The Skillet – Mountain View, AR
This a living history facility dedicated to preserving the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Ozarks and the scenic town of Mountain View, Ark. aka “The Folk Music Capital of the World.” The huge Thanksgiving buffet at the park’s restaurant, The Skillet, is a no-nonsense assortment of Southern staples: fried chicken, beef tips, roast turkey, ham with grilled pineapple and a host of veggies and desserts.
Mohegan Manor – Baldwinsville, NY
Want to preserve the tradition of carving the turkey while abandoning every other Thanksgiving Day responsibility? At Mohegan Manor, you can prix fixe an entire five-foot roundtable with up to seven loved ones and your own dedicated 16 to 18-pound tableside turkey. Stuffing, squash, mashed potatoes and green bean amandine play backup, while apple and pumpkin pies close out the festivities. Perhaps best is that anything you don’t eat goes home with you, preserving yet another Thanksgiving tradition: leftovers.
Primehouse – Chicago
Renown for its hand-selected, dry aged steak, the culinary canvas also offers the steak of the forest: turkey! A sampling of dishes from Primehouse’s three-course Thanksgiving menu includes roasted turkey breast and leg confit with giblet gravy and cider-brined pork chops, family-style side dishes such as herb stuffing and whipped potatoes, and desserts such as chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake and bourbon pecan pie.
Wrigley Mansion – Phoenix
The former winter residence of chewing-gum goliath William Wrigley is now an event space, ghost house and Thanksgiving Day staple, with 360-degree mountainside vistas over greater Phoenix. Thanksgiving brunch is served buffet-style, offering breakfast items as well as traditional Thanksgiving fare. The buffet will feature turkey, prime rib, and leg of lamb, but also omelets, salads and a cold seafood assortment. Mimosas are bottomless and the assortment of sweets is as vast as the Sonoran desert. Sonoran desserts, if you will.
75 Chestnut – Boston
Deep in New England blueblood country, this converted redbrick townhouse is a cozy local bistro with a much-ballyhooed bar. And it hasn’t shied away from serving old-school American comfort food faves such as quahog chowder to its regular Beacon Hill clientele on the fourth Thursday of the month—or doing something equally creative with a goose. Past Thanksgiving meals have included harvest pumpkin bisque, roasted turkey and walnut stuffing, giblet gravy and pilgrim cranberry-orange sauce.
Happy Thanksgiving from The Food Channel!