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T-Day on the Town

Enjoy a feast with all the trimmings—but none of the holiday hassle.


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I love Thanksgiving meals. But to be honest, I don't always love the days of shopping, prepping and cooking that lead up to Thanksgiving dinner, not to mention the cleanup after. If you'd like to get out of the kitchen for Thanksgiving this year, there are plenty of restaurants open with Turkey Day options for you, from economical to extravagant, and with eat-inor dine-out options. Here are those that contacted me with Thanksgiving offerings.

As in years past, Tuscany (2832 E. 6200 South, 801-277-9919, TuscanySLC.com) will provide a memorable Thanksgiving meal for guests, priced at $45 for adults; $22 for children 12 and under. The Tuscany menu includes a choice of butternut squash bisque or green salad, entrees of herb-roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham, sides such as sage & apple stuffing, sweet potato gratin, garlic whipped potatoes, herb-roasted root vegetables, and an assortment of house-made pies for dessert.

Up at Log Haven (6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, 801-272-8255, Log-Haven.com),chef Dave Jones is preparing a four-course plated luncheon ($49.95 adults; $24.95 children 12 and under) featuring a choice from three starters (roasted Hubbard squash soup, braised chicken "oysters" or King crab cake), a salad course, and entrees including all-natural Coleman turkey, grilled King salmon, Black Angus New York steak or wild mushroom-butternut squash risotto, plus dessert options.

The Paris Bistro (1500 E. 1500 South, 801-486-5585, TheParis.net) celebrates the 15th anniversary of its opening with a six-course Thanksgiving dinner priced at $49.95 for adults; $24.95 for children under 8. Thanksgiving menu items include wild chanterelle mushroom flatbread with thyme & Gruyère; soup and salad; Utah Wight Family Farms free-range turkey rôtí with Calvados-thyme jus and roasted chestnuts; sides such as purée blanche ravioli, cranberry compote with candied oranges and maple-glazed pecans; roasted sweet potatoes and yams; quinoa with fresh herbs, shallots and roasted pine nuts; corn bread with honey butter; Romanesco and Brussels sprout gratin; and a choice of pumpkin cheesecake with roasted chestnuts and honey gelato or carmalized apple-stuffed crepes, Calvados and crème fraîche for dessert.

At Finca (327 W. 200 South, 801-487-0699, FincaSLC.com), chef Phelix Gardner and his crew will offer a Thanksgiving Day buffet which includes traditional and Spanish favorites such as roasted-turkey breast, honey- and sherry-glazed ham, chorizo and smoked oyster "dressing," olive oil-whipped potatoes, a chilled-seafood station, freshly baked breads and pastries. The cost is $45 adults; $22.50 children 5 to 12; kids 4 and under free.

Feel like adding some samba to your Thanksgiving feast? A trio of Brazilian churrascarias are open on Thanksgiving this year. Tucanos Brazilian Grill (162 S. 400 West, 801-456-2550, Tucanos.com) will offer their famous all-you-can-eat churrasco, plus center-cut sirloin, baked turkey, fried turkey, grilled turkey, side dishes and dessert, priced at $29.95 adults; $11.95 children 7-12; kids under 7 eat free. Tucanos also offers holiday dinners for eating at home.

Texas de Brazil (50 S. Main, 385-232-8070, TexasDeBrazil.com) is "carving a new tradition" this year with its regular churrasco menu plus signature Thanksgiving specialties such as roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, homemade gravy, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages all included in the $42.99 dinner price. And, they open early at 11 a.m. Rodizio Grill (600 S. 700 East, 801-220-0500, RodizioGrill.com) is also getting in on the holiday action by offering four days of Thanksgiving: November 25-28 during dinner hours, and all day on Thanksgiving. They'll offer the "Full Rodizio" Brazilian buffet ($26.99 adults; $9.99 children 7-11; 0-2 years eat free) plus orange turkey and stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Up in Ogden, Hearth on 25th (195 25th St., 801-399-0088, Hearth25.com) is doing the heavy lifting for your holiday meal by offering gourmet Thanksgiving feasts "to-go.' For as little as $17 per person you can order fully cooked roasted turkey, whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, maple-roasted sweet potatoes, dried fruit and sage stuffing, giblet pan gravy, wood oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, orange-ginger cranberry sauce, sourdough Hearth bread, and a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding.

At Zucca (225 25th St., 801-475-7077, MyZucca.com) Thanksgiving menu choices include "three-way" pork or cioppino appetizer; Waldorf salad or roasted apple and butternut squash soup; entrees of slow-roasted turkey breast roulade, house-smoked honey-cured ham, or braised lamb shanks; plus dessert options ($39 adults; $15 children 12 and under).

Local Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery locations (MarieCallenders.com) will offer holiday indulgences from individual pies to full feasts for serving at home, ranging from $99.99 for a Turkey Breast Feast with all the trimmings (serves 4-6) to the Ultimate Whole Turkey & Ham Feast for $149.99 (serves 6-8).

Over in Park City, Thanksgiving dining options abound, as well. At Deer Valley Resort (DeerValley.com dining), The Brass Tag (2900 Deer Valley Drive East, 435-615-2410) will offer a prix-fixe dinner for two priced at $48 per person, which includes turkey breast roulade, butternut squash and arugula salad; brick oven Brussels sprouts with Niman Ranch lardons; caramelized garlic whipped Yukon Gold potatoes; green bean, shiitake and leek skillet; oven-baked pumpkin pie, and more.

The Brass Tag Thanksgiving dinner will be available November 26-29. The Grub Steak (2093 Sidewinder Drive, 435-649-8060, GrubSteakRestaurant.com) Thanksgiving dinner includes roasted Tom turkey, stuffing and gravy, sides, pumpkin pie, and more, priced at $29.75 adults; $14.75 children 12 and under). According to the Park City Restaurant Association (ParkCityRestaurants.com), additional restaurants offering Thanksgiving specials include Baja Cantina, Bistro 412, Butcher's Chop House & Bar, Cisero's Ristorante, Deer Valley Grocery-Café (pies and takeaway items), The Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge, and Zoom.

Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you decide spend it.