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Thanksgiving dining guide
Forget about hosting family, cooking turkey and cleaning up after everyone, and leave it to the professionals. Orange County restaurants are offering a cornucopia of dining options this Turkey Day, including buffets, to-go dinners and traditional Thanksgiving dinners. Restaurants book up quickly, so call ahead to make reservations.
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Mr. Stox, 1105 E. Katella Ave. Dinner menu includes choice of appetizer and choice of entrée: roasted fresh turkey, Scottish salmon, prime rib or Berkshire pork loin. Desserts choices include pumpkin, apple and mince meat pies and chocolate cherry terrine. Individual meals and whole roasted turkey available for pickup as well. Noon-8 p.m. Price varies by entree choice: $37.95-$33.95; kids (12 and under): $16.95. Reservations recommended. 714-634-2994.
The Catch, 2100 E. Katella Ave. The Catch features a Thanksgiving Day buffet with carved turkey, prime rib, seasonal salads, a seafood station, a kids' station and a dessert station to cap off dinner. To-go meals also available for $125; meals serve four. 1-7 p.m. Adults: $39.99; kids: $14.99. Reservations recommended. 714-935-0101.
Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar at Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive. Catal is serving a three-course menu for Thanksgiving dinner. Entrée selections include slow roasted cider brined turkey, gently smoked salmon, slow roasted prime rib and maple glazed Berkshire pork rack. Dessert choices include chocolate mousse cake and pecan pie. A special kids menu is also available. Adults: $38; kids (under 10): $16.95. Reservations required. 714-774-4442.
TAPS, 101 E. Imperial Highway. Thanksgiving Day buffet with all the traditional holiday trimmings, including carved turkey, prime rib, sweet roasted yams, pumpkin bisque and more. Desserts include crème brulee, tiramisu, pumpkin cheesecake and pies. TAPS Thanksgiving feast to-go also available. Reservations required. 714-257-0101.
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, 8039 Beach Blvd. The restaurant is serving unlimited Champagne with a Thanksgiving buffet that includes three hand-carving stations offering beef ribs, roasted turkey and baked ham, custom omelets, fresh salads, a pasta station, the world-famous Mrs. Knott's chicken, desserts and much more. Take-home Thanksgiving dinner also available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults: $29.95; seniors (62 and older): $23.95; kids (3-11): $17.95. Reservations recommended. 714-220-5055.
Leatherby's Café Rouge, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Leatherby's Cafe Rouge is serving a three course menu for Thanksgiving dinner: an amuse, a first course choice, and an entrée. Choose from organic free range turkey, brown butter roasted salmon, braised natural beef short rib or corn-fed pork porterhouse. Choose either pumpkin pie or chocolate mousse cake for dessert. 2-8 p.m. Adults: $48; kids (under 12): $19.95. Reservations required. 714-429-7640.
Maggiano's Little Italy at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St. Enjoy a four-course, family-style meal with an assorted bruschetta plate, then your choice of two starters, two entrees, two sides, two pastas and two desserts from the menu. Dinner choices include traditional roast turkey breast, country-style baked ham and parmesan-crusted tilapia with sage, lemon and tomatoes. Dessert choices include pumpkin praline cheesecake, warm apple crostada, chocolate Zuccotto cake, tiramisu and vanilla bean profiteroles. To-go dinners also available for $185; serves five people. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Adults: 436.95; kids (5-12): $17.95. Reservations recommended. 714-546-9550.
Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd. Pinot Provence is serving up a Thanksgiving dinner with traditional and non-traditional dishes. The three-course menu includes entrées like roasted turkey with traditional trimmings (cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, crispy stuffing cake, gravy), petite filet, salmon, scallops, celery root risotto and lamb rack. Dessert choices include pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse cake and pecan pie. 1-9 p.m. $45 per person. Reservations required. 714-444-5900.
Motif at St. Regis Monarch Beach, 1 Monarch Beach Resort. Motif is serving a rich Thanksgiving Day buffet featuring a cornucopia of foods, including roasted organic turkey, foie gras gravy, whipped mashed potato, a breakfast food station, seafood station and much more. Desserts include pies, cakes and mini desserts. A limited dinner menu available after 8 p.m. Noon-8 p.m. Adults: $105; kids (5-12): $35. Reservations required. 800-722-1543.
Vue Restaurant at Laguna Cliffs Marriot, 25135 Park Lantern. Vue is serving a Thanksgiving Day Champagne buffet that includes a carving station with roasted Tom turkey and slow roasted prime rib of beef, a salad display, roasted pumpkin bisque, an entree station and desserts that include fresh baked pies, cakes and a chocolate fountain. 1-6 p.m. Adults: $90; kids (6-12): $40. Reservations required. 949-487-7516.
Wind and Sea Restaurant, 34699 Golden Lantern. Wind and Sea Restaurant is serving a traditional family-style Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, including tossed green salad, fresh baked dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Entrée choice of oven roasted turkey, fresh grilled Atlantic salmon, top sirloin steak or vegetable casserole. Noon-7 p.m. Prices vary by entree choice: $25.95-$29.95; kids (12 and under): half price. Reservations recommended. 949-496-6500.
The Californian at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway. The Californian is serving a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. Entrée selections include roasted turkey breast, Brandt Farm's natural flat iron steak and Smith Farm's vegetable risotto. Dessert choices include pumpkin brulee, warm pear croustade, pecan and chocolate tart. Special kids menu also available. 1-8 p.m. Adults: $48; kids menu: $24. Reservations recommended. 714-845-4776.
Bistango Restaurant, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100. Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner menu with a choice of organic baby mixed salad or butternut squash soup with an entrée of free range organic turkey and a dessert choice of pumpkin cheese cake or apple tartain. Noon-8 p.m. Adults: $39; kids menu: $19.90. Reservations recommended. 949-752-5222.
French 75, 1464 S. Coast Highway. Thanksgiving menu includes an amuse bouche, a starter, an entrée and a dessert. Entrée selections include traditional oven-roasted turkey, Shetlands salmon, roasted quail and pepper-crusted New York steal. Kids Thanksgiving menu also available. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Adults: $39/$49 with endless sparkling wine; kids (10 and under) menu: $10.99. Reservations required. 949-494-8444.
O'Neill's Bar & Grill at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26773 Avery Parkway. Thanksgiving buffet featuring mesquite roasted autumn squash bisque, Bourbon glazed sweet potatoes with marshmallows and brown sugar, smoked herb-rubbed turkey and wine country gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, prime rib and more. Desserts include an assortment of cakes, pies and mini pastries. Takeout menu also available; call for details. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult: $42.95; kids (4-12): $22.95. Reservations recommended. 949-305-5100.
Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive. Back Bay features a Thanksgiving buffet with roasted turkey, sliced ham, prime rib, field greens, twice-baked potatoes; desserts include pumpkin, apple and pecan pies. Takeout orders are available and must be placed by Nov. 16; $38 per person (four-person minimum). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults: $38; kids (12 and under): $19. Reservations recommended. 949-729-1144.
Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive. Before being served roasted organic turkey, guests will enjoy a puree of garnet yam ginger soup or a roasted red beet salad with goat cheese, honey-roasted walnuts, aged balsamic reduction, Belgian endive and Upland watercress. For dessert, diners can choose pumpkin pie or chocolate soufflé cake served with hazelnut ice cream. 2-8 p.m. Adults: $42.75; kids (12 and under): $19. Reservations recommended. 949-721-1222.
Orange County Mining Company, 1000 Crawford Canyon Road. Traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the fixings available. Buffet items include prime rib, carved ham, turkey, salads, pumpkin soup, assorted pies, pastries, ice cream with toppings and more. Noon-7 p.m. Adults: $34.95; kids (under 12): $13.95. Reservations recommended. 714-997-7411.
Zov's Bistro, 17440 E. 17th St. To-go Thanksgiving dinner serves 12-15 people and includes traditional roasted free-range turkey, wild mushroom and jasmine rice stuffing, sage gravy, maple-glazed yams, parmesan mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish, creamed corn, mixed green salad with Stilton cheese and balsamic, rolls and for dessert, choice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie. Orders must be placed before Nov. 19 and picked up Nov. 21 between 1 and 5 p.m. $375. 714-838-8855.
Black Gold Golf Club, 1 Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda. The club is serving a Thanksgiving Day buffet featuring butternut squash soup, Caesar salad, an herb-roasted prime rib carving station, a traditional roasted turkey carving station, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, an assortment of holiday pies, a chocolate fondue fountain and more. Noon-4 p.m. Adults: 34.95; kids (4-12): $15.95; children 3 and under: free. Reservations required 48 hours in advanced. 714-961-0060 ext. 100.