An East Bay Thanksgiving
Don’t feel like cooking or cleaning this Thanksgiving? Danielle Crider with Diablo Magazine recommends some East Bay eateries are serving up dinner and doing the dishes for you.
Why stress over making the perfect Thanksgiving meal when your favorite East Bay eateries are doing it for you? Relax this holiday season and indulge in a gourmet feast at these thankfully delicious restaurants and stores.
AmberBistro: Amber’s Thanksgiving Day menu may be set, but it certainly does not skimp on selections. From delicious first course options like Dungeness crab cake or baby beet salad, to entrées and desserts ranging from traditional (slow roasted turkey breast and pumpkin cheesecake) to flavorfully playful (bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and salted caramel gelato), there’s much to love and taste this Thanksgiving at this Danville bistro. 500 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 552-5238. Three course dinner starting at $40; children’s roast turkey dinner: $15.
Artisan Bistro: Lafayette’s Artisan Bistro is cooking up delicious Thanksgiving staples with a twist—including roasted chestnut soup and a turkey leg stuffed with apricots and pistachios. Finish the meal with a unique cranberry and pear crumble. 1005 Brown Ave., Lafayette, (925) 962-0882. Prix fixe menu: $59 per person, $19 for children.
Bridges Restaurant and Bar: Start your Thanksgiving dinner by chowing down on maple-glazed turkey at Bridges in Danville. If you are looking for a real stuffing, loosen your belt before diving into the pumpkin cheesecake with candied pepitas, cinnamon Chantilly, and maple caramel. Wash it all down with a white chocolate pumpkin martini. 44 Church St., Danville, (925) 820-7200. Three course dinner starting at $43. 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Claremont: Why wait until the sun begins to set to enjoy an exquisite Thanksgiving meal? Start your feasting at the Claremont with a Thanksgiving brunch. Offerings include a hot buffet, meat carvings, omelets, and a waffle station. If you are one of those people who can wait, Paragon, also located in the glamorous hotel, is serving up a Thanksgiving prix fixe meal with cocktail and wine pairings. 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, (800) 551-7266 ext. 3. $95 per person for brunch, which starts at noon. Prix fixe dinner menu: $65 per person.
The Cooperage:This Lafayette newcomer has created quite a buzz—and it’s not surprising that it’s offering a Thanksgiving dinner complete with three courses. Start with butternut squash soup topped with a winter spice crema; indulge in a main course of roasted turkey, prime rib, ham, or pumpkin tortoloni all served with one side; and finish with desert (may we recommend whiskey chocolate fudge pie?). 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, (925) 295-5915. $52 per person and $25 for kids. 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Corners Tavern: The creative culinary minds behind this Walnut Creek establishment have crafted up a delightful, special Thanksgiving menu, including starter options like steamed black mussels chorizo, or fennel and green apple soup with sautéed shrimp. Enjoy roasted turkey with andouille stuffing, roasted mustard-glazed pork, or New York steak with horseradish mashed potatoes—just a few of the many entrée options. For the pickiest of kids, Corners offers traditional turkey, fish and chips, a cheeseburger, or spaghetti. 1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 948-8711. Menu prices vary.
Five Restaurant and Bar: Why waste any time in the kitchen when Five Restaurant and Bar is serving up mustard and apple glazed ham with a side of bacon and mushroom stuffing? If your taste buds aren’t already dancing, they sure will be after a slice of pecan pie for dessert. 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, (510) 225-6055. $58 per person, $25 for children ages 6 to 12. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Jack’s Restaurant and Bar: Back by popular demand is Jack’s Thanksgiving dinner. For those with a smaller appetite, go for the turkey à la cart dinner ($22.95), which includes traditional options including roasted turkey, candied yams, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Or for those who want the complete Thanksgiving feast, there’s the full turkey dinner special ($29.95), which includes all of the a la carte turkey dinner items, as well as soup or salad and pumpkin pie for dessert. 60 Crescent Dr., Ste. A, Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195. Prix fixe dinners, $22.95 and $29.95 respectively.
Lark Creek Walnut Creek: Lark Creek’s main course of roasted turkey with sage cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, candied yams, and homemade cranberry sauce is sure to satisfy any Thanksgiving craving. Indulge your sweet tooth with an apple and cranberry crisp. 1360 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-1234. $50 per person, $25 for children ages 4 to 10.
Metro Lafayette: Explore non-traditional options at Metro: It’s serving up roasted turkey, Scottish king salmon, and red wine-braised short ribs. Ditch the pie and go for the Tahitian vanilla crème brûée. 3524 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4422. Prix fixe menu: $55 per person, $25 for kids 12 and under.
The Pasta Shop: The Pasta Shop will be offering everything from a full Thanksgiving meal to heat-and-serve platters to supplement the bird you’re cooking for your holiday meal. The full feast option serves 8 to 10 people and includes traditional items including roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie ($210). Or, if you’re oven is occupied, pick up any of the shop’s premade side dishes, stuffings, condiments, and desserts. 5655 College Avenue, Oakland, (510) 250-6001; 1786 Fourth Street, Berkeley, (510) 250-6004. Order by 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23. Pre-order your Thanksgiving meal in the stores, by phone, or online.
Piatti Restaurant and Bar: Indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving feast, including artfully brined turkey with a side of roasted autumn vegetables and homemade cranberry sauce. 100 Sycamore Valley Road W., Danville, (925) 838-2082.
Scott’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar: Scott’s may be your go-to restaurant for seafood cravings, but why not visit the Walnut Creek establishment for your turkey cravings too? For one night only, Scott’s is adding a traditional turkey dinner to their menu—with scrumptious sides like garlic mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, homemade cranberry relish, and pumpkin pie to name a few—and you will not want to miss it. 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-1300. Prix fixe menu: $45 for adults.
Wente Vineyards: Celebrate Thanksgiving with an up-scale take-home dinner from Wente Vineyards. It includes all the fixins’, such as smoked bacon biscuits and caramelized sweet potatoes. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. Reservations required. $249 per dinner. Pick up on Wednesday, November 26.
Yankee Pier: Spend a carefree (and delicious) Thanksgiving at Yankee Pier in Lafayette. If turkey isn’t your first choice, the lobster is sure to satisfy. 3593 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Prix fixe menu: $49 per person, children 10 and under are charged half-price for half-portion.
Zut On Fourth: Have you ever had French green lentil soup and local halibut for Thanksgiving? Well, now you can. Or try another adventurous dish from their untraditional menu, such as the plum and chocolate bread pudding for dessert. 1820 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 644-0444. $60 per person