Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year when families come together, cook up a beautiful turkey dinner, and reflect on all the good things that have happened so far. Or, if you’re in my family, it looks more like this…
So instead of slaving in a hot kitchen, why not let one of these restaurants take care of the cooking and cleanup? We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to get that Thanksgiving dinner in Toronto (or specials deliciously breaking from tradition), guaranteed not to set fire to your kitchen. Now that sounds like something to be thankful for!
Globe Bistro has a 3-course prix fixe menu on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the traditional turkey dinner, the menu features an autumn root salad to start, a sticky maple pudding for dessert and a potato gnocchi option for your resident vegetarian. ($35/person, $10 for kids.)
Langdon Hall out in Cambridge is offering a wonderful brunch for $59 and Thanksgiving dinner Sunday and Monday. They are keeping hush hush on what dinner will entail, but the brunch is boasting a pork and goat cheese rillette with homemade sourdough in addition to the usual turkey fare.
While the Turkey-to-Go offer from EPIC at the Fairmont Royal York has passed, you can still enjoy their beautiful turkey dinner in-house this Thaksgiving. If it’s anything like their offers to go, you’ll be in for a treat.
Peartree has a special menu for $22.99 that includes the best of the basics: butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with apple onion sage stuffing, biscuits, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and pumpkin pie.
The Old Mill is offering a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner buffet for their guests. In addition to turkey, they will be serving a delectable array of shellfish varieties, pickled and smoked fish, mosaics of domestic and international cheeses. The buffets will take place on Sunday and Monday and will be $39.95 for brunch and $41.95 for dinner. Kids will eat for half price.
If you are feeling like getting closer to nature, the Black Creek Pioneer Village will be serving traditional turkey dinner on both Sunday and Monday and will be running hay rides for $2!
Edward Levesque’s Kitchen has an intimate turkey dinner for $38. While the entree is a free-range turkey from Gustafon, the appetizers are anything but traditional, including a chicken liver and portobello terrine with concord grape reduction and pickled vegetables.
Earth Rosedale has a 3-course prix fixe turkey brunch and dinner for $35, available on Saturday and Sunday before they close Monday, presumably for their own dinners.
For Thanksgiving Monday, Cafe Boulud is pulling out all the stops. While you can have your traditional turkey dinner, the Four Seasons’ restaurant will also be serving locally sourced venison, North Atlantic swordfish, and my personal choice, steak au poivre.
Annona at the Hyatt is offering a 5-course Thanksgiving dinner for $60 and 3-course brunch for $35. The restaurant has been undergoing some great changes recently and executive chef Joan Monfaredi introducing a new philosophy: “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” Some of this carefully served food includes a roast young turkey with sage and onion bread stuffing, and a deep dish pumpkin pie.
View the Vibe favourite O&B Cafe Grill will be serving Thanksgiving dinners at a variety of their locations. Both their Bayview and Yonge and Front locations will have an a la carte turkey dinner for the whole weekend. Highlights include Leo’s handmade butternut squash ravioli and a heritage pork loin with potatoes Dauphinoise, pecorino romano, prunes, and an in-house whole grain mustard.
Cafe California is offering a turkey dinner for an affordable $19.95 per person. The menu is basic done right, with butternut squash soup and turkey with an apple and fresh herb stuffing. They’ve even cooked up a special pumpkin patch feature martini.