Thanksgiving is basically about one thing: Eating. So that translates into a lot of pressure if you are making Thanksgiving dinner, since that is the whole show, and you are responsible for it. If you just don't want to go there this year, check out this list of some of the best restaurants in Portland that are open on Thanksgiving. You'll get to enjoy some tasty food with friends and family without having to stress over all the preparation and cleaning up.
Many Portland restaurants will be open, but here's a guide to some of your best options for Thanksgiving 2017. These restaurants book up quickly, and if the one you prefer is sold out, get on the waiting list and make a reservation at your No. 2 choice. It's best to call the restaurant directly for reservations.
Have Thanksgiving with a Peruvian flavor at Andina, which is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu of a turkey special for $65 for adults; half price for kids 5 to 11, who get a half order. This is definitely not your traditional Thanksgiving; it's an adventure in eating.
A four-course feast including an amuse bouche (green eggs and ham, "Judy" puffs, crab and shrimp salad) and choice of three starters and four dessert options make for a sumptuous Thanksgiving at Country Cat. Dinner will be served from 2 to 8 p.m.; $60 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.
Huber's Cafe is famous for its turkey dinners, so Thanksgiving is a no-brainer. It's so popular that some people make a reservation a year in advance. But if you can't get a reservation, you can still eat Huber's for Thanksgiving by ordering the Turkey Package for $144.95. It serves eight to 10 and comes with all the fixings.
Bread and Ink Cafe
Bread and Ink is serving up a four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner that includes your choice of appetizer; soup or salad; five entrees with sides, including turkey with pinenut stuffing; and three yummy desserts. Bread and Ink is serving from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving; the price is $45 for adults.
If Thanksgiving means football as much as food to you, the place to be is Pearl Tavern, where the games will be on all day, Chargers vs. Cowboys at 1:30 p.m. and Giants vs. Redskins at 5:30 p.m. While you're watching, chow down on confit turkey thigh with maple-glazed breast, gratin of caramelized sweet potato and apple, and pumpkin custard tart. You can order these Thanksgiving specials a la carte and also off the regular menu.
You might not be thinking of a Paris-inspired bistro for an all-American Thanksgiving, but if you want a bit of an adventurous meal in a charming space, check it out. There will be three seatings, at 1, 4, and 7 p.m., and you will be served charcuterie, oysters, brioche, roasted turkey, and twice-baked sweet potatoes with truffles and gruyere. Dinner will be served family style, and it's $50 per person.
It can't get more appropriate for a feast of bountiful harvest than at a farmhouse-style restaurant.
Urban Farmer is, of course, a very upscale farmhouse. For Thanksgiving, it's serving foie gras, roasted beets, cauliflower steak, beef short ribs, plus traditional turkey. Sides like cornbread stuffing and candied yams are served family style, and you get a choice of several dessert options. It's $65 for adults and $24 for kids and is open from noon to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.