Vegas serves up indulgent Thanksgiving dinners

Just because you’re on vacation in Las Vegas during the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in traditional food. Many restaurants on the Strip offer classic Thanksgiving meals with all of the fixings. Or if you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional, you can find some pretty interesting twists on turkey and mashed potatoes, too.

Here’s a list of some of the places where you can indulge in a Thanksgiving feast in Las Vegas this year:

Pumpkin pie at Tender

Executive Chef Saul Ortiz puts a Mexican spin on the traditional turkey dinner with the creation of the Turkey Tinga Enchiladas and Turkey Tinga Torta available exclusively during the month of November at Tacos &Tequila inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. Tinga is a traditional preparation style in which shredded meat is sautéed with tomatoes, onion, garlic and chipotle adobo. Priced at $16, the Turkey Tinga Enchiladas are a savory combination of slow braised turkey, chile pasilla sauce, Oaxaca cheese blend and crema fresca. The Turkey Tinga Torta, priced at $13, is made with slow braised turkey, chipotle aioli, lettuce and tomato served on fresh bolillo bread. For dessert, the restaurant will offer a pumpkin pie shooter mixed with Patron XO, Bailey’s Irish cream and Goldschlager, priced at $9.

Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel and Casino will celebrate Thanksgiving with a holiday feast prepared by Executive Chef K.C. Fazel on Thursday, Nov. 22. Priced at $49 per person, the three-course dinner begins with a choice of butternut squash ravioli made with sage maple reduction and pickled ginger; garden greens salad or pumpkin and Fuji apple soup. The main course will feature slow-roasted American heirloom organic turkey with dried fruit and foie gras sourdough stuffing topped with sage giblet gravy. Classic accompaniments including fresh cranberry orange relish, sweet potato puree with maple butter, braised Brussels sprouts with garlic, and green beans in spicy almond oil will be served family-style. Guests may choose from three desserts: caramelized pumpkin maple pie, Pennsylvania Dutch apple tart or eggnog crème brûlée.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton is serving a three-course menu that includes smoked duck breast salad or roasted butternut squash soup, free range turkey with a foie gras stuffing, sage giblet gravy, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, haricots verts and cranberry pear relish. Guests can also choose between a pumpkin cheesecake or a strawberry trifle for dessert. Cost is $45 per person.

The Silverton’s Sundance Grill features a Thanksgiving menu that begins with a choice of soup or salad. Entrees include a choice of prime rib, oven roasted Tom turkey and salmon all served with traditional Thanksgiving fixings: green beans almandine, apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, bourbon sweet candied yams and cranberry orange relish. For dessert, guests can choose between pumpkin or pecan pie. Cost is $18.95 per person.

Pumpkin pie shooter at T & T

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino offers a delicious Thanksgiving feast with dining specials at both The Flame Steakhouse and Café Cortez on Nov. 22. The Flame Steakhouse offers a meal for $19.95, which includes a tossed green salad with choice of dressing or roasted butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, giblet gravy, sage dressing, mashed potatoes or candied yams, cranberry sauce and a vegetable medley. Dessert includes a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie.

Café Cortez features a meal priced at $12.95, which includes a tossed green salad with choice of dressing or roasted butternut squash soup. Dinner is one of two options. Option one includes fresh roasted turkey, giblet gravy, sage dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans amandine. Option two is baked Virginia ham, brandy/pineapple sauce, sweet potatoes and green beans amandine.  Guests have an option of fresh baked pumpkin or apple pie for dessert.

On Thanksgiving Day, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is offering a prix fixe dinner menu. Begin with a choice of endive and blue cheese salad or fresh oysters on the half shell with apple mignonette. The second course features the choice of smoked salmon or hearty butternut squash and apple soup. The main course is herb roasted turkey with Jack Daniels gravy, garlic and sage bread stuffing, sweet potato gratin, haricots verts, potato puree and cranberry-jalapeno relish. Dessert options include pumpkin bread pudding or pecan and chocolate tart. The cost is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square Las Vegas will serve a meal for the whole family on Thursday, Nov. 22. Diners are invited to feast on hickory smoked turkey, gravy, winter vegetable medley, stuffing, sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce and a corn muffin. Priced at $18.95 per person, the menu is sure to satisfy the entire family. Patrons can also watch all the Thanksgiving Day football games on Ranch House Kitchen’s 50 HD-TVs, including the Houston Texans versus the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys or the New England Patriots versus the New York Jets.

Cranberry gelato

Gold Spike Hotel & Casino hosts a three-day Thanksgiving dinner celebration at The Golden Grill from Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Friday, Nov. 23 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  For only $8.95 per plate, enjoy oven-roasted turkey breast, creamy mashed potatoes or yams, stuffing, turkey gravy, petite corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

In honor of Thanksgiving, pastry chef Hank Sbraccia has crafted a twist to traditional holiday cranberry with his creation of cranberry gelato available on Thursday, Nov. 22, at Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. The new flavor is made from a combination of dried cranberries, vanilla gelato, a cranberry juice reduction and simple syrup. The festive gelato will be priced at $4.50 per scoop.

Rice & Company will celebrate Thanksgiving by putting a twist on traditional holiday favorites with the Thankful Dumpling, available throughout the month of November at Luxor. The dumpling is made with tender duck breast, cornbread stuffing, dried cranberry, onion and celery wrapped in a soy sheet and topped with crispy sweet potato, micro celery and cranberry-yuzu sauce. The festive dumpling is priced at $12.

Guests can give thanks at Sugar Factory American Brasserie inside Paris Las Vegas with a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu on Thursday, Nov. 22. The traditional Thanksgiving spread will include sliced turkey breast served with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, and all the fixings including: chicken apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and a Parker House roll, priced at $34. For dessert, patrons can sink their teeth into a slice of pumpkin pie, priced at $9.95, or Sugar Factory’s signature pumpkin pie cheesecake, served with vanilla ice cream, garnished with clove anglaise and pumpkin seeds and topped with caramel sauce, priced at $10. Also on the menu will be Sugar Factory’s signature Spiced Apple Pie cocktail, made with Stoli Gala Applik, Schonauer Apfel, apple juice, rock candy syrup and garnished with a red apple slice and cinnamon, priced at $10, as well as the Cranberry Cinnamon Pie cocktail, a sweet blend of Licor 43, Nutella Liqueur, Stoli Vainilla, apple juice and cranberry juice, garnished with cinnamon and cranberries, priced at $10.

Thanksgiving dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Pasta Cucina at Palace Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station and Sunset Station will take an Italian twist on the holiday with a special meal, priced at $9.99. The meal includes herb rubbed turkey, Italian sausage and pine nut dressing, roasted garlic and chive whipped potatoes, Tuscan sweet potatoes, balsamic roasted asparagus, house made orange cranberry relish and pumpkin pie cheesecake.

The Grand Cafés at Boulder Station, Palace Station, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station will offer a classic Thanksgiving dinner with the trimmings including slow roast turkey, chestnut stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, green beans, candied yams and a choice of pumpkin pie or apple pie. The meal runs $8.99 per person.

Grand Cafés at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort will offer high-end twists on the traditional dinner with herb roasted turkey, apple bacon stuffing, green beans, fried sage gravy and a choice or warm pumpkin cake or pumpkin pie with caramel crunch ice cream. The meal runs $14.99.

Austins Steakhouse at Texas Station will serve a special dinner including traditional herb marinated slow roasted turkey with homemade dressing, a choice of mashed sweet potatoes or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, haricot verts and cranberry sauce. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin or deep dish apple pie. The cost is $17.99.

Sonoma Cellar Steakhouse at Sunset Station will be serving roasted Tom turkey with pomegranate gravy, roasted vegetable stuffing, candied yams, mascarpone mashed potatoes and vegetable medley with a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie for dessert. The cost is $17.99.

PBR Rock Barwill serve Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22. The meal includes hickory smoked turkey, gravy, winter vegetable medley, stuffing, sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce and a corn muffin. Diners can purchase this meal all day, priced at $18.95 per person. Guests are also invited to indulge in the eatery’s seasonal pumpkin pie and apple pie milkshakes, priced at $9.95. As another Thanksgiving tradition, football enthusiasts can watch all the games on the Strip-side destination’s 105 HD-TVs.

PBR pumpkin pie and apple pie milkshakes

First Food & Bar at Palazzo is serving a Thanksgiving feast Nov. 22. for $42. The meal includes hot mulled apple cider, roasted pumpkin corn bisque, choice of salad, traditional turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes, green beans, house made cranberry sauce, stuffing and alternative choices of prime rib or roasted salmon. Dessert is a pie bar featuring pumpkin, apple and pecan pies, as well as chocolate chip cookies and whip cream crème anglaise. Leftover stuffed Thanksgiving Day sandwiches will be available after 9 p.m.

Guests looking for a more adventurous Thanksgiving feast can enjoy some creative spins on customary holiday cuisine. Sage at ARIA reinvents the hot fudge sundae by replacing the usual vanilla with sweet potato ice cream and topping it with Sage caramel and malted milk foam.

For a Mexican take on Thanksgiving, Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will offer butternut squash empañadas filled with roasted butternut squash, cotija cheese, jalapeños, pumpkin seed mole and cranberry-jalapeño relish.

Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York will introduce new flavors this Thanksgiving with Guinness-glazed turkey breast and chicken apple sausage stuffing.

At Bellagio, guests can find a creative way to eat stuffing inside cannelloni along with cranberries, turkey ragu, butternut squash puree, pecorino toscano and turkey jus at Osteria del Circo.  Over at Sensi, a traditional Butternut Squash soup appetizer will be served with a twist of ingredients such as soy caramelized kabocha, crispy bacon and smoked popcorn.

Hash House A Go Go (inside Imperial Palace or M Resort) celebrates Thanksgiving Day with a special menu. Prices range from $5.95 – $23.95 for items including pumpkin bisque with sea salt toasted almonds; stuffed turkey meatloaf with griddle mozzarella, grilled onions, spinach, charred tomato and griddled mash topped with BBQ cream; maple glazed pork tenderloin with fresh nutmeg apple slices, wild boar bacon griddled mash, topped with fried leeks; and roasted turkey breast with rosemary gravy, fresh mash, old school stuffing, carrots and green beans. Desserts include peach cobbler and Andy’s pumpkin bread pudding.

Bagatelle Beach & Supper Club offers a special Thanksgiving menu. Highlights include butternut squash soup (spiced crème fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds, fried sage); oven roasted Tom turkey (turkey leg roulade, brioche apple walnut stuffing, haricots verts, Brussels sprouts, cinnamon candied yams, whipped potatoes, orange cranberry sauce, giblet gravy); roasted prime rib of beef au jus (with horseradish custard); pumpkin crème brulee; and pumpkin pie (with Grand Marnier whipped cream).

Marche Bacchus French Bistro and Wine Shop is offering à la carte specials this Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Highlights include duck confit salad; black truffle Parmesan risotto; winter squash soup; seared scallops; turkey roulade with whipped potatoes, gravy, haricot vert; colorado lamb rack; vegetarian lasagna; pumpkin pie; cheesecake and more.



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