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Why tussle over a turkey or slave over stuffing when you can take your family out to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner prepared by one of the top chefs in OC. We have three stellar options for a Thanksgiving feast guaranteed to please everyone!
The Five Crowns Thanksgiving Dinner offers traditional choices as well as a full menu of the restaurant’s trademark dishes. The menu created by Executive Chef Dennis Brask is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A first course is included in the price of every entrée, with selections ranging from Butternut Squash Soup with pancetta and almonds to the Pride of the Crowns Salad with walnuts, bacon, croutons, and Asiago and Gruyere cheeses.
As the main course, the classic Oven-Roasted Tom Turkey ($29) is made with Diestel free-range turkey served with fresh herb and chestnut dressing, real mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, sautéed green beans and yam slices baked with rosemary and garlic. The Five Crowns favorite, Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef, is served in the traditional manner, with creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding. For those who want it all, there’s a Prime Rib and Turkey Combo ($40). Roasted Duckling ($37) served on a compote of apples and prunes is another option.
Five Crowns is located at 3801 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. Valet parking is available and all major credit cards are accepted. Reservations are recommended. (949) 760-0331 or LawrysOnline.com.
ISLAND HOTEL’S PALM TERRACE
From 11 am to 7 pm, Palm Terrace Restaurant at The Island Hotel in Fashion Island will offer a modern American Thanksgiving meal created by acclaimed Chef Bill Bracken and accompanied by live harp music. The feast is served family-style and features carved Slow Roasted Tom Turkey with Chestnut-Cranberry Bread Pudding and many more trimmings. The three-course menu for the table also includes: House-Smoked Salmon with Chive Potato Salad and Preserved Lemon Crème Fraîche; Seared Rare Ahi Tuna with Asian Vegetable Slaw and Yuzu Aioli; Chef Bracken’s signature Macaroni and Cheese (a Table for Two favorite!); Roasted Autumn Vegetable and Dried Fruit Salad; and Slow Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs. To complete the holiday table, Pastry Chef Michael Owens will create a lavish presentation of irresistible desserts. Live harp music. Price is $75 adults; $38 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity). Reservations recommended. Call (949) 760-4920 or visit www.IslandHotel.com.
Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast has several options this thanksgiving.
At the signature Andrea Ristorante, Chef Luca creates a special Rustic Tuscan holiday menu available from noon to 10 p.m., accompanied by a classical guitar player. Have a large family? Try the Andrea Private Dining Room, where Chef Luca will create a menu with special selections for parties up to 30 guests. $90 per adult, $45 per child.
At the Pelican Grill & Lounge, Chef Chang presents a delectable all-day California Grill Brunch menu available from 11:30 am to 10 p.m. Entertainment includes a pianist, bass player and singer. In the Pelican Grill Private Dining Room, Chef Chang dedicates a special California Grill menu for parties up to 52 guests. $85 per adult, $30 per child.
And finally, in the Coliseum Pool & Grill, Chef Mark designs a California Classic breakfast buffet available from 7 to 11:30 a.m. ($35 per adult, $20 per child). From noon to 4 p.m., a brunch buffet menu is served ($49 per adult, $20 per child). The popular a la carte dinner menu is available from 4 to 10 p.m.
Call (800) 820-6800, or visit www.PelicanHill.com.