The Dish: Your 2018 guide to Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego
Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is next Thursday. No need to stress. A cornucopia of restaurants will be open for the holiday ready to serve you a bountiful feast of traditional and non-traditional holiday dishes ranging from roast turkey and all the trimmings to chef-driven sushi plates.
All menus are served on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, unless otherwise indicated. Reservations are required, where indicated.
619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room in North Park will host an “Orphans and Misfits” Thanksgiving Party, featuring classic takes on Thanksgiving leftovers, including turkey sandwiches. 3015 Lincoln Ave., San Diego. 619vodka.com
Adobe El Restaurante at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa will serve a Thanksgiving family-style buffet of classic, savory dishes with a dash of Southwest flair. 2 to 7 p.m. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. $68 per person; $34 per child 5-12; children under 5 are free. Reservations: (858) 964-6516.
Amaya at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar will serve a three-course tasting menu with main entree choices of roasted turkey, braised lamb shank, pan-seared California bass or goat cheese and butternut squash ravioli. Noon to 8 p.m. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. $90 per person; $30 per child. Reservations: (858) 314-1996.
Barleymash’s three-course dinner that features a main course of andouille (sausage) stuffed turkey roulade (roll), garlic mashed potatoes, brown ale biscuit stuffing, Brussels sprout casserole and roasted baby carrots. Seating starts at 2 p.m. 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $45 per person. Reservations: Lizzie, (619) 255-7373; email Lizzie@barleymashsd.com
Bub’s @ the Beach will serve a Turkey Dinner Plate ($12), with creamy mashed potatoes, cranberries and a dinner roll, plus chef Fuego’s famous stuffing waffle. Pair it with Bub’s November SoCo Mule of the Month ($7), crafted from Southern Comfort whiskey, fresh lime, bitters and Red Bull Organics Ginger Ale. It’s garnished with a gummy gator. 1030 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 270-7269. bubspd.com
Café La Rue will serve breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m., with options ranging from a brioche cinnamon roll to carne asada Benedict. Lunch and dinner offerings will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., featuring signature items like iberico toast stone fruit, pizzas and steak frites. 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. Reservations: bit.ly/2QqYLsC
Cerveza Jack’s is serving a Thanksgiving Taco that combines all the best parts of the Thanksgiving dinner, only with a slight twist. Turkey asado, bacon-poblano stuffing and cran-jalapeño salsa are pile high on a tortilla. Available through November. 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 999-0158. cervezajacks.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will serve a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner featuring a slow-roasted turkey breast or opt for a dry-aged steak or Wagyu tasting. 5 to 11 p.m. 901 Bayfront Court, Suite 105, San Diego. Reservations: delfriscos.com
Hidden Fish offers an alternative Thanksgiving Day dinner with its omakase-only dinner with sake. 5 p.m. to close. 4764 Convoy St., Suite A, San Diego. Reservations: (858) 210-5056. hiddenfishsushi.com
JRDN will serve a festive three-course, holiday classic Thanksgiving menu. Noon to 8 p.m. 723 Felspar St, San Diego. $45 to $55 per adult; $25 children 12 and under. Reservations: (858) 270-2323.
Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar will host a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner featuring entrees choices like heritage turkey with accompaniments; beef tenderloin with roasted root vegetables or ravioli with heirloom vegetables. 2 to 8 p.m. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. $89 per person; $25 per child 12 and under. Reservations: (858) 259-1515. laubergedelmar.com
Locale Kitchen & Lounge at Viejas Resort & Casino will serve a traditional Thanksgiving menu with items like turkey and mashed potatoes and Mom’s deviled eggs. 1 to 9 p.m. 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. $25. Reservations: (619) 445-5400. viejas.com
Mr. A’s Thanksgiving dinner features main dishes like slow-roasted Brandt Farm prime rib and roasted Diestel Farm turkey with traditional sides and gravy. 2250 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $74.50 per person. Reservations: (619) 239-1377. asrestaurant.com
Mille Fleurs will offer a special three-course Thanksgiving brunch and dinner with dishes ranging from autumn squash soup to oven-roasted Mary’s Farm turkey with sweet potato gratin, Brussels sprouts, cranberry, stuffing and gravy. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. $74.50 per person; $25.50 children’s menu. Reservations: (858) 756-3085. millefleurs.com
Miss B’s Coconut Club starts the Thanksgiving Day feasting with brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 3 to 8 p.m. with dishes like smoked turkey, maple honey-glazed smoked yams, apple-sausage persimmon stuffing and Southern-style green beans with bacon and garlic Parmesan broccoli. 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. Brunch prices vary; $18.95 for dinner. Reservations encouraged. (858) 381-0855. missbcoconutclub.com
Not Not Tacos, in the Little Italy Food Hall, will serve a Thanksgiving Breakfast Taco featuring scrambled eggs with roast turkey, stuffing, sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms, Monterey Jack cheese, cranberry sour cream, crispy onions and parsley. Piazza della Famiglia, 550 W. Date St., Suite B, Little Italy. (619) 269-6725. notnottacos.com
O.B. Surf Lodge will host a Thanksgiving Day brunch with favorites like sweet potato hash, brie-stuffed French toast, crab cake Benny and fried chicken biscuit. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 5083 Santa Monica Ave., San Diego. A la carte pricing. (619) 955-5475. obsurflodge.com
Primavera Ristorante is serving its first-ever prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Entree options include organic turkey breast roulade with bacon and butternut squash ravioli. The Thanksgiving-inspired Sangria de Cidra Manzana ($14) is made with Prosecco, brandy, Pink Lady apple, Angry Orchard hard cider and pomegranate molasses. 2 to 8 p.m. $69.95 per person. 932 Orange Ave, Coronado. primavera1st.com
Route 29’s three-course prix fixe menu ranges from roasted butternut squash soup and short ribs to hand-carved turkey and warm apple pie. 644 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $45 per person; $25 per child. Reservations: (619) 235-8144. route29restaurant.com
Slater’s 50/50 brings back its Thanksgiving Burger, just in time for the holidays. Ensconced between a honey wheat bun is a turkey patty piled high with brioche stuffing, turkey gravy, house-made cranberry sauce and garlic and sage aioli. The seasonal burger is available through Dec. 31. Two locations: 2750 Dewey Road, San Diego and 110 Knoll Road, San Marcos. slaters5050.com
The Lafayette Hotel will host a Thanksgiving Day menu with entree choices of herb-crusted Diestel Farm turkey breast and thigh or Yukon Delta wild salmon. Appetizers are available for an additional $12. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. $45 per person; $20 per child 5-11. Email reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westgate Hotel will serve a four-course prix fixe dinner starting at 11 a.m. in the Westgate Room. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. $69 per person; $40 children 4-12; children under 3 are free. Reservations: (619) 238-1818. bit.ly/2AoO0Sj
20/Twenty at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa will get the Thanksgiving Day festivities started early with a breakfast buffet from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while later-in-the-day celebrants can give thanks at a dinner buffet from 2 to 8 p.m. Main dish highlights include slow-roasted free-range turkey, garlic and rosemary prime rib and pan-seared salmon. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. $85 per person; $30 per child. Reservations: 20twentygrill.com
Desserts and drinks
Fig Tree Café celebrates Turkey Day with its Thanksgiving Pie Mimosa Flight, made with blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb, apple and cherry tasters, in addition to its triple pecan French toast, stuffed with pecan cream and topped with butter pecan ice cream and warm pecan caramel. Three locations: Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station. figtreeeatery.com
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