Thanksgiving in Baltimore falls on a Ravens home game night. So, how will this play out? If the usual hosts of traditional Thanksgiving dinners are off tailgating, will their abandoned guests have to fend for themselves in restaurants?
Here's a sampling of area restaurants that plan to offer Thanksgiving dinner. Seats will probably fill quickly, so we suggest reservations.
(And to the nice reader who called and asked whether we'd be running a similar list of Christmas openings: Yes.)
Bistro 300 (300 Light St., 410-528-1234, baltimore.hyatt.com): The Hyatt Regency's restaurant has two Thanksgiving Day options. Seatings for a jazz brunch buffet are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., at a cost of $39.95, $34.75 for seniors, $19.95 for children ages 5 to 12. The bistro is providing a scaled-down, first-come, first-served evening buffet from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost for this option is $19.95, $17.30 for seniors, and $9.95 for children ages 5 to 12. The Hyatt is also featuring a Thanksgiving Turkey to-go option for $139, which serves four to six people.
Brightons (550 Light St., 410-234-0550, harborcourt.com): The contemporary American restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel is offering two Thanksgiving Day options. Seatings for a buffet lunch are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the evening, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant is offering a four-course, fixed-price dinner. The cost for either option is $58 per person, $21 for children.
Cafe Troia (31 Allegheny Ave., Towson, 410-337-0133, cafetroia.com): The Towson Italian restaurant is offering a $39.50 fixed-price traditional turkey dinner in addition to its regular menu of traditional and innovative Italian cuisine. Open 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Charleston (1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com): Cindy Wolf's Harbor East restaurant is serving a $76 fixed-price, Southern-influenced Thanksgiving dinner, including home-style sides and dessert. A vegetarian option will also be available, and Tony Foreman will offer a selection of wines to accompany the menu at varying price points. Open 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Darbar (1911 Aliceanna St., 410-563-8008, darbarbaltimore.com): The Fells Point restaurant is serving a special brunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. with tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala and other traditional Indian dishes. The cost is $12.95. The regular dinner menu is being offered in the evening.
Elkridge Furnace Inn (5745 Furnace Ave., 410-379-9336, elkridgefurnaceinn.com): The inn is taking reservations for a fixed-price, three-course Thanksgiving dinner from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $42.
Harry Browne's (66 State Circle, Annapolis, 410-263-4332, http://www.harrybrownes.com): The fine-dining restaurant is offering a fixed-price Thanksgiving dinner. The cost is $35. Open noon-5 p.m.
Josef's Country Inn (2410 Pleasantville Road, Fallston, 410-877-7800): The restaurant is offering a fixed-price, three-course Thanksgiving dinner. The cost is $29.50, $15.95 for children. A limited a la carte menu is being offered as well. Open noon-7 p.m.
Kent Manor Inn (500 Kent Manor Drive, Stevensville, 410-643-7716, kentmanor.com): The historic Kent Island restaurant is serving a fixed-price traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The cost is $39, $19 for children. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kali's Court (1606 Thames St., 410-276-4700, kaliscourt.com): The Fells Point restaurant is offering a fixed-price menu including both traditional Thanksgiving favorites and the restaurant's customary seafood specialties. The cost is $49.95.
The Kings Contrivance (10150 Shaker Drive, Columbia , 410-995-0500, greatfoodmd.com): The popular Howard County restaurant is offering a fixed-price, three-course Thanksgiving menu. A children's menu will also be available. The cost is $45. Open noon-7 p.m.
Manor Tavern (15819 Old York Road, 410-771-8155, themanortavern.com): The Monkton restaurant is serving a fixed-price, three-course Thanksgiving menu from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $42, $13 for children.
Milton Inn (14833 York Road, Sparks, 410-771-4366, miltoninn.com): Brian Boston's Baltimore County destination restaurant is offering a fixed-price, three-course Thanksgiving dinner. The cost is $45, $22.50 for children. Open noon-7 p.m.
Oregon Grille (1201 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 410-771-0505, oregongrille.com): The perennial Baltimore County favorite is serving a fixed-priced, three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu as well as its regular dinner menu. The cost for the special menu is $47, $23.50 for children. Open 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Patrick's (550 Cranbrook Road, 410-683-0604, patricksrestaurant.com): The Cockeysville restaurant is offering an a la carte menu with traditional Thanksgiving favorites and seafood entrees. Open noon-8 p.m.
The Prime Rib (1101 N. Calvert St., 410-539-1804, theprimerib.com/bal): The classic Mount Vernon steakhouse is offering both a fixed-price, three-course menu of traditional Thanksgiving favorites as well as its regular dinner menu. Open for dinner beginning at 1 p.m.
Regi's (1002 Light St., 410-539-7344, regisamericanbistro.com): The Federal Hill bistro will open early for brunch at 9 a.m. Then, along with selections from the a la carte menu, it will serve a fixed-price Thanksgiving dinner from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entree choices include hand-carved turkey and charcoal-roasted pig. The cost is $27.95, $9.95 for children.
The Rockfish (400 Sixth St., Annapolis, 410-267-1800, rockfishmd.com): The restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with seatings at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $25.95, $12.95 for children under 10.
Rusty Scupper (402 Key Highway, 410-727-3678, rusty-scupper.com): The Inner Harbor seafood restaurant is offering a buffet dinner of traditional Thanksgiving favorites and seafood. Reservations are required. The cost is $39.95 adults, $16.95 for children. Open noon-6 p.m.
Sheraton North Baltimore (903 Dulaney Valley Road, 410-321-7400, sheratonbaltimorenorth.com): The Towson hotel is serving a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $32.95, $26.95 for seniors, $15.95 for children.
Tersiguel's (8293 Main St., Ellicott City, 410-465-4004, tersiguels.com): The French restaurant is a limited a la carte menu. A traditional turkey-dinner entree is being offered for $30.95, $17.95 for children. Open noon.-7 p.m.
Waterfront Kitchen (1417 Thames St., 443-681-5310, waterfrontkitchen.com): The new Fells Point farm-to-table restaurant is serving a three-course, fixed-price dinner, with both traditional and non-traditional options, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $45 ($65 with wine pairings).