Thanksgiving is a holiday that means many things to many people—family time, delicious food, or even a shopping bonanza the day after! Whether you intend to stay at home and make a full-course meal or head out to a restaurant, there are many ways you can enjoy Thanksgiving in Seattle and Tacoma. Here are just a few!
Things to Do
Most people spend Thanksgiving prepping food, spending time with family, watching movies or a game, but plenty of people also head out to shop and take in events. Some of those include Seattle's Thanksgiving Parade, going shopping on Black Friday (see below) or kicking off the holiday season. Most Christmas lights displays, ice skating rinks and other holiday season activities start up the day after Thanksgiving.
Eating out on Thanksgiving in Seattle
Don’t want to deal with the hassle of making Thanksgiving dinner? Or worse, the clean up? Many restaurants serve Thanksgiving dinner in Seattle and Tacoma, and are prepared to do the work for you. You can often go an upscale route as well, making Thanksgiving not just a day of food, but a day of fine food. Expect twists on the traditional items, such as herbed stuffing or mashed potatoes with tasty and artistic additions.
In Seattle, there are many Thanksgiving options. For a casual, fun, but creative atmosphere, look to Sazerac downtown next to the Hotel Monaco. If you want an amazing view to go with your dinner, Rview has one of the best views in town. Want a seafood twist to your Thanksgiving? Ponti Seafood Grill may be for you. Or if you want to go with an Italian atmosphere, Maggiano’s in Bellevue and Buca di Beppo in Seattle are both great options. McCormick’s, with a couple locations to choose from, is also a fine choice.
Tacoma Also Offers Thanksgiving Restaurants
To the south in Tacoma, you can also find delicious Thanksgiving dining out options at some of the best restaurants in town. Classic steakhouse Stanley and Seafort’s has a full traditional meal with a spectacular view of downtown and the Port of Tacoma. Another solid choice is Pacific Grill in the heart of downtown, which serves up not only an upscale Thanksgiving, but also usually Christmas and New Year's too.
Many of these restaurants charge $39.99 per person and up. If you want to go out, but need a cheaper price tag, down-home chain restaurants like Shari’s also serve up a nice Thanksgiving feast for much cheaper.
Thanksgiving Prepared Meals at Local Supermarkets and Take Out
If dining out just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving to you, you can also consider purchasing a prepared Thanksgiving meal if you don't want to do the cooking. Look toward your local supermarkets. Seattle and Tacoma both have some extraordinary options for upscale markets that serve up delicious Thanksgiving meals.
In all Puget Sound cities, the usual grocery stores almost all have great package deals. Fred Meyer and Safeway have meals designed for 4 to 8 people, often with a few customizable side dishes.
Metropolitan Market is also in several cities, including Seattle and Tacoma, and has one of the best Thanksgiving meals around, but costs a bit more than other chains at around $90 versus about $40 (but it's seriously worth it).
Another option for eating at home is to get takeout from a restaurant. These are fewer and farther between than restaurants with a sit-down meal, but you can often find several restaurants offer take out specifically for Thanksgiving on OpenTable.
Just because vegetarians and vegans aren’t interested in turkey and ham doesn’t mean they should have to sit this meal out or eat rolls and side dishes for dinner!
For dining out, Café Flora has both vegan and gluten-free options on its pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu. Check each year's restaurant list as not all restaurants offer Thanksgiving menus every year.
For take out, Whole Foods and Madison Market all offer vegan or vegetarian main courses and side dishes.
Of course, the day after Thanksgiving is just as important as the day itself for those out to get the best gadgets at rock-bottom prices or a pair of jeans for $10! Seattle, Tacoma and everywhere in between starts off the holiday season with a little bit of shopping madness. Area malls and shopping centers, from Seattle's malls to South Sound shopping centers, almost all open early in the morning, and most have door buster sales just waiting to be discovered.
Don't forget to support your local business owners the following Saturday for Small Business Saturday, too.