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November 6, 2007

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.


Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:31 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Thanksgiving, Top Ten Tuesdays


This is slightly off-topic, but does anyone have any contact info for a local farm from which to order fresh turkeys? I'm planning this for Christmas, not Thanksgiving, so hopefully I'm not too late! Thanks in advance for any advice.

Off topic is always fine. Eddie's sells fresh turkeys from a local farm, maybe others can name some other sources.

You can always get a fresh turkeys at Lexington Market.

The Mill Valley Farmer's Market was taking orders for fresh organic turkeys for Thanksgiving, so I imagine they might be doing it for Christmas as well.

Hi, Bmore Buckeye.
Try Springfield Farm - on the web it's at

try Richardson Farm in White Marsh, on Ebenezer Road. They have excellent fresh turkeys of all sizes

Try the Hen's Next @ the JFX farmers market (they sell the eggs) or Websters Farm near Cromwell Valley Towson area.

We got 30 lb."tom" - male turkey; bigger than a "hen" - last year from a farm down the road from our house called Maple Lawn Farms by the Iager Families in Fulton, Howard County: (and no this is not, nor is it related to, the cookie cutter development growing next door)

I got quite an education from the Iagers and the only difference between male and female turkey is the size. Better to call in and reserve yours soon; they are very busy on the last 2 days before that Thursday.

I don't eat turkey outside of Thanksgiving and the turkey that we got from them was excellent.

Try the Hen's Next @ the JFX farmers market (they sell the eggs) or Websters Farm near Cromwell Valley Towson area.

That would be "Hen's Nest", I think. Also, I suspect "aussiewonder" means Weber's Cider Mill Farm, on Proctor Lane.

Hal, I visit Weber's Cider Mill Farm almost weekly, and I don't think they "do" turkeys. You can get a heckuva pumpkin pie, tho, and great cider.

Oops, my apologies Hal...apparently Weber's DO "do" turkeys.

Drive over the Bay Bridge to Grasonville on Kent Island and eat at the Fisherman's Inn. Traditional Turkey dinner includes oven roasted turkey and stuffing with sauerkraut, mashed & sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls & butter, choice of tossed salad or cole slaw, and choice of pumpkin, pecan or mincement pie. Adults $16.99, children under 12 costs $8.99. Can add a crab cake and the adult price goes to $22.99. They also will have their usual menu items. Afterwards, if it is already dark, stop on the way back at Sandy Point State Park and drive thru the Lights on the Bay (Xmas light display)

Late as usual, but hopefully not too late. Fenwick's Meats in Cross Street Market has excellent fresh turkeys, but you had better order in advance. Even better is seeking not just a fresh turkey but also one that is "pasture fed" as at Springfield Farm in Sparks. The downside: It spoils you for store-bought turkeys in the future.

Any ideas for where to buy a fresh turkey in Easton?

where to eat Thanksgiving year 2008?

Not a big deal to drive to the Eastern Shore? I'm still traumatized from driving the Bay Bridge twice last Sat. I swear, next time, I'm driving around. This time, I really mean it.

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