It's turkey (or tofurkey) time folks! Thanksgiving weekend is quickly approaching, bringing with it promises of delicious food. But what if you don't have the time or inclination to cook a bird the size of a toddler? Well, no need to worry, as there's a wealth of Toronto restaurants taking on all of the responsibility as they serve up Thanksgiving-inspired menus. So this weekend, as Martha Stewart types are dressing their turkeys better than I dress myself, the rest of us can choose from the list below, sit back, enjoy, and let the tryptophan do the rest.
Parkdale / Roncesvalles / Junction / Bloor West
- Keriwa Cafe has promised a holiday menu, but actual specifics remain a mystery as I write this.
- Barque Smokehouse is offering a special menu Friday through Sunday ($24) that includes lemon & herb smoked turkey and pan fried gnocchi, as well as a special family prix fixe ($30) on Monday night.
- Check out Cardinal Rule's Saturday night Thanksgiving-style menu here.
- William at Outhouse is also roasting a turkey and putting together "Gobble Gobble" paninis for those who don't feel like undoing that top button.
- Want organic? The Beet has just the feast for you ($25) on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5:30.
- The Drake launches its new fall menu this Thursday (apple cider cheesecake anyone?), Both Czehoski ($18.95) and the Beaconsfield ($18) are serving traditional turkey dinners with all the fixings.
- The Bohemain Gastropub will also be cooking up some holiday-appropriate deliciousness.
Ossington / Dundas West
- Union ($22 - $26) is going to be "embracing the classic style" of Thanksgiving dinner.
- And the folks at the Lakeview Diner ($14) are takin' it to the deep fryer for a full 24hours starting Sunday at midnight.
King West / Liberty Village
- The Brazen Head is going traditional for both Sunday and Monday dinners ($16).
- Over at Beast, Rachelle has created a pumpkin cheesecake that includes "drunken cranberries" and "bruleed marshmallow fluff." Yum.
- Don't eat meat? No problem! Hogtown Vegan is at your service on Sunday with a vegan and gluten-free prix fixe menu ($30).
- Want meat? Head to The Harbord Room for their Sunday night dinner ($35) that involves a pumpkin tart with ox blood plum sauce and cinnamon ice cream.
St. Clair West
- The Rushton has some new items this weekend, including a port-fig gelato, and will be atypically taking reservations for Mondays dinner.
- And new to the neighbourhood, Hardy's is going all out as they serve up your choice of turkey with three — yes, three — different kinds of stuffing, or Virginia honey-glazed ham. Pumpkin pie made with real live pumpkins is also up for grabs...none of that canned stuff here. Be sure to reserve early for Friday or Saturday night.
- Globe Bistro is offering the same prix fixe menu as Earth, but on Sunday only
- The Combine Eatery has alluded to turkey themed treats for Friday, Saturday, and dinner service on Monday.
Leslieville / Riverside / The Beach
- Reap what Ed Levesque's Kitchen is sowing on Sunday with this menu, and the always faithful Tulip Steakhouse is offering up a classic holiday menu for $17.95 a person both Sunday and Monday after 12 noon.
Last but not least
- Cafe Belong at Evergreen Brickworks is doing turkey themed brunch on Saturday and Sunday, but they are closed for dinner service.
- Against the Grain Urban Tavern by Sugar Beach is having a Sunday night roast ($20), with the bird of choice being Cornish game hens (in the spirit of mini turkeys), and $5 off all bottles of wine.
And if eating out for Thanksgiving isn't your style? Check this list for the best places to buy a turkey in Toronto. Happy Thanksgiving, Toronto.
Photo by Scott Snider