The hustle and bustle of the holiday season kicks off the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Food, family, football, and shopping may be on the schedule, but preparing for the main event (and the daunting task of cleaning up) can stress out even the most organized planners.
Relax and give thanks, because these fine restaurants are sharing their spectacular Thanksgiving recipes. So, gobble up and spend more time with family and friends — and remember to make reservations.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Johannes offers Thanksgiving selections with an infusion of international flavor. Savor traditional dishes with a hint of Austrian influence, such as the turkey tenderloin Wiener schnitzel, as well as a choice of homemade house desserts, including an artfully prepared pear cranberry strudel. A three-course prix fixe menu with vegetarian dishes available on request will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. 196 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-778-0017.
Bring your family and friends to Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa to indulge in the inspired prix fixe Thanksgiving buffet. Delight in an assortment of artisan breads, salamis, cheeses, specialty salads, shellfish, vegetable side dishes, ham, turkey, and an extravagant dessert table. 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-770-2150.
Join Trio Restaurant for a traditional three-course Thanksgiving turkey dinner with classics including maple-roasted acorn squash, sour cream mashed potatoes, and house-made cranberry sauce. In addition to this prix fixe menu, a small menu of Trio house favorites, such as pot roast and sole, will be available. 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-864-8746.
Celebrate the holiday with French-Californian cuisine at the elegant Wally’s Desert Turtle. Roasted Atlantic striped bass, heirloom carrot soup, and Mary’s farm turkey rôtie entière are just a few sumptuous dishes on the prix fixe menu to be thankful for. Mouthwatering vegetarian options include Tokyo turnip panna cotta and a farmer’s market vegetable lasagna. 71775 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage. 760-568-9321.
Share your love of all tasty Thanksgiving fare and dine in at the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s magnificent buffet. The IW Club’s fresh cranberry sides, candied yams, corn pudding, and turkey country gravy are only a few complements to the cornucopia of selections. The buffet will be open from 2 to 8 p.m.
Not feeling like dressing for a crowd? Take advantage of the IW Club 2013 Thanksgiving Dinners To-Go menu. Place complete dinner orders by Nov. 18 for pickup by appointment on Thanksgiving Day. Choose among the traditional turkey dinner, free-range Diestel turkey meal, and all-natural prime rib dinner, or pick from the à la carte side menu. Each dinner package feeds an average of six to eight people. 44500 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. 760-834-3800.
All the traditions you would expect for Thanksgiving and a lot more, like a large seafood display, pasta station, pan seared salmon, and fresh-baked desserts greet you at Desert Willow Golf Resort. 38995 Desert Willow Drive, Palm Desert, 760-346-0015.
Although closed Thanksgiving Day, these three local restaurants encourage you to let them cook for you Thanksgiving Eve, Black Friday, and over the holiday weekend.
Executive Chef Drew Davis, owner of Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine, offers a special cauliflower and queso de cabrales soup, made with crispy pancetta and white truffle oil, Friday and Saturday night. His fall menu also includes locally sourced products, organic produce, and hormone-free meats. 70026 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage. 760-770-9508.
Jackalope Ranch Executive Chef Diana Davey will feature a delicious seasonal, fresh, made-to-order three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving weekend menu. The Jackalope Ranch slow-roasted 12-ounce prime rib, usually reserved for Sundays only, will be served Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and bacon. A prix fixe menu with à la carte and children’s options is available. 80400 Hwy. 111, Indio. 760-342-1999.
Serving farm-to-table fresh, organic products with pure ingredients, Figue Mediterranean’s Thanksgiving week menu focuses on sustainable, wild, hormone-free and antibiotic-free items. Figue’s seasonal specials depend on market availability. 47474 Washington St., La Quinta. 760-698-9040.