Saturday, March 8, 2014
Compiled by Meredith Goad
If the idea of cooking Thanksgiving dinner makes you exhausted just thinking about it, here's a sampling of places that will be open on Nov. 22. For more restaurant choices, go to mainerestaurant.com.
Turkey and plenty of other entrees are on the menus at restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
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Inn at Brunswick Station
4 Noble St.
The Tavern will host a family-style dinner from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes the choice of ham with pineapple glaze or turkey with gravy. Sides include bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, glazed carrots, peas, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and warm rolls and butter. Finish with dessert of your choice. The table will be refreshed with more food until diners have had their fill. The cost is $26 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended. A plated Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 10 a.m. to close and costs $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for children 12 and under.
Camden Harbour Inn
83 Bayview St.
Natalie's Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconinck is featuring a gourmet Thanksgiving menu that will start with wild mushroom soup with pumpkin seeds, scallion and sourdough croutons, or pan-seared scallops, braised endives and black truffle sauce. The main course will be roasted Maine lobster with winter truffle crust, celery root, rutabaga and shellfish foam, or roasted turkey breast, wild rice, confit leg, squash and house-made cranberry marmalade. For reservations, call or go to camdenharbourinn.com.
Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea
40 Bowery Beach Road
The restaurant will serve a three-course menu, at $62 per person, with a special children's menu. Reservations are being taken for Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.
Cape Neddick Inn
1273 U.S. Route 1
The inn will be open from noon to 7:30 p.m., with a holiday menu featuring traditional turkey and many other entrees and desserts. Prices for entrees range from $22 to $30. A menu is online at capeneddickinn.com, and you can make a reservation there also.
162 Main St.
The Harraseeket's annual Thanksgiving Grand Buffet is too huge to list the menu in great detail. Suffice it to say that in addition to roast turkey and prime rib, you can choose pork, lobster, scallop and salmon dishes for your main course, accompanied by numerous soups, salads and side dishes. There are nearly a dozen desserts on the buffet as well, from the traditional apple and pumpkin pies to a chocolate hazelnut espresso ribbon cake. The cost is $60 per person, or $30 for children ages 5 to 10. Children 4 and under eat free. Seating is from noon until 4:30 p.m., and reservations are required.
322 West Gray Road
DiSanto's will be serving a turkey dinner as well as items from the full menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The turkey dinner costs $24 for adults and $12 for children. Reservations are suggested. disantosrestaurant.com.
On the Marsh
46 Western Ave.
The restaurant will be open from noon to 4 p.m., and reservations are required. On the menu will be a traditional turkey dinner along with other choices, such as a grilled center-cut tenderloin, pan-seared scallops and lobster, organic mushroom ragout and seafood-stuffed sole.
182 Port Road
The Thanksgiving menu at One Dock will include a pumpkin bisque, organic turkey served with apple and sausage stuffing, whipped potatoes, butternut squash, green beans and roasted shallots. Another option will be a grilled lamb chop with roasted fingerling potatoes, green beans with roasted shallots and Dijon mustard cream sauce. A variety of desserts will be available, including pumpkin pie. Dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call or go through Open Table.
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 thekennbunkinn.com 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.
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 arrowsrestaurant.com. 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.
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.
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.