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24 restaurants around the country serving Thanksgiving feasts
Where to Eat on Thanksgiving
The dining room at Finn & Porter, biscuits at Root & Bone and the first course at Nico Osteria | Photos: Finn & Porter, Root & Bone and Nico Osteria

Sweating away in the kitchen, creating a seemingly endless pile of dishes to wash and possibly burning a turkey are all things you can avoid this year by leaving the cooking (and cleanup) to the professionals. Whether you're looking for the classic turkey-and-sides situation or something like the Indian-inflected feast at S?mb?r in L.A. or Dale Talde's Thanksgiving ramen in Miami, here are 24 places to find a killer holiday meal. All you have to do is show up—ideally, wearing pants with a forgiving waist.

New York City

Sessanta
The recently opened Sicilian-inspired restaurant in the Sixty Soho hotel is serving a four-course meal ($75) with an Italian bent. The dinner includes pastas like duck lasagna and squash risotto, as well as main course options like roasted branzino and a pork chop with braised Tuscan kale. But, don't worry, there's roasted turkey on the menu, too. Traditionalists can opt for a pumpkin tart for dessert, while those looking to stick to the Italian theme can grab a cannoli. Check out Sessanta for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Maison Premiere
The Brooklyn oyster house and cocktail den is serving a three-course menu ($65) , which starts with dishes like chestnut ravioli stuffed with chicken liver, corn custard with lobster and a mushroom velouté. Diners looking for a nice heritage bird will find one, and it can be topped with freshly shaved truffles if you like. And though the restaurant's popular oysters are not part of the prix fixe, they will be available à la carte. Check out Maison Premiere for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Pearl & Ash
Newly appointed executive chef Trae Basore is serving classic turkey (served with pumpkin and cranberries) and a seriously brined brisket for those craving something meatier during their six-course meal ($75). Those other courses include bacon-y Brussels sprouts and black bread served with cultured butter. Dessert—pumpkin hand pies made with crème fraîche and streusel—requires no utensils. Check out Pearl & Ash for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Kale quinoa salad at The Smith

The Smith
This three-course meal ($62) is ideal for turkey enthusiasts—there is not just one, but three options including a turkey osso buco, turkey potpie made with portobello mushrooms and pearl onions, and a traditional roasted turkey breast served with cauliflower mousse and gravy. Savory sides include jalapeño corn bread, macaroni and cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts and brioche stuffing. Check out The Smith for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

El Toro Blanco
John McDonald's downtown Mexican spot is offering south of the border treats like scallop tostadas alongside a traditional roast turkey and pumpkin pie tart ($65). There's also crispy pork belly and seafood paella, and yes, lots and lots of tequila to help you make it through the holiday season. Check out El Toro Blanco for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Edi & the Wolf
Thanksgiving dinner ($63) gets the Austrian treatment by chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban. Think turkey with white sweet potatoes and lingonberries, and sides like spaetzle laced with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Other plates include scallop crudo, beef tartare served with potato dill toast and pumpkin pie cheesecake for dessert. Check out Edi & the Wolf for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Buttermilk Channel
This Brooklyn restaurant is sticking with what it does best: updated classics. Here, the bird is cider brined and served with buttermilk whipped potatoes, stuffing, caramelized onion gravy and a cranberry ginger sauce (prix fixe is $55). Dessert means pie galore with options like pecan, Dutch apple and sweet potato with pumpkin. Check out Buttermilk Channel for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Los Angeles

Café Gratitude
The health food palace is serving a Thanksgiving plate this year at its Downtown Los Angeles location sans turkey. Instead, it comes loaded with organic, vegan takes on classic dishes: red lentil butternut squash holiday loaf, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie. While it will fill your belly, it won't empty your wallet—the meal is completely free. Check out Café Gratitude for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Scarpetta
Scarpetta's team is going all in on the Italian buffet ($108) with herb-roasted turkey and cranberry mostarda, porchetta, rigatoni with Bolognese and baked ricotta cavatelli. To counter all of that richness, the sides are veg heavy: roasted beets with quinoa, broccoli rabe with Fresno chile and cauliflower with anchovy. Drink options include bottomless mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys that will hopefully make the in-laws just a bit more tolerable. Check out Scarpetta for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

S?mb?r
Thanksgiving gets some Indian flair in Culver City. Expect a Tuscany-meets-Delhi porchetta and turkey tikka masala alongside Brussels sprouts spiked with vindaloo bacon, green beans cooked with mustard seeds, and shallots and cranberry chutney (prix fixe is $48). Oh, and there's chai-spiced pumpkin pie for dessert. Check out S?mb?r for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Mélisse
Don't expect dry turkey like your aunt used to make at this two-Michelin-star restaurant. Chef Josiah Citrin knows what he's doing. For the big day, he's serving roasted turkey with apple-and-brioche stuffing and pomegranate gravy alongside praline pecan yams, braised white mushrooms and fresh cranberry sauce (prix fixe is $95). Check out Mélisse for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Patina
Paul Lee knows his way around the farmers' market and is starting the Thanksgiving meal with an artichoke, persimmon, carrot and Meyer lemon salad, and a Gorgonzola custard starring pear, pecan and sage. There are plenty of options for those who just can't get into turkey, including lamb shank and skate. Dessert veers away from traditional pies and instead includes butternut bread pudding and farm-raised caviar with blini. Check out Patina for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Interior at Edi & The Wolf

San Francisco

Michael Mina
'Tis the season of thanks—and truffles. Diners at Michael Mina can add freshly shaved white ones to any course like lobster salad, Black Angus prime rib and even chestnut stuffing if that's your thing. Finish off the meal ($145, plus truffle supplement) with hazelnut parfait or quince brown butter cake. Check out Michael Mina for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Presidio Social Club
Presidio Social Club's Thanksgiving meal ($60) is all about the classics: roast turkey complete with mushroom and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and smoked ham hock gravy. For dessert, there's a bourbon chocolate pecan pie and a good old-fashioned pumpkin pie, making it the perfect place for people who don't like having their holiday favorites messed with. Check out Presidio Social Club for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

The Cavalier
The Cavalier's three-course menu ($80) gets all fancy with foie gras and chicken liver terrine. And in addition to roast turkey breast and a confit leg, there's a grilled pork chop served with a vadouvan curry, fillet of salmon and rib eye with a rich bone marrow gravy. Pumpkin makes an appearance on the dessert menu in the form of a steamed pudding topped with crème anglaise and caramel sauce. Check out The Cavalier for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Chicago

Big Jones
Served family style, the Southern menu features a deep-fried turkey served with giblet gravy and upgraded Thanksgiving sides like Brussels sprouts drizzled with brown butter, baked sweet potatoes topped with sourwood honey and mashed butterball potatoes made with clabbered cream. And since pumpkin pie can be found everywhere else, Big Jones is offering a squash pie with fresh coconut, elderflower water truffles and pumpkin fudge to round out the meal ($50). Check out Big Jones for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

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Longman & Eagle
The savory spread ($65) at Longman & Eagle includes a slew of sides to go with that turkey, like chestnut foie gras stuffing, bourbon-spiked orange cranberry sauce, roasted spaghetti squash and buttery pommes Robuchon. Thoughtfully, a vegetarian version of the menu is available for that one cousin. Desserts include pumpkin steamed pudding and a chocolate fudge cake, great for those who'd rather not eat pie. Check out Longman & Eagle for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Nico Osteria
Chef Paul Kahan's Italian restaurant is serving a four-course Thanksgiving meal ($85) that will please those who want something a little different, without straying too far from the classics. Starters include celery root soup with truffled peach oil and buckwheat pappardelle with turkey Bolognese. The main courses—porcini-rubbed turkey breast or a smoked pork chop—come with braised Tuscan kale and truffled mashed potatoes. Dessert is a choice between a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Check out Nico Osteria for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Shaw's Crab House
The popular seafood restaurant and oyster bar is hosting an epic Thanksgiving buffet ($75). There's something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters: the lavish spread includes sushi, creamed spinach, fried shrimp and oysters on the half shell alongside herb-roasted turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. King crab legs, roasted beef tenderloin and lobster bisque are also on offer. The dessert selection is just as extensive and includes Key lime pie, cupcakes and apple pie squares.

Austin

Finn & Porter
This three-course meal ($45) leans in a classic direction with a Thanksgiving plate piled high with slow-roasted turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and candied sweet potatoes. For dessert, the steakhouse combines two favorite pie flavors—pumpkin and pecan—into one and spikes it with bourbon. 

Osteria Pronto
Osteria Pronto is serving a buffet ($55) of both brunch and Thanksgiving favorites . Diners can build their own waffles and eat them alongside smoked turkey with gravy and corn bread stuffing. Or better yet, they can turn that combo into a turkey waffle sandwich. The spread—which defies all holiday rules—also includes roast sweet ham with pepper jelly, an artisan cheese station, Texas-style brisket, green bean casserole and five kinds of pie. Check out Osteria Pronto for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Free Thanksgiving plate at Cafe Gratitude

Houston

Brennan's of Houston
Chef Danny Trace is channeling New Orleans on Thanksgiving ($60) with a Bourbon-spice apple salad and a Creole escargot crepe. Don't worry, he doesn't ignore the Lone Star State. There's a Texas Creole turkey with jalapeno and crushed corn pudding, molasses-roasted sweet potato and pumpkin puree, French beans and Cognac giblet gravy. Check out Brennan's of Houston for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

Washington, D.C.

America Eats Tavern
Acclaimed chef José Andrés knows his way around a Thanksgiving table. At America Eats Tavern, he's serving hush puppies and deviled eggs to start and then a menu ($65) that nods to Virginia. Expect a roasted Virginia turkey with Virginia oyster stuffing, alongside crispy sprouts and bourbon corn pudding. Check out America Eats Tavern for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table. 

Miami

Talde
At his just-opened outpost, Dale Talde is serving a Thanksgiving take on his signature ramen for two ($25), complete with creamed spinach wontons, stuffing croquettes, a mushroom sauce and turkey. Check out Talde for yourself with DINE by Tasting Table.

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