Bread & Brew: Head out for turkey day and a twist on comforting classics
Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, and lucky you. Portland's dizzyingly rich food empire offers more choices than ever for your comfort food cravings.
Turkey feast? Check. Wine pairings? Check. Holiday tea? Check. Cozy lodge feast that makes for a great excuse to get away for the weekend? Check.
Round up your family and friends and rally for these tasty options this month, and kick off your season with cheer.
Remember to book early — seats fill up fast.
SE Wine Collective,
2425 S.E. 35th Place
Taste through the 30-plus new releases by the 11 resident winemakers here from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the sixth annual Urban Thanksgiving. Find your favorite pairings, enjoy snacks for purchase from Pip's Doughnuts and take home a few bottles as gifts. A donation drive will raise money for hurricane and California wildfire relief through the American Red Cross. $15 per person online, $20 at the door; www.sewinecollective.com.
Atlo Bajo, 310 S.W. Stark St.
This new Mexican-inspired downtown restaurant will host a family-style Thanksgiving dinner with two prix-fixe menu options: Mexican-inspired, with braised turkey in mole rojo and sides like calabaza rostizada; or traditional with roasted turkey and sides like foie gras stuffing and green bean casserole with local mushrooms. $35 per person; www.altobajopdx.com.
410 S.W. Broadway Ave.
Why cook when you can leave the feast to James Beard Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley? Imperial's decadent a la carte menu showcases seasonal ingredients via the wood-fired grill and rotisserie. Enjoy fan favorites like oysters on the half-shell, duck meatballs, Wagyu beef carpaccio, fresh soups and salads, roasted turkey breast, wild king salmon, beef rib-eye, grilled halibut and four kinds of pie. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Call to book, 503-228-7222; www.imperialpdx.com.
830 S.W. Sixth Ave.
Join the cool kids for a three-course Thanksgiving menu featuring all the traditional fixings, alongside special menu options for kids. Menu choices include the charcuterie plate, steamed mussels or fois Gras terrine, followed by a Willamette Valley Turkey, Jackrabbit burger or roasted halibut, followed by either pumpkin pie custard, warm sticky chocolate cake or classic apple pie. $69 per person for 3 courses; www.gojackrabbitgo.com/
1315 N.E. Fremont St.
Get your appetite ready for a traditional turkey supper by Chef Johnny Nunn at Verdigris, an elegant French-inspired restaurant that's become a neighborhood hotspot. On the menu: squash soup, farm-roasted turkey breast and stuffed leg; house-made charcuterie, Dungeness crab and lots more. Seatings at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 pm., $50 per person. To book, call 503-477-8106; www.verdigrisrestaurant.com.
Andina, 1314 N.W. Glisan St.
One of the Pearl District's most beloved restaurants, Andina, once again will hold its Peruvian Thanksgiving celebration with a three-course turkey feast — prepared with South American ingredients, accompanied by traditional and modern Peruvian dishes. Among them: a Peruvian-style paella and a lamb shank slow-cooked in a cilantro black beer sauce.
$65 per person plus gratuity; vegetarian options available. 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday; half-price meals for children 5-11. To book, call 503-228-9535 or visit www.andinarestaurant.com.
The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, Sisters
Perhaps you're looking to get away for Thanksgiving, but still keep the comfort food for the holiday? Chef Joshua McFadden, of Ava Gene's fame, will prepare a feast at his restaurant kitchen at The Suttle Lodge, the cozy lakeside retreat near Sisters. The family-style feast is set for 1 p.m. Thursday in the main lodge, featuring his turkey meatballs, roast turkey, stuffing with sage and rosemary and other tasty sides, plus pumpkin and apple pie. $45 per person; $20 for kids 3-12; www.thesuttlelodge.com.