Thanksgiving doesn’t always have to be about the turkey! Ditch the trussed up bird, and be thankful for something more interesting this year.
At the very first Thanksgiving, it would not have been unusual to find crustaceans on the table at Plymouth Plantation. The shellfish may not have been Florida stone crab, but Piero’s Italian Cuisine is on the right track. Order up to 300 claws, complete with Piero’s mustard sauce, mallets and cracking instructions. A typical 1½-pound order is five to six of the pinchers. $90 dinner, $15 per claw, $15 to-go fee, $25 delivery fee, 355 Convention Center Dr., 702-369-2305, PierosCuisine.com.
If you’re looking for your Thanksgiving meal all piled into one delivery method, gobble Holsteins’ Billy Burger. The turkey burger’s provenance is from New England itself, and comes piled high with cranberry relish, bread stuffing and giblet gravy on a bun. And only one dish to clean up! $16.50, in the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7940, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
How about a little breast with your thigh? Little Darlings—like the native Wampanoag—welcomes everyone to their feast from 6-8:30 p.m. for a “totally nude” Thanksgiving (OK, that part is not like the Wampanoag). The buffet is free, but you’re still paying for something. Just wash your hands before and after you eat. 1514 Western Ave., 702-366-1141, LittleDarlingsVegas.com.
Michael Mina’s Pub 1842 is your one-stop shop for the basics. Go all Renaissance Fair with a smoked turkey leg, but put your pilgrim hat on for the accompanying sourdough stuffing candied yams and pumpkin pie. Naturally, the Pub has paired this hearty meal with Oktoberfest Lager. $36, in MGM Grand, 702-891-3922, MGMGrand.com.
You know who doesn’t need an oven to cook a turkey? Cleo, that’s who. Part of the Mediterranean restaurant’s prix-fixe menu has the bird smoked in a traditional tagine (an earthenware cooking vessel), served with apricot stuffing and rosemary. The family-style meal is completed by roasted tiny potatoes, Cleo’s signature dips and straight-from-the-oven laffa bread, as well as a trio of desserts. $75 per person, in SLS, 702-761-7612, SLSLasVegas.com.
Now you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn on Thursday to start cooking, because Hash House A Go Go has Thanksgiving to Go-Go. Sure, there are plenty of other spots that will cook for you, but not all of them will deep-fry a 14-16 pound turkey for your family feast. Order by noon November 24, and you’ll have a complete meal with mashed potatoes (garlic or pumpkin), mac and cheese, roasted squash and other vegetables and gravy to wash it all down. Oh, and pumpkin bread pudding. And no threat of potentially setting your house on fire. $115, pick up on Nov. 27, 6800 W. Sahara Ave., 702-804-4646, HashHouseAGoGo.com.
Thanksgiving is all about sharing with your loved ones as much as you can—but you’re not above making your dollar stretch as far as possible. The award for Most Gobble for Your Buck” goes to Texas Station, which is offering a catered meal for 10 people for $125. The feeding frenzy includes either a turkey (or a ham, for you rebels), eight traditional sides—such as baked yams with marshmallows, potatoes with gravy and cornbread—not to mention both apple and pumpkin pies. We all have much to be thankful for. Orders now being accepted, pick up 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Nov. 27, 702-288-7982, Patricia.Bova@StationCasinos.com.