LOS ANGELES (TheStreet) -- Few things are more depressing than dining alone on Thanksgiving.
But some high-end restaurants are trying to make the holiday less lonely for solo diners by adding counters and communal tables.
In Los Angeles, Ford's Filling Station (owned by Harrison Ford's son, Ben) hosts a Thanksgiving feast in a lively gastro-pub environment. The restaurant is within walking distance of the former-MGM studios where
The Wizard of Oz
Gone With the Wind
were filmed. Diners will find a Thanksgiving feast of smoked turkey, sausage cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes with homemade marshmallows and pie made from scratch. They'll also enjoy the friendly staff.
In San Francisco, Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu at their new eatery and lounge bar at the Westin St. Francis.
Across from the Westin, there's Campton Place, a luxury staple of the local hotel scene with its own Michelin-rated restaurant. A prix-fixe dinner menu will be available in the restaurant or bar that includes foie gras with citrus marinade, squash and crab volute and slow-cooked bass or short ribs with chanterelles - an alternative for anyone not in the mood for turkey and stuffing.
In Las Vegas, The Palm at Caesars Palace has high-back booths and dim lighting that will camouflage your solo status. But it also offers a cocktail bar that's good for mingling. The Palm is offering a prix-fixe dinner will four courses that includes lobster bisque, apple and arugula salad, and turkey with The Palm's stuffing. The meal starts at $45, making it possibly the cheapest meal you'll ever have at The Palm.
In Chicago you'll find David Burke's Primehouse, the signature eatery of The James Hotel Chicago. It's a classic Chicago steakhouse with a deconstructed dining room and unbuttoned service. The restaurant will offer a four-course Thanksgiving dinner priced for $46 that includes chestnut soup with chorizo, lump crab salad and a choice of traditional slow-roast turkey or rib-eye steak that's dry-aged for 40 days for $38 more. After your meal, head over to nearby J Bar for drinks.
If you've ever attempted to get a last-minute Thanksgiving reservation in New York City you'll likely discover that a lot of New Yorkers aren't keen on cooking their own holiday turkeys. Luckily the Michelin-rated The Spotted Pig, one of New York's best eateries, always seats customers on a first come, first served basis, even on Thanksgiving. This gastro-pub, a haunt for celebrities, is known for its Britain-meets-Italy menu from chef April Bloomfield.
Unlike previous years, the restaurant will embrace the turkey tradition with all the traditional sides. There will also be vegetarian alternatives. Visitors can choose between seating at the more casual bar or in the main dining room.
-- Written by Michael Martin of JetSetReport.com in Los Angeles.
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Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com, a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in InStyle, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine and on ITV and the BBC.