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Where to dine out on Thanksgiving at Tacoma area restaurants

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2013 at 6:00 am | No Comments »
November 25, 2013 11:00 am

Thanksgiving is next week and I bet you’re plotting how to get out of cooking. Restaurants are here to help, although reservations are probably looking pretty thin right now. Check out this list of where to dine. Chefs have been slow to get me information, I’ll continually add to the list as I get details.

Black Bear Diner, Federal Way: Find a homestyle turkey or prime rib dinner at this Federal Way cafe. Meals start at $13.99 and service begins at 11 a.m. Find information about Black Bear here.

Brix 25, Gig Harbor: The Gig Harbor restaurant will have a Thanksgiving dinner with special selections (all under $30). Make reservations, it’s a must. Find more information here.

C.I. Shenanigans, Tacoma: Reservations required for a serve-yourself Thanksgiving buffet from 11-6:30 with turkey, other carved meats and seafood specialties. Contact: 253-752-8811,

Gateway Cottage, Parkland: The cute little Parkland restaurant will have plated dinners offering a ham dinner, turkey dinner, a ham-turkey combo dinner or roast beef. Meals come with salad and dessert. Prices at $25.99. Call 253-536-8100,

The Homestead, Lakewood: This Lakewood restaurant will serve a traditional turkey plate dinner will be served and includes dessert. Ham also will be served. Find details here.

The Lobster Shop Restaurants
Lobster Shop South, Tacoma Ruston: A buffet served beginning at 11 a.m. Find the menu here.
Lobster Shop Dash Point, Northeast Tacoma: A seated dinner with a fixed plate menu. Find the menu here.
For location information, click here.

Old Country Buffet: The chain restaurant will serve a buffet Thanksgiving dinner until 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The menu includes roast turkey, roast beef, ham and steak. Call the Puyallup or Lakewood restaurants for pricing. This is the low-budget option, so plan accordingly and know that it will be crowded.

Pacific Grill, Tacoma: The downtown Tacoma restaurant will have its annual elegant Thanksgiving dinner featuring separately priced menu items ranging from a traditional turkey plate (with all the typical fun Pacific Grill spins) and heartier choices like cassoulet and filet mignon. Don’t miss the weathervane scallops. Check details here. Find the menu here. If you’re looking for a splurge restaurant, this is the place.

The Ram Restaurant and Brewery Chain
Open: Tacoma Ruston Ram, South Hill Mall Ram
Closed: Sunrise Village Ram, Lakewood Ram, Lacey Ram
Location information here.
Tacoma Ruston Ram Thanksgiving dinner will be served, in addition to the regular menu, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. The turkey dinner plate is $16.99 for adults, $7.99 for kids and 12 and under.
South Hill Puyallup Ram will have a Thanksgiving buffet dinner. Call the restaurant for details at 253-841-3317.

Stanley and Seafort’s, Tacoma: A traditional feast from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., plus selections from the regular menu. Details are here.

Build-your-own Thanksgiving adventure

Paprika Catering and Cafe: You can pick up a full turkey dinner or side dishes (or both) at Paprika Catering in Olympia. Contact Paprika at 360-915-8956, or visit their Facebook page.

Capers Cafe and Take-Home: You can pick up all or some of your Thanksgiving dinner at the Proctor neighborhood caterer and cafe, Capers. You have until the end of this week to place your order, though. Act fast. Find info here. Find the menu here.

Beyond Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING PRE-PARTY: Maxwell’s in Tacoma’s St. Helens neighborhood is closed for Thanksgiving day, but Chef Hudson Slater has designed a menu that will help you prefunk for Thanksgiving a few days before the big day – find appetizers like pesto deviled eggs and pumpkin ravioli and a full plated turkey dinner. Pecan pie for dessert, of course. Find details here.

AFTER PARTY/BLACK FRIDAY PREP: Marcia’s Silver Spoon in Tacoma will open at midnight Black Friday so you can fuel up on the restaurant’s famously awesome breakfast eats before you head out for that crazy day of shopping (I’ll be in bed sleeping off the turkey coma, but have fun!). Check out all the details here.

AFTER PARTY: Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma will be closed until 7 p.m., but will open and serve dinner through late night. They’ll serve selections from their usual menu. Think of it as a Thanksgiving after party. Find details here.

BLACK FRIDAY PARTY: Brix 25 will team up with 7 Seas Brewery for its third Black Friday beer dinner the day after Thanksgiving. Find details here.

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