All About that Baste

November 2017
Originally published in the Improper Bostonian

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Had enough with the congested Mass. Pike, overpriced airfares and stuffing a suitcase when you should be stuffing your face? Whether your near and dear aren’t quite as close as you’d like, or you’re just tired of pretending to love your Great Aunt Susan’s green bean casserole, it might be time to venture to restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. From vegan to French-inspired, live music to complimentary mimosas, we’ve got your plans covered. All you have to do is bring your appetite. No cleanup necessary.

Artisan Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton
When:
 Noon-4 pm
Serving: Family-friendly classics a la carte
Go for: The roast turkey carving station or drop a few extra bucks for the seasonal dessert buffet
$30; $15, children at The Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avery St., Boston (617-574-7100) ritzcarlton.com

Beat Brasserie
When:
 11 am-midnight
Serving: Traditional Thanksgiving food with a few twists, such as the Atlantic salmon Thanksgiving natural bowl and the shrimp and grits
Go for: The all-day live country, Americana and bluegrass music
A la carte at Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge (617-499-0001) beatbrasserie.com

The Beehive
When: 11 am-10 pm
Serving: A three-course traditional feast
Go for: “Boston’s Liveliest Holiday Meal” with all-day live music and a Thanksgiving leftovers menu
$59; $19, children under 11 at The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston (617-423-0069) beehiveboston.com

Bar Boulud
When: Noon-8 pm
Serving: Three courses of Thanksgiving fare inspired by New England and France
Go for: The rare takes on Thanksgiving classics, such as the sweet potato gnocchi and the pâté en croûte with venison, chestnuts and huckleberries
$95; $48, children under 13 at Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston (617-535-8800) barboulud.com/boston

Cafe Fleuri
When: 11 am; 11:30 am; noon; 1:30 pm; 2 pm; 3:45 pm; 4 pm
Serving: Food at Thanksgiving, carvery and seafood buffet stations
Go for: Live music, three buffets and complimentary mimosa
$110; $45, ages 5 – 12; free, children under 5 at Café Fleuri, Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin St., Boston (617-451-1900) langhamhotels.com/CafeFleuri

Parker’s Restaurant
When: 5:30-10 pm
Serving: A Thanksgiving buffet that includes vegetarian options and creative starters
Go for: The Boston cream pie, offered by its original creator—the perfect end to any Thanksgiving feast
$60; $30, children under 13 at Parker’s Restaurant, Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston (617-725-1600) omnihotels.com/hotels/boston-parker-house

Red Lentil
When: 12 pm; 2 pm; 4 pm; 6 pm
Serving: A vegan harvest dinner, complete with a wine pairing
Go for: The five-course, all-vegan menu
$55; $80 with wine pairings at Red Lentil, 600 Mount Auburn St., Watertown (617-972-9188) theredlentil.com

Spirit of Boston
When: 2-4 pm; board at 1:30 pm
Serving: A lunch buffet of traditional eats
Go for: The Boston skyline views, interactive games, DJ and dance floor
$46; $28, ages 3 – 12 at the Spirit of Boston, Departing from Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston (866-310-2469) spiritcruises.com/boston

Taj Boston
When: 11 am; 11:30 am; 2 pm; 2:30 pm
Serving: A lavish brunch buffet with classic Thanksgiving options and extras, such as a sugar-glazed ham carving station and a raw bar display
Go for: The view of the Boston Common from the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and the puppet show in the Petite Ballroom for the young and young-at-heart, performed by Good Heart Entertainment
$120; $55, ages 4-12; free, children under 4 at Taj Boston, 14 Arlington St., Boston (617-598-5255) thetajboston.com

Top of the Hub
When: 11 am-8 pm
Serving: A four-course prix fixe menu of Thanksgiving favorites
Go for: Boston’s best skyline views from 52 floors above Back Bay and the included Skywalk admission
$75; $25, children under 13 at Top of the Hub, Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston St., Boston (617-536-1775) topofthehub.net