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Our Favorite Places to Have Thanksgiving With the Family

Written By: Jennifer Pellerito Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Who said Thanksgiving dinner needs to be spent at home? Turn off your oven, grab your keys and head out the door. The only meal prep you’ll need this Thanksgiving is making sure your stomach is empty ahead of time. With these tantalizing specialty menu offerings made exclusively for Thanksgiving Day, you won’t need a fire extinguisher at the ready in the kitchen this year. Most pilgrims would agree, avoiding a major kitchen meltdown is more than enough to be grateful for. Pass the cranberries—and the hibiscus sangria, please.

 

Farm-to-Table Flavor

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Be sure not to miss the Thanksgiving menu at Workshop Kitchen + Bar. This year, the restaurant is tempting guests with a house-brined and duck fat-fried, organic turkey, topped off with marjoram pan gravy. Still hungry? Satisfy your Thanksgiving sweet tooth with a forkful of cornmeal almond cake.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar
800 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.459.3451

 

Swanky Turkey Dinner

Eight4Nine

Thanksgiving at Eight4Nine couldn’t be any sweeter. Vegans and meat-eaters alike will go gaga over the prix fixe selections, including entrées such as cauliflower steak, beef tenderloin, Petaluma jerk chicken and, of course, traditional roast turkey.

$56/person; $28/kids 12 & under.

Eight4Nine
849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.325.8490

 

Thanksgiving in Morocco

The Pink Cabana

For those of us who prefer a twist on the traditional holidays, Thanksgiving at The Pink Cabana is a natural fit. Enjoy a round of appetizers, entrées, shared dishes and dessert with a twist—think free-range turkey breast with sage gravy and cranberry orange sauce—all while surrounded by impeccable interior design imagined by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

$89/person; $40 sommelier wine pairings.

The Pink Cabana
44-985 Province Way
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760.321.3771

 

Twice as Nice

Acqua California Bistro

Thanksgiving dinner has both sugar and spice (and everything nice!) at Acqua California Bistro. Culinary traditions come to life with three soups, three salads and 11 entrees to choose from—and let’s not forget dessert. You’ll be asking for more before the plate even hits the table.

$39.99/person; $19.99/child 12 and under

Acqua California Bistro
71-800 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760.862.9800

 

Four-Course Feast

Lulu’s California Bistro

Set your eyes on a four-course feast at Lulu’s this Thanksgiving. Every family member will have something to be grateful for after choosing among the wide selection of dishes. Quinoa stuffed acorn squash, slow roasted prime rib, and turkey pot pie are just a few of the delectable dishes here.

$39.99/person; $19.99/child 12 and under

Lulu’s California Bistro
200 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.327.5858

 

Friendsgiving Getaway

King’s Highway Diner

Heading to Palm Springs for Friendsgiving? Make King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club your main digs this year. Assert your appreciation with a serving of the vegetarian Three Sisters Cassoulet, stuffed with buttered corn, squash, black bean miso and grilled bread, and top it off with a cocktail as the evening dwindles in the Amigo Room.

King’s Highway Diner
701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.969.5777

 

A Very French Thanksgiving

Lavender Bistro

Praise the chef and pass the gravy. Try Lavender Bistro’s butternut squash soup, followed by oven roasted turkey accented with chardonnay gravy and sourdough bread stuffing. In the mood for surf instead of turf? The ginger-marinated, miso-glazed salmon is a must.

$62/person.

Lavender Bistro
78-073 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.5353

 

Modern-Day Traditions

AC3

Break bread with the entire family at AC3 this Thanksgiving. Mouth-watering options await, including a classically-Californian caesar and crispy kale salad, a roasted Tom turkey entree and a pumpkin cheesecake and pecan dessert topped with lavender anglaise.

$49/person.

AC3
45350 Larkspur Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.340.6069

 

Holiday Jazz

Purple Room

 

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Get ready to tap your feet and bop your head to the sounds of the Mark Kahny and Jay Lewis’ holiday jazz performance at the Purple Room. The three-course menu features a one-of-a-kind pumpkin hummus starter and a delicious jidori chicken.

$59/person, no cover, reservations required.

Purple Room
1900 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.322.4422

 

Bon Appétit

Café des Beaux-Arts

 

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Dine at Café des Beaux-Arts between 2-8 p.m. to enjoy a French take on a classic Thanksgiving meal. For $39.95, you will be given a choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. With options like stuffed roasted turkey and bread pudding served with Jack Daniels crème anglais, the whole family will be content.

Café des Beaux-Arts
73-640 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.346.0669

 

Feast on Four-Courses

Cuistot

 

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For a delicious four-course Thanksgiving meal, look no further than Cuistot. Keep it traditional by ordering the free-range turkey entrée, or choose the grilled seasonal seabass to switch it up this holiday. Be sure to save room for a slice of the famous Ohio pumpkin pie!

Cuistot
72-595 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.340.1000