Downtown Restaurants At Which To Gobble Up A Thanksgiving Feast

Posted November 17, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice of Downtown Boston.

Step away from the stove and let the great chefs of Boston give you a Thanksgiving Day feast to remember. Think about wearing your most fashionable elastic waistbands because there’s some amazing holiday fare to be had at these Downtown Boston restaurants.

The Palm (1 International Place): From noon until 8 p.m., the Palm Boston in the Financial District will host a three-course Thanksgiving dinner. First course includes lobster bisque, butternut squash bisque, or baby kale and apple salad (or Caesar, if you ask). Then, you’ll enjoy a slow-roasted hand-carved turkey with all the fixings – homestyle dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy. The individual sides get fancy, from goat cheese whipped potatoes to green beans with pancetta and toasted pine nuts. Last on your table – New York cheesecake or a classic pumpkin pie.

Parker’s Restaurant (60 School Street): There are two turkey day dining options at The Omni Parker House Hotel’s well known restaurant (aka the birthplace of the Boston cream pie). From noon to 2:30pm, strap on your feedbag at their buffet, filling your plate with roasted turkey, herb stuffing,  glazed ham, glazed sweet potatoes, herb crusted sirloin, ricotta cavatelli and more. For a more civilized plating, the same options are available for traditional settings during a four-course prix fixe dinner from 5:30 to 10pm. If there’s room, the bakery offers up pecan pie, pecan tart, or that famous namesake dessert.

Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston Street): True, it’s an American holiday. But why not celebrate with a oui bit of French flare? Executive Chef Josue Louis designed a three-course prix-fixe full of surprises (think Spanish octopus, pork terrine, and sea bream) alongside traditions like heirloom squash soup and roasted turkey with pumpkin brioche stuffing. For dessert, it’s a tough decision between sweet potato beignet, pumpkin cheesecake, caramel apple panna cotta or chocolate Kahlua custard. Reservations begin at 1 p.m. and seating go until 7:30 p.m.

LX: If it’s true that our nation’s first big dinner had not only a giant bird but also shellfish, then a surf-and-turf menu only makes sense. At this well-known seafood spot, they’ll serve everything from stuffed lobster to stuffed turkey. While the exact menu was not yet ready at time of posting, you can expect a three-plus-course dinner from noon to 8pm with both traditional and uncommon selections (last year they had grilled swordfish and pork ribs).

Be sure to make your reservations before they’re all gobbled up. Then, on November 24, when you have a cozy seat at the feast, you can count your blessings that you did.