Happy Thanksgiving

The Week of Thanksgiving is Finally Here!

By: Rose Beasley

Mmmmmm..... just sitting here day dreaming about scrumptious mouthwatering turkey, home made pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and all of the fancy fixings that make Thanksgiving a delicious dream come true! Turkey Day is one of the most festive and loved holidays of the year. However, it can also be one of the most stressful days of the year for those hosting the happy get together.  Tradition does require being on your feet all day in a hot kitchen preparing every little bite from scratch. However, modern times, extended families and empty shelves at the grocery store can throw a monkey wrench into even the best laid plans.    

While planning decadent desserts and side dishes to costar alongside the turkey is a beautiful tradition, it is important to remember that Thanksgiving is also about spending time with family and friends. This is why you can take a breather from being covered in flour and indulge in a feast from a local dining establishment. If you're interested in Italian eats or all about American classics, you'll be delightfully satisfied with options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you're looking for dine-in or take-out options, these eateries open Thanksgiving will offer easy and no-fuss ways to stay happy and energetic throughout the day!

Some restaurants open Thanksgiving in San Diego, CA



20|Twenty’s prix fixe menu highlights pan-seared bass and cabernet-braised short ribs with celery root puree plus traditional favorites like slow-roasted free-range turkey, cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy, and pumpkin or chocolate pecan pie. Call the restaurant for pricing or to make a reservation.  Visit Website


VAGA Restaurant & Bar

Turn over your Thanksgiving to chef Claudette Zepeda and the Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas for a five-course feast. Some meal highlights include caramelized onion rolls with honey kosho butter, “deviled” eggs, stuffed dates, root vegetable croquettes, and turkey roulade with corn and chorizo stuffing. Cost is $135 per adult with optional wine pairings.  Visit Website



L'Auberge Del Mar

The Thanksgiving menu at this Del Mar restaurant features Cypress Grove goat cheese and sweet onion tart, heritage breed turkey or Snake River Farms aged prime rib, and California olive oil cake. Cost is $85 per guest. There’s also a separate three-course children’s menu for $45.    Visit Website

International Smoke Del Mar

Del Mar’s International Smoke is serving a multi-course feast including Parker House rolls, curry pumpkin soup, persimmon salad, roasted cauliflower skewers, and a maple-roasted turkey with all the trimmings. Adults are $88 and children $30. Takeout is also available and orders must be placed by Sunday, November 21; the meal is $320 and serves four people.  Visit Website



Urban Plates

Urban Plates has options for takeout or dine-in this Thanksgiving. Selections include turkey plates for one featuring ready-to-eat herb-roasted turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, bread, and one side. There are also family feasts and side dishes to order a la carte.   Visit Website 


San Diego Mission Bay Resort

San Diego Mission Bay Resort has a three-course meal for Thanksgiving. Highlights include butternut squash bisque, Diestel Farms turkey served three ways, and bourbon pecan pie tart. The priced fix menu is $65 per person and $25 for children 12 and under.  Visit Website 


Parc Bistro-Brasserie

This Bankers Hill restaurant is throwing its Thanksgiving festivities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The three-course price fix menu is $64.95 a person and includes jumbo shrimp cocktail, rack of lamb cassoulet, wild mushroom ravioli, and pumpkin mascarpone pie. The restaurant also has a Thanksgiving to-go package serving two to 10 people.  Visit Website



Fill up with all your Thanksgiving favorites at Coasterra’s holiday buffet. The all-you-can-eat feast includes winter squash soup, Caesar salad, prime rib, roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, and more. It costs $64.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids six to 12.  Visit Website



George's at the Cove

George’s is offering two eating options for Thanksgiving: eating at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on roast turkey, turkey sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts-apples-onions, gravy and cranberry sauce ($32 per person), or carry-out pies, gravy, or the restaurant’s turkey sausage stuffing to enjoy at home. Visit Website



Serea Coastal Cuisine

Hotel del Coronado’s Serea is planning a three-course prixe fix menu for Thanksgiving. The menu features a white truffle lobster bisque, smoked turkey, bruleed pumpkin pie, and more. Family-style options include a roasted two-pound lobster, smoked tri tip roast, and a butternut squash lasagna. The cost is $125 per person and $45 for children. Visit Website



Before heading out to any of these restaurants, it is recommended to call the restaurant to double-check its holiday hours, in case anything has changed.  Given the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic this year some restaurants may have adjusted operations to include curbside pickup and contactless delivery.  Regardless of whether you prepare your own traditional feast or opt for celebrating restaurant style, remember to be thankful, generous and happy! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!



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