Top Ten Places for Thanksgiving Dinner
If someone hasn't invited you for Thanksgiving dinner by now, it probably isn't going to happen. At least have a back up plan and make a reservation sooner rather than later at a restaurant.
Here are ten possibilities if you aren't interested in the all-you-can-eat buffets offered at many area hotels.
I tried to come up with a range of styles and prices and geographical diversity. After all, on Thanksgiving Day, it's no big deal to drive down to the Eastern Shore for dinner.
I checked back yesterday, but some places still haven't nailed down all the details. In other words, not everything here is set in stone. But this should give you a pretty good idea of what they're serving.
If you're ordering salmon for Thanksgiving dinner, I don't want to know about it, so I'm only giving the particulars of the turkey portion of the offerings. If no children-under-12's price is mentioned, it just means it hadn't been decided yet.
*Antrim 1844 in Taneytown. $68.50 for a six-course dinner with choice of appetizer and entree. Seatings at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Gobble gobble: Sliced turkey breast, oyster dressing, white wine giblet gravy, cranberry Grand Marnier relish.
*Charleston in Harbor East. $67 for a three-course dinner with several choices. Served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gobble gobble: Springfield Farm turkey leg confit and roasted turkey breast with pecan stuffing, cranberry relish, collard greens, succotash, hoppin' John.
*Della Notte in Little Italy. Thanksgiving menu plus regular menu served noon to 8 p.m. Gobble gobble: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner has choice of three entrees for $34.95, $18 for children, including herb-wrapped turkey, cranberry-orange chutney, stuffing, seasonal vegetables, plus soup or salad, pie and sparkling wine.
*Harry Browne's in Annapolis. $35 for a four-course dinner including choice of three soups, four salads and five entrees and a dessert plate. Open noon to 5:30 p.m. Gobble gobble: Roast turkey, savory bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, sauteed green beans.
*Josef's Country Inn in Fallston. Open noon to 7 p.m. with a limited a la carte menu. Gobble gobble: The traditional turkey dinner with soup, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, cranberries, vegetables and pie will be $24.95 for adults, $12.50 for kids.
*Kings Contrivance in Columbia. Seatings from 12 noon to 7 p.m. A la carte menu ($26-$36). Gobble gobble: The turkey dinner with stuffing, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and vegetable will be $24.
*Milton Inn in Sparks. Fixed-price, three-course dinner for $40 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under, plus the regular dinner menu. First seating: 12:30 p.m. Gobble gobble: Hand-carved white and dark meat turkey with all the trimmings.
*Oregon Grille in Cockeysville. Full dinner menu plus a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $44 a person from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gobble gobble: Beef barley or butternut squash bisque, turkey, dressing, pearl onions, whipped potatoes, broccoli, yams, turnips, cranberry, pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie.
*Restaurant Local in the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Specializes in New American cuisine using local ingredients. Thanksgiving dinner served from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., $39 for adults, $19 for children. Gobble gobble: Soup or salad, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, choice of pie (sounds Old American to me).
*Tersiguel's in Ellicott City. Limited a la carte menu served from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. No tableside cooking. Gobble gobble: Turkey and ham together, probably $27.95. Each table will get a Thanksgiving vegetable platter whatever the main course.