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November 19th, 2008 KELLY CLARKE | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Thanksgiving for Lazy People (like us).

     
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Sometimes the thought of dealing with all that raw poultry and pie crust just makes you wanna throw up. And for those times, here's a helpful list of some local restaurants serving a full Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 27. And we've also got a list of helpful local purveyors who can help you transform your home holiday table through the magic of takeout.

We'll update this post as more info becomes available or restaurants run out of seats.

RESTAURANTS SERVING THANKSGIVING DINNER

Jake’s Thanksgiving Buffet at the Governor Hotel
Yes, you can eat a full Thanksgiving dinner at Jake’s Grill at the Governor Hotel (or Jake’s Famous up the street or any other of McCormick & Schmick’s Portland outposts). But if you wanna go big, reserve a seat at the local chain’s grand buffet at the hotel. From Tom Turkey, cedar plank salmon and New York strip steak to whole stations devoted to chilled seafood, salads, side dishes and desserts, this meal’s so big they have to hold it in a ballroom. It’s like a wedding where the bride is dinner and you’re the groom (or vice versa). Visit mccormickandschmicks.com for a list of the chain’s other Portland seafood restaurants, all of which are serving T-Day dinner. Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., 224-3400. Reservations begin at 11 am and end at 3:30 pm. $29.95 adults, $7.95 children 6-12, 5 and younger free. Call 241-2125 to make your reservation.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Heathman Restaurant
An overwhelming assortment of traditional Northwestern eats, from roasted turkey with sage stuffing and pumpkin pie to Dungeness crab and smoked salmon, for both sit-down eaters and buffet lovers. Prix fixe dining room service 11 am-9 pm. Holiday buffet 11:30 am-6 pm. The Heathman, 1001 SW Broadway., 790-7752. $46.50 per person ($18 for kids under 12). Call to reserve seats.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Meriwether’s
Chef Earl Hook prepares a family-style feast with ingredients from the restaurant’s own Skyline Farm this Thanksgiving. Meriwether’s, 2601 NW Vaughn St., 228-1250. $45 per adult, $20 children. Call 228-1250 to reserve seats ASAP.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Salty’s on the Columbia
Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like Dungeness crab, prawns and bay shrimp pot pies. Get your seafood on with a mega holiday buffet at this riverside classic—OK, there’ll be turkey and all the trimmings as well. Salty’s on the Columbia, 3839 NE Marine Drive., 288-4444. 10 am-6 pm. $48.95 per person includes bottomless champagne. Call for reservations.

THANKSGIVING SUPPLIES FOR YOUR HOME TABLE

Simpatica Thanksgiving Take-Out
Simpatica’s offering a prepared-food menu this T-Day for lazy hosts. Offerings—priced per person—include servings of roasted Heritage turkey ($5), mashed Yukon gold spuds ($3) and braised greens with ham hock ($4) among other goodies. Plus, Mel’s famous apple or pumpkin pie ($18 per pie). They’ll stick the grub in oven-safe containers and all you’ve got to do is pick up your order on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and reheat. Get a full meal deal (“The Works”) for $25 per person. To order, call 235-1600 or email inquiries@simpaticacatering.com. Check out the full menu at simpaticacatering.com. Simpatica, 828 SE Ash St., 235-1600. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 21.

Elephants Deli Thanksgiving Take Out Menu
This PDX deli also has a wealth of to-go Thanksgiving options. But Elephants’ menu ranges beyond the bird and trimmings to include soups, appetizer platters, salads and gift baskets. See a full menu at elephantsdeli.com. Call 224-3955 or order at elephantsdeli.com. Most Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 21. Elephants Uptown, 115 NW 22nd Ave., 299-6304.

New Seasons Market (Fresh Birds, Take Out Meals)
RAW: The Portland based grocer offers Diestel Family Turkey Ranch birds ($1.79-$2.99 per pound, more for special Heirloom varieties). Plus, they've got an actual Turkey Hotline (503-473-8695) you can call to order—and we hope lament and generally talk about birds—9 am-8 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday & Sunday. Or just order online at newseasonsmarket.com. COOKED: The market offers a slew of prepared dinner options, sides and desserts, including full traditional T-Day dinners for two ($49.99): Diestel boneless turkey breast with your choice of stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, choice of vegetable, Parker House rolls, and pumpkin pie. Or veggie T-day meals ($39.99 for two)—Acorn squash stuffed with tempeh, walnuts and mushrooms with your choice of stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce, choice of vegetable, Parker House rolls, and pumpkin pie. Vist holiday.newseasonsmarket.com to place an order by Sunday, Nov. 23.

Whole Foods Market (Fresh Birds, Take Out Meals)
RAW: Fresno, California Pittman Farm turkeys ($1.79 per pound) and Pittman Farms Mary's organic birds ($2.99 a pound). COOKED: Whole Foods has pretty much the same lineup as New Seasons for sale, with traditional take out dinners for 6-8 people in regular ($99.99, turkey, stuffing, green beans, gravy, cranberry relish, rolls) and organic flavor ($139 bucks, the extra is for the organic bird). There's a vegetarian dinner for 2-4 for $60 too. Check out the bounty at Whole Food's Portland store page. Order by Sunday, Nov. 23.

Gartner's Country Meats (Turkeys)
This old school meat market is pretty much a protein Mecca. Find an excuse to get your behind out here for the cheap, fresh housemade pepperoni sticks even if you're not ordering a turkey. The market was closed by the time I called them today, but I can vouch that they've usually got competitive prices on both fresh and house-smoked birds. I'll update with numbers when possible. Gartner's, 7450 NE Killingsworth St., 252-7801.

Nicky USA (Turkeys & More!)
When a turkey just won't do, local wild game purveyor Nicky USA has all your weird fowl needs taken care of. Oooh, squab ($10.99 per pound)!

Pastaworks (Turkeys)
Get thee to Pastaworks for "broad-breasted white" Northwest Natural turkeys ($3.20 a pound). They're sold out of the 10-12 pounders but they've got a ton of smaller and bigger (we're talking 20-22 pounders) for sale. Call 232-1010 to order asap.

Nuvrei Desserts
Baker Marius Pop’s pastry goods are already an under-the-radar addiction in this town. Spread the habit to your loved ones with two special order-only Thanksgiving desserts on offer from Nuvrei this year: Hazelnut Pumpkin Cake, a layered whopper of pumpkin crème brulee, chocolate sachertorte, hazelnut and chocolate mousse ($38-$60) and a pumpkin vanilla custard “Autumn” tart with pears ($26-$39). They’ll be worth every penny. Nuvrei’s taking orders through Nov. 26, but Pop says “sooner is better.” Nuvrei Fine Cakes & Pastries, 404 NW 10th Ave., 546-3032. To order, call 546-3032 or email order@nuvrei.com.

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Pix Desserts
Bring a little ooh la la to the table with dessert from Pix Patisserie. The traditional pumpkin pie gets a cheesecake makeover with a spiced pecan crust ($24-$32) while the pecan pie goes glam with the addition of Spanish almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and bittersweet chocolate chips (The Nutcracker, $28-$34). Most intriguing? The Macaroon Cornucopia: “Four dozen colorful French macaroons in assorted flavors overflow an edible cornucopia of caramelized almonds.” And that’d be an $85 wow. (Just look at it, above) Pix on Division will be open for pickups 9 am-noon on Thanksgiving Day. Pix Patisserie, 3402 SE Division St., 232-4407.

Roux Pies
Melissa McKinney has been a Portland sweets legend for years. Currently the pastry chef at North Portland’s Roux , she’s selling Thanksgiving pies and desserts for your table this year. Heirloom apple streusel pie ($22), browned butter pecan pie ($22) and pumpkin cheesecake with pecan butterscotch sauce ($30) are for the taking. Call Roux to order. Roux, 1700 N Killingsworth Ave., 285-1200.

Random Order Pies
This season Random Order Coffeehouse is ready with desserts like brandied pears with dark chocolate and candied ginger streusel, pumpkin pie, brandied peach pie, caramel cream and old-fashioned apple pie. Nine-inch rounds ($25) serve around six to eight people. Visit the shop or call to order. Check out pie list at randomordercoffee.com . Random Order Coffeehouse, 1800 NE Alberta St., 971-340-6995. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 23.

THANKSGIVING FARMERS MARKETS

Thanksgiving Farmers Market—Beaverton
The Beaverton Farmers Market gets ready to make merry with a Thanksgiving supply blowout this Saturday. The market is promising tons of local produce, table arrangements, root veggies, local breads and Vitaly Paley. Beaverton Farmers Market, Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth streets., 643-5345. 8 am-1:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 22.

Portland Thanksgiving Farmers Market
Is the Beav (The 'Ton?) too far away? The Portland Farmers Market also gets ready to make merry with a Thanksgiving supply blowout this Saturday. The PSU market is promising chanterelles, heirloom squash, wreaths, cheese and pies, plus tips from chefs such as David Padberg and Robert Reynolds. Portland Farmers Market, South Park Blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets. 9:30 am-2 pm Saturday, Nov. 22.

Thanksgiving Reunion Market
Still not fully stocked for Thursday’s revelry? Portland Farmers Market is giving you one last chance. It’s holding a “reunion market” at the Eastbank Farmers Market site. Local produce shall abound, but we’re going for the free hot cider and ginger cookies from Two Tarts. Mmmm. Eastbank Farmers Market, Southeast 20th Avenue and Salmon Street., 241-0032. 1-5 pm Tuesday, Nov. 25.

 
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