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Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2009 at 11:35 am | 9 Comments »
November 22, 2009 8:03 am

I’m bumping this Thanksgiving thread, which originally was posted Nov. 10.

We published recipes today from local chefs for a dressed-up Thanksgiving dinner. Read the story at My favorite dishes were the pumpkin bread pudding from Thad Lyman of Brix 25, and the pear-cranberry crisp from Danielle Kartes at Minoela. Both will add impressive flavors to your Thanksgiving dinner. And here’s a great new resource for locally sourcing your Thanksgiving dinner:

As I was in the middle of the cooking flurry of recipe testing, I was reminded why it is that people dine out on Thanksgiving. So, for all of you “I don’t wanna cook!” people, click “more” for a list of restaurants serving dinner. We’ve been compiling the list since last week and will continue to add more as we find restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving dinners served at these restaurants on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 26.

Pacific Grill
Where: 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Time: 2 p.m.-7 p.m. A prix-fixe menu will be served. Make reservations.
Price: $34.95 adults; $15.95 children 12 and younger.
Contact: 253-627-3535 or visit
Menu: Appetizers include a relish tray and cream of celery soup or holiday beet salad. Entrees are a beef brisket pot roast, petrale sole, a Thanksgiving dinner plate or Thanksgiving vegetable Wellington. Dessert is pumpkin mousse, olive oil crème brûlée, warm apple & pear crisp or chocolate cake.

Babblin’ Babs Bistro
Where: 2724 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Thanksgiving day. Reservations required.
Price: $55.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Contact: 253-761-9099 or visit
Menu: Babblin’ Babs will have a turkey-free menu. A five-course meal comes with your choice of one main entrée. Entrees include Babs Land & Sea Combo (sirloin with crab), spicy blackberry glazed duck breast, champagne gratin aux fruits de mer.

National Park Inn, Mount Rainier National Park
Time: Noon-7 p.m. A holiday buffet will be served. Reservations suggested.
Price: $19.95 for adults; $10.95 for children (10 and under)
Contact: 360-569-2411
Menu: Entrees are herb roasted turkey with cranberry pine nut stuffing
and traditional sage dressing, or baron of beef. Vegetables include wild mushrooms and green beans, fresh seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes with marshmallows. There will be a choice of soup or salad. Desserts will be peach bread pudding, pumpkin pie or blackberry cobbler.

Where: 2707 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
Time: Noon-6 p.m. A prix-fixe menu will be served. Reservations suggested, walk ins welcome and to go.
Price: $17.99 for adults; $7.95 for children 12 and younger
Contact: 253-759-9009
Menu: New this year will be the rotesserie-cooked fresh whole turkey and prime rib. Diners also can choose honey-baked ham. The menu also includes mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, fresh mixed vegetables. Diners will have a choice of soup or salad. Dessert will be traditional pumpkin pie.

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma
Where: 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Buffet served. Reservations required.
Price: $27.99 adults; $23.99 seniors; $12.99 children, plus tax and gratuity.
Contact: 253-752-8811;
Menu: Traditional Thanksgiving and seafood buffet, including turkey, roast beef, ham, crab legs, oysters, clams, mussels, salmon, salads, 20 kinds of desserts.

Lobster Shop at Dash Point
Where: 6912 Soundview Drive N.E., Tacoma
Time: 1:30-6 p.m. Reservations required.
Price: Most entrees, not including lobster, are $23 to $29; plus tax and gratuity. Salads, side dishes, desserts are separate.
Contact: 253-927-1513;
Menu: Menu favorites, including turkey dinner, Australian rock lobster, King crab legs, salmon. Desserts include pumpkin pie and Olympic Mountain Ice Creamery specialty flavors such as peppermint candy, spiced pear sorbet, molasses gingerbread.

Lobster Shop at Commencement Bay
Where: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Price: $29.95 adults; $24.95 seniors; $15.95 children 6 to 12; 5 and under are free. Plus tax and gratuity.
Contact: 253-759-2165;
Menu: Buffet including turkey, ham, prime rib, cedar plank salmon, potato-crusted cod, oven baked chicken dijon, smoked salmon, seafood cakes, prawns, seven types of salad, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, sage stuffing, rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, glazed carrots, cranberry relish, butterflake rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, crème brulee, and chocolate mousse.

Stanley & Seafort’s
Where: 115 E. 34th St., Tacoma
Time: noon-8 p.m. Reservations recommended, very few spaces left.
Price: The meal is a sit-down service and entrees range from $18-$39.
Contact: 253-473-7300 or
Menu: Prime rib ($32), filet mignon ($39), Kobe meatloaf wrapped in pepper bacon ($18). For a traditional Thanksgiving meal, a free-range turkey dinner will be served with apple-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet glazed vegetables, fresh cranberry relish, and housemade turkey gravy ($24).

Gateway Cottage
Where: 124 146th St. S., Tacoma
Time: noon-7 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Price: The meal is a sit-down service with three meal choices. Prices are $22.95-$24.95
Contact: 253-536-8100 or
Menu: A sit-down dinner with a fixed menu. Diners can select from three meals, a turkey dinner $22.95), ham dinner ($22.95) or a prime rib dinner ($24.95). Dinners come with sides. Desserts are extra.

Ram Restaurant and Brewery Tacoma
Where: 3001 Ruston Way, Tacoma
Time: Noon-8 p.m. Reservations not required.
Price: Turkey dinner and trimmings plate: $15.99 for adults; $6.99 children 12 and younger, plus tax.
Contact: 253-756-7886;
Menu: Regular Ram menu plus turkey dinner and trimmings plate.

Ram Restaurant and Brewery Lakewood
Where: 10019 59th Ave. SW., Lakewood
Time: Noon to 8 p.m. Reservations not required.
Price: To be announced.
Contact: 253-584-3191;
Menu: Special menu to be announced.

Mandolin Cafe
Where: 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: Adults $16, kids $8
Contact: 253-761-3482 or
Menu: A menu posted at the cash register indicated a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Call the restaurant for more details.

The Homestead
Where: 7837 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Time: 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: $16.95 for a complete meal and dessert.
Contact: 253-475-3252
Menu: Homestyle, traditional ham or turkey dinners with traditional sides and dessert.

The following restaurants have been confirmed closed for Thanksgiving. Primo Grill, Asado, Masa, Minoela, Merende, Maxwell’s, The Hub, The Harmon, El Gaucho, The Bite at Hotel Murano, Duke’s Chowder House, Katie Downs, Anthony’s restaurants, Harbor Lights, Carr’s, Marzano, Hungry Goose Bistro, Toscanos, Mama Stortini’s, Charlie’s, The Ram Sunrise Village, Brix 25.

FREE DINNER: The Emergency Food Network will have its annual Thanksgiving feast from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving day at the Landmark Convention Center Temple Theater. According to the network, “Emergency Food Network’s annual community dinner is a feast for those in need, with a free holiday meal provided to all who attend.” More info here. To donate to the network, call 253-584-1040.

FOOD BANK INFO: TNT reporter Mike Archbold wrote this story about food banks helping those in need during the holidays.

News Tribune staffers Jeffrey P. Mayor and Debby Abe contributed to this report.

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