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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Portland, 2013

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Everyone has a Thanksgiving Day tradition, and for some, said tradition doesn't involve deep-frying a turkey, hand-rolling pie crusts, or setting out the special silverware — why bother when some restaurants are willing to do it all for you? In a departure from the usual Thanksgiving round-up, Eater scoured the menus of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in 2013, studying each spot's gorge factor and determining Eater's ideal holiday meal at each. Reservations fill up quickly, so do get a head start with these options (and we'll add more as the date approaches):


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Andina

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1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-9535
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Gorge Factor: A three-course prix fixe dinner starting at 1p.m.; the menu itself is a laundry list of tapas, entrees, and desserts. Cost: $55, kids $27.50 Eater's ideal meal: ceviche; tres ajies-rubbed turkey with quinoa-hazelnut stuffing and mache salad; goat-cheese flan.

2. Bluehour

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250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 226-3394
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Gorge Factor: A three-course prix fixe dinner, with chef Dolan Lane offering four or five options within each course. Cost: $50 Eater's ideal meal: pan-fried oysters with celery and apple slaw; a cider-brined pork chop served with sweet potato gnocchi and brussels sprouts; and pumpkin mousse torte.

3. Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar

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7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 408-1414
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Gorge Factor: Chefs Adam and Jackie Sappington will cook up a four-course prix fixe dinner, with three or four options for the appetizer, entree, and dessert courses. Cost: $50, kids $15 Eater's ideal meal: chanterelle mushroom, hazelnut, and pumpkin soup; turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce; apple-cranberry crisp.

4. Gracie's

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729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 222-2171
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Gorge Factor: Unlimited; the menu (a combination of Gracie's familiar small plates and new holiday specials) is available a la carte. Cost: Varies Eater's ideal meal: pumpkin soup with sage oil; roasted turkey with butternut squash bread pudding and mashed potatoes; vanilla creme brulee.

5. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

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1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 790-7126
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Gorge Factor: Epic. Thanksgiving afternoon (11:30a.m.-5p.m.) is served buffet style; check out the menu here. Cost: $47, kids $18 Eater's ideal meal: the entire "Grand Seafood Display" (crab claws, oysters, smoked trout, salmon pate); turkey from the carving station; mushroom-stuffed sole; sage chestnut stuffing; seafood vol au vent. [Photo]

6. Imperial

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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Gorge Factor: Unlimited; the menu (a combination of usual favorites and holiday specials) is available a la carte. Cost: Varies Eater's ideal meal: kale and raw vegetable salad; lamb loin chop and belly with freekeh; a side of oyster stuffing; a Vieux Carre from the bar.

7. Interurban

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4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 284-6669
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Gorge Factor: High, and untraditional. Chef Drew Sprouse plans a Mexican-inspired menu offering a la carte tacos, Frito pie, and pulled pork. Cost: Varies Eater's ideal meal: shrimp ceviche, Frito pie, Dr. pepper pulled pork with cabbage and mole.

8. McMenamins Kennedy School

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5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 249-3983
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Gorge Factor: High. This one's a buffet featuring all the Thanksgiving classics. Cost: $24, kids $12, seniors $19. Eater's ideal meal: cider-braised pork, green beans with brown butter and roasted garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, apple crisp. [Photo]

9. The Original

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300 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 546-2666
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Gorge Factor: Chef David Anderson harks back to old-school TV dinners with the Original's Thanksgiving menu, offering a "TV dinner tray" that guests can heap with their choice of main course, three side dishes, and dessert. Cost: $27 Eater's ideal meal: roasted turkey, mushroom and kale stuffing, maple glazed sweet potatoes, caramelized Brussels sprouts with bacon, and pumpkin pie. [Photo]

10. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

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1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 754-5993
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Gorge Factor: A three-course, all-vegan prix fixe dinner, with chef Aaron Adams offering two options within each course. Cost: $35, $55 with wine pairing Eater's ideal meal: cornbread to start; pumpkin soup with chestnut ravioli; portobello stuffed with wild rice and cremini stuffing; sweet potato mousse with nog cream.

11. Raven & Rose

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1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-7673
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Gorge Factor: A three-course prix-fixe dinner menu. If "dessert" means "more food," the upstairs Rookery Bar will serve its full regular menu all evening. Cost: $50, kids $25 Eater's ideal meal: rabbit Caesar salad; turkey with traditional fixings; butterscotch pudding with toasted streusel.

12. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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850 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 221-4518
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Gorge Factor: A three-course prix-fixe with little wiggle room. Entree (turkey) and dessert (pumpkin pie) are givens; diners can choose between three appetizers and four sides. Cost: $38, kids $13 Eater's ideal meal: steak house salad; turkey with all the fix ins; creamed spinach; pumpkin pie. [Photo]

13. Salty's on the Columbia

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3939 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-4444
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Gorge Factor: High. This one's a buffet. Cost: $50 (or $60 with unlimited Champagne), kids $1.50 per year of their age Eater's ideal meal: our weight in cocktail shrimp and oysters; garlic bread stuffing; turkey with chanterelle gravy. [Photo]

14. Songbird Cafe

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6839 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 477-6735
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Gorge Factor: Mt. Tabor's cozy neighborhood cafe Songbird will serve a traditional three-course Thanksgiving meal, featuring turkey and all the trimmings. Cost: $45, kids $20 Eater's ideal meal: turkey, candied yams, stuffing, whipped potatoes, and apple pie. [Photo]

15. Urban Farmer

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-4900
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Gorge Factor: A three-course prix fixe dinner, with several choices within each course. All sides (like cornbread stuffing and candied yams) are also included and served family style). Cost: $52, separate kid's menu available. Eater's ideal meal: oxtail agnolotti with salsify and hedgehog mushrooms; bone-in Painted Hills tenderloin; pecan bread pudding with bourbon ice cream. [Photo]

16. Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

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1221 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 248-9663
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Gorge Factor: It's up to you; the special 13-item Thanksgiving menu is available a la carte. Cost: Varies. Eater's ideal meal: smoked potato and clam chowder; braised octopus with shell beans and bagna cauda; slow-roasted prime rib with creamed spinach, horseradish, and pomme frites.

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1. Andina

1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
Gorge Factor: A three-course prix fixe dinner starting at 1p.m.; the menu itself is a laundry list of tapas, entrees, and desserts. Cost: $55, kids $27.50 Eater's ideal meal: ceviche; tres ajies-rubbed turkey with quinoa-hazelnut stuffing and mache salad; goat-cheese flan.
1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

2. Bluehour

250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Gorge Factor: A three-course prix fixe dinner, with chef Dolan Lane offering four or five options within each course. Cost: $50 Eater's ideal meal: pan-fried oysters with celery and apple slaw; a cider-brined pork chop served with sweet potato gnocchi and brussels sprouts; and pumpkin mousse torte.
250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

3. Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar

7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Gorge Factor: Chefs Adam and Jackie Sappington will cook up a four-course prix fixe dinner, with three or four options for the appetizer, entree, and dessert courses. Cost: $50, kids $15 Eater's ideal meal: chanterelle mushroom, hazelnut, and pumpkin soup; turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce; apple-cranberry crisp.
7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

4. Gracie's

729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Gorge Factor: Unlimited; the menu (a combination of Gracie's familiar small plates and new holiday specials) is available a la carte. Cost: Varies Eater's ideal meal: pumpkin soup with sage oil; roasted turkey with butternut squash bread pudding and mashed potatoes; vanilla creme brulee.
729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

5. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Gorge Factor: Epic. Thanksgiving afternoon (11:30a.m.-5p.m.) is served buffet style; check out the menu here. Cost: $47, kids $18 Eater's ideal meal: the entire "Grand Seafood Display" (crab claws, oysters, smoked trout, salmon pate); turkey from the carving station; mushroom-stuffed sole; sage chestnut stuffing; seafood vol au vent. [Photo]
1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

6. Imperial

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Gorge Factor: Unlimited; the menu (a combination of usual favorites and holiday specials) is available a la carte. Cost: Varies Eater's ideal meal: kale and raw vegetable salad; lamb loin chop and belly with freekeh; a side of oyster stuffing; a Vieux Carre from the bar.
410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

7. Interurban

4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Gorge Factor: High, and untraditional. Chef Drew Sprouse plans a Mexican-inspired menu offering a la carte tacos, Frito pie, and pulled pork. Cost: Varies Eater's ideal meal: shrimp ceviche, Frito pie, Dr. pepper pulled pork with cabbage and mole.
4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

8. McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211
Gorge Factor: High. This one's a buffet featuring all the Thanksgiving classics. Cost: $24, kids $12, seniors $19. Eater's ideal meal: cider-braised pork, green beans with brown butter and roasted garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, apple crisp. [Photo]
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211

9. The Original

300 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Gorge Factor: Chef David Anderson harks back to old-school TV dinners with the Original's Thanksgiving menu, offering a "TV dinner tray" that guests can heap with their choice of main course, three side dishes, and dessert. Cost: $27 Eater's ideal meal: roasted turkey, mushroom and kale stuffing, maple glazed sweet potatoes, caramelized Brussels sprouts with bacon, and pumpkin pie. [Photo]
300 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

10. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Gorge Factor: A three-course, all-vegan prix fixe dinner, with chef Aaron Adams offering two options within each course. Cost: $35, $55 with wine pairing Eater's ideal meal: cornbread to start; pumpkin soup with chestnut ravioli; portobello stuffed with wild rice and cremini stuffing; sweet potato mousse with nog cream.
1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

11. Raven & Rose

1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
Gorge Factor: A three-course prix-fixe dinner menu. If "dessert" means "more food," the upstairs Rookery Bar will serve its full regular menu all evening. Cost: $50, kids $25 Eater's ideal meal: rabbit Caesar salad; turkey with traditional fixings; butterscotch pudding with toasted streusel.
1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

12. Ruth's Chris Steak House

850 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Gorge Factor: A three-course prix-fixe with little wiggle room. Entree (turkey) and dessert (pumpkin pie) are givens; diners can choose between three appetizers and four sides. Cost: $38, kids $13 Eater's ideal meal: steak house salad; turkey with all the fix ins; creamed spinach; pumpkin pie. [Photo]
850 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

13. Salty's on the Columbia

3939 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211
Gorge Factor: High. This one's a buffet. Cost: $50 (or $60 with unlimited Champagne), kids $1.50 per year of their age Eater's ideal meal: our weight in cocktail shrimp and oysters; garlic bread stuffing; turkey with chanterelle gravy. [Photo]
3939 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211

14. Songbird Cafe

6839 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Gorge Factor: Mt. Tabor's cozy neighborhood cafe Songbird will serve a traditional three-course Thanksgiving meal, featuring turkey and all the trimmings. Cost: $45, kids $20 Eater's ideal meal: turkey, candied yams, stuffing, whipped potatoes, and apple pie. [Photo]
6839 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

15. Urban Farmer

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
Gorge Factor: A three-course prix fixe dinner, with several choices within each course. All sides (like cornbread stuffing and candied yams) are also included and served family style). Cost: $52, separate kid's menu available. Eater's ideal meal: oxtail agnolotti with salsify and hedgehog mushrooms; bone-in Painted Hills tenderloin; pecan bread pudding with bourbon ice cream. [Photo]
525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

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16. Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

1221 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Gorge Factor: It's up to you; the special 13-item Thanksgiving menu is available a la carte. Cost: Varies. Eater's ideal meal: smoked potato and clam chowder; braised octopus with shell beans and bagna cauda; slow-roasted prime rib with creamed spinach, horseradish, and pomme frites.
1221 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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