Any ideas on where a couple of out-of-towners from NYC should eat on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Portland? (We won't have a car.) I've gone through the list of restaurants that will be open, and the options are slim.
The Thanksgiving menu that most appeals to us (we love seafood!) is Eve's at the Garden at Portland Harbor Hotel, but they've been sold out as of the first week of November. It's a $45 buffet with oysters, shrimp cocktails, seafood chowder, the Thanksgiving staples like turkey/ham/prime rib, and more creative sides such as crab & saffron couscous and edamame salad w/ chorizo.
Now that our top choice is all sold out, we're debating whether to pack a picnic from NYC and heat it up in our hotel room, or "splurge" on options that don't seem very exciting. We'd love to pick up supplies locally, but our flight arrives at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and from what I've heard, everything's closed, including local bakeries.
We'd love your help, Portland food lovers!
1. Which is the best pick, if your options were limited to the following on Thanksgiving Day?
A. Five Fifty-Five: $75 4-course prix-fixe menu (http://fivefifty-five.com/events/) Would this disappoint two New Yorkers? Value for $ is important to us. We don't mind spending $100+ pp if the food will impress us. Let us know if you think it's worth it!
B. Twenty Milk Street at the Regency Hotel: a la carte with appetizers around $12 and entrees around $30 (http://www.theregency.com/media/docs/...). How's the food there? We couldn't find any positive/recent reviews.
C: Denny's. We've never eaten at one, and it could be an interesting kitschy experience.
2. Where could we go for dinner/drinks? We're thinking of Three Dollar Deweys, but would love to hear which other places will be open.
3. Any other suggestions?