Sunday, November 10, 2002

Where to eat on Thanksgiving

It's not too late to find someone else to do the cooking

By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Where to go for Thanksgiving if you're not eating at home:

It's not too late to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, though you may have to be flexible. Keep in mind that the older the restaurant, the larger your party, and the closer to about 3 p.m. you want to eat, the tougher your chances.

Here is a sampling of restaurants open Thanksgiving Day.

The Albee in the Westin Hotel, downtown. Regular menu available, with Thanksgiving plate as special. 5-10 p.m. 852-2740.

The Argosy Casino, Lawrenceburg. Bogart's Grille serves Thanksgiving family-style, with a turkey carved tableside, minimum of four guests, $26.95 per person, and includes all sides dishes and desserts. There is also a plated dinner for $19.95 and the regular Bogart's menu. The Passport Buffet will serve Thanksgiving dinner 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., with the regular menu, plus turkey, prime rib and seafood for $15.95 per person. (888) 274-6797.

BB Riverboats. Board at noon and 4:30 for two-hour cruise and buffet. $26.95; $25.95 seniors, $11 children. (859) 261-8500.

The Black Forest Restaurant, West Chester. From noon-7 p.m., regular German menu, a buffet ($15.95; $6.95 kids 5-10) or, for tables of eight or more, a turkey dinner carved at the table ($17.95 per person) 777-7600.

The Brandywine Inn, Monroe. A five-course Thanksgiving dinner including seafood gratin, orange nut salad, cranberry ice, roast turkey breast with traditional accompaniments and chocolate walnut praline cake. Seatings at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.; $24.95 per person. 779-4747.

Cafe Cin-Cin, downtown. Call for hours. 621-1973.

The Chart House, Newport. Limited menu, including turkey dinner, 1-8 p.m. (859) 261-0300.

Dante's Restaurant and Lounge, Western Hills. From 1-6:30 p.m., a holiday menu including turkey, roast pork, steak, seafood and kid's menu. 574-6666.

Dave and Buster's, Springdale. Regular menu 3 p.m.-1 a.m. 671-5501

Daveed's, Mount Adams. Dinner 4-8 p.m. with entrees such as fresh turkey with cr╦me fraiche crushed potatoes, housemade cranberry cocktail, corn flan and wheat sage stuffing. Also bourbon-glazed duck, capon gallantine and pan-seared venison medallion with caraway spaetzle. 721-2665.

Four Seasons, on the river at Four Seasons Marina in Columbia Tusculum. Buffet 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. with breakfast-brunch items until 2 p.m. $18.95; children under 10 $10.95. 871-1820.

The Golden Lamb, Lebanon. The restaurant is booked for Thanksgiving Day, but will serve a turkey dinner the evening of Nov. 27. (513) 932-5065.

The Heritage, Plainville. Open noon-7 p.m., popular items from dinner menu, plus turkey and dressing, ham, children's items. 561-9300.

The Iron Skillet, Newtown. Open 1-7 p.m. with special menu including turkey, roast pork loin, duck or prime rib. 561-6776.

La Caravelle, Greenhills. Dinner noon-6 p.m. including turkey, roast pork, apple and pear tarts. $17.95; children under 10 $8.95. 825-4966.

Manchester Inn, Middletown. Buffet served at three seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Turkey, roast beef, cod, ham, holiday vegetables, shrimp and lots of desserts. $17.95; $15.95 seniors, $9.95 children 5-10; 5 and under free. (800) 523-9126.

National Exemplar, Mariemont. Open noon-6:30 p.m. Sit-down dinner of prime rib or turkey, $19.50, $13.95 for children under 12. 271-2103.

Pacific Moon, Montgomery. Usual weekend dim sum tea brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 891-0091.

Palm Court in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, downtown. Buffet 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with turkey, sweet potato souffl╚, roast beef, veal, seafood and 20-foot dessert display. $34.95; $30.95 seniors, $17.95 children 8-12; $8.95 children 5-7; under 5 free. 564-6465

Sturkey's, Wyoming. Buffet 11:a.m.-5 p.m. $22.95; $12.95 children under 12; 3 and under free. 821-9200.

The Syndicate, Newport. From 2-9 p.m., regular menu plus special entrees of turkey, ham, or pork loin with holiday trimmings. (859) 491-8000

The White House Inn, West Chester Township. Turkey, prime rib or sole with vegetables passed family-style. Noon-6 p.m. 860-1110.

Wood Bros. Smokehouse and Grill, Park Hills. Buffet 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with turkey and dressing, beef, ham, ribs, plus broccoli and cheese casserole, corn pudding, soups, salads, desserts and more. $17.95; $8.95 kids 3-10; 3 and under free. (859) 291-9663.


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