Last week's Top 10 on Dining@Large (baltimoresun.com/diningatlarge) was last-minute restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner. Now it's really last minute, but if you suddenly decide you want to eat out tomorrow, you might give one of these a call. The list is in alphabetical order:
Alizee in the Inn at the Colonnade. Traditional and gourmet buffet selections from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ($39.95/adult; $15.95/child 6-10; 5 and younger free). I had a very good meal here. I don't know how a buffet will turn out, but I'd be willing to chance it.
Brightons in the InterContinental Harbor Court. Thanksgiving brunch buffet with various stations such as carving, seafood, raw bar, soup, salads, kids (that's for kids), dessert. $55 for adults, $25 for children.
Cafe Troia in Towson. This Italian restaurant will be serving its regular menu as well as a traditional organic turkey dinner for $28.95. Open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Grano in Hampden. There will be one seating at 4 p.m. for this prix fixe Italian Thanksgiving feast. The $65 price includes complimentary bellinis and bloody marys, but if you want wine you'll have to take it yourself.
Kali's Court in Fells Point. This is a first for the seafood restaurant. The four-course menu will cost $49.95, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank. Open noon to 6 p.m.
Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville. Traditional Thanksgiving buffet ($39/adult; child 6-12 half price, 5 and younger free). All nonalcoholic drinks included. Served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Osteria 177 in Annapolis. This might not be the best place if you insist on turkey. You will be able to get the regular menu of Italian "coastal cuisine," and the chef hasn't decided whether to have turkey as the nightly special. Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Petit Louis in Roland Park. The three-course menu for $39.95 will feature Chestnut Soup with Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Turkey with Pommes Pur?es, Local Greens, Cranberry Relish, and Apple and Cranberry Pain Perdu with Cognac Cr?me Anglaise. Open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Prime Rib downtown. The holiday meal for $39.95 will consist of soup or salad; roast turkey with stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, creamed spinach and sweet potatoes; and pumpkin, pecan or apple pie for dessert. Kids under 12 eat for $17.95.
Rockfish in Annapolis. Regular menu plus roast turkey with the traditional trimmings for $23.95 for adults, $10.95 for children under 12.
Readers talk back
I'll be going to the Oregon Grille for Thanksgiving this year, the first time in as long as I can remember I won't be having at home. I will report back with my findings.
Posted by: Tom
Sounds great but the pricing is prohibitive to me.
Posted by: NotableM
Don't expect great service from any restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. The staff would rather be at home with their families. Not to mention, Thanksgiving Eve happens to be the biggest drinking day of the year. Staffers will more than likely be hung-over. That would explain the wax paper being left in the desserts last year.
Posted by: Jessica C
The thought just went through my mind that isn't it kind of strange that so many restaurants and stores that used to close on TG are opening this year?
In an environment of less spending I would think that not so many people would be paying the huge bill to go out at all.
In addition, stores that have previously proudly noted that they were closed so that their employees and their families could enjoy the holiday together are opening this year.
What's up with this?
Posted by: Joyce W.