Let’s be honest — cooking on Thanksgiving Day is rarely a relaxing event. While some of us love to spend the day (or two, or three…) peeling potatoes, salting the turkey, baking pies, and trimming green beans, many families look forward to relaxing during their days off for the holiday. Whether you live in Central Oregon, are planning a staycation, or are visiting for Thanksgiving, allow one of Bend’s resorts or restaurants to take care of the feast. From cook-it-yourself to dine-in, we think you’ll find an option that works best for you. Here’s our list of a few places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Bend.
Elk Lake Resort
What better way to spend the day of thanks than overlooking Elk Lake off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway? The Lodge Bar and Restaurant at Elk Lake Resort serves rustic American fare, with views of Mt. Bachelor and South Sister included. Thanksgiving dinner includes a four-course prix fixe menu with all of the Autumn dishes you can imagine.
Start with your choice of butternut squash bisque or harvest greens salad with feta and cranberries. Roasted turkey with sage dressing and applewood smoked ham showcase as the main course, with seasonal side dishes like garlic mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and homestyle green bean casserole. Finish off the evening with peach cobbler served a la mode and a double-layer pumpkin pie. $45/ adult; $23/kids portion. Reservations are required. Contact The Lodge at Elk Lake Resort to book.
Planning a more rustic holiday? If you’re camping, RVing, dining outdoors, or simply want an easier way to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at home, order a Thanksgiving Kit from Luckey’s Woodsman food cart. Pre-cooked dinner kits include free-range smoked turkey, wild mushroom gravy, roasted garlic mash, Tuscan-style stuffing, cranberry-pear sauce, roasted Brussel sprouts, dinner rolls, and “Mom’s” pumpkin pie.
Reheating options include a camper stove, grill, oven, or over an open fire. Kits are $60 for two servings and $120 for four servings. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 21 at 5 pm. Pick-up is available between 3 and 5 pm at Silver Moon Brewing. Beer pairings will be available to-go by the 6-pack. Place orders by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Butte Ranch
Whether you live in Sisters or are planning a Thanksgiving staycation near Sisters Country, Black Butte Ranch makes it easy to cook dinner at home with their holiday dinner boxes. Ready-to-cook main courses, which serve six people, include 12 lb. turkey, 7 lb Carvemaster ham, pork loin crown roast, and 7 lb prime rib.
Each holiday box will also include everything you need to make stuffing, green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Don’t worry, the cranberry sauce comes prepared and the pie comes baked from Willamette Valley Pie Co Pumpkin Pie.
Staying at the ranch? Make a reservation at Robert’s Pub for dine-in service. Space is limited. Holiday boxes must be ordered by Monday, November 22, and will be ready for pick-up on Wednesday, November 24 from 8 am-noon. Order your holiday box from Black Butte Ranch.
The Great Hall at Sunriver Resort is hosting an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. This “bountiful buffet” will feature an array of starters, including lemon poached prawns, assorted cheese display, baked flatbreads, ahi tuna Crudo, and baked brie. Seasonal soups and salads will be served alongside traditional Thanksgiving main dishes, like cranberry and herb salmon and roasted turkey. And, of course, they will feature their prime rib carving station with garlic au jus and fresh horseradish sides.
Plenty of side dishes and desserts will be offered, along with a kids buffet and cash bar for the grown-ups. $69 per adult and $37 for children aged 6-12. Kids five and under eat for free! Dinner is served from 2:00 – 6:30 pm. Make your reservation for the Great Hall Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet with Sunriver Resort.
McMenamins Old St. Francis Schoool
Dinner is ready to serve! McMenamins has a prepared Thanksgiving feast to feed 6-8 people, just heat up a few items before serving. Their menu includes dinner rolls and butter, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, traditional dressing, hazelnut-brown butter green beans, herb-roasted turkey with old-fashioned turkey gravy, and fireside cranberry relish. Finish off the meal with pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.
Thanksgiving day specials will also be offered in the Old St. Francis pub, in addition to their standard menu. Place your order by Monday, November 22 and choose your pick-up times for the McMenamins Thanksgiving Day prepared meal.
While you can’t visit one of Bend’s most popular dinner destinations on Thanksgiving day, you can let them prepare your Thanksgiving feast! Zydeco’s family meals serve up to six people and include a hearty list of dishes. Dinner includes slow-roasted turkey, from-scratch cornbread and andouille sausage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted yams, seasonal vegetables, classic homemade cranberry dressing, turkey gravy, and your choice of dessert (pecan pie, carrot cake, or chocolate cake). For $325, simply reheat these homestyle dishes and serve! Order Zydeco Thanksgiving Day dinner by calling the restaurant at (541) 312-2899.