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12 Ways to Avoid Cooking this Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving will be here before you can say “Turkey!” If Turkey Day has become your responsibility this year, and you’re feeling the stress, this guide is for you.

Forget all about lumpy mashed potatoes, dry stuffing or serving a potentially burnt turkey.  This year, we suggest leaving Thanskgiving up to the professionals! Take advantage of the many restaurants in Cambridge for an unforgettable delicious holiday meal you and your guests will love.  After all, when you're in a great foodie destination like Cambridge, it would be wrong not to.

ArtBar at the Royal Sonesta Hotel | East Cambridge

If you are looking for a wonderful meal and an amazing view, look no further than ArtBar at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in East Cambridge.  You and your family will be treated to a traditional dinner served family style.

After you’ve devoured everything that Chef Brian Dandro and his team have prepared, indulge in their dessert buffet from the pastry team.  Thanksgiving at the ArtBar is just like being in your own dining room (but without the hassle of cooking and the dishes).

Beat Brasserie | Harvard Square

A night spent eating, drinking and listening to the music in the Beat Brasserie will leave you feeling thankful that you decided to attend. This Thanksgiving the Beat Brasserie will have a special a la carte menu that fuses their unique bohemian style with traditional holiday favorites.  As an added bonus, you and your loved ones will enjoy country and Americana music between sharing yummy dishes around the table.

Commonwealth Restaurant and Market | Kendall Square

If you're looking for the best of both worlds, look no further than Commonwealth in Kendall Square. Commonwealth is quite serious when they say they’ll do the cooking for you this Thanksgiving! Order your Turkey Day dinner from Commonwealth, but enjoy it at home.  You’ll have a stress-free day of no cooking and still be able to impress your family with a delicious holiday meal.  Sounds like a win to us!

Simply order your meal by Thursday, November 19 and all you’ll have to worry about it picking up your feast and not sneaking bites before the big day.

Dante | East Cambridge

If you’re seeking something less traditional, we suggest trying Dante this Thanksgiving. Located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel along the beautiful Charles River, you and your guests will be treated to a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian twist.

Everyone from meat lovers to vegetarians and even the littlest of guests will find something they’ll love! Including plenty of pie to enjoy after dinner. Who doesn’t love Italian food and pie?

East Coast Grill | Inman Square

Comfort food is practically synonymous with Thanksgiving, which is why ordering your Thanksgiving dinner from East Coast Grill is a no-brainer! East Coast Grill will be cooking up all your favorites including green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes and of course, a delicious turkey just to name a few.

Orders can be placed until Friday, November 20! Pick up your feast the day before Thanksgiving and try not to devour everything.

Flour Bakery + Cafe | Central Square

Flour Bakery and Café has something delicious for every meal that you’ll serve on Turkey Day.  After all, you’ve got to eat something before and after the turkey! Flour has really thought of it all- breakfast, dinner rolls, and of course, pie.

Celebrate Turkey Day with scrumptious breakfast treats like pumpkin spiced bread with candied pepitas or a chocolate chip and coconut muffin cake while the Thanksgiving Day parade plays on the television.  Then enjoy fresh baked rolls and buttermilk biscuits along with their great selection of side dishes for dinner and wash it all down with some pie (our eyes are on the southern pecan pie!).

Order all the fixings and goodies through their website.  Easy as pie!

Grafton Street Pub and Grill | Harvard Square

Harvard Square is one of the most festive places to be during the holidays, which is why we think it is the perfect meeting spot for a Thanksgiving meal. Gather together at a favorite Harvard Square restaurant, Grafton Street Pub and Grill, and enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu with the option to add a beer and wine pairing.  Grafton Street will have all the holiday fixings you know and love!

Harvest | Harvard Square

Doesn't Harvest sound like the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving?  And after reading their menu, you’ll be sure to agree. 

Leave the stress of holiday cooking to the experts, and enjoy newly appointed Executive Chef, Tyler Kinnett’s take on celebrating modern New England cuisine. Both Thanksgiving Day purists and those with a more adventurous palette will all enjoy Harvest’s three-course Thanksgiving Day menu. Be sure to leave room to enjoy Executive Pastry Chef, Brian Mercury’s sweet dessert creations.

Nubar at the Sheraton Commander Hotel | Harvard Square

We can all agree that Thanksgiving is the one day of the year that you will want to wear your most comfortable stretchy pants. Next Thursday, be sure to pull those pants out of your closet for Nubar’s Thanksgiving buffet. You can expect to see all your favorites from the salad, stuffing, and carving stations to a decadent dessert bar -- all expertly prepared. We can almost guarantee you’ll want seconds...and thirds!

Rialto | Harvard Square

Why cook Thanksgiving dinner when Chef Jody Adams can cook dinner for you?  Seriously!  Head over to Rialto in Harvard Square for a three-course dinner and even a special kids menu that even the pickiest little eaters will love. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving items and for the more adventurous palette, seasonal dishes with an Italian twist.

Savenor’s Market | Harvard Square

Channel your inner Julia Child and shop for (or order!) Thanksgiving dinner or just the turkey (or turducken!)  from Savenor’s Market.  The market frequented by the famed Cantabrigian chef offers a variety of turkeys, a brining kit -- perfect for first-time chefs or seasoned cooks, a variety of house-made ready to heat side dishes and even the gravy.  

A Thanksgiving spread from Savenor’s wouldn’t be complete without their drool-worthy cheese and charcuterie platter with paired accoutrements.  We’re thinking your guests will be pretty impressed with you!

Temple Bar | Porter Square

Temple Bar is the perfect place to gather together for Thanksgiving.  You’ll be greeted by their warm interior first and then you’ll fall completely in love with their menu and staff.

This Thanksgiving you have the option to enjoy their entire dinner menu or choose from their traditional Thanksgiving menu items.  You and your guests will have the best of both worlds!  Two menus are definitely something we can be thankful for. 


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