Hassle-Free Thanksgiving: Get It To Go or Dine Out

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Posted November 19, 2013 by Loretta Donelan in Eat & Drink
Enjoy a fine dining Thanksgiving dinner at the BOND restaurant.

Thanksgiving dinner can be a hassle, and there’s no shame in admitting it. Everyone complains about Thanksgiving if they’re hosting the meal (even if Mom won’t own up to it). So if you’re not up for the hassle this year, why not seek an alternative? And luckily, it doesn’t have to be Chinese takeout. Plenty of restaurants in Downtown Boston offer delicious Thanksgiving meals. You can either join in the festivities at the restaurants themselves or have a meal delivered to your home, hassle-free.

Here are some downtown restaurants that offer special Thanksgiving meals.

Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi is the perfect choice for those looking for a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner. The award-winning restaurant is known for its mouthwatering French fare, and its Thanksgiving menu looks sophisticated and delicious. It features stylish takes on comfort foods, from lentil soup with smoked bacon and thyme crème fraîche to goat cheese ice cream. The bright and cozy restaurant seats its guests close together at long tables, so it’s good for those looking to share their holiday with others. While Thanksgiving is typically a family holiday, Bistro du Midi offers a great option to branch out. Dinner at this Theater District bistro will be served from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Make your reservation here.

Thanksgiving dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Boston

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Boston is the perfect place for a couple’s Thanksgiving. Photo Credit: Ainslie Cheung

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

For a traditional and no-frills Thanksgiving dinner, head to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The famous chain’s Downtown Crossing location is in an elegant historical building, strangely at odds with its macho logo and meat-heavy menu. Inside, it’s romantic and dimly lit, making it the perfect place for a couple’s Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s simple fare and kid’s menu also make it a great option for families. At Ruth’s Chris you’ll be served comforting classics like sweet potato casserole and pumpkin cheesecake. It’s the best option for those looking for the closest thing to home cooking. Reserve your table now.

The Langham

The Langham Hotel is offering Thanksgiving brunch, dinner, and a to-go meal. The brunch will be held in the hotel’s sunny and festive Café Fleuri, and the Langham is making quite an event out of it. It’s a buffet with a kid’s table, a balloon artist, and a live jazz trio. While the brunch is a good bet for families looking for a fun experience, the dinner is an adult affair. It’s a gourmet three-course meal featuring rich New England fare, including a lobster stew and sugar pumpkin tart with chantilly and candied pumpkin seeds. Dinner is at the hotel’s elegant and chandelier-heavy BOND restaurant. Find out more on their website.

Carryout: The Langham offers its dinner menu to-go for small families and larger parties. It’s a bit simpler than the restaurant’s eat-in options, sticking more to Thanksgiving staples. Order before November 22 to receive your full meal complete with whipped potatoes and pumpkin pie by November 28.

Maggiano’s 

For an Italian take on Thanksgiving dinner, head to Maggiano’s Little Italy. The expansive yet cozy downtown restaurant is always festive, and it’s sure to be packed on Thanksgiving. Maggiano’s serves huge family-style dinners year-round, so it’s the best place for a large, noisy family, Italian or otherwise. The Thanksgiving menu is a combination of Maggiano’s signature homemade pastas and Thanksgiving classics. With a bruschetta plate to start off the meal, multiple pasta side dishes to complement your turkey, and a choice of scrumptious desserts ranging from the traditional Italian to Turkey Day favorites, this meal is perfect for those wishing to stray a bit from the classics. Check out the menu and reserve your seats here.

Carryout: Maggiano’s offers a Thanksgiving carryout package for five people, complete with all the delicious Italian trappings of the eat-in meal. Place your order by November 25.

If you like the idea of a low-stress, guilt-free Thanksgiving, make your reservations now. In my experience, eating out on Thanksgiving can be a fun way to share the festivities with a group of people. And for those who can’t imagine spending Thanksgiving out of their homes but perhaps don’t want to risk a late or sub-par home cooked meal, ordering dinner is a great option. Whether you feel like eating a traditional meal out or an Italian Thanksgiving in, Downtown Boston has you covered this November.

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