Avoid the stress, the mess, the "I don't know what happened, I followed the recipe!" dilemma and the cleanup, but still get your turkey fix at these Baltimore restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.
We're curious to find out what the chefs have in store for their buffet, served 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Usual fare is a mix of contemporary Asian and French cuisine, so the possibilities have our heads spinning.
If you go: : Alizee is at 4 W. University Parkway. Call 410-235-8200.
From noon to 6 p.m., Birches features wood-grilled jumbo shrimp and scallops with lump crab cocktail, as well as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which includes Yukon gold mashed potatoes, "dirty" stuffing and maple candied yams.
If you go: : Birches is at 641 S. Montford Ave. Call 410-732-3000.
Della Notte Ristorante
Watch the masters in Della Notte's open kitchen prepare innovative, Mediterranean-inspired Italian dishes. Open noon-8 p.m.
If you go: : Della Notte Ristorante is at 801 Eastern Ave. Call 410-837-5500.
There's an Italian Thanksgiving dinner, a buffet of side dishes and free Bellinis and bloody marys from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you go: : Grano is at 1030 W. 36th St. Call 443-869-3429.
It's OK to skip the bird and opt for some seafood. With Kali's romantic, intimate tables and setting, who says Thanksgiving couldn't also be date night? Open noon-6 p.m.
If you go: : Kali's Court is at 1606 Thames St. Call 410-276-4700.
Any place that serves Maryland crab chowder on Thanksgiving is a winner. The menu also features a carving station, a buffet, a fruit and cheese display and a sweet bar with pumpkin pie. Open 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
If you go: : Owl Bar is at 1 E. Chase St. Call 410-347-0888.
Petit Louis is offering wine pairings for Thanksgiving. It's certainly the only place we found serving cranberry relish and apple and cranberry pain perdu, which is kind of like French toast but for dessert. Delectable. Open 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
If you go: : Petit Louis is at 4800 Roland Ave. Call 410-366-9393.
The Prime Rib
We're not saying you should get steak this Thanksgiving, but you should consider Maine lobster bisque. Then opt for more traditional fare with turkey, stuffing, sweet potato puree and pecan, apple or pumpkin pie. Open 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
If you go: : The Prime Rib is at 1101 N. Calvert St. Call 410-539-1804.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Watertable offers pear and Stilton salad, artisan breads and tapenades, a seafood station, pies and a complimentary glass of champagne. Of course, there's also turkey.
If you go: : Watertable is at 202 E. Pratt St. Call 410-685-8439.