Give Thanks For Great Thanksgiving Dining Options

November 19, 2021

Too busy to cook this Thanksgiving? Leave the cooking to the pros and enjoy a fresh turkey dinner and all of the trimmings at one of these top local restaurants.  

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar — TUSTIN & NEWPORT BEACH 
This Thanksgiving, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering a prix-fixe menu with traditional Thanksgiving options, along with Winery favorites, on Thursday, November 25 from Noon to 8 p.m. The 3-course meal begins with the choice of Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, The Winery House Salad, Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli, or Organic Heirloom Tomatoes & Fresh Burrata. Entrée selections include the choice of Traditional Maple-Glazed Free-Range Turkey, King Salmon “a la Plancha”, Maine Scallops & Jumbo Wild White Shrimp, and Grilled Beef Flatiron Steak. Guests will be able to end their meal with a choice of Streusel Pumpkin Pie or Chocolate Cheesecake. Meals are priced at $79++ per guest with a “Little Buddies” kids menu offered for $24.95. Reservations are recommended online at www.thewineryrestaurants.com or by calling Tustin at (714) 258-7600 or Newport Beach at (949) 999-6622. 

*The Winery To Go: Chef Yvon Goetz’s take-home dinner menu features a Roasted Free-Range Diestel Turkey with all the fixings, as well as salad, choice of two sides and decadent pumpkin cheesecake with caramelized pecan-vanilla bean chantilly. This Thanksgiving Dinner to go serves up to 6 guests and is priced at $375. Guests may also purchase wines by bottle or craft cocktails to accompany their meals. To learn more or to place your order, please call Tustin at (714) 258-7600 or Newport Beach at (949) 999-6622. Orders must be placed by Noon on Monday, November 22 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 24.

Driftwood Kitchen - LAGUNA BEACH
Join Driftwood Kitchen for an incredible seaside Thanksgiving Buffet! Chef Rainer Schwarz’s offerings begin with Charcuterie & Cheese, Soup & Salads, and Seafood on ice, including Mexican shrimp, crab legs, oysters, crab claws, and tuna sashimi. Guests can enjoy carving stations with traditional whole roasted Thanksgiving Diestel turkey with all the fixings, and rotisserie Greater Omaha prime rib; as well as fish stations with Branzino filet and Dungeness crab cake. A dessert station will feature pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies, alongside cookies, macarons, and toppings. The buffet will be offered on Thursday, November 25th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Price for adults is $115 per guest and kids 12 & younger are $19 (special kids station will be featured). Reservations can be made by calling Driftwood Kitchen at (949) 715-7700 or online at driftwoodkitchen.com.

Hendrix Restaurant & Bar — LAGUNA NIGUEL
Hendrix will be offering a Thanksgiving Buffet that begins with charcuterie & cheese, soup & salads, peel-and-eat Mexican shrimp, and risotto. Guests can enjoy carving stations with traditional whole roasted Thanksgiving Diestel turkey with all the fixings, rotisserie Greater Omaha prime rib, and Scottish salmon filet. A dessert station will feature pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies, alongside cookies. The buffet will be served on Thursday, November 25th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Price for adults is $75 per guest, and kids 12 & younger will be $19 (kids station will be offered). Reservations can be made by calling Hendrix Restaurant & Bar at (949) 248-1912 or online at www.hendrixoc.com.

 *Hendrix To Go: Chef Rainer Schwarz is offering a palate-pleasing meal to take home, with Whole Roasted Turkey, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Apple-Fennel Stuffing, Green Beans, Heirloom Carrots, Cranberry Sauce, and Turkey Gravy. The meal also comes with Parker House Rolls and a Little Gem Salad to start, and a choice of traditional Pumpkin or Apple Pie to finish. The meal feeds 8-10 guests and is $275 (plus tax). Orders must be placed by Monday, November 22 for curbside pick-up on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Hendrix is offering cocktails and wines to go. Orders may be placed by calling Hendrix Restaurant & Bar at (949) 248-1912.

Georgia’s Restaurant — ANAHEIM & LONG BEACH 
Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends, so focus on the turkey leave the rest to Nana Gretchen and Nika Shoemaker-Machado! Their Soulful Sides feature Mac and Cheese ($55 per half-pan), Collard Greens ($50 per half-pan), Yams ($50 per half-pan), and family-favorites Cornbread Stuffing ($50 per half-pan) and Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ($45 per half-pan) to enjoy in the comforts of home. Thanksgiving would also not be complete without Georgia’s delectable “soul delicious” desserts, including Nana Gretchen’s Whole Peach Cobbler ($32.95 each) and Sweet Potato Pie ($15.95 each). Georgia’s Restaurant at the Anaheim Packing House and Long Beach Exchange will offer their Thanksgiving Soulful Sides for pre-order until Saturday, November 20. Georgia’s Thanksgiving Soulful Sides will be available for Thanksgiving pick-up on Tuesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 24 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.  For more information or to order directly, please call Georgia’s Restaurant at the Anaheim Packing House at (714) 906-1900 or at the Long Beach Exchange at (562) 420-5637. 

*Thanksgiving Dinner at Georgia’s Long Beach: While Georgia’s Restaurant in Anaheim will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange will be open for Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 25. Doors open at 10 a.m. with Georgia’s Turkey Dinner available for $25 per person. The dinner can also be taken to go for $125 (serves 4-6 guests). While supplies last for dine-in and takeout service at Georgia’s Long Beach on Thanksgiving Day.

Taco Rosa is offering a Thanksgiving Meal Kit that includes a dozen Blue Corn Turkey Tamales, Panela Cheese Enchiladas, Vegetables, Rice, Beans, Margaritas, Guacamole, Tajin Chile Chips, Jalapeno Salsa and Pumpkin Flan. These kits are available Monday, November 22 through Sunday, November 28 (not available on Thursday, November 25). Each kit serves up to 12 guests and must be ordered 48 hours in advance for pick-up during normal business hours at Taco Rosa Newport Beach or Irvine. Taco Rosa restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25.  For more information or to place orders, guests may call Taco Rosa Newport Beach at 949-720-0980 or Irvine at 714-505-6080 or visit tacorosa.com.

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