November 14, 2012

Maine restaurants offer abundant choices for Thanksgiving dinner

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Turkey and plenty of other entrees are on the menus at restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

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The Kennebunk Inn

45 Main St.


Academe chefs Shanna and Brian O'Hea are serving Thanksgiving to go. Choose from an array of appetizers, such as a fruit and cheese platter or jumbo shrimp platter serving eight to 10 people; a mix of harvest-themed salads and soups; traditional turkey, dressing and sides, breads and sauces. Desserts include pumpkin pie, pecan pie or personal apple pies that serve two. Go to for a complete menu and pricing. To place an order, call or stop by. Orders must be placed by 9 p.m. Saturday. Pickup is from noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 21.



Berwick Road


Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, the James Beard award-winning chef/owners of Arrows, will serve their annual Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. The dinner includes five courses for $98. Start with an appetizer of pancetta and onion tartlette, pumpkin vichyssoise, salt cod brandade or apple and bourbon-cured smoked salmon. Main courses will include a choice of Atlantic salmon, grilled tenderloin of beef or herb-brined turkey with gravy and cornbread-and-sausage stuffing. Finish with a dessert menu that includes caramel pumpkin pie with mincemeat ice cream, cranberry steamed pudding with vanilla creme anglaise, roasted banana pastry and more. For a complete menu go to Call for reservations.



The Inn on Peaks Island

33 Island Ave.


The inn will host a Thanksgiving buffet dinner from noon to 4 p.m. in the Bayview Room. The cost is $18 for adults and $9 for children. Call for reservations.



Eve's at the Garden

Portland Harbor Hotel

468 Fore St.


Executive Chef Timothy Labonte will serve a full Thanksgiving buffet from noon until 6 p.m. Start with a spread of chicken pate, chilled-champagne poached mussels, and clams and salt cod fritters with tahini aioli. Soups and salads include lobster velvet, spiced pumpkin soup or a grilled vegetable salad. Choose from a carving block of slow-roasted turkey, horseradish-crusted prime rib of beef, or walnut cornichon-studded baked ham with apple brandy glaze. Sides include baked spaghetti squash, twice-baked sweet potato or toasted risotto. Finish off the meal with an assortment of petite desserts, assorted pies and cobblers. The cost is $42 per person, or $21 for children 12 and under, with complimentary valet parking. Reservations are required.


Five Fifty-Five

555 Congress St.


Chef Steve Corry is opening the restaurant on Thanksgiving for the first time this year. Dinner will be served from 2 to 8 p.m. and will feature a four-course menu with choices for $75 per person. The menu will include finnan haddie, truffled lobster mac and cheese, hanger steak and potatoes, organic Scottish salmon and turducken. Sides and supplements will include oysters, traditional New England oyster stuffing, foie gras terrine and green bean "casserole." Desserts will include cheese plates, pumpkin pie souffle and apple brown betty. Wine pairings and a three-course children's menu will also be available.


Old Port Tavern

11 Moulton St.


Opens at 4 p.m. Reservations are taken but not necessary.



Saltwater Grille

231 Front St.


The restaurant will be open from noon to 4 p.m. and will be serving a menu that includes turkey, Coquilles St. Jacques, prime rib of beef, parmesan-crusted haddock, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, rice pilaf, shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and more. There will also be a children's menu with pizza and mac and cheese. The cost is $36.99 for adults and $12.99 for children under 12. Reservations are suggested.

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