It’s that time of year in which we’re thankful Las Vegas restaurants are open on Thanksgiving. That doesn’t fly in the small towns and cities where many of us come from.
So if you don’t feel like having family crowd your place, or if you’d altogether prefer not to cook, here are some of our Thanksgiving picks.
You want to be close to the Downtown scene but don’t want to drink your Thanksgiving dinner? Downtown Grand’s Freedom Beat is hosting a 12-hour “Freedom to Gobble” feast, in which $20 gets you the choice of a smoked turkey leg or sage and herb-marinated turkey breast with all the fixings, plus cast-iron pumpkin pie. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., $20, downtowngrand.com
House of Blues restaurant at Mandalay Bay hosts a Southern Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., priced at $25 for lunch and $30 for dinner. More importantly, if you swing by the eatery, you can take part in the Feed the Souls program. Just donate a nonperishable item and you’ll get 30 percent of your next bill at the restaurant or bar. Donations are being collected through December 11. houseofblues.com
Some people don’t care what they’re eating as long as they have a seat for Thursday’s three NFL matchups. Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas opens at 8:30 a.m., so you can feast on smoked turkey drumsticks while watching the early Vikings–Lions game on the screens. Later, when the Cowboys are feasting on the Chargers (you know it’s true), you can nosh on the Thanksgiving Sandwich—turkey and chestnut stuffing covered in cranberry sauce and gravy for $10.95. 8:30 a.m., beerpark.com
Make an Impression
So you can’t cook but you want to make the holiday memorable for someone special? It’s your lucky year. Vegas Seven’s Best of the City winner MB Steak plans to serve herb-roasted turkey breast with a truffle-braised thigh and leg courtesy of executive chef Patrick Munster. The fixings include sourdough stuffing and cranberry port wine relish, and bourbon pumpkin toffee cake is on the dessert menu. Don’t forget to make a reservation. 4 p.m., $45, mbsteaklv.com
Let your family sightsee all day and then have them meet you at Chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker inside Caesars Palace. The restaurant is serving an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal that features a slow-roasted whole bird and sausage stuffing (among other items) for dinner and pumpkin cheesecake pudding for dessert. $49 ($19, kids ages 4–12), searsucker.com
Andiron Steak and Sea in Downtown Summerlin has carved organic turkey on its Thanksgiving menu, but it’s the nontraditional offerings that really impress. Entrées include grilled Scottish salmon, herb-crusted prime rib and sweet potato gnocchi, with house-made doughnuts for dessert. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., $69, andironsteak.com
Take It To-Go
Here’s a chance for you to let someone else do the cooking, and then take all the credit. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar is doing full course Thanksgiving meals (whole or carved rotisserie turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, jalapeno creamed corn, green beans, bread—even a whole pie) that feed up to seven people for $275. Or, pick and choose from the a la carte menu. Either way, get it to go, take it home, throw it on your fanciest dishes and tell your parents you slaved for hours. hearthstonelv.com/thanksgiving/
Turkey in the Steakhouse
South Point Hotel is doing Thanksgiving menus at five of its restaurants and the buffet. Go big with the family at Silverado Steak House, where the four-course menu includes herb-roasted young turkey, honey and maple-glazed baked ham, pan-seared sea bass, braised pork roulade or twin medallions of beef entrées. Plus, you get a free cocktail or glass of wine. 3–10 p.m., $55, southpointcasino.com