Don’t feel like cooking on Thanksgiving?
No problem. Thanks to several restaurants in the Boise area that are open on turkey day, all diners have to do is make a reservation and show up ready for a holiday feast. Here are some of the options:
▪ Emilio’s at the Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., usually does plated dinners on Thanksgiving, but this year executive chef Chris Hain has decided to turn the restaurant into an array of buffet stations.
The buffet ($29 adults, $15 children 12 and under), served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is guaranteed to take care of big appetites thanks to a lineup that includes slow-roasted turkey, smoked prime rib, maple-glazed ham and pan-seared red snapper brushed with lemon butter.
Other buffet stations will be packed with hearty side dishes, assorted salads and desserts galore.
Make reservations at (208) 333-8002.
▪ Berryhill and Company, 121 N. 9th St., will serve a big buffet spread ($33 adults, $20 children younger than 10) from noon to 6 p.m.
The lineup includes a carving station with herb butter-rubbed turkey, baron of beef and a roasted steamship-cut of pork with cranberry-orange chutney and rosemary-infused horseradish sauce.
Diners also will find house specialties such as Parmesan-Brie bass and house-cured Berryhill Bacon, not to mention lots of side dishes, salads and fall-inspired desserts.
Make reservations at (208) 387-3553 or johnberryhillrestaurants.com
▪ Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato, 999 Main St., has been a popular place to dine on turkey day for more than 30 years.
Expect the buffet ($29.99 adults, $14.99 children under 10), offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., to have a profusion of Thanksgiving offerings such as roasted turkey, glazed Virginia ham and salmon.
Side dishes include wild mushroom-sausage stuffing, Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, cream of asparagus soup and bourbon-glazed yams.
For dessert, don’t be surprised to find a cascading chocolate fountain, pumpkin pie and other sweet treats.
Make reservations at (208) 342-4900.
▪ The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., is setting up a big buffet at the Riverside Grill from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
The buffet ($30 adults, $23 seniors, $15 children 6-12) will feature herb-roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham and salmon with lemon-caper sauce, alongside a bevy of side dishes, salads and desserts.
Make reservations at (208) 343-1871.
▪ Chandlers, 981 W. Grove St., is offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu ($45 per person) from 2 to 9 p.m.
Diners can choose one starter from a list that includes wild mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, roasted beet salad, Waldorf salad and more.
Entrées include meat and vegetarian options served with all the trimmings. Expect to find slow-roasted turkey, pork osso buco, king salmon, prime rib, petite filet mignon and a hearty veggie plate.
Finish the night with either apple cobbler or pumpkin pie crowned with Chantilly whipped cream.
A menu for the kids ($15) features a choice of turkey with stuffing, prime rib with mashed spuds and green beans or burger sliders with fries.
Limited reservations. Call (208) 383-4300.
▪ Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., but make reservations soon because the book is filling up quickly.
The menu includes entrées such as Calvados pork chops ($24), prawn scampi ($20), halibut Onati ($31), slow-roasted prime rib ($35) and of course, a roasted turkey dinner plate ($29) with all those comforting side dishes.
Kids 12 and younger can get a turkey dinner plate for $15.
Desserts (at an additional cost ranging from $6-$8) include pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, apple crisp and berries and ice cream.
Limited reservations. Call (208) 333-9800.
▪ In Eagle, Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Lane, will be putting out a big Thanksgiving buffet brunch spread ($39.50 adults, $19.50 children) in one of its grand ballrooms from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Executive chef Franck Bacquet, who runs Le Coq d’Or, the French restaurant at Chateau des Fleurs, has come up with a European-inspired menu that features apple-wood-smoked turkey breast, salmon Champenoise, smoked Irish-style brisket, bay shrimp cocktail, a big salad bar and pumpkin pie. Also expect all kinds of side dishes such as mashed spuds, mushroom and chestnut stuffing, glazed carrots, deviled eggs and more.
Make reservations at (208) 947-2844.
▪ Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N. Edgewood Lane, is once again serving a Thanksgiving buffet ($22.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, $13.95 children 12 and under) from noon to 4:30 p.m., but the reservation book is pretty much full at this point. The restaurant has set up an overflow waiting list, though, for those looking to get in.
Expect to find a tasty spread that includes roasted rosemary and garlic turkey breast, traditional whole turkey and brown sugar-glazed pit ham — served with copious side dishes and assorted pies.
Call (208) 939-0402 to get on the waiting list.