Our 2017 Cornucopia of Thanksgiving dinners around the USA
Your friendly, and hungry, Travel Experts® at Luggage Factory have complied a list of some of our favorite spots to take the family for Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, leftovers are awesome, but this year, why not go out! Leave the prep, cooking and cleaning to others! That way, you can wake up early on Black Friday and come to our Ringoes, NJ retail store, or scour LuggageFactory.com for awesome savings! If you’re in or around Washington, DC, try Founding Farmers. With locations in DC; Potomac, MD; Tysons, VA and, coming soon, King of Prussia, PA, many people will have a chance to sample New American cuisine in a restaurant that gets much of its food from the 47,000 family farmers who are part of the North Dakota Farmer’s Union. Learn more about this organization, how the restaurants came about and why they started in DC by visiting their website here. Some menu highlights from Founding Farmer’s Thanksgiving menu (from $39.00 per person; excluding beverage, taxes and gratuity): Butternut squash soup, roast turkey, glazed ham, salt crusted prime rib and almond mushroom crusted white fish. For dessert, choose between apple, pumpkin or pecan pie and more. See the full menu and make reservations by clicking https://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/menus/dc-thanksgiving-menu/. Dine along the Delaware River in Philadelphia onboard the Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat. Moshulu is the only restaurant on a Tall Ship! Built in Scotland in 1904, Moshulu was originally know as the four-masted barque “Kurt.” After a long and interesting life at sea, Moshulu opened as a restaurant in Philadelphia in 1975. Now an award-winning movie star (the ship was featured in the movie “ROCKY”), Executive Chef Anthony Bonnett has assembled a 3-course menu for $60 per person. Some highlights are appetizers such as lobster bisque and beef short rib dumplings; main courses including filet mignon, roast turkey breast, striped bass and pan seared duck breast. The dessert course is a duo of apple crisp topped pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate layer cake. Sail over to http://www.moshulu.com/ for additional information. Visitors to New York City might want to try Rock Center Café overlooking the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. The restaurant’s prix fixe menu will have 3 courses at a cost of $79 per person. While the menu had not been finalized as of press time, expect to find appetizers like pan roasted scallops and kale salad with shaved fennel, ricotta salata and vinaigrette; entrees including roast turkey, seafood stew and prime rib and, for dessert, pumpkin pie, cheesecake and chocolate mousse. Learn more at Rock Center Café’s website. Chicagoans can skip deep dish pizza in favor of a nice Thanksgiving meal either in town or out in the suburbs. 312 Chicago, located in the Downtown/Loop area and try their $55 per person prix fixe menu. The menu features a mix of American and Italian specialties and diners will have 4 courses: an appetizer, a pasta course, an entrée (either Italian style roast turkey or roasted salmon) and a choice of dessert. Read the full menu and make your reservations here: http://www.312chicago.com/menus/eat-drink.htm Try Thanksgiving with a Texas flair at Y.O. Steakhouse in Dallas. Just $49 per person, the menu features 3 courses. Appetizers include smoked sweet corn bisque and a fall salad with mixed greens, caramelized pecans, green apples, local goat cheese, and tomatoes with a maple vinaigrette. Entrees include a traditional turkey dinner, scallops or filet mignon and for dessert, there’s Jack Daniel’s pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake and more. Visit Y.O. Steakhouse on line at http://www.yoranchsteakhouse.com/dallas-thanksgiving-dinner-at-yo-ranch-steakhouse/. For lovely views of the bay and San Diego skyline, Mr. A’s, on the 12th floor of an office building in the Banker’s Hill section of the city, will be serving a $72 per person, 3 course menu. Choose among butternut squash soup, butter-poached shrimp or pear and arugula salad for your appetizer. Main courses feature turkey with all the trimmings, sea pass or veal osso bucco. For the sweet tooth, pumpkin cheesecake, honey crisp apple crepe and chocolate torte are some of the choices for dessert. Make your reservations and see the entire menu here: https://www.asrestaurant.com/holiday/current-holiday-menus/. Those in the Pacific Northwest can try out Urban Farmer in Portland, Oregon. Situated on the 8th floor of the NINES Hotel in Portland, Urban Farmer serves food with an emphasis on locally sourced, organic ingredients. The décor in the restaurant uses reclaimed materials and features a twenty-foot communal dining table. The $65 per person Thanksgiving feast begins with fresh baked sweet onion rolls with smoked ham hock butter and farmer’s cheese with zucchini bread, to be shared among the table. Among the appetizers are blue cheese soufflé, lobster bisque and a ham tasting featuring hams from Spain, Iowa and Virginia. Main courses are thanksgiving turkey, pork saltimbocca or cauliflower steak. Family-style sides include candied yams, sage cornbread stuffing and charred green beans and sweet corn succotash. Save room for apple spice bread pudding, chocolate pecan torte and pumpkin ice cream for dessert. Make your reservations and learn more on their website http://urbanfarmerportland.com/thanksgiving-2017/. Finally, for those lucky enough to say ALOHA to turkey day, the Beachhouse at the Moana, on the beach in Waikiki’s famous Moana Surfrider hotel would be THE perfect way to spend the holiday. Overlook the Pacific Ocean and Waikiki Beach while partaking of their $80 per person Thanksgiving buffet. Sample fresh seafood like pacific oysters on the half shell and assorted sushi then move on to soups and salads. Main dishes include fresh fish, braised short ribs and chicken and seafood paella. The carving station will have roast turkey and more. Among the desserts are assorted seasonal pies, mango cheesecake, banana bread pudding and fresh, tropical fruits. See the entire menu at http://urbanfarmerportland.com/thanksgiving-2017/ and enjoy your Thanksgiving sipping mai tais under a palm tree. Have one for me, and Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Luggage Factory.