While the vast majority of Portland's restaurants that target the Thanksgiving crowd seem to reside in the Southeast and Northeast neighborhoods (be sure to check out our ample West-side listings too!), there are plenty of great venues on the other side of the river to encourage you to leave the worries of cooking and cleaning behind. Stick to eating dishes that are quite likely better than anything you and your family could ever have concocted and enjoy the holiday. Have other suggestions for Thanksgiving destinations? Drop a comment in the Forums.
1713 NE 15th
Menu: What's turkey day sans the turkey? Absolutely sumptuous -- and vegan -- if it's at Blossoming Lotus. The prix fixe menu features autumn lettuces and bitter greens; a fennel and potato cream soup; winter squash served with collard greens, maple smoked apples and chanterelles; and a choice of tempting desserts. Three seatings available: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Price: $40 per person
5035 NE Sandy Boulevard
Phone: (503) 288-5503
Menu: Rheinlander has plenty of Thanksgiving options, including a Thanksgiving feast with some German twists -- turkey is at the center, but bier sausage and sauerkraut join in -- and a slow-roaster prime rib. There's a kids' menu, and gluten avoiders may rejoice -- there's plenty of gluten-free Thanksgiving options available. f you have a group of four or more, you can enjoy the "Thanksgiving Feast" which includes turkey, pork loin, sausage, seasonal vegetables, potatoes and pumpkin pie! Or anyone can order from their special menu. Rheinlander also offers a full take-home Thanksgiving menu, if your family members would like to unbuckle their belts in private.
Price: Entrées run $10.99 and up, and the Thanksgiving feast is $21.99 including dessert. Open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Salt & Straw
2035 NE Alberta St; 838 NW 23rd Ave
Phone: (503) 208-3867
Menu: You're probably not going to rely on Salt and Straw's incredible ice creams to celebrate Thanksgiving, but the ice cream shop that specializes in gourmet tastes and local ingredients is offering Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors in both stores as well as special gift packs. The gift packs include five pints for $65 and are available in-store or online until November 23. Flavors include bourbon pecan pie; pumpkin custard swirled in spiced chevre; and orange and thyme Thanksgiving stuffing.
Salty's on the Columbia
3839 N.E. Marine Drive
Phone: (503) 288-4444
Menu: Escape town via a short drive and dine on the Columbia River at Salty's. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 10:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Salty's also offers Thanksgiving dinners to go, and orders must be placed by November 21.
Price: $47 for adults ($54 including bottomless champagne); children 12 and under are $1.50 per year of age.
7937 SE Stark
Phone: (503) 408-1414
Menu: If you want turkey, you're well covered -- and with all the fixins -- but pork chops, pan-seared steelhead trout, and even autumn vegetable and pecan stuffed crepes are also options in the fixed-price, four-course feast. You'll also have a choice of three starters -- such as the chanterelle mushroom, hazelnut and pumpkin soup -- and four desserts, including the warm apple-cranberry crisp with caramel swirl ice cream.
Price: $45 per person
Portobello Vegan Trattoria
1125 SE Division Street, Suite 102
Phone: (503) 754-5993
Menu: Vegan or gluten free? No problem. But you certainly won't find turkey on Portobello's Thansgiving menu - the restaurant is completely vegan. Local farms provide the ingredients for the organic fixed-price three-course meal.
Price: $35 per person, reservations required.