Thanksgiving: 5 Alternatives to a Traditional Home-Cooked Feast


Thanksgiving’s right around the corner. If you find yourself too overwhelmed to contemplate the production of a full-fledged meal (or you’re looking for a way to escape going to crotchety Aunt Mary’s house for the day), there are a number of local restaurants who would love to feed you (and all your friends and relatives). Here’s five to consider – and don’t forget to make reservations.

Buca di Beppo

This wacky, family-friendly restaurant will be serving up a traditional turkey dinner (including gravy, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce) in addition to their full menu of over-the-top, larger-than-life Italian specialties. See the restaurant’s online menu for details. You can also reserve an entire dinner to go, and simply haul it home for an easy-as-can-be Thanksgiving feast.


The Firehouse

Seeking a swanky Thanksgiving dining experience? Executive chef Deneb Williams of the Firehouse Restaurant has come up with a sophisticated menu that’s sure to impress your guests. The four-course meal includes enticing items like a leek tart with chèvre cheese and house-cured duck confit; butternut squash-pear bisque; and herb-roasted turkey with cranberry relish and spiced apple-pecan stuffing (you can also opt for prime rib, salmon or braised lamb shank for the main course). Instead of the traditional pumpkin pie, pastry chef Jill Berger will serve up slices of pumpkin spice cake with maple filling, cream cheese icing and caramel sauce.


La Provence Restaurant & Terrace

Lovely La Provence will coddle its guests with a French-inspired Thanksgiving repast. If you’re tired of traditional holiday items, you’ll be pleased to tuck into the kitchen’s Potage de Courge d’Héritage (heirloom squash soup with crème fraîche); Dinde en Deux Cuisson (lacquered and roasted breast of turkey and confit of leg) and Côte de Boeuf Bordelaise (thyme and Dijon mustard-crusted prime rib with a Côtes-du-Rhône shallot sauce). And save room for dessert – you won’t want to miss the Crumble de Canneberges – a warm cranberry and grape crisp.

See online menu for details.


Scott’s Seafood

This well-established local seafood chain (two locations in Sacramento, one in Folsom) will offer its Thanksgiving guests a “full traditional turkey dinner” in addition to a limited regular menu of seafood specialties.

For specific questions about the menu, call the individual restaurants.


Grange Restaurant & Bar

Fans of Grange’s farm-centric cuisine will be thrilled with the innovative Thanksgiving menu. Dishes include a Delta pear salad with deviled walnuts; smoky pumpkin & black bean bisque; and organic roast turkey with pancetta Brussels sprouts and a sweet potato gratin. Folks who don’t like turkey can enjoy chef Oliver Ridgeway’s Dungeness crab-stuffed trout or braised lamb shanks with a root vegetable hash; and vegetarians get their very own entrée: an autumn vegetable strudel with braised greens, sweet potato, and sweet & sour onions.