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Las Vegas Restaurants Talking Turkey For Thanksgiving 2010

Not everyone likes to Rockwell it up for the holidays.  The hours of cleaning that need to be done before Aunt Edna from Tuskaloosa does her white glove inspection, the turkey that officially becomes The God Damn Turkey because the bastard can’t get done in time and the endless mountain of dirty dishes, pots and pans are all reasons some of us seek refuge in restaurants on this celebrated day of pigging out.  There’s a whole bunch of Las Vegas area restaurants doing it up for Thanksgiving this year. Here’s a few you might want to check out (mostly in their words, not mine) conveniently listed in alphabetical order for your browsing pleasure:

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Alex at Wynn Las Vegas

At his namesake restaurant, award-winning chef Alex Stratta will offer a three-course prix fixe menu of flavorful, autumnal dishes such as Nantucket Bay Scallops with brussels sprouts, confit pear and toasted hazelnut puree and traditional staples such as Turkey Breast with turkey roulade, cranberry compote, haricots verts and stuffing.

Alizé at The Palms

The special Thanksgiving menu features an amuse of toasted hazelnut panna cotta with candied quince followed by a savory roasted chestnut and foie gras soup.  Enjoy seared diver scallops with Kubocha squash purée in an almond-browned butter sauce.  Highlighting fresh ingredients, the meal continues with baby red and green Romaine salad with herbed goat cheese and aged balsamic vinaigrette.

To refresh the palette, enjoy an orange cranberry sorbet prior to a main course featuring a choice of Andre’s traditional oven roasted free-range turkey with herb-nut and dried fruit stuffing, giblet gravy, truffled potato mousseline, roasted sweet potatoes, sweet baby carrots and cranberry relish or pan seared California sea bass with black truffle and celery root risotto, spicy walnuts and Port Wine reduction or roasted Kurobuta pork chop with sauteed spinach, smoked polenta, apricot and orange confiture, cumin jus.  Vegetarian options are also available.

Top the meal with one of four delicious dessert choices including a sweet and satisfying, traditional take on pecan pie with rum raisin ice cream and creme fraiche or pumpkin pie with cinnamon chantilly and vanilla cream sauce.  For those needing a bit more decadence choose a warm cherry and chocolate cobbler with brown sugar ice cream or apple tarte tatin with creme anglaise and Calvados ice cream.

The Thanksgiving menu at Alizé at the Top of The Palms will be served Thursday, Nov. 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This exclusive holiday meal is priced at $85 per person.  Reservations for this unique culinary event are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (702) 951-7000.

Andre’s at Monte Carlo

The multi-course Thanksgiving menu begins with American caviar and scarlet runner bean soup with a smoked foie gras mousse.  Guests will also indulge in the flavor of Andre’s lobster sausage with grilled endive and a spicy crawfish sauce.

Thanksgiving traditionalists can enjoy a main course of Andre’s oven roasted, free-range turkey served with an herb-nut and dried fruit stuffing, giblet gravy, sweet potato purée, brussels sprouts, roasted chestnuts and just the right amount of tangy cranberry relish. Guests looking for an different take on the holiday, can choose either Scottish salmon served with an aromatic jasmine rice and bamboo shrimp with red curry sauce or for a more hearty take, Andre’s is offering prime Angus rib-eye with a mushroom fricassee, pomme purée black truffle  and foie gras sauce.  The holiday meal also includes a red and green Belgium endive salad with gruyere cheese and a mild mustard dressing.

No holiday meal is complete without something sweet.  Dessert choices include an apple tarte tatin with creme anglaise and Calvados ice cream or warm, pecan pie with rum raisin ice cream and creme fraiche, pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream and vanilla anglaise or warm cherry and chocolate cobbler with brown sugar ice cream.

The chef-selected Thanksgiving meal will be served on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The cost is $75 per person.  Guests may call (702) 798-7151 for reservations or more information.

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas

Award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta applies Mediterranean touches to traditional holiday dishes with his four-course menu at BARTOLOTTA Ristorante di Mare, which will be offered in addition to the standard a la carte menu.

Botero at Encore Las Vegas

This Thanksgiving, chef Mark LoRusso will offer a special five-course Chef’s Thanksgiving Tasting menu of inventive dishes includingRoasted Kabocha Squash & Fennel Soup with candied pecans.   Guests end their meal on a sweet note with a tasting of desserts from the restaurant’s celebrated young pastry chef, Sara Steele.

The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas

This Thanksgiving, guests of The Country Club can enjoy chef Carlos Guia’s expanded a la carte menu that will include festive dishes such as Roasted Free Range Turkey with cornbread stuffing, bourbon whipped sweet potatoes, cranberry chutney and giblet gravy.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo

Prepare to indulge this Thanksgiving Day with CUT’s delicious seasonal specials. Choices include Butternut Squash Soup with cranberry-quince compote and Amaretto, Maple Glazed Kurobuta Pork Shank with honey crisp apples and Red Kuri Squash, and Corvina Venison Loin served with Brussels Sprout leaves and roasted chestnuts. For the delicious grand finale, Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts with maple whipped cream and pumpkin ice cream.

First Food and Bar at the Palazzo

Menu features:

Hot mulled apple cider

Roasted Pumpkin Corn Bisque

Choice of salad

  • Roasted beet with frisee goat cheese and horseradish orange
  • Autumn salad endive with blue cheese balsamico
  • Roasted garlic Caesar with butternut squash ravioli croutons

Pilgrim dinner served family style

  • Traditional turkey with giblet gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Whipped sweet potatoes
  • Green bean almondine
  • House made cranberry sauce
  • FIRST stuffing
  • Alternative choices of prime rib or roasted salmon

Pie Bar featuring pumpkin, apple and pecan pies, along with chocolate chip cookies and whip cream crème anglaise

$39 per person; kids ages 5-12 $19; kids under 5 years of age and under (or shorter than Chef!) are FREE! Seating times: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Left-over-stuffed Thanksgiving Day Sandwiches will be available after 9 p.m. For reservations, please call 702-607-3478.

Hash House A Go Go

The restaurant will feature specials ranging in price from $5.95 to $22.95 in addition to the mouthwatering regular menu items. Thanksgiving specials include:

  • Pumpkin Bisque with sea salt toasted almonds
  • Roasted turkey breast with rosemary gravy, fresh mash, old-school stuffing and baby green beans
  • Grilled pork tenderloin with barbeque cream, brown sugar mashed yams and fried leeks
  • Linguine pasta in pumpkin cream with grilled Big O shrimp, asparagus and roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Fresh apple cobbler
  • Pumpkin bread pudding

Limited reservations will be taken and walk-ins will be accepted. The restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day at both the Imperial Palace and M Resort Spa Casino locations from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Sahara location will be closed.

For reservations or inquiries, please call the Imperial Palace location at (702) 254-4646, the M Resort Spa Casino location at (702) 797-1500

Loews at Lake Las Vegas

Loews Lake Las Vegas is planning a gigantic Thanksgiving Brunch that is made up of some of the most diverse offerings out there.  With a wide variety assortment of stations such as a Marrakesh Salad, Brazilian Grill, Seafood, Antipasta, Carving, and Sushi stations, just to name a few, there is sure to be something for everyone.  They are also having a Kid’s Station with staples such as Pizza, Mac and Cheese, Corn Dogs and Batter Dipped PB&J.  Make sure you give the girl working the Funnel Cake station a kiss and slip her an extra $20 bill or two!  Click here to see the complete menu. The Brunch will go from 11am-4pm Thanksgiving Day and it costs $46.95 for adults, Kids 6-10 years old are $23.95 and Kids 5 and younger eat for free.  Call (702) 567-6000 for reservations.

Postrio Bar & Grill at the Venetian

$39 3-course Prix Fixe. Postrio Bar & Grill will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, at lunch and dinner. Guests can indulge in seasonal staples such as Puree of Pumpkin Soup and Roasted Free Range Turkey Breast accompanied with herb stuffing, baby green beans, sweet potato puree, cranberry compote and herb gravy. No holiday meal would be complete without a slice of Traditional Pumpkin Pie with cranberries and nutmeg whipped cream.

Society Café at Encore Las Vegas

In addition to the standard a la carte menu, chef/partner Kim Canteenwalla will serve a special three-course Thanksgiving menu of playful plates including Kabocha Squash Soup with cinnamon dusted Gala apple chips along with traditional dishes such as Slow-Roasted Free Range Turkey with pancetta and sage stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potato, root vegetables and cranberry compote.  At $39 pp, the menu is truly a great deal.

Reservations, 12pm to 9:00pm.

Spago at The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace

Spago introduces traditional tastes of the holidays with a classic turkey dinner with Chef Eric Klein’s signature spin. Guests can enjoy the flavors of fall with a Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with cranberry quince-apple chutney and candied walnuts or The Pilgrims Salad with endive, arugula, Granny Smith apples, Bartlett pears, candied walnuts, orange segments and aged balsamic. Feel the comforts of home with a Roasted Free-Range Turkey Roulade served with pretzel bread stuffing Knödel, sweet potato puree and clove turkey natural jus. Guests can complete their meal withPumpkin Bread Pudding served with cranberries, spiced anglaise and brown sugar ice cream. These special items will be available on Thanksgiving Day for lunch and dinner, all served with a side of homemade corn bread.

SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas

At Wynn’s signature steakhouse, chef David Walzog will serve roasted turkey and traditional trimmings in addition to the a la carte menu.

Switch at Encore Las Vegas

At Encore’s dynamic steakhouse, chef Rene Lenger will serve a special traditional turkey in addition to the standard a la carte menu.

Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay

Trattoria del Lupo spices up its menu Thanksgiving Day with a taste of Italy! Guests can start their meal with a rich Zuppa alla Zucca con Salvia e Olio di Semi di Zucca, a roasted pumpkin soup with sage and pumpkin oil. For the main course, guests can indulge in Ravioli di Zucca, Salsa di Burro Rosolato alla salvia, Pinoli e Pecorino, roasted pumpkin ravioli infused with sage brown butter, pine nuts and Pecorino Romano. Guests may also appreciate some familiar favorites like Lupo’s Petto di Tacchino Gassato al Miele, Purea di Patate, Fagionlini, Funghi Selvatici e Salsa alle Erbe, a honey glazed turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, mushroom stuffing and herb gravy.

Wazuzu at Encore

Rumor has it that Wazuzu will be offering a secret menu item of a Thanksgiving Sushi Roll.  Shhh…don’t tell anyone!  If you’re wondering what the hell a Thanksgiving Sushi Roll is, check this quick video.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand

Expect some tempting twists on seasonal flavors along with classic dishes with Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill’s Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu. Guests can experience a three-course meal that begins with Kabocha Pumpkin Soup with cardamom crème fraiche and cranberry chutney. For the second course, guests can enjoy a traditional Oven Roasted Turkey Dinner with a sweet potato puree, haricot vert, cornbread stuffing and turkey gravy. For guests who can’t get enough of that rich pumpkin flavor, Wolfgang’s holiday menu is topped off with a classic Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie served with cranberries and crème fraiche ice cream. The $39 three-course prix-fixe will be available all day on Thanksgiving Day.

Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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3 comments to Las Vegas Restaurants Talking Turkey For Thanksgiving 2010

  • We’re heading down to Sedona that weekend. I have reservations at which got high marks from the few Sedona twitter types I could find.

    Several days later some Sedona resort was stalking my feed, caught my foie gras comment, and promised they had the best in town.

  • A guy next to me at RM Seafood the other day got the Foie app. I think it’s on gingerbread with quince or something close to that. Amazing. I almost stabbed him and took his plate. Have a good time down in Sedona!

  • Meh, trip cancelled. Think I’ll smoke a duck this year.

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