November 13th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Kate Williams News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Thanksgiving for Lazy People 2009: Market & Restaurant Guide.

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Thanksgiving—it's the time of year when we all come together at a table creaking with the weight of pure American gluttony. Spending hours stuffed into a chair, shoving forkful after forkful of turkey and pie into our mouths, is pretty freaking fantastic—unless the days and days of cooking have already made you sick of stuffing. Take it easy this year and let a professional do the work for you. Here's a list of all the best lazy-day Thanksgivings, from restaurants serving dinner to food carts selling pie. If you've got more suggestions for excellent take-out joints, markets or T-Day dinners, leave 'em in comments or email and we may add them to the roundup.


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 it has to be served in a ballroom. It's like a wedding where the bride is dinner and you're the groom (or vice versa). Visit 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 11:30 am and end at 3:30 pm. $29.95 adults, $7.95 children 6-12, 5 and under 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 cheesecake to bouillabaisse 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-5 pm. The Heathman, 1001 SW Broadway, 790-7752. $39.50 per person ($18 for kids under 12) for prix fixe dining. $46.50 per person ($18 for kids under 12) for the buffet. 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. 1-5 pm. $45 per adult, $20 children under 10. Call 228-1250 to reserve seats ASAP.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Salty's on the Columbia
Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like Dungeness crab, prawns and seafood chowder. Get your seafood on with a mega holiday buffet at this riverside classic. Don't worry—there'll be turkey and all the trimmings as well. For the extra-lazy, they're offering an extensive to-go menu. Salty's on the Columbia, 3839 NE Marine Drive, 288-4444. 10:30 am-5:30 pm. $39.95 per person. Call for reservations. To-go orders must be placed by Nov. 22. Visit for menu.

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Resort at the Mountain
Need a little vacay on your turkey day? Head east to Mount Hood for a buffet dinner at the resort. Along with the requisite turkey, there'll be items as varied as roasted halibut, croissants and even an omelet station! Oh, and dinner comes with champagne—if you need to get a room, the resort will be happy to put you up (you'll even get a turkey sandwich to go at checkout). The Resort at the Mountain, 68010 E Fairway Ave., Welches, 622-3101. 11 am-6 pm. $36 per person ($15 for kids). Call to reserve seats. For hotel rooms, visit

Thanksgiving “Two Ways” at Urban Farmer
In case you need to stuff yourself twice in one day, the downtown restaurant will be offering its traditional brunch (which includes rich delicacies like wagyu beef brisket hash and fried chicken and waffles) on Thanksgiving morning, followed by a four-course prix fixe, slightly more traditional meal filled with your choice of meat (or mushrooms for the veggie types), salads, sides (from mashed potatoes to giblet gravy) and desserts in the afternoon and evening. Oh, gluttony. Urban Farmer, 525 SW Morrison St., 222-4900. Brunch 6:30 am-2 pm. Prix fixe meal 2-9 pm. $49 per person ($29 for kids under 12). Call to reserve seats.

Aquavira True Oregon Thanksgiving Buffet
Eat a totally local meal right on the river at Aquavira. It'll be filled with the likes of Heritage Farms turkeys, Sauvie Island potatoes and artisanal cheeses. Aquavira, 0470 SW Hamilton Court, 802-5850. Noon-6 pm. $40 per person ($20 for kids under 12). Call to reserve seats.

Peruvian Thanksgiving at Andina
Have a cross-cultural meal at the renowned Peruvian restaurant this year. You can snack on over 30 different tapas plates, Peruvian entrees or their own special take on turkey (served with quince-huacatay chutney, lucuma gravy, corn-pumpkin humita and swiss chard). There will also be live music from Nelson Salazar and the Danny Romero Trio most of the day. Andina, 1314 NW Glisan. 228-9535. 1-9:30 pm. $55 per person ($27.50 for kids under 12). Call to reserve seats.

Thanksgiving Feast at the Country Cat
Gorge yourself on chef-butcher Adam Sappington's carefully carved meats served with locally sourced soul food like chanterelle soup, truffled deviled eggs and bacon-braised collard greens. The Country Cat, 7937 SE Stark St., 408-1414. 2:30-7:30 pm. $40 per person. Some sides are $5 extra. Call to reserve seats.

Huber's Thanksgiving Dinner
Have a traditional meal at Portland's oldest restaurant. It offers your choice of soup or salad, a big helping of turkey and your choice of pumpkin pie or bread pudding. And then there's the Spanish coffee.... Huber's, 411 SW 3rd Ave., 228-5686. $18.79 per person. Limited reservations still available. Call to reserve seats.


Salt Fire and Time/Abby's Table
[FRESH BIRDS, TAKEOUT MEALS] The community-supported kitchen is offering a special T-Day menu full of whole-food, nutrient-rich delicacies like celery root and wild mushroom soup ($4 per serving), stuffing with sage and chestnuts ($6 per serving), and mashed potatoes and parsnips ($6 per serving). Abby's Table is providing raw, vegan and gluten-free options as well—like cured kale salad ($4 per serving) and raw pumpkin pie mousse ($4 per serving). It will also be selling sustainable (and oh-so-delicious) turkeys from Deck Family Farm ($7.50-$8.50 per pound). To order prepared foods, stop by Salt, Fire and Time/Abby's Table. 609 SE Ankeny St., 208-2758. To order turkeys, contact Deck Family Farm, 541-998-4967. Specify that you want to pick up at Salt, Fire and Time. Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 and can be picked up Tuesday or Wednesday, Nov. 24 or 25.

Sassafras Catering
[TAKEOUT MEALS] This catering company is creating a Southern-inspired Thanksgiving for the ultimate comfort meal. Its turkey is roasted in herb butter and served up with apple chutney and cranberry-peach relish ($25 for half bird, $50 for full). Sides ($3 per person) include a root vegetable mash, stuffing with your choice of oysters or mushrooms and bacon mixed in, beer-braised collards and apple pie studded with crystallized ginger ($25 for full size, $5 for mini). Call 369-0599 to order. Meal pick-up all day Wednesday Nov. 25 at the kitchen. 5222 NE Sacramento St. Delivery is available in Portland area on Tuesday Nov. 24 or Wednesday Nov. 25 for $25. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 20.

Elephants Deli Thanksgiving
[TAKEOUT MEALS] This PDX deli 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 Call 224-3955 or order at Orders for whole turkeys must be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 18. All other orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 23. Elephants Uptown, 115 NW 22nd Ave., 299-6304.

Kenny & Zuke's
[TAKEOUT MEALS] You won't get any pastrami with your turkey, but you can trust the sandwich-makers to throw together a killer dinner. They'll be offering turkey stuffed with wild mushrooms ($13.75 per pound), along with sides like cornbread stuffing ($9.50 per pound), twice-baked truffled potatoes ($4.50 each) and three different pies ($16.50-$19.50). Call 222-3354 or email for full menu and to order by 3 pm Monday, Nov. 23.

New Seasons
[FRESH BIRDS, TAKEOUT MEALS]: RAW: The Portland-based grocer offers Diestel Family Turkey Ranch birds ($1.69-$2.99 per pound, more for special heirloom varieties). Plus, they've got an actual Turkey Hotline (473-8695) you can call to order—and generally talk about birds—9 am-8 pm Monday–Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Or just order online at Also, there's goose ($5.99 per pound) and duck ($3.99 per pound) to be had. COOKED: The market offers a slew of prepared dinner options, sides and desserts, including full traditional T-Day dinners for two ($39.99): 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. Visit to place an order by Sunday, Nov. 22.

Whole Foods
[FRESH BIRDS, TAKEOUT MEALS]: RAW: Diestel Family Turkeys ($2.99 per pound) and Pitman Farms Mary's organic birds ($2.99 a pound). COOKED: Whole Foods has pretty much the same lineup on offer as New Seasons, with traditional takeout dinners for six to eight people in regular ($99.99, turkey, stuffing, green beans, gravy, cranberry relish, rolls, pumpkin pie) or organic ($120). There's a vegetarian dinner for two to four for $40, too. Check out the bounty at Whole Food's Portland store page., order online by Sunday, Nov. 22.

Gartner's Country Meat Market
[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 (10 for $5), even if you're not ordering a turkey. Gartner's has got competitive prices on both fresh and house-smoked birds ($1.69-$3.49 a pound) as well as stuffed game hens ($8.99 each), prime rib roasts ($8.98 per pound) and sugar-cured hams ($3.98 per pound). 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 protein needs taken care of. Squab! Rabbit! A partridge in a pear tree! Prices range from $7 to $13 per pound. Order online at or by phone at 234-4263. $75 minimum on all orders, and no walk-ins.

[TURKEYS] Get thee to PastaWorks for “broad-breasted white” Northwest Natural turkeys ($3.75 a pound). They're already out of their heritage-breed turkeys, so place your order quickly. The store also offers a range of delicious holiday ingredients to bulk up that bird. Call 232-1010 to order ASAP.

Meirav Catering
[KOSHER TAKEOUT] Need a more kosher meal? The local Jewish catering company will provide a five-course kosher turkey dinner—complete with gravy, mashed potatoes and pie. Everything will be cooked in the Shaarie Torah kitchen so you know it'll be legit. Email or call 740-7050 for menu and pricing information. All orders must be placed by Sunday Nov. 22.

Pix Desserts
[DESSERT] Bring a little ooh-la-la to the table with dessert from Pix Pâtisserie. 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. Pix on Division will be open for pickups 9 am-noon on Thanksgiving Day. Pix Pâtisserie, 3402 SE Division St., 232-4407.

Random Order Pies
[PIE] This season, Random Order Coffeehouse is ready with desserts like brandied pears with dark chocolate and candied ginger streusel, and pies such as pumpkin, boozy pecan, pear-cranberry-blackberry and old-fashioned apple. Nine-inch rounds ($28) serve around six to eight people. Visit the shop or call to order. Check out pie list at Random Order Coffeehouse, 1800 NE Alberta St., 971-340-6995. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Sugar Cube

[DESSERT] Only in Portland could you order Thanksgiving dessert from a food cart. The Sugar Cube is dishing out spiced buttermilk cornbread muffins with meadowfoam honey (6 for $10, 12 for $18, 24 for $25), port cranberry jam ($6 for 8 oz or $10 for 12 oz), pumpkin gingerbread cupcakes (6 for $15, 12 for $30, and 24 for $60) and four different Lauretta Jean pies (rum spiced apple, pumpkin with gingersnap crumble, bourbon and ginger pecan, and coconut cream) for $30 each. Call 890-2825 to order by Monday Nov. 23. Sugar Cube pick-ups noon-4 pm, Lauretta Jean pick-ups 11 am-2 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Sugar Cube. 4237 N Mississippi Ave.


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 cookbook author Ivy Manning. Beaverton Farmers Market, Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth streets. 643-5345. 8 am-1:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 21.

Portland Thanksgiving Farmers Market
Beaverton too far away? The Portland Farmers Market also gets ready to make merry with a Thanksgiving supply blowout the Saturday before T-Day. The PSU market is promising chanterelles, heirloom squash, wreaths, cheese and pies, plus tips from guest chefs. Portland Farmers Market, South Park Blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets. 9 am-2 pm Saturday, Nov. 21.

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. Mmmm. Eastbank Farmers Market, Southeast 20th Avenue and Salmon Street. 241-0032. 1-5 pm Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Thanksgiving Wine Weekend
Willamette Valley wineries and vineyards—even many appointment-only outfits—throw open their doors to local winos for cheap bottle deals and special tastings. Highway 99W gridlock and purple-toothed revelry ensues. Visit for a list of participating wineries and directions. Most wineries open 11 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-35. Tasting prices vary.
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