Your Thanksgiving Grub Guide

Our picks for the best ways to celebrate with turkey and all the fixins this Thanksgiving, whether you want to gather around your own table with to-go goods or get the family (and mess) out of your house.

By Allison Jones November 14, 2012

This Turkey Day, Portland restaurants are defrosting the pasture-raised, yoga-doin', carefully massaged, uber-organic turkeys and setting the table for you. Here’s our list of the best places to dine this Thanksgiving—plus a few handy options for take-out so you can sit back and actually enjoy the day off.

Eat In:

Imperial 410 SW Broadway
Vitaly Paley’s new downtown destination will offer a wood-fired and rotisseried Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 9 pm, with specials like spit-roasted turkey breast and turkey leg confit with oyster stuffing. The regular dinner menu will also be available (vegetarians would love the Potlatch Pilaf-stuffed poblano peppers with acorn squash, chestnuts, roasted shallots and walnut cream). Pastry Chef Michelle Vernier will also whip up some Thanksgiving gems like baked butterscotch pudding and old-fashioned apple, pecan and pumpkin pies.
Special prices vary, reservations available at 503.228.7222 or online. 

The Country Cat 7937 SE Stark
Adam and Jackie Sappington will be dishing up a four-course prix fixe comfort food feast at their Montavilla Neighborhood eatery this Thanksgiving from 2 to 8 pm. Diners can choose their own dishes from a menu with both vegetarian and omnivorous options (count on leftovers).
$45 per person. To make a reservation (for up to 12 people) call 503.408.1414.

Central 220 SW Ankeny St
Central's second-annual "Orphan's Thanksgiving" will feature three-courses: a pear and endive salad with champagne vinaigrette, cranberries, and hazelnuts; corned beef with a Chinese mustard and honey glaze; and a pumpkin chiffon pie.
$35 per person. To reserve your seats, call 503.719.7918 or visit the restaurant.

Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison, 8th floor of The Nines hotel
A three-course Thanksgiving meal will be served from noon to 9 pm, including Oregon-raised turkey, Carmen Ranch New York strip steak with cipolinni onions and rosemary, smashed red potatoes, and cinnamon maple candied yams.
$49 per person, children’s menu available for $29. For reservations, call 503.802.4630 or book online. 

Paley’s Place 1204 NW 21st Ave
This Thanksgiving, enjoy spit-roasted turkey breasts, braised rabbit and bacon pappardelle pasta, savory bread pudding, braised elk shoulder with polenta, mashed potatoes, cranberry-orange compote and traditional desserts from pastry chef Michelle Vernier from 2:30 to 8:30 pm,. The regular dinner menu will also be available. 
For reservations, call 503-243-2403 or visit

Andina 1314 NW Glisan
Put a Peruvian spit on your Thanksgiving with a three-course dinner from 1 to 9:30 pm, including Pavo al Horno con Calabaza y Salsa de Saúco—heritage turkey dusted with a tres ajíes rub and slow roasted, served with quinoa-hazelnut stuffing, mâche salad, caramelized squash and elderberry gravy. The event will feature live music throughout the day.
$55 per person, $27.50 for children 5-11 years. For reservations, call 503.228.9535 or visit Andina online 

Take Out:

Milwaukie Kitchen and Wine 10610 SE Main St in Milwaukie
If you've got the turkey, Milwaukie Kitchen and Wine has your desserts and sides (think giblet gravy, cranberry grapefruit chutney, sausage hazelnut sage stuffing, potato gruyere gratin, roasted veggies, and desserts from Sugar Cube's Kir Jensen). Order before November 17th and pick up your order on Thanksgiving Day between 8 am to 1 pm.
To pre-order your holiday meal sides, call 503.653.3228 or visit the MKW website.

Kenny & Zuke’s 1038 SW Stark St
The popular downtown deli is offering to-go orders of Thanksgiving dishes like roast turkey breasts stuffed with mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, sausage and mushroom stuffing, giblet gravy, butternut squash and hazelnut soup, garlic mashed potatoes and more. Everything is available by the pound, so you can customize your servings for groups of two to twenty! The K&Z bakery is also making plenty of pumpkin, apple and pecan pies for your desserting pleasure. 
For prices and ordering info, call 503.222.3354 or visit the Kenny & Zuke’s website. Order by November 19th before 3 pm for pick-up on Wednesday, November 21st.

Tails & Trotters
The local purveyors of premium hazelnut-finished pork are offering holiday hams and plenty of other custom cuts for your Thanksgiving table if turkey isn't your thing. Need bacon for your Brussels sprouts? Sausage for your stuffing? Lard for your crust? Tails & Trotters has you covered.
To place an order, contact [email protected].

Abby's Table 609 SE Ankeny
If you're hosting dinner for guests with dietary restrictions, let the team at Abby's Table help you load up your table with allergy friendly (gluten, dairy, and soy free) sides, salads, and sweets. The full holiday to-go menu and ordering form is available here.
Email, drop off, or phone in (503.828.7662) your order before Monday November 19th.

Woodsman Market 4529 Southeast Division St
This cute-as-a-button gourmet market is offering sides for your Thanksgiving table: country terrine of pork with apple and sage, cranberry sauce, ready-to-bake stuffing, and turkey gravy for any number of guests.
For a full list of holiday take-out items or to place your order, call 971.373.8267.

Pine Shed Ribs in Lake Oswego 17730 Pilkington Rd in Lake Oswego
Cult-favorite almond wood smoked turkeys are available for pre-order and pick-up on Thanksgiving. Each bird is stuffed (with onions, peppers, garlic, celery, and carrots), spiced with a custom rub, and smoked in a huge custom-designed BBQ that fits up to forty birds at a time. 
Order before November 17th by calling 503.635.7427 or emailing [email protected].

Looking for dessert? Check out our holiday cheat sheet for the best take-out sweets for your holiday table. 

Dining 100% DIY at home? If you’re like me and actually relish the chance to cook an eleven course meal for your family and friends, you can still reap the benefits of Oregon’s holiday festivities with a whole host of wine-country activities over the pre- and post-Thanksgiving weekends.

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