From Buffets to Pub Grub, Where to Gobble Up Las Vegas Thanksgiving 2013
Ok, so Las Vegas isn’t the FIRST place I think of when it comes to traditional Thanksgiving feasts. But tradition is highly overrated, right? Vegas offers some of the best restaurants in the world, and quite a few of them have special Thanksgiving menus. So if you plan to be in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, you need to know where to eat. Otherwise you may end up facedown at the Double Down Saloon and frankly – that’s no holiday treat.
From buffets to prixe fixe menus, take a look at what a few foodie hot spots around town are dishing out on Thursday, Nov. 28. And depending on what type of diner you are, you can hopefully match yourself to a great holiday meal.
The Variety Seeker
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace –Endless Excess of Favorite Flavors
Voted the No. 1 Las Vegas buffet by “USA Today” two years in a row, the Bacchanal Buffet is pulling out all the stops for a tasty and plentiful Thanksgiving. Dishes get inventive here, with offerings ranging from potato leek with bacon soup to Jack Daniels brined turkey to pumpkin soup in mini muffins. Expect turkey pot pie, turkey sliders and plenty of vegetable sides. If turkey doesn’t appeal to you, take advantage of the lobster and seafood pot pie or the Italian station with Kabocha squash risotto with turkey confit, turkey meatballs with cranberry giblet gravy and sweet potato gnocchi with maple, sage and brown butter.
The Pub Grubber
Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas –A Taste of British Invasion
The “Hell’s Kitchen” magnate is serving up quite the feast, with an English flair. The prixe fixe menu consists of Turkey Wellington sous vide—that’s turkey breast wrapped in puff pastry—with cranberry, sourdough stuffing, chive crepe, sweet potato puree and glazed root vegetables ($45).
The Meat Lover
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at Harrah’s – All-American Edge
The three-course menu starts off with a choice of lobster bisque, Caesar salad or steak house salad. Meat lovers have to decide between two entrees, the first being sliced oven-roasted turkey breast with homemade gravy, Ruth’s sausage herb stuffing and cranberry relish, or go for the six-ounce petite filet and shrimp and get a choice of side from mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans and creamed spinach. The featured dessert is pumpkin cheesecake à la mode. ($49.99 for Total Rewards members, $54.99 regular price).
Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace – A Little French Flair
The Michelin three-star chef is cooking up a traditional feast with decadent twist in his three-course offering, with three choices per setting. Choose from one of three appetizers: Chestnut soup and duck confit; goat cheese Caesar salad; and the beet salad with arugula. Pick one of three main courses as well: roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and creamy Yukon potato puree made with butter, garlic and Philadelphia cream cheese; the prime rib with au jus accompanied by sweet potatoes and haricot verts; or Loup De Mer, a Mediterranean sea bass, sautéed Shiitake and button mushrooms. Good luck picking between spiced pumpkin pie made with a twist of molasses, apple tatin or Central’s famous banana split for dessert ($45).
The Burger Buff
Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s – Casual and Fun
If a more casual Thanksgiving is up your alley, KGB has an easy and scrumptious set menu (that includes a draft beer or soda), starting with a healthy starter salad made of apple, candied pecans, baby greens, bleu cheese and cranberry vinaigrette. The Thanksgiving turkey burger main course is packed with all the traditional fixings in burger form, including traditional stuffing and turkey gravy, and comes with a side of sweet potato fries. Finish it off with the pumpkin pie milkshake ($17.99 for Total Rewards members, $19.99 regular price).
Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo – The Classic
Expect a decadent set menu here, touching on all your Thanksgiving favorites. The salad course features baby greens and arugula, Washington apples, candied walnuts, shaved beets, Great Hill bleu cheese, lemon herbed vinaigrette, while a roasted pumpkin and butternut squash soup is set for the second offering. Roasted Sonoma organic free range turkey with sage dressing, baby root vegetables, butter mashed potatoes, Peach Schnapps cranberry relish and giblet gravy is served as the main course, followed by pumpkin cheesecake. The meal includes one glass of wine and one coffee or tea ($49.99).
When the turkey coma has subsided, Black Friday shopping is inevitable. Head to The Forum Shops at Caesars to shop ‘til you drop, and when in need of sustenance, hit Trevi for $3 bellinis all day, and a special homemade cranberry gelato.