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Don’t feel like cooking Thursday? You’re in luck.

Submitted by on 1, November 23, 2010 – 12:02 amNo Comment

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. But what if you’re not in the mood to cook? Fear not, because you can still have a turkey dinner – or less traditional fare – without leaving Alameda.

The Island surveyed more than 60 local restaurants, and found that nearly a dozen are going to be open on Turkey Day. Here’s the scoop.

For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner …


You’ve got a couple of options available right here on the Island for settling your turkey fix (and getting all the fixins). First up is Aroma (2337 Blanding Avenue; 865-4484). They’re offering a diverse menu for Thanksgiving Day that includes turkey, stuffing and yams; pork loin; rack of lamb; prawns; and even a vegetarian-friendly mushroom risotto. They’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Just up the block from Aroma, the Gold Coast Grill (1901 Park Street; 522-5388) will be serving their regular menu from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a traditional turkey meal as the special. And around the bend, Pier 29 Restaurant (1148 Ballena Boulevard; 865-5088) will also serve their regular menu, plus turkey and ham. Seatings are a 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the folks over at C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street; 769-4828) are planning to serve a “blended menu” of traditional American and Tuscan recipes, with wine pairings. Their Thanksgiving dinner is available with reservations only.

If it’s Asian you’re craving ….


You’ve got a few options here, too. Webster Street’s venerable East Ocean Seafood Restaurant (1713 Webster Street; 865-3381) will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, while neighbor Chef’s Wok (1821 Webster Street; 337-9388) will be open its normal hours, which are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. A few blocks up the street, Kapok (1511 Webster Street; 337-1223) will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Across town on Park Street, The Ark (1405 Park Street; 521-6862) is open as well. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Early bird specials …


A few restaurants will be open earlier in the day for those who wish to dine out. The Chuck Corica Golf Complex will be open on Thanksgiving Day, and Jim’s On the Course (1 Clubhouse Memorial Road; 337-9950) is ready to serve hungry golfers (or folks who just want to enjoy a view of the green). They’re open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be serving their regular menu.

Also open is Albert’s Café (1541 Webster Street; 523-4600). Their hours will depend on how busy things get, though it sounds like you can count on them until noon. And Park Street institution La Penca Azul (formerly La Piñata, 1440 Park Street; 769-9110) will open their taco bar, which is around the corner on Santa Clara Avenue, at 6 a.m. Thursday, and it’ll be open until 2 p.m.

Also worth noting …


Local chef John Thiel is taking orders for Thanksgiving dinners over at Culina (in the Alameda Marketplace, 1650 Park Street; 864-1044). Pickups are Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, so if you want one, call soon. And then after Thanksgiving, he’s offering a series of “Tired of Turkey” dinners at Pappo (2320 Central Avenue; 337-9100); call for more information on those.

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