All the Trimmings, None of the Stress: Restaurants for Your Thanksgiving Feast

November 9, 2011 9:00 AM


By Jess Watsky

Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday to get together with loved ones over a delectable feast. But not everyone’s home resembles the iconic Norman Rockwell painting! Three local restaurants in Connecticut strive to make the holiday easier on all by offering interesting and traditional Thanksgiving dinners for your family and friends. If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year and the idea of brining a turkey makes you cringe, why not check out one of these alternatives for your dinner? From take-home entrees and appetizers to heat up in your home to a four course traditional dinner, Connecticut has restaurants to please all customers.
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45 East Center St
Manchester, CT 06040
Regular Hours: Tues to Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm; Fri to Sat 5:30pm-10pm
Open Thanksgiving Day, 12pm-6pm
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If you’re craving the traditional Thanksgiving experience without all the dishes and cleaning up afterward, why not check out Cavey’s in Manchester? This upscale French and Italian restaurant serves their Thanksgiving dinner in their upstairs section with traditional favorites like roast turkey and mashed potatoes with clever twists on their food withItalian and French influences to provide a unique dining experience for all. Cavey’s is open on Thanksgiving Day for lunch and early dinner from 1 pm to 6 pm.

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The Dressing Room
25 Powers Court
Westport, CT 06880
Regular Hours: Brunch Sat and Sun 11am-3pm; Lunch Wed to Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tues to Sat dinner from 6pm, Sunday dinner from 5pm
Open Thanksgiving Day from 12pm-6pm

Maybe you and your guests are in the mood for something a little different from the typical turkey and mashed potato experience. In that case, head over to The Dressing Room in Westport, the flagship restaurant of actor Paul Newman, where Chef Jon Vaast prepares a fleet of fascinating plates for the discerning diner—the list of entrees includes turkey with cornbread stuffing as well as striped bass and honey-baked ham. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, the menu includes appetizers like a pumpkin flan topped with a goat cheese, roasted chestnut, and beet salad, a savory riff on the traditional pumpkin pie.

Nicholas Roberts Bistro
75 Main St
Norwalk, CT 06851
Regular Hours: Mon to Wed 8am-3pm; Thurs to Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-8pm
Open Thanksgiving Day from 6am-12pm

Nicholas Roberts Bistro in Norwalk offers a versatile way to make your holiday special by offering a la carte items prepared in-house for you to take home and heat up in the oven. They have all of the standard favorites, like whole brined organic turkeys in a variety of seasonings and classic sides like roasted butternut squash and whipped mashed potatoes. But how about serving a little ceviche after watching some football, or a dish of pine nut lemon sabayon while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade? It’s more common than you think. Nicholas Robert Bistro offers a plethora of tasty dishes in sizes to accommodate any number of guests in your home. The bistro is open for you to pick up your items on Thanksgiving Day from 6 AM to 12 PM.

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1041 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820
Hours: Mon to Fri 6am-8pm; Sat 7am-5pm; Sun 8am-4pm

And as an extra bonus, if you read this article the day after Thanksgiving and find that you’ve missed out on some of these meals, or if you’re just salivating at the thought of hot turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, Uncle’s Deli in Darien has the perfect sandwich for you. Their Thanksgiving Roll-Up is packed full of sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, and basil mayo, for a portable Thanksgiving experience on the other 364 days of the year.

Whether you choose to go out or stay in, there are plenty of things you can do to make your holiday special and stress-free, no matter how many attend your Thanksgiving dinner.

When she’s not snarking on snacks, Jess lives with her girlfriend and bratty cat in Northampton, MA. She currently blogs onFoodette Reviews and is designing a new site – Fighting Varietal. Both have food and wine reviews, event coverage and more in the Western Massachusetts and Connecticut areas.

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