Thanksgiving Day is filled with food memories. Favorite dishes, prepared once a year for this special meal, bring joy to both those who create culinary delights and those who dine on their efforts. While all enjoy the opportunity to gather and break bread, maybe the chief cook and bottle washer needs a break.
Solutions abound. Local restaurants offer traditional meals of turkey and all the trimmings, or maybe just bake the pies so the home chef can concentrate on the main entrée.
Local grocers offer many options to alleviate the time spent chopping and shopping, and provide a one-stop experience to get all the necessary ingredients, prepped and in pans to take home to pop into the oven.
Here is our list of where to go, whether the desire is to dine without effort at home, or dodge the sink full of dirty dishes and dine out.
Black Angus Steakhouse – 20102 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood
Bucca di Beppo – 4301 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood
Claim Jumper – 18725 33rd Ave. W., Lynnwood
Claire’s Restaurant – 301 Main St., Edmonds. New owners honor the tradition…“always open on Thanksgiving Day.”
Scott’s Bar and Grille – 8115 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, offers a slow-roasted, all-natural Diestel Farms free-range turkey, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry relish, seasonal vegetables and house-made gravy. Save room that slice of freshly-baked pumpkin pie.
The Keg – 180110 Alderwood Mall Pkwy., Lynnwood
Maybe you are going “over the river to grandma’s house…” and you want to make a great impression with pastry this year. Salt and Iron can help — but don’t snooze on this one — a limited number of pies are available.
Eat at home without the fuss? Check out the deli departments at our local grocers. QFC, PCC Natural Markets and other local stores offer full meals, from appetizers to the main entrée. Stores say no need to order ahead, unless there are special requirements. Pick up the pans packed with your dinner, pop them into the oven, then kick back and enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on your flat-screen TV.
Small Business Saturday -Saturday, Nov. 26. Mark your calendars and celebrate small businesses. American Express created this special day to help local businesses attract what they need most…more customers. Shopping make you tired and hungry? One can work up an appetite while on the hunt for bargains at our local stores. Don’t worry — there are over 100 dining establishments in our area that are participating in Small Business Saturday this year.
Here are a few favorites:
BAR DOJO 8404 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds
CHANTERELLE 316 Main St., Edmonds
KAFE NEO 21108 Highway 99, Edmonds
EDINA SUSHI 19720 44th Ave. W., Ste. A, Lynnwood
LAS ESPUELAS 4306 228th St. S.W. Ste. 9, Mountlake Terrace
T & T SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 22511 Highway 99, Edmonds
Check this link for the full list of dining participants: https://shopsmallnow.americanexpress.com/shopsmall#/?type=storefront&cl=47.82072703080597,-122.3141098022461&cat=Dining
Places not so close by…
Yours truly was on the road again. Dining out in the Arizona sunshine was the goal. A delicious meal at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, in Phoenix, in a restaurant called Gertrude’s was the outcome. I share this information, not to rub it in that I spent five days in 70-degree weather; I felt a need to share as I have noticed a number of ASU decals on local residents’ cars. They need to know about this delightful desert dining spot next time they visit their alma mater.
Gertrude’s features farm-to-table food and feathered friends too. Gertrude’s patio is home to Rupert the roadrunner, a juvenile bird that frequently stops by to pose for diners.
Salad was local arugula and pomegranate seed sparkled amid, candied pecans, blue cheese, all dressed with agave vinaigrette.
Gertie’s Benedict featured poached eggs — Arizona sourced, of course — that shared space on Bloomsdale spinach and house-made Canadian bacon, atop an English muffin, baptized with a Tabasco Hollandaise. Wow. How special to not have to ask the waiter for Tabasco sauce for one’s egg dish.
Thankful for many blessings this year.
— Kathy Passage
A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the local food and restaurant scene.