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Thanksgiving 2012

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Thanksgiving (aka National Everyone Get Fat Day) is almost here. Do you suck at cooking or have no friends? Don’t worry, with this all-inclusive package you get pilgrims, a live turkey and even a full-size replica of the Mayflower (ocean not included)! All for just 82 payments of $99.99, what a deal!

Ok, you caught me, I’m kidding. But I do know some of you Eugenians will feast out this holiday. For those of you who won’t be able to make it home, I’m sorry. For those of you who are eating out to skip the dishes, you suck. I mean, Happy Thanksgiving?

I’ve compiled a list of places I know will have something special this holiday, whether it’s a four-course meal or something you can order ahead of time and take home. Tables are filling up, so make sure to call ahead of time for reservations.

Whatever your reason for eating out, I hope you have a heartwarming, tasty holiday.

The Boulevard Grill: Traditional turkey dinner featuring turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and dessert. Served 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2123 Franklin Boulevard; (541) 686-2020; $17 per person. 

Capella Market will offer vegetarian-fed, range grown Turkeys to take home. Stuffed delicata squash, cornbread and chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry chutney are a few of the sides that will be available for pick-up. Stop by the deli to fill out an order form. 2489 Willamette Street; (541) 345-1014.

The Excelsior is planning a stunning buffet which will include turkey, honey glazed ham, candied carrots with golden raisins, garlic mashed potatoes and much more. To see the whole menu click here. 754 E. 13th Avenue; (541) 342-6963; adults $29.95, kids 5-11 $15.95, under 5 free

Heidi Tunnell Catering: At Heidi Tunnell, you design your own feast and pick it up the day before Thanksgiving. Options include turkey, bourbon and mustard glazed spiral ham (yum!), mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, roasted beets with hazelnuts, rolls, a selection of pies and several other items. Download the full menu/order form here. All orders must be placed by Sunday, November 18. 182 South 2nd Street, Creswell; (541) 895-5885

King Estate will be serving up a delicious dinner of porketta with red wine and Estate honey poached dates; apple cider braised carrots and kale; buttermilk mashed potatoes; roasted smoked organic turkey with giblet gravy; brioche stuffing with chestnut and sage; bread; a buffet of cakes and desserts and a few other creatively festive dishes. 80854 Territorial Highway; (541) 942-9874; $55 per person.

The Kiva The guy on the phone assured me that you’ll be able to order turkeys and that the deli will be putting together some special sides to go with it. 125 West 11th Avenue; (541) 342-8666

Oregon Electric Station: The Oregon Electric Station will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional items like mashed potatoes and turkey. 27 East 5th Avenue; (541) 485-4444

SweetWaters: It looks like Sweetwaters will be serving a “5 or 6-course,” dinner from noon to 6 p.m. (what’s being served is a mystery as of yet. Detective Melissa is on the case i.e. calling the restaurant again in the morning). 1000 Valley River Way; (541) 687-0123; $45 adults, $20 kids

Many of the usual suspects like Market of Choice, Marie Callender’s, Freddy’s and similar places have options as well.

Restaurant owners, did I miss you? Email me at haskinm[at]gmail.com

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