Giving Thanks At Baltimore Restaurants

Carrie Murphy

Let's be honest: a Thanksgiving dinner is a huge undertaking. It's time-consuming, stressful, and expensive to prepare. Let's say you don't feel like cooking this year. Let's say you don't want to deal with mixing and stirring and roasting, the steaming and planning and baking.  Where would you go? What would you do? If you're not headed to the house of a relative or friend, one of Baltimore's Thanksgiving restaurant specials might be just the easy, stress-free day of thanks you're looking for. Added bonus: no dishes to wash! Here are a few of our suggestions for delicious Thanksgiving dinners around Charm City. 


Della Notte in Little Italy is offering a Thanksgiving special: a 3 course dinner, $32 per person, plus a champagne toast and live entertainment. They'll be offering their regular menu as well. Chef Cindy Wolf's Charleston is offering a Thanksgiving special as they did in 2011. Cindy Wolf is a darling of the Baltimore food scene, so it's not surprising that her Thanksgiving seating is popular. It's a $76 prix fixe and the menu is traditional with a twist: think turkey leg confit, cranberry and port wine relish, as well as pumpkin cremeux. There will also be a vegetarian option. Charleston takes reservations only and the dinner will be served from 3-7 pm. 


Kali's Court in Fells Point would be a great place to go for dinner. Their Thanksgiving prix fixe menu includes 4 course meal of Kali's Court's own menu items, including pear and walnut salad, crispy duck confit, blood orange beet salad, lamb shank and swordfish with mushroom risotto. I don't know who would want to eat plain old turkey and stuffing with those items on the menu, but if you're jonesin' for a traditional meal, you'll be happy to know you can also get that at Kali's. $49.95 per person, served from 1-8 pm.  


The Rusty Scupper puts on a great Thanksgiving spread. Turkey, ham and roast beef, tons of classic sides like stuffing and mashed may not be as good as your grandmother's version, but it'll be damn close. The dinner is reservation only and costs $40.95 for adults, $19.95 for children under 10. Another restaurant known mainly for its seafood, Captain James Landing, (right on the water in Canton) also offers their regular menu in addition to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. At $14, it's one of the cheaper options for a good, stick-to-your-ribs harvest dinner. 


Oregon Grille in Cockeysville offers a normal a la carte menu as well as a full 3 course Thanksgiving dinner, including roasted butternut squash soup, turkey, assorted sides and maple apple cheesecake or pecan pie. It's $49 per person, $25 for children under 12, served from 1-8 pm. Manor Tavern in Monkton is offering a buffet style Thanksgiving dinner this year, after serving a sit-down dinner for the last few years. The moderately-priced dinner will feature turkey and all the trimmings, as well as seafood (we hear there will be oysters), classic desserts and more. Seatings are at noon, 2:30 and 5:00. 


Rocco’s in Little Italy will also be serving their full dinner menu in addition to a special three course Italian-style turkey dinner. For $29, you get the turkey and all of the fixings. The nice thing is everyone can get what they want, whether it is classic Italian fare, or the turkey dinner. So everyone dines happy and hearty!


If you're just in the mood for comfort food and not necessarily a full Thanksgiving dinner, I'd recommend going to one of Baltimore's excellent diners, like the Papermoon or the Towson Diner. Know of any other great spots to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner? Please let us know in the comments!


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