It’s time to talk Thanksgiving dinner
You’re in Vegas for Thanksgiving? You could not be luckier! Nearly every restaurant here serves some form of holiday feast, with traditional turkey sharing the spotlight with imaginative fall-inspired dishes. That basic bird comes all ways—free range, organic, brined, butter-basted—just name it and you’ll find it.
Here are just a few of the cornucopia of delights you could soon find on your plate; they're often on a prix fixe menu, for one day only. For old-school turkey and dressing, hit Hash House A Go Go, where the rosemary gravy might deviate from that old-school vibe ($17.99, The Linq, 702.254.4646; Plaza, 702.384.4646).
Crush also offers turkey breast, with sausage, bacon and root vegetable stuffing ($29, MGM Grand, 702.891.3222); side dishes include maple-glazed yams. Diestel Farms birds are on the menu at Bouchon ($45, The Venetian, 702.414.6200), while Herringbone offers a five-course family-style fall tour starring sage-orange turkey and pumpkin risotto with scallops ($65, Aria, 702.590.9898).
Butternut squash is big this year, including at MRKT Sea & Land, where you can get crème of butternut squash soup with candied walnuts as part of a three-course menu ($38, Aliante, 702.692.7777). DB Brasserie features a butternut squash velouté with spiced crème fraîche, plus venison terrine, organic turkey and pecan pie ($59, The Venetian, 702.430.1235). Triple George Grill twists the soup with kabocha squash instead of butternut, and you can get roasted turkey or herb-roasted prime rib, too. Add a pumpkin martini if you’re feeling that ($55, martini $12, Downtown Grand, 702.384.2761).
Nosh – Turkey!
Turkey not your thing? Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar’s traditional Italian menu means that osso bucco could be yours, along with sweet potato gnocchi with wild forest mushrooms and Gorgonzola cheese sauce ($59.95, 702.364.5300). Or get a grilled flat-iron steak and shrimp skewer at Alder & Birch, served with peppercorn and citrus buerre blanc sauce, sides and pumpkin cheesecake torte ($45, The Orleans, 702.365.7111). Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que is cooking up rack of lamb, crusted with chevre and pecans and stuffed with smoked pesto ($45, Treasure Island, 702. 894.7111). And Table 10 offers up baked brie en croute—rosemary puff pastry and carmelized wild mushrooms and onions add to the decadence ($18, The Venetian, 702.607.6363). Of course, you can get turkey dinner options at any of those restaurants!
The desserts are pretty wonderful; some are included, but some you order separately, like the Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. It’s created with cream cheese mousse and pumpkin seed brittle, and is soaked in rum ($10, The Venetian, 702.297.6541). Mon Ami Gabi’s pumpkin bread pudding is served with pecan brown butter ice cream as part of the Thanksgiving menu ($49.95, Paris, 702.944.4224). Yum!
Make a reservation if possible.
Many restaurants offer extended hours or special hours for the feast—be sure to check.
Tip your server well.