If you’re tired of the same old family Thanksgiving dinner or just don’t want to cook and clean up the mess, it’s time to venture out a bit. Let one of the five great establishments cook for you and yours this holiday season. Whether dining in or out, these restaurants have something to please the kids, your diabetic Uncle Roy and even your spouse’s picky third cousin.
10545 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
Price: $39 adults/$20 kids
Hours: Nov. 22 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit this charming European-inspired establishment during its scrumptious Thanksgiving Day buffet to take the effort out of entertaining. From enticing broccoli bleu cheese casserole and brown wild rice stuffing with sage and thyme to comforting mac ‘n cheese and everyone’s favorite bird, this delectable menu is well worth the visit. Large and small groups are welcome; reservations are required. Call to save your spot for this spectacular dining experience before seats sell out.
1516 Coraopolis Heights Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15108
Price: $39 adults/half price for kids 5 to 12/free for 4 and younger
Hours: Nov. 22 – 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Built in the 1930s as a home and restaurant, this four-acre architectural masterpiece has been a dining tradition in the area for decades. Hyeholde was selected in 2008 by Gourmet Magazine as one of the most legendary restaurants in the country, has been featured in Wine Spectator magazine and several Pittsburgh publications, and was featured on several of the Food Network’s “Best Of” programs. Not only does Hyeholde boast beyond fresh, seasonal produce in its gourmet fare, it also features an extensive wine list. Trust that you won’t be disappointed in putting your Thanksgiving preparations in the hands of this capable, delectable restaurant.
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Southern Bank of the Monogahela River
Price: $40 adults/$16 kids
Hours: Nov. 22 – 3 p.m.
For a spin on a traditional family gathering, make your reservations for the Gateway Clipper’s Thanksgiving dinner celebration. Enjoy an abundant menu prepared especially by the Fleet’s own chef — think honey-glazed baby carrots topped with brown sugar and pecans, vegetable and sage stuffing, and fresh, creamy coleslaw. Be sure to take the time to peek out at Pittsburgh’s remarkable skyline as you drift. Afterward, grab the whole family and dance the night away to live music. Only one cruise is scheduled for Thanksgiving, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.
Michael’s Restaurant & Lounge
3052 Churchview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Price: $18.95 adults/$10.95 kids younger than 10
Hours: Nov. 22 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a sit-down meal with none of the hassle or would prefer to order a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner to delight in your own home, Michael’s is your answer. From scrumptious candied yams and golden corn to oven-roasted, succulent turkey and ham, you’d be hard-pressed to choose just one or two. If you do opt to order one item or the entire menu to go, please be advised that all orders must be placed and paid for at least one week in advance of Thanksgiving.
2644 Mosside Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
Hours: Nov. 22 – (Monroeville and Jeannette) 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; (Latrobe) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If eating out on a holiday isn’t necessarily your thing, but cooking for the masses proves to be a daunting feat, let DeNunzio’s take the guesswork out of Thanksgiving this year. Order fully prepared turkey dinners, including stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce, plus a delicious array of homemade pies from the Jeannette location. If you prefer to dine in, enjoy warm, family friendly ambiance at any of its three convenient locations for a scintillating holiday menu or tantalizing Thanksgiving buffet that will delight everyone in your entourage.
Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.