Gobbling turkey away from home


Kayra Carrillo

Recently, American families have explored restaurant options for Thanksgiving rather than munching on the traditional home-cooked meal.

Three days devoted to cooking and at least one for clean-up. Maybe a few hours with friends and family. For numerous Americans, that is what Thanksgiving amounts to.

To avoid this thankless Thanksgiving, and for people who’d rather spend those four days actually fraternizing, there are some local restaurants that offer their interpretation of the classic meal–with some eateries completely abandoning the turkey dinner. The best part? They do all the work.

The Pricy

Argyle Steakhouse: Situated in the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Argyle Steakhouse presents a classy destination with scenic views of the Batiquitos Lagoon. Specially for Thanksgiving, the steakhouse will prepare a three-course lunch ($45) and a dinner special ($38). Both of which include slow roasted turkey breast, bread pudding stuffing, sage gravy and more. This restaurant takes reservations and is well-suited for groups, but not recommended for small children.

Fresco Trattoria: From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., downtown Carlsbad’s Fresco Trattoria will provide a traditional Thanksgiving holiday buffet which is divergence from its typical Italian cuisine. San Diegans rave over its talented servers and chefs, rating it an overall four stars out of five on Open Table. Guests can lounge on Fresco’s smoke-free patio, gazing at the ocean and indulging in turkey goodness.

California Bistro: Also at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, California Bistro accentuates its farm-to-table menu, which keeps customers returning time and time again. On Thursday, it will host a Thanksgiving Day Brunch with nearly 100 food selections. Although the restaurant will not play up the traditional turkey dinner–and despite its $85 price tag–the dessert selection of Oreo cheesecake, vanilla pineapple crumble, caramelized apple tatin and more will without a doubt suffice.

The Affordable

Buca Di Beppo: This year, combine your turkey feast with Italian favorites at the chain restaurant Buca Di Beppo. The casual atmosphere and family-style portions cater to children and large groups at an inexpensive cost. Buca provides two dining options–a small for $49.94 and a large for $89.95–that serve the classic turkey and gravy, but ultimately conclude the meal in Italy with mini chocolate chip cannolis.

Marie Callender’s: Marie Callender’s not only prepares the quintessential Thanksgiving dinner, but also sells take-home feasts to those who would rather eat in the comfort of home. To complete the meal, treat yourself to one, or two, of the chain restaurant’s renowned pies, including the classics, cream pies, fruit pies and rich cheesecakes. As Marie Callender’s is located throughout San Diego, even if you do leave the comfort of home, you will never have to travel too far to feast.

Claim Jumper: The classic American restaurant, Claim Jumper, will also host a reasonably-priced meal on Thanksgiving day. Throughout three courses, customers fill up on soup, salad, meat and pie. In addition, Claim Jumper has created a menu specifically for the picky-eaters: children.

No matter your choice of venue, whether it be California Bistro, Marie Callender’s or home sweet home, it is easy to find the best place to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family.