Before you eschew Bistro Boudin because of its Fisherman’s Wharf location, remember that its home to SF’s famed sourdough bread and that the aforementioned location means it comes with waterfront views that include Alcatraz, Angel Island, and Marin. While the special holiday menu does not include clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl (sigh), it does include a choice between two entrees: a roasted tom turkey with jalapeno-cranberry chutney, sourdough stuffing, mashed potatoes with sage, pan roasted carrots and squash, and traditional turkey giblet gravy, or a 14-ounce cut of herb-roasted Harris Ranch black angus ribeye with jus, served with creamed spinach and a loaded sea salt baked potato. For dessert, you’ll get a warm caramel crumble apple pie with vanilla bean gelato and nutmeg.
Cost: $44.95/person; reserve online or by calling 415-351-5561
Dig into a Thanksgiving feast at this lively brasserie that consistently wows when it comes to desserts. Starters include a roasted cauliflower and pear soup and a winter chicories salad. For your main, you’ll choose from roasted turkey, filet mignon & short rib, and stuffed delicata squash, while all of the sides, including garlic mashed potatoes, crispy brussels sprouts, roasted heirloom baby carrots, and apple-mushroom stuffing will be shared. Dessert will be an assortment of holiday treats, which sounds like a very good thing to us.
Cost: $75/person; reserve online