For many people, Thanksgiving means a time to share a large meal with family at home. There are others who would prefer not to have to deal with the hassle of preparing a huge feast, who don’t like turkey, who aren’t visiting family or would prefer to get out of the house, order a meal, eat and then go home to relax. Whatever the motivation, people in the Baltimore area on Thanksgiving have a number of dining venues from which to choose.
402 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21230
The Rusty Scupper’s Thanksgiving buffet is an established tradition for many diners. Located in the Inner Harbor, the Rusty Scupper is housed in a three-level building that sits along the water, overlooking the marina. On Sundays, it features a “Live-Jazz brunch.” Its dining room accommodates 270, it has a 75-seat lounge and a 142-seat upper deck and outdoor patio. From fresh oysters and other seafood favorites, the menu also includes beef, chicken and pasta selections.
The Manor Tavern
15819 Old York Road
Monkton, Md. 21111
Located on a former trail used by the Piscantaway Indians, The Manor Tavern traces its history to 1713 when Charles Calvert, the third to hold the title of Lord Baltimore, gave the estate to his fourth wife. It was then known as My Lady’s Manor. Featuring a traditional American menu, the Manor Tavern is well known for its fresh seafood dishes, chicken entrees, steaks and burgers, etc. It also has an extensive wine and beverage selection.
The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
To celebrate Thanksgiving, The Oregon Grille, located in Hunt Valley, will be serving a three-course turkey dinner option, in addition to its regular menu offerings. Located in a classic two-story stone house, the restaurant is one of the best-known steak houses in the region. The recipient of “Our Wine Spectator” award for its wine list, the grille serves dry-aged steaks and delicious seafood. The facility features four private dining areas, each furnished with a fireplace.
Wit & Wisdom Tavern
200 International Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Make reservations for a three-course Thanksgiving dinner created by Chef Zack Mills. Featuring turducken, pumpkin soup and other favorites, the menu also features a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Located at Harbor East, within the Four Seasons Hotel, the restaurant is known for comfort food. Fresh ingredients are purchased from Marvesta Shrimp Farm, Gunpowder Bison, Anson Mills and Dr. Joe’s Ducks, to name a few of the area producers.
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The Milton Inn
14833 York Road
Sparks, Md. 21152
Located in Sparks, The Milton Inn is offering a full-course Thanksgiving dinner. For starters, diners can select split pea soup or Caesar or baby spinach salad. The main course is hand-carved dark and white turkey with pan gravy, celery and onion stuffing, Jack Tarr mashed potatoes, sauerkraut with sausage, sweet potato mousse, cranberry relish, vegetables and rolls. For dessert, choose between apple or pumpkin pie or chocolate truffle tort. Located in a fieldstone building dating from 1740, the home was used as a coach stop for Quaker settlers of the area.
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