If you find yourself sans extended family this Thanksgiving in Fairfield County, maybe you're miserable, maybe you're counting your blessings. Either way, you've no doubt realized that cooking a feast for a family of four seems somewhat ludicrous. Perhaps going to a restaurant seems even more ludicrous, but hear us out... Some of the best chefs in the state are keeping their doors open, and are probably already prepping for the pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, pecan nut tarts, and eggnog creme brulees they have planned -- not to mention a perfect slice of turkey and NO MESS to clean up. We've also listed restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Hartford County and Litchfield County.
It should go without saying, reservations are highly recommended...leave the winging it to the turkey. Here are the restaurants, approximately from west to east. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Cozy up by the fireplace at l'escale. Image courtesy of l'escale.
If you’re looking for an elegant three course Thanksgiving feast or for flavors from the south of France this time around, head to Greenwich’s L’Escale. Attached to the prestigious Delamar Hotel, the dining room at L’Escale overlooks Greenwich Harbor. And the menu includes temptations such as butternut squash bisque with shitake and pecan pie with coffee toffee ice cream.
This Thanksgiving you can go full-on French or turkey-driven traditional at Bernard's in Ridgefield, where the presentation is on a par with the food. Case in point from the appetizer menu: lobster fricassee served in a mini pumpkin.
Cafe on the Green—Danbury
This award-winning restaurant overlooks one of the Top 25 public golf courses in the nation. Their Thanksgiving prix fixe menu features traditional and Italian options.
Post Corner Pizza—Darien
Regular menu items, like this delicious lasagne, are also available on Thanksgiving. Image courtesy of Post Corner Pizza.
If your dream Thanksgiving is a less formal meal, this family favorite in Darien offers a traditional turkey feast as well as its specialties of pizza, pasta, and other popular dishes.
Elegant in an easy-going way, the largest appetite will be satisfied by its carving board station with turkey, pork loin and more. Seatings begin at 11:30 and continue, every 45 minutes, until 5 p.m.
This swanky spot and sister restaurant to Greenwich's l'escale might be the best deal of the bunch. Word has it the chef is a parent (gasp!) and believes in charging for children accordingly. Make sure to give him thanks...which you'll be eager to do anyway after a splendid three-course, farm-to-table prix fixe meal.
Blue Goose Restaurant—Stratford
The Blue Goose will offer a selection of entrees, traditional Thanksgiving grub and favorites from their regular menu. Dishes available with plenty of sides, dessert, and coffee.
Goodfellas —New Haven
This one is in New Haven County, but we thought it'd be worth mentioning for all the sports fans out there. Goodfellas will trade in the gangster flicks for football coverage this Thanksgiving. You can enjoy the game while noshing on traditional favorites or something off the regular menu...sleeping on the couch will have to wait until you get home.
Most of the food at Elm comes from local farms, so this Thanksgiving feast menu features some especially seasonal fare but with a twist, i.e., pumpkin soup with sage and banana bread. And the traditional turkey dinner comes with pistachio stuffing. Mmmm.
The Spinning Wheel—Redding
Talk about a traditional setting for a traditional meal, this completely updated historic restaurant is serving a reasonably priced, savory meal with a large side of charm.
Offering a gourmet Thanksgiving menu, you can expect all of your traditional favorites with a New England twist. Think Lobster and Corn Chowder, Parmesan Crusted Salmon over butternut squash risotto and pumpkin cheesecake. Delish.
J House Restaurant—Greenwich
Enjoy Chef Conor's annual three-course Thanksgiving menu at The J House. You can expect dishes like Poached Maine Lobster Medallion Salad, Roasted Pumpkin Squash Lasagna and Homemade Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts. A children's prixe-fixe menu is also available.
For slow-roasted turkey with Brioche Stuffing and all the fixins', head to Capital Grille in Stamford and make their dining room yours. A Thanksgiving dinner children's menu is available.
Delicious stuffed squash. Image courtesy of Bloodroot.
Bloodroot offers a truly unique vegan and vegetarian menu year round, but on Thanksgiving this Bridgeport gem truly shines. Enjoy stuffed winter squash, house made vegan cheeses, mashed rutabaga, and more before you delight in a bourbon sweet potato pie for desert. Yum!
Long Ridge Tavern — Stamford
Traveling up Long Ridge Road to the tavern is like taking a trip back in time. The tavern provides a warm New England atmosphere and a complete Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu.
Originally published 11/20/12.