Are you staying in town for Thanksgiving this year or headed to Las Vegas for a vacation over the long Thanksgiving weekend and looking for a great place to eat? The good news is that you have a huge array of options, everything from low-cost buffets to multicourse fine dining. When it comes to food, there is something for everyone in Las Vegas every day of the year, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Wherever you choose to go, expect special set menus and pricing that reflects the quality of ingredients and ambiance.
Here are just a few of the options to get you started:
- CRUSH eat, drink, love: A two-year-old fine dining establishment at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, CRUSH, eat, drink, love offers a Thanksgiving a la carte menu for those who would like to enjoy the traditional slice of turkey. Served with a side of cranberry jelly, mashed potatoes, and sausage, bacon, and root vegetable stuffing for $29, you can also get pumpkin pie for dessert, or sides of maple-glazed yams or sweet potato gnocchi for $8 each. If you are gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian, this is the spot for you – a great place to celebrate a Thanksgiving meal with a group of people with diverse food tastes.
- Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: At Red Rock Casino, you can find a special Thanksgiving menu hidden inside a barbeque buffet restaurant. Because few will consider this option as a Thanksgiving destination, you can avoid the crowds and also enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal that is accessible to the whole family: ham or turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, garlic mash, stuffing, sautéed apples, cranberry sauce, biscuits, gravy, and salad. Adults are $25.99 and children are $12.99
- DB Brasserie: The Venetian is home to Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, DB Brasserie, a fine dining establishment known for its cutting-edge French contemporary cuisine. On Thanksgiving, Chef Boulud will offer a three-course fixed price menu that will feature organic turkey, venison tartare, and a pumpkin cheesecake drizzled with bourbon caramel (all alcohol is cooked off in the process of making the sauce). The price is $65, and this year is the last that you will have the opportunity to take part in their unique Thanksgiving dinner as the restaurant is set to close in 2017.
- Carmine’s: If you are looking for a family dining experience on Thanksgiving, head over to Carmine’s at The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Eight people can eat for just under $240, and dinner includes an 18-pound turkey, sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, sausage, Brussel sprouts with Applewood smoked bacon and caramelized onions, string beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and maple syrup, carrots, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a choice of apple pie, pecan pie, or pumpkin for dessert.
- Herringbone: At ARIA Resort & Casino is Herringbone Las Vegas, where Thanksgiving dinner gets a cool California cuisine makeover. For $65 a person, you can start off with a half-dozen oysters as an appetizer then enjoy a plate piled high with sage orange turkey and white wine gravy, cranberry pear relish, mashed potatoes, apple and chestnut stuffing, and roasted vegetables.
Keeping Thanksgiving a Sober (and Amazing) Affair
The beauty of choosing to eat out for Thanksgiving is that the stress of planning, cooking, serving, and cleaning up is not yours. Instead, you can enjoy an amazing meal with friends or family. If someone brings an unexpected plus one or doesn’t show up at all, it does not matter. Your server and chef will prepare everything for you, exactly to your liking, and your only job is to enjoy – and stay sober.
It is easy to get caught up in the ambiance and enjoyment of the meal and order a special cocktail, or to want to slip off to the bar if the conversation turns uncomfortable. But there are some ways to minimize the triggers for relapse that can occur at festive occasions. With the holiday season coming fast and hard on the heels of Thanksgiving, now is a great time to get into practice.
- Ask that everyone in the party avoid drinking at Thanksgiving dinner. If this is impossible, seat yourself as far away from the drinkers as possible, or make sure you have at least one sober buddy with you so you do not feel isolated or left out.
- If all in attendance will be sober, call ahead and talk to the host about the situation. Make sure that the server is made aware that no one at the table will be drinking and will not offer alcoholic beverages of any kind. Ask that all cocktail menus, bottles of wine, wine glasses, and other alcohol-related items be removed from the table prior to your arrival.
- Have someone you can call if you feel you are overwhelmed by access to alcohol, tense relationships, or other issues at Thanksgiving dinner. In advance of the day, scout out a few people who are willing to take your call if you need someone to talk to.
- Have a backup plan in the event you feel that you need to leave dinner. Know where the local 12-Step meetings are, have a friend’s house you can go to, and/or pick out somewhere you feel safe should you at any point feel like your sobriety is at risk.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!