For a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings but none of the clean-up, head to one of these Portland restaurants offering prix fixe dinners, à la carte menus and plentiful buffets. You and your hungry bunch can choose from classic American-style dishes, creative vegetarian fare or turkey with an international twist. Now that’s something to be thankful for.
photo: Satya Murthy via Flickr Creative Commons
Succulent roasted turkey has been a century-long tradition at the Rose City’s oldest restaurant, established in 1879. Located inside the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building, enjoy Huber’s casual ambience (complete with colorful vintage skylights and vaulted ceilings) along with their famous Roast Young Tom Turkey, sage dressing, gravy, fresh mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce.
Good to Know: No time to cook but prefer to eat at home this Thanksgiving? Huber’s also offers a turkey package that comes with a 12- to 14-pound turkey, two quarts of stuffing, two quarts of fresh mashed potatoes, two quarts of gravy, a pint of cranberry sauce, a loaf of beer bread and a pumpkin pie. The price is $139.95.
Cost: $30/adults; $12.95/children
411 SW 3rd Ave
The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar
In Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood, join Country Cat for a four-course prix fixe menu featuring classic, made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dishes. Choose from turkey and all the fixings, double-cut smoked pork chop with roasted garlic mashed sweet potatoes and mustard plum sauce or brown butter pumpkin crepes with toasted pecans and red wine braised cabbage. For thankful eaters ten and under, there’s a turkey plate, pasta or braised pork and veggies.
Good to Know: Dinner is served from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made for parties of 2-20 people.
Cost: $60/adults; $15/children
7937 SE Stark St.
photo: courtesy of Raven & Rose
Raven & Rose
This warm and welcoming pub in downtown’s historic Ladd Carriage House will feature a fixed, family-style menu inspired by British fare and made with local ingredients. You and the kids can choose from meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes such as roasted Kuri squash soup, Swede fondant with root vegetable noodles, turkey breast and leg confit ballotine and sweet and savory yams. Not to miss is the heirloom pumpkin cheesecake or butterscotch pudding for dessert.
Good to Know: All ages are welcome in the downstairs Dining Room, with the Rookery Bar upstairs for 21+ crowd. Dinner will be served from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations required, parties can range from 1 to 24 diners.
Price: $65/adult; $25/children under 12; $35/optional wine pairing
1331 SW Broadway
Portland Spirit Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet Cruise
Do you and your family prefer to relax and watch Portland roll by while cruising down the Willamette River and feasting on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? The folks at the Portland Spirit have got you covered. This festive 2.5-hour-long cruise includes a holiday buffet, dessert, hot tea and coffee, live piano entertainment and service gratuity.
Good to Know: There are two cruises offered on the 24th. The first boards at 11:00am and cruises from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second boards at 4:00 p.m. and cruises from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $66/adult; $29/children 4-12; free for children 3 and younger. This doesn’t include the landing fee, which is about $4/person.
Salmon Street Springs Dock in Waterfront Park
1000 SW Naito Pkwy
photo: courtesy of Andina Restaurant
For a Peruvian twist on traditional American Thanksgiving, head to Andina for a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring Andean flavors and ingredients. Dinner starts with a wide selection of tapas such as Trio de Papas con Salsas Tradicionales and other iconic Peruvian dishes. Tapas are followed by the main entrée, Pavo Chicha, a Peruvian inspired turkey presentation, and dessert. For ages 4 to 11, all menu items will be available à la carte.
Good to Know: This Peruvian feast is available from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Live music will take place throughout the day and into the evening on the main floor of the restaurant.
1314 NW Glisan St.
A handful of this popular local chain’s Portland-area restaurants and pubs will offer buffets or à la carte dinners on the 24th. Along with carved turkey, load your plate up with a bounty of garlic green beans, mashed potatoes, traditional dressing, old-fashioned turkey gravy, cedar plank salmon, roasted pork loin with Edgefield Cider jus, cranberry-fireside port relish, fresh fruit, salads and desserts.
Good to Know: All ages are welcome and reservations are required. Buffet and dinner hours vary by location, so check online or call the specific restaurant for more info.
Cost: $32-37/adult; $20-23/children 5-12; free for kids 4 and under, depending on location.
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd.
2126 SW Halsey St.
5736 NE 33rd Ave.
Zeus Café at the Crystal Hotel
303 SW 12th Ave.
Wilsonville Old Church
30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd
What is your family’s Thanksgiving tradition? Do you prefer a home-cooked meal or a dine-out option? Tell us in the comments below!
— Carrie Uffindell