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Thankful to Not Cook—Where to Dine Out on Thanksgiving

Some of us love to cook for friends and family during the holidays. And some, not so much. If you’d prefer to enjoy breaking bread on Thanksgiving without having to cook the meal (or bake the bread) and clean up after, here are some restaurants who’ll be serving special Thanksgiving Day meals.


Some of us love to cook for friends and family during the holidays. And some, not so much. If you’d prefer to enjoy breaking bread on Thanksgiving without having to cook the meal (or bake the bread) and clean up after, here are some restaurants who’ll be serving special Thanksgiving Day meals.

Salt Lake City

If you’d like to combine early season skiing with Thanksgiving dinner or brunch, Snowbird Resort has a number of options. They include a Thanksgiving buffet at The Aerie: $62/adults; $33/kids 6-12; 5 and under free; The Atrium buffet: $55/adults; $29 kids 6-12; The Lodge Bistro: $49/adults; $24/kids; SeventyOne: $50/adults; $27 kids 6-12; 5 & under free.

Cafe Niche: Thanksgiving Day buffet includes prime rib, roasted turkey, carving station, funeral potato casserole, crab cakes and more. $45/adults; $25 kids 12 and under.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: 3-course menu includes choice of Fleming’s Salad or lobster bisque; entree choice of herb-roasted turkey breast or petite filet mignon with mashed potatoes; dessert choice of pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate gooey butter cake. $48 per person.

Hub & Spoke Diner: Thanksgiving brunch buffet includes breakfast items, roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, roasted ham, mashed potatoes, eggs Benedict, candied yams, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, sauteed green beans and more. $24.99/adults; $11.99 kids 5-12; kids 4 & under, free.

Franck’s: 4-course feast includes miso black cod, herb-brined young turkey, parsnip and granny Smith apple emulsion, una leche pumpkin streusel cake, and more. $65/adults; $35 kids 12 & under.

Log Haven: Chef Dave Jones will be serving a 4-course plated luncheon featuring dishes such as pumpkin-prosciutto arancini; roasted butternut squash soup; coq au vin; citrus-juniper brined turkey; ora King salmon; pan-seared Hy-Plains filet; soy protein chicken scallopini, pumpkin pie; bourbon pecan pie or maple pot de creme. $58.95/adults; $31.95 children (3 to 12).

Tuscany: Traditional Thanksgiving menu, including herb-roasted turkey; honey-glazed ham; rosemary turkey stuffing; baked sweet potatoes with maple-pecan butter; garlic mashed potatoes; roasted autumn vegetables; cranberry-orange chutney and house-made pies. $50/adults; $27/children 12 & under.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill: Thanksgiving includes Tucanos’ full Churrasco buffet, plus baked turkey, fried turkey, grilled turkey, center-cut sirloin, mashed potatoes w/turkey gravy, seasoned stuffing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and chocolate cake or pumpkin pie. $31.95/adults; $11.95 kids 7-12; children under 7 free.

George: Thanksgiving buffet includes shrimp cocktail, artisan cheeses, Louisiana gumbo, herb-roasted turkey breast, braised beef short rib, horseradish mashed potatoes, baked mac & cheese, garlic green beans, assorted house-made pastries. $35/adults; $17.50 kids 5-12; kids 4 & under, free.

Park City

Park City is always a great place for a great meal, and that’s certainly true on Thanksgiving. There are a large number of Park City area restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner or brunch; here are some of my top picks.

Courchevel Bistro: Family-style dinner includes Courchevel house bread, apple walnut salad, apple smoked ham, organic free range roasted turkey, roasted brussels sprouts, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and roasted pumpkin. Desserts include pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse, apple tarte tatin, lemon pie and warm mini cookies. $50/adults; $20 children 12 and under.

The Brass Tag: 4-course Thanksgiving menu: Choice of roasted butternut squash soup or baby greens and arugula salad, followed by vegetables and sides including: roasted acorn squash, bourbon glazed carrots, gratin potatoes, whipped yams or mushroom herb stuffing. Maple glazed brick oven roasted turkey or oven roasted prime rib. Dessert is pumpkin cheesecake or traditional apple pie. $49/adults; $20 kids 12 & under.

No Name Saloon: No Name’s annual free Thanksgiving buffet returns for its 19th year. Enjoy plates heaping with specials while breaking bread and toasting beers with your neighbors until the food runs out, starting at 2 p.m.

The Eating Establishment: 3-course dinner includes a mixed green or wedge salad with choice of dressing, slow roasted turkey with housemade stuffing, green beans, classic cranberry sauce, savory mashed potatoes and squash with brown sugar. Dessert includes a choice of beer bar bread pudding or Patricia’s famous pumpkin cheesecake. $60/adults; $35/kids.

Grand Summit Hotel: Thanksgiving buffet includes brown sugar and molasses brined turkey, High West whiskey and maple glazed ham, herb and garlic “emberred” prime rib, and cedar plank roasted king salmon, plus starters, soups, salads, pastas, all your favorite Thanksgiving sides and desserts. $74/adults; $63/seniors; $39 kids 6-14 years; under 5, free.

Grub Steak: Menu items include butternut squash soup, salad bar, carved roasted Tom turkey, autumn harvest stuffing, savory turkey stock gravy, green bean almondine, homemade creamy mashers, fresh citrus cranberry relish, oat & barley beer bread and sourdough baguette. Desserts include an option of pumpkin pie with vanilla bean whip cream or spiced apple bread pudding with High West Bourbon sauce. $36.75/adults; $18.75/ children under 12.

Butcher’s Chop House & Bar: 2-course prix fixe dinner: savory turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, garlic green beans and candied yams, followed by a choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie. (Note: Two-for-ones not eligible on Thanksgiving.) $35/adults; $18/children

In addition, a number of Park City establishments offer Thanksgiving take-away menus and food items, including Deer Valley Bakery, Deer Valley Grocery-Cafe, Element Kitchen & Bakery, Park City Provisions by Riverhorse, and Windy Ridge Bakery.

Wherever you spend Thanksgiving Day, I hope it’s delicious. And, let’s recognize and appreciate all the hardworking restaurant industry folks who’ll be spending their Thanksgivings cooking, cleaning, serving and such. Kudos to them!

Culinary quote of the week:

For those of you who cannot be with family this Thanksgiving, please resist the urge to brag.. — Andy Borowitz




Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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