11/01/2006 11:44AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett
If your family isn’t going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving, you can still enjoy some of grandma’s cooking. For one, Chef Kevin Bedford offers his grandmother’s specialty: maple-roasted basted tom turkey, in the buffet at Tail O’ The Whale.
Restaurant buffets are one of two options available for folks who don’t want a big kitchen production on Turkey Day.Word to the wise:Make advance reservations, for both restaurants and
Most supermarkets (see list below) and a few other places offer complete meals featuring turkey and all the trimmings. These turkey dinners cost about $40 and include an 8-to 10-pound cooked
turkey. Side dishes vary and some come frozen, so they have to be thawed and re-heated. Put this dinner on your best plates and serve! Even Grandma will like it.
Restaurants offering Thanksgiving Day buffets include:
C.R. Gibbs: Always popular, the buffet carving station features turkey, ham and prime rib. There are also pie and salad stations and an “ice cream bomb” station. Hours: 1-6:30 p.m. Price: $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors, $13.95 for children, and it’s free for children under 5. Phone: (530) 221-2335.
Tail O’ The Whale (Bridge Bay Resort):The buffet includes turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams and fall vegetables, ambrosia salad with nutmeg cream and pies. Price: $18.95 for adults, $10.95 for kids 10 and under. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Phone: (530) 275-3021.
Igo Inn: Locally renowned Chef Paul Trout serves up a tasty Thanksgiving dinner. Phone: (530) 244-2700.
The Sausage Factory:The restaurant offers fully cooked turkey and stuffing wrapped so it will stay hot for up to 8 hours. Price: $49 for a 12- 15-pound turkey (side dishes cost extra). Phone: (530) 221-8277.
Also offering tasty take-home dinners:Marie Calenders (restaurant also open) Holiday Foods, Raley’s, Safeway, and Sunset Marketplace.