The Thanksgiving Brunch Guide

Published On November 24, 2013 | By Jeff Ihaza | Food & Drink, Guides

turkeyThanksgiving is around the corner, and for some means impending doom: a kitchen full of dishes, stressful recipes, and unintentionally dry turkey that your in-laws or creepy uncle just have to point out. Luckily, if spending hours in the kitchen isn’t your thing, Pittsburgh’s wealth of great eateries has you covered.

A number of area restaurants offer alternatives to the laborious tradition of Thanksgiving at home, if having a thanksgiving-style brunch is more your speed check out these stress-free food options.

HabitatThanksgiving Brunch at Habitat: Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh will alleviate dinner pressures in two folds. If you’re looking for a chance to leave the house, Habitat has a world-class Thanksgiving brunch available in the restaurant as well as a to-go menu, giving you the option to celebrate in the comfort of your home. Executive Chef Jason Dalling is preparing Turkey To-Go Dinners, as well as an elegant Thanksgiving Brunch on November 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Habitat’s Thanksgiving Brunch is $65/person plus tax and includes self-parking and live entertainment. Children five and under are free; children ages 6-12 are $25 with menu items like carved herb roasted light and dark turkey, butternut squash & apple cider bisque, and traditional bread stuffing its a sure-fire way to please the family.

morganstewart4-1Lemont: LeMont is open on Thanksgiving Day for a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet. Instead of having a prime view of the kitchen (probably a mess from cooking), you can gaze at the most beautiful parts of downtown Pittsburgh while indulging in all of the classic Thanksgiving favorites including a carving station with turkey, ham, roast filet, salmon, and almond encrusted sole, plus pumpkin bisque, traditional stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, cheese tortellini and fettuccine al fresco. Space is limited so you’ll need to make reservations by calling 412-431-3100. Seatings are at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dinner costs $36.95 per adult and $13.95 for children ages seven to 12. Children ages six and under eat for free.

GatewayClipper.lgGateway Clipper: Perhaps you live on a busy street and family dinners are often mired by honking cars and the automated voice of Port Authority busses. For a holiday dinner with a a focus on tranquility, try the Thanksgiving dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper’s Majestic. The 2 1/2 hour dinner cruises board at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. You can enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving favorites, as well as entertainment. The cost, including tax and gratuity, is $45.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 12 and under.

lLidia’s: Lidia’s, the high-end italian restaurant in The Strip, boasts an executive chef who has served multiple leaders of the free world, so they must be doing something right. If you’re looking for an affordable gourmet dinner option the three-course special on Thanksgiving Day is well worth a look. Featuring a family-style antipasti, your choice of secondi with family style contorni and a platter of Lidia’s favorite desserts, the dinner is a great option for anyone who is sick of yearly Turkey consumption and wants to switch things up a bit. Seating is available from 12:00pm through 5:30pm and costs $42.00 per adult and $18 per child under 10 years.

RuthsChrisPPGRuth’s Chris Steakhouse: Why not have dinner at the most iconic building in the city? PPG place’s Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse offers a traditional three-course turkey dinner – including a starter, entrée, and side, plus dessert. Then sit back and savor some mouthwatering memories, with the convenience of not cleaning up. This option won’t break the bank and will enable guests from out of town to realize what a great city you live in. Dinner costs $36.95 per person and a children’s menu is available for $12.95.

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