thanksgivingturkey-1A Red Tricycle reader asked us if we could “Send out an email or tell me how can I ask other parents for good ideas on where to go eat with three kids (ages 11, 7, 5) for Thanksgiving diner. I don’t have any family in the area, and I’m tired of cooking a huge meal that they usually don’t like. We’re game for a traditional or non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner someplace that’s nice, but not too expensive, and offers a great menu for adults and kids.”

Looking for alternatives to the traditional turkey? Try the Bamboo Garden, open from 11 am to 10 pm (reservations recommended). This Chinese-style restaurant offers an affordable seven-course Thanksgiving feast come the holidays, including, but not limited to, corn chowder soup, fresh baked yams, and smoked vegetarian turkey complete with stuffing and apple pie. The amazing part? The food’s completely vegetarian – and absolutely delicious.

Salty’s has a (well-deserved) reputation for mouth-watering seafood; time to add to that list!  The restaurant offers a Thanksgiving buffet carefully designed for maximum effect. Swing by the carving station for your pick of turkey, ribs, lamb, or ham; stop at the stuffing table, browse by gravies, hot vegetables, potatoes, soups and salads, and, of course, a generous platter of seafood. Kids will especially love the desserts – more than twenty to chose from, at last count. First Seating at 10:45 am, last seating at 6:45 pm. Adults $54.95, kids nine to twelve $31.95, ages five to eight $15.95, four and under free.

McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurants provide you with a pick between two delectable meal plans come turkey day, each with their own special appeal. Take advantage of the special holiday menu (available only on November 25 and December 25!) or go for the traditional Thanksgiving buffet if you’re more in the mood for the classics – munch down on roast turkey with gravy, accompanied by practically every holiday favorite (sage dressing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, mmm…) that you can think of. Adults $29.95, kids five to eleven $13.95, five and under free.

Maggiano’s Little Italy offers a special Thanksgiving menu; stop by for a five-course holiday dinner. Traditional courses (turkey, etc) are served alongside Italian dishes; pick and choose from a selection of pastas (the fettuccine is supposed to be good) and other foods served in a family-style dining arrangement. Call to reserve a seat. Adults $37.95, kids five through twelve $17.95, five and under free.

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If you’d rather just stick to the sweet stuff, why not check out Shoofly Pie Company? This bakery sells pies whole or by the slice and is offering a special Thanksgiving menu; call in advance (by Friday 11/19 for guaranteed delivery) to reserve your treat on time! Apple cran crumble, rhubarb, black/rasp-berry, and chocolate cream are just few of the options available, but be warned; the company’s closed Tuesday 11/23, and pick-up times are limited 11/24 and 11/25.