Then your sister in law posts a picture of your niece’s hand turkey from school on Twitter and your love-to-hate-on-Facebook friend posts her new recipe for pecan pie.
You’re in the full throes of homesickness, forgetting all about your farting uncle on the couch, the piles of dishes you feel too guilty to let your mom wash, and the real reasons for Thanksgiving. But what if you could have Thanksgiving in a foreign land? What if you could bypass all the mess and get straight to the turkey?
Molly’s Café in Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey in Turkey? You can drive your friends nuts with that pun for years to come.
Molly’s Café, a cozy spot near the Galata tower, is popular with travelers and expats. They host live music nights as well as holiday dinners. They will have Thanksgiving with all the fixings for 60 lira (about $40) at 7:30PM.
Camekan Sokak 7
0212 245 1696
Raffles Cafe Monivong in Phomn Penh, Cambodia
Here’s your holiday in Cambodia. Who could pass that up?
The café inside Raffles Hotel Le Royal is French style with wicker chairs and marble tables, but the food on Thanksgiving will be traditionally American – roast turkey and pumpkin pie. Dinner will be served from 7:00-10:00PM. Check out their event page on Facebook for more info.
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat, Wat Phnom
506 870 6794
Southern Accent in Toronto, Canada
In true American style, this Cajun Creole restaurant in Toronto where you can get a psychic reading gives you a chance to enjoy some turducken (a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey). Don’t think about the first four letters for too long and it sounds great.
The yam gravy is made with bourbon and Grand Marnier, there are three choices of stuffing, and you get to say you’ve eaten turducken!
There are two options: A-la-carte for $29 (early bird cost $25) and the 3-course, prix-fixe menu for $35 (early bird cost $31). Reservations recommended.
595 Markham Street
Momma Norma & Deborah in Ixtapa, Mexico
Two blocks off the beach and run by a Canadian expat, Momma Norma & Deborah is serving a full Thanksgiving dinner three times during the evening at 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00PM.
As Deborah said in an email to MN:
I have been preparing a traditional turkey dinner at my Mamma Norma & Deborah Restaurant for 8 years now. I have cooked up to 13 turkeys for the American celebration. I make a pumpkin soup which is very delicious – if I do say so myself – followed by turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans with almonds, cranberries and gravy.
For dessert I make the traditional pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. I personally do all of the preparation, so it is the taste of home that people are looking for. Yes, A LOT of work, but a labor of love.
Reservations are required.
TGIF = Thank God it’s France. If you don’t get in on the day, this place is serving up something approximating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner all weekend long.
A French bistro in the 10th arrondissement dishes out Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for €35 per person. The menu includes savory carrot soup, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. You can also get the meal to go.
25, rue Louis Blanc
01 46 07 73 68
Beaufield Mews in Stillorgan Co., Dublin, Ireland
About five miles southeast of Dublin in the suburbs is Beaufield Mews. It’s one of the area’s oldest restaurants and it will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Starting at 6:30 for €30 (plus tax), they’ll be dishing up a four course dinner with a complimentary cup of Egg Nog when you arrive. Images from America’s history will be on display, an attempt, we guess, at making people feel at home.
Call to book.
Woodlands Avenue, Stillorgan
My Dining Room in London, England
A new restaurant in Fulham that uses organic and local ingredients whenever possible is featuring a great deal on Thanksgiving this year with two courses for £15 and three courses for £19.50. On the menu is roast turkey, of course, as well as clam chowder with smoked bacon, and pumpkin pie with pecan ice cream.
Reservations can be made online
18 Farm Lane
Bohemia Bagel in Prague, Czech Republic
Stuff yourself silly at the all-you-can-eat buffet of turkey, ham, and stuffing. And if you thought sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows couldn’t be gotten in the former Eastern Bloc, think again. You tell us if it’s authentic. Also on offer? Pumpkin cheesecake.
Reservations recommended at both locations.
Self service from 6:00pm to 10:00pm for 495 Kč
Prague 1, Masná 2
+420 224 812 603, +420 224 812 560
Table service from 6:00pm to 11:00pm for 645 kč
Prague 7, Dukelských hrdinů 48,
+420 220 806 590, +420 220 806 541
Last year we ran 7 Restaurants Outside the USA Serving Thanksgiving Dinner, so if your current location isn’t here, maybe it’s there.