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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What To Do For Thanksgiving in The OC

Too lazy to cook Thanksgiving dinner? Looking for someplace to go or someplace to get a great Thanksgiving meal to go? Well, you're in luck! There are many Orange County restaurants that are serving traditional Thanksgiving meals or packaging up a great feast to go. Below is a list of Thanksgiving specials I know about. If you know of another one, let me know by leaving a comment on this article.

Prego Ristorante-DINE-IN
18420 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA

Those looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in a beautiful setting will be interested in Prego Ristorante’s holiday offerings with all the trimmings. Open noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the Irvine Restaurant will feature a special menu (its regular menu will not be available that day), priced at $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 10 and younger. Intent on creating that perfect holiday experience, Prego owners Tony & Ruth Bedi are offering guests the option to add a glass of wine to their meals for only $4.50 a glass (options include House Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and White Zinfandel). Reservations are strongly recommended by calling 949.553.1333.

PREGO Thanksgiving Menu
$19.95 per person | Children 10 & younger: $9.95

Breadsticks and Ciao Bread (garlic cheese bread)
Cesare Salad
Turkey Breast (all white meat)
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Housemade Stuffing
Housemade Cranberry Sauce
Sautéed Vegetables
Pumpkin Cheesecake


6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA
(949) 725-1773

This Thanksgiving, diners will be able to start their own traditions with a little assistance from LUCCA, who is offering to handle everything from shopping for groceries and scrubbing roasting pans, to worrying about whether the turkey is cooked to the right temperature and picking out wines! The best part of the deal? LUCCA’s serving Diestel Free-Range turkeys from Sonoma County, cooked in combi ovens imported from Germany!

With LUCCA’s Thanksgiving takeout dinner, guests may entertain 2 or 200 guests with ease and offer a special mouth-watering menu guaranteed to delight any budget and palate. The takeout dinner, capable of feeding up to 10 guests, includes a lavish spread featuring a Diestel Free-Range turkey from Sonoma, stuffed and roasted to perfection, for $300 (add $30 per person for each additional guest). In addition, a complete meal for individual diners may be purchased for $30 each. All meals must be ordered by Friday, November 19th for pick up on or before Thursday, November 25th at noon. Orders may be placed by calling (949) 725-1773.

LUCCA’s Thanksgiving Dinner includes:
* LUCCA Diestel Free-Range Turkey
* Apple-Pork Sausage, Fennel and Sage Stuffing
* Rich Gravy
* Cranberry-Orange Chutney
* Mashed Yukon Potatoes and Parsnips with Parmesan Cheese
* Fire-in-the-Sky Yams with Candied Walnuts
* Farmer’s Market Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Fresh Oregano
* LUCCA Salad: Organic Mesclun Greens, Market Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, Kalamata Olives and Balsamic Vinaigrette
* Assorted Silver-Dollar Dinner Rolls
* Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

“I am proud to say that our attention to detail is ‘legendary,’ which means that our customers can relax and enjoy themselves,” comments Cathy Pavlos, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Irvine eatery. “I use the freshest, quality imported and domestic products that I can find – products, that in many cases, are natural, organic, and hormone, pesticide and antibiotic-free.”

LUCCA will also offer the following items a la carte:

LUCCA Whole Roasted Free Range Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy
LUCCA Roasted Free Range Turkey Breast
Apple Pork Sausage, Fennel and Sage Stuffing
Rich Turkey Gravy
Cranberry-Orange Chutney
Mashed Yukon Potatoes and Parsnips with Parmesan Cheese
Fire in the Sky Chipotle Yams with Candied Walnuts
Farmer’s Market Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Fresh Oregano
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Amaretto Bread Pudding with Candied Oranges and Cranberries


Don The Beachcomber-DINE-IN
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day – in the tropics! Even Donn Beach, the original founder and tiki-torch flame behind Don the Beachcomber would have offered guests the opportunity to enjoy a holiday dinner with all the trimmings, accompanied by Tapua, a live Polynesian show with singing, dancing and musicians. The Huntington Beach restaurant, located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, will be open for business from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering the menu items below.

Don the Beachcomber Thanksgiving Day Menu
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Noon – 8 p.m.

Adults $24.95 | Seniors $19.95 | Children $10.95

* Prelude: Green Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette and Squash Soup
* Entree: Roasted Turkey with Gravy or Honey-Glazed Ham (choice of one), Cranberry Sauce, Tropical Stuffing, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Traditional Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine
* Dessert: Pumpkin Pie


The Meat House-TAKEOUT
103 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA
(949) 548-6328

This year, beat the rush for the perfect turkey and pre-order with The Meat House. With a great selection of amazing side dishes, The Meat House is a one stop shop for all Thanksgiving accoutrements.

From November 1-25th, call (949) 548-6328 or stop by the The Meat House’s Costa Mesa location at 103 E. 17th Street to pre-order a range-grown fresh turkey raised in the clean Sierra Foothills. These humanely raised turkeys are free of growth stimulants and hormones and contain less fat and water than commodity turkeys.

Traditional Thanksgiving side dishes including gravy, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes and yams are also available and do not need to be ordered in advance.


101 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA

TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea will be serving a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 25, 2010. After requests from regulars for many years to open for the big day, TAPS will offer a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. TAPS facts for Turkey Day:

* Dinner service will be from 1 to 7 PM
* Prices are $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children
* Adult price includes choice of free flowing bubbly or two of TAPS award-winning beers
* Early reservations advised: 714-257-0101

TAPS Thanksgiving menu follows. TAPS is located at 101 E. Imperial Highway in Downtown Brea. More information is available at

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Oyster Bar on Ice
Grilled Vegetable Platter
Caesar Salad
Mixed Baby Green Salad
Granny Smith Apple Salad
Mediterranean Tapas

Hot Appetizers

Crispy Calamari
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Cajun Chicken Eggrolls

Traditional Entrées & Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Apple Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey
Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus & Horseradish Cream
Mashed Potatoes
TAPS Cheesy Potatoes
Traditional Sage Stuffing
Cornbread, Crawfish & Oyster Stuffing
Traditional Giblet Gravy
Roasted Yams with Butter, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon
Cranberry & Tart Cherry Relish
Sautéed Kale with Garlic, Shallots & Bacon
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Other Entrees
Drunken Mahi-Mahi
Blackened Chicken Rigatoni Pasta

Dessert Station
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
Apple Pie
Crème Brule
Chocolate Fountain & Accompaniments
Assorted Desserts

Kids Station


Island Hotel-DINE-IN
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

This Thanksgiving, celebrate with ease and style at Island Hotel Newport Beach, the luxurious urban retreat in the heart of Orange County’s toniest fashion and business hub.

Thanksgiving Day Feast at Palm Terrace Restaurant

Thursday, November 25 – Served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Palm Terrace Restaurant will offer a modern American Thanksgiving meal created by acclaimed Chef Bill Bracken and served family-style, featuring carved Slow Roasted Tom Turkey with Chestnut-Cranberry Bread Pudding and many more trimmings. The three-course menu for the table also includes: House-Smoked Salmon with Chive Potato Salad and Preserved Lemon Crème Fraîche; Seared Rare Ahi Tuna with Asian Vegetable Slaw and Yuzu Aioli; Chef Bracken’s signature Macaroni and Cheese; Roasted Autumn Vegetable and Dried Fruit Salad; and Slow Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs. To complete the holiday table, Pastry Chef Michael Owens will create a lavish presentation of irresistible desserts. Live harp music. Price is $75 adults; $38 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity). Reservations recommended; please call (949) 760-4920.


The Bungalow-DINE-IN
2441 East Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 673-6585

Corn Chowder
Butternut Squash Soup
Waldorf Salad
Hearts of Romaine

All you can eat Turkey Breast
Rib Eye Steak
Rack Of Lamb
Grilled Swordfish
Blackened Salmon

Pumpkin Pie
Berries and Ice Cream
Chocolate Souffle Cake
Creme Brulee

$39.95 Per Person
Kids menu available for $12.95


  1. Great article! I almost wish I didn't already have plans. =) This totally put me in the mood for Thanksgiving!

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