Where to Go for Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Meals

Posted November 23, 2015 by Rosalind Saul in Eat & Drink
Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice of Downtown Boston.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be thinking about switching things up a little this year.  Rather than inviting the entire family to your house where you will be certain to make a giant mess while cooking, where everything and everyone will be in the way, and where stress can completely detract from the meaning of the holiday, why not head out on the town?  Here are four great options right in downtown Boston where you can have a delicious Prix Fixe holiday meal with your loved ones… without the fuss or muss.

Legal Crossing

Legal Sea Foods is a Massachusetts tradition; why not make it a delicious holiday tradition as well?  For $55 per person, you and your family can enjoy a three-course menu at the Legal Crossing location in Millennium Place. The offering includes an amuse bouche, first course, main course, and dessert.  Optional à la carte add-ons are also available for the very hungry.  The dishes are in keeping with Legal’s New England American Fish House aesthetic; plenty of seafood with a few options for the hearty meat-lovers in the family.  Reservations for this feast are not required, but are highly encouraged.

The Merchant

From noon to 8:00 PM, The Merchant will be serving a three course Prix Fixe meal that will be a treat for your taste buds.  Executive Chef Matt Foley has dreamed up a menu featuring such delights as Long Island cheese pumpkin soup, goat cheese stuffed poblano peppers, and chocolate coulant for dessert.  You will definitely not be short on flavorful options at Merchant (of course, there’s also a turkey dinner available for the traditionalists among your party).  The meal will cost $46 per person, but all items are also available à la carte if you don’t want to commit to the full three courses.  Reservations are not required, but again are highly encouraged.

Bistro du Midi

Chef Robert Sisca and head sommelier Todd Lipman have put their heads together to concoct a Thanksgiving you aren’t soon to forget.  Bring the gang to Bistro du Midi for a French-inspired feast direct from Provence to tantalize your taste buds.  For $68 per guest (or $29 for children under 12 who may select from a special children’s menu), you will be treated to a three course holiday extravaganza.  Enjoy Wagyu beef tartare with pistachio and burgundy truffle, or perhaps Spanish octopus with iberico ham, basquaise, and smoke ailoi for a starter.  Dishes such as goat cheese gnocchi with arugula pistou or perhaps turkey ballotine with sweet potato puree will satisfy your main.  Dessert might be a chocolate pecan tart with cranberry gastrique and sweet potato ice cream, or pumpkin beignets with red currant caramel and vanilla sugar (amongst other delicious choices).  You may also add an optional truffle course or foie gras course for the truly European experience on this American holiday.  Reservations are required to dine in the dining room, but you may drop by casually if you prefer to dine in the café.

The Ritz Carlton

For something completely different, you might consider dropping by the Ritz-Carlton at Boston Commons for a Thanksgiving brunch not to be missed.  From noon to 3 PM, enjoy a buffet selection of American classics: turkey and prime rib carving stations; a seafood station feature Jonah Crab claws, shrimp and oysters; a dessert decorating station; and much more.  The cost will be $98 per adult and $48 per child, and you will be serenaded by live music as you dine.  Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended.

Have a joyful holiday season!