College style Thanksgiving

Rachel Genthe, Assistant A&E Editor

Thanksgiving is a time to not only stuff your face with food, but to appreciate family and friends. There is this new phenomenon called ‘friendsgiving.’ Everyone pitches in for a turkey, someone buys canned cranberry sauce, and hopefully someone has a secret family recipe for sweet yams and baked green beans.

But if you’ve never cooked a turkey, is now the time to start? If taking on the challenge is too stressful, have no fear, Santa Rosa has a few options to satisfy your Thanksgiving feast.

If money’s no issue, here are two restaurants in the downtown area to call for reservations immediately. Jack & Tony’s located in Railroad Square will be open on Thanksgiving serving a three or five course pre-set menu from 3 – 8 p.m. Menu and prices are yet to be determined.

The Pullman Kitchen, located at 205 Fifth street in Santa Rosa, will serve a traditional roasted turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables along with your choice of sides and salad for $32. Oh and we can’t forget dessert, not the traditional pumpkin pie but a delicious apple crisp to finish.

If a fancy dinner out isn’t your definition of Thanksgiving, but you don’t want to cook there are still options. Oliver’s Market, Whole Foods and Willie Bird’s Restaurant offer complete meals to bring home.

Oliver’s takeout dinner includes a Diestel Farms turkey, traditional stuffing, vegetable medley, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, pull-apart rolls and pumpkin pie. It costs $120.99 for six to eight people and $110.99 for four to six.

Down on Santa Rosa Avenue, Willie Bird’s Restaurant, which doesn’t look like it’s ever been remodeled from its original state, is already completely booked with dine-in reservations but still has open availability to order take out. For a set price of $26.99 for one it will include assorted hors d’oeuvres, salad and soup, and the traditional turkey dinner. The best part about this meal will be the locally favored Willie Bird turkey of Sonoma County.

Let’s hope there’s leftovers for those tasty turkey sandwiches the day after thanksgiving when fighting over electronics and other presents puts your energy on extreme low. If that’s not the case, Ike’s Place has the ‘Going Home for Thanksgiving’ sandwich year round. For $7.97, this sandwich is filled with cranberry sauce, sriracha, turkey and havarti.

Any of these options will help add to the holiday spirit of Thanksgiving. Whether you are with family or friends at home or at a fancy restaurant, here’s to hoping you have a reason to be thankful.