Thanksgiving Dining Options Around Boston

Posted November 21, 2017 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
Ritz-Carlton Pie

We all have things in life for which we’re thankful – family, friends, home, health. #blessed. But to be honest, sometimes you’re just really super thankful that someone else is willing to cook for you on Thanksgiving Day. Here are a few Boston restaurants that will do just that on November 23. You’re welcome.

Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston Street, 617-426-7878): Chef Josue has put together an elegant three-course menu with all the holiday favorites and a few creative options. Your meal begins with a choice of salad or soup, tartare or terrine, then moves on to the main course that makes mouths water with sweet potato gnocchi, Loup de mer, roasted turkey with pumpkin brioche stuffing, duck breast or heart of ribeye. Dessert choices include chocolate ganache and lavender ice cream, pumpkin spice cake with thyme ice cream, maple mousse and ginger cake, apple butter beignet, and sorbet. Add a fois gras course or side dish, including baby Brussels with pork belly, pumpkin brioche stuffing with duck confit, roasted roots, French fries, a mushroom trio, and potato purée. Kids have their own special menu, but it’s not any less fancy, with several of the adult menu choices reappearing for little ones to enjoy. 1pm to 7:30pm

Ritz-Carlton, Boston (10 Avery Street, 617-574-7176): Thanksgiving is served in Artisan Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston – the quintessential sophisticated European bistro meets modern American restaurant. Executive Chef Robert Bruce favors local farmers and growers as he puts together a feast for your family of whole roasted turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, red skinned mashed potatoes with truffle oil and chives, roasted root vegetables with butter and cinnamon, and traditional stuffing with pecans and sausage. Watch them carve the big bird as they serve from a station, and the pastries are served buffet style, with classic apple pie, eggnog panna cotta and dark chocolate profiterole. Noon to 4pm

Parker’s (Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, 617-227-8600): Chef Gerry Tice doesn’t disappoint, with an afternoon buffet and a plated dinner. For the buffet (12pm and 2:30pm), fill your plate with grilled veggies, Ahi tuna, shrimp ceviche, duck pâté, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie, then hit the main courses of roasted heritage turkey with herb stuffing, Maple & Knob Hill bourbon-glazed Smithfield ham, herb-crusted prime rib, pan-seared salmon and short rib ravioli. Dinner is served 5:30pm to 10pm and begins with either butternut squash bisque, grilled veggies or an iceberg wedge. Entrees choices mimic the buffet courses, and both buffet and dinner are accompanied by roasted autumn vegetables, Brussels sprouts with bacon, garlic mashed and creamed spinach. The Bake Shop engages sweet teeth with sweet potato pie, pecan tart, apple cranberry crisp and, of course, the famous Boston cream pie.

The Palm Boston (100 Oliver Street, 617-867-9292): Celebrate family at one of the most recognized names in dining in Boston. The first course is a choice of lobster bisque, roasted butternut squash bisque, or a baby kale and apple salad with maple vinaigrette. Second course has an herb-roasted hard-carved turkey with home-style dressing, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Sides cover all the bases – goat cheese whipped potatoes, sweet potatoes, home-style dressing, creamed spinach, sautéed wild mushroom, charred Brussels sprouts, and green beans with pancetta and pine nuts. The third course wraps up your feast with New York cheesecake or pumpkin pie with ginger spiced whipped cream. Noon to 8pm