With Thanksgiving fast approaching on Nov. 23, it’s time to start thinking about what to do on Turkey Day. And if you plan to dine out, making reservations soon is highly recommended.
Several Boise-area eateries are offering prix fixe menus this year, and of course, some places will be setting up big buffet spreads with roast turkey and all the fixings. For those who want to eat at home but don’t want to deal with all the cooking (and a pile of dishes), convenient pickup dinner packages are available as well.
Prix fixe menus
Now that chef Richard Langston has moved his restaurant uptown into a hotel, he and his staff will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner menu this year — something Langston didn’t do in the past when his Mediterranean-inspired restaurant resided in its smaller North End spot.
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Richard’s at the Inn at 500 Capitol, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., has come up with a prix fixe menu ($45 per person) that will be served from 3 to 8 p.m. The three-course menu includes a choice of butternut squash soup or a green salad, followed by a choice of roast turkey, cannelloni, grilled ribeye steak, sockeye salmon or a vegan dish — served with Thanksgiving side dishes. For the third course, diners can have pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie a la mode, pecan pie or a decadent chocolate dessert.
Reservations required. Go to richardsboise.com or call 208-472-1463.
The Owyhee Tavern Steak & Sea, 1109 Main St., is doing a special three-course dinner ($40 per person) from noon to 8 p.m.
The first course includes a choice of smoked salmon corn chowder, butternut squash soup, garden salad or a Caesar wedge salad. Main-course choices will come in the form of Angus prime rib, broiled salmon with saffron-tomato vinaigrette and a Thanksgiving plate packed with herb-rubbed roast turkey breast, turkey leg confit, cornbread stuffing, oven-blistered Brussels sprouts, tangy cranberry sauce, mashed Yukon Gold spuds and gravy.
Finish off with a trip through the dessert buffet, which will have various holiday pies, cherry-chocolate soufflé, vanilla-rum mousse and more.
Make reservations at owyheetavern.com or call 208-639-0440.
Chandlers at Hotel 43, 981 W. Grove St., is offering a prix fixe menu ($49 per person) from 1 to 9 p.m. The popular restaurant will be putting out a three-course dinner that starts diners off with a choice of wild mushroom soup, roasted butternut squash soup, roasted beet salad, Waldorf salad, wedge salad or Caesar salad.
Entrée choices include lamb chops with apple-mint chutney, pan-seared sea bass, slow-roasted prime rib, petite filet mignon, a vegetarian platter or roast turkey with tarragon-pine nut stuffing, roasted root veggies, orange-cranberry relish, mashed potatoes and gravy.
For dessert, go for pumpkin pie topped with Chantilly cream or warm apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream.
Reservations recommended. 208-383-4300.
Emilio’s at The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., has plans to serve a prix fixe dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The five-course dinner ($38 adults, $34 seniors, $16 kids 12 and under) will feature a first course of creamy vegetable crudité with Roquefort dip, followed by roasted butternut squash bisque.
Up next is a salad chosen from a lineup that includes Caesar salad, a gussied-up wedge salad or one with Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and lemon vinaigrette.
Entrées include a choice of grilled mahi mahi and prawns, slow-roasted prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, candied roast pork loin with Madeira gravy or roast turkey with natural gravy, whipped potatoes, sage stuffing, candied yams and clementine-cranberry preserves.
Finish off with white chocolate-pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate-pecan turtle cake.
Reservations recommended. Call 208-333-8002. Free valet parking.
Big buffet spreads
Not many places are doing Thanksgiving buffets these days. But in Boise, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., is known for its elaborate Thanksgiving buffet — offered this year from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
The buffet ($37 adults, $29 seniors, $15 kids 6-12) will have honey-glazed ham, prime rib, herb-roasted turkey and braided Alaskan salmon with lemon-chive sauce, as well as a multitude of side dishes, salads and assorted holiday desserts.
Reservations recommended. Call 208-331-4949.
In Eagle, Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N. Edgewood Lane, is once again setting up a big Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The buffet ($34.95 adults, $31.95 seniors, $14.95 kids 7-12, $8.95 kids 2-6) will be packed with roast turkey done two ways, prime sirloin roulade and side dishes galore, including sweet potato casserole, mashed red potatoes, apple-sage sausage cornbread stuffing and various salads. The lineup also incudes a gamut of holiday pies (pumpkin, pecan and Dutch apple).
Reservations recommended. Call 208-939-0402.
Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Lane, is offering a Thanksgiving brunch buffet ($44 adults, $25 children) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chef Richard Jimenez is still in the process of finalizing the menu, but expect it to have unique twists on Thanksgiving classics and lots of garden-fresh salads and house-made desserts.
Make reservations at chateaueagle.com.
Why not let chef Lou Aaron and his crew cook Thanksgiving dinner for you this year? Both Boise locations of Westside Drive In, 1929 W. State St. and 1113 E. ParkCenter Blvd., are offering convenient turkey dinner packages for pickup.
Here’s how it works: Order complete turkey meals ($15.95 per person; limit of 6 per order) at the individual locations by Tuesday, Nov. 21, which then can be picked up on Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can pick up their meals as early as Saturday, Nov. 18. if they so desire. Everything is packed separately and will be ready to go out the door. Make sure to specify whether you want the meals hot or cold (these meals will come with reheating instructions).
The traditional meals include slow-roasted turkey (sliced breast and dark meat), mashed potatoes, gravy, chestnut-sage stuffing, cranberry-orange compote and a roll with butter. The restaurant will also be selling individual sides of turkey ($9.50/10 ounces and $5.99/6 ounces), turkey gravy ($9.29/32 ounces and $4.99/16 ounces), mashed potatoes ($2.99/8 ounces), stuffing ($3.29/8 ounces) and cranberry-orange compote ($3.29/6 ounces).
For pickups at the State Street location, call 208-342-2957; for ParkCenter pickups, call 208-424-0000. You can also order online at westsidedrivein.com, but make sure to specify for what location.
Marie Callender’s has all kinds of options for Thanksgiving. The national chain restaurant and bakery, at 8574 W. Fairview Ave., offers complete Thanksgiving dinner packages for pickup that include roast turkey or spiral-cut ham (or both) with all the trimmings for $99.99-$149. You can also get cooked whole turkeys and hams ($39.99-$49.99), traditional sides ($3.99-$11.99) and assorted holiday pies. All pickup orders can be retrieved after 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day. Order online at mariecallenders.com.
For those who want to dine at the restaurant, Marie Callender’s will be serving a three-course traditional dinner menu ($21.99 adults, $8.99 children) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended for large groups (4 or more people). Call 208-375-7744.
Hit the road for Thanksgiving
Up in McCall, The Cutwater at Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St., is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Starters include honey-roasted acorn squash soup ($7), citrus and fennel salad ($13) and more. You can get main courses such as maple-glazed ham ($28) and roast turkey ($28) dished up with all the fixings. The restaurant will also have plenty of seasonal desserts and cocktails available on Turkey Day.
Reservations recommended. Call 208-630-0274.
Head to Glenns Ferry to Tannins restaurant at Crossings Winery, 1289 W. Madison Ave., for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($24 adults, $10 kids 10 and under) that will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu includes a choice of roast turkey or glazed ham served with all the trimmings and various seasonal desserts. For reservations, call 208-366-2313.
Take a scenic drive to Baker City, Ore., and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the historic Geiser Grand Hotel, 1996 Main St., from 1 to 8 p.m.
The a la carte menu features starters such as roasted garlic-cauliflower soup and butternut squash soup (soups cost $5/cup and $7/bowl), a house salad ($6) and a fresh fruit cup ($5).
Entrée choices include house-smoked salmon ($28), pumpkin ravioli ($19, $14 kids and seniors), maple-glazed ham ($2l, $16 kids and seniors), Angus beef prime rib ($21/eight-ounce cut, $17/six-ounce cut for kids and seniors) and slow-roasted turkey breast with sage stuffing, gravy, herb-roasted red potatoes and glazed carrots amandine ($21, $17 kids and seniors).
For dessert, diners can choose from a lineup that includes cranberry-white chocolate bread pudding ($8), crème caramel ($7) and traditional pumpkin pie with maple-infused whipped cream ($7).
Reservations recommended. Call 541-523-1889.