Dinner options still available
For many, Thanksgiving represents the perfect holiday. Family and friends gather for a good meal, there are football games on television all day long, and there’s no pressure to buy gifts for everyone – that doesn’t start until the day after.Thanksgiving can also be a stressful holiday. Icy roads may prevent guests from arriving on time, key ingredients are often in short supply at local stores, and there is always the challenge of getting multiple dishes to come together at the same time.For some, it is precisely these challenges that make preparing Thanksgiving dinner rewarding. Others would rather avoid the stress and let someone else do the cooking. Those in the latter group may wish to make a last-minute reservation at one of the following local restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving dinner.The Grand Sierra Ballroom at the Resort at Squaw Creek is offering a Thanksgiving buffet from 2 – 9 p.m. Guests can choose from a selection of cold dishes including house-cured salmon, as well as Waldorf, Caesar and mixed greens salads. Butternut squash soup, creamed mashed potatoes, candied yams, and string beans accompany the carving station options of turkey, baked maple-glazed ham and roast prime rib. Dessert selections include pumpkin pie, minced meat pie, pumpkin cheesecake and more.The Thanksgiving dinner buffet costs $32 for adults and $17 for children ages 4-12, while children 3 years old and under eat for free. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 581-6624.The Resort at Squaw Creek is also offering festive holiday menus in Ristorante Montagna and the Resort’s Glissandi restaurant. Call (800) 401-9501 for more information and to make reservations.Ice Lakes Lodge invites guests to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes: a savory corn and herb waffle topped with mixed greens, smoked salmon and chive crme fraiche; roasted butternut squash bisque; turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet yams, fresh cranberry sauce, fall harvest vegetables and homemade gravy; with pumpkin pie or apple pie for dessert.The cost will be $35 for adults and $20 for kids, and reservations can be made by calling 426-7660.River Ranch is also offering a special Thanksgiving menu. Start with roasted banana squash soup or try the baby field greens in a sun-dried apricot dressing. Entree choices include a traditional thanksgiving turkey dinner, fresh Atlantic salmon, mozzarella polenta, New York strip steak or rack of pork chop. For dessert, choose either pumpkin pie or a pecan torte. Prices range from $17.95 – $29.95 depending on entree selection. River Ranch is open from 2 – 8:45 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 583-4264.The Plumpjack Balboa Cafe in Squaw Valley will also be open for Thanksgiving dinner and will feature seasonal additions to its regular menu. Reservations are recommended and the kitchen will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (with the bar open until 2 a.m.). Call 583-5850 for reservations.For those who wish to spend Thanksgiving day on the slopes, Northstar-at-Tahoe is inviting guests to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the resort’s True North Restaurant. Menu items include: An autumn harvest meat, cheese and vegetable antipasto platter; roasted butternut squash soup or Caesar salad; slow-roasted free range turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry-pecan relish or Niman ranch prime rib with demi-glace, horseradish sauce and a baked potato. For dessert choose from pumpkin pie or chai crme brulee.The cost of the dinner is $45 per adult and $18 per child. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 562-2250.Other restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving but were fully booked at press time include the Tahoe Donner Clubhouse Bar & Grill, Rainbow Lodge and the Plumpjack Cafe Squaw Valley.
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