Let the Casino Do All of the Work
By Ashley Bennett
Face it, sometimes Thanksgiving feasts just aren’t worth the hassle. While you can find a delicious and healthy vegan-vegetarian meal at The Loving Hut in Claremont, we know that some of you just want to have a traditional meal without having to lift a finger. Two of our favorite casinos in the area, Pechanga Resort & Casino and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, are preparing some great options for you to enjoy. No cooking involved! Just be sure to make reservations, you don’t want to end up at McDonald’s because you couldn’t get a table. Get ready, because you’ll quickly be overwhelmed by the many flavors of Thanksgiving! (FYI prices and menu availability are subject to change).
PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO
Pechanga Buffet, 9am-10pm, $26.99
Everything you can imagine, from Holiday Style Fish Cakes, Hampton Holiday Clam Bake, Duck Breast Dashi Udon, Sliced Turkey (or even Deep-Fried Tom Turkey) and a slew of desserts made from scratch. Being “full” on Thanksgiving is nothing compared to how you’ll feel after eating here.
Great Oak Steakhouse, Begins at 5pm, $31 (total)
Among having it’s normal menu items, this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant has a special holiday meal to offer: Roasted Young Turkey with apple-sage stuffing and cranberry compote, Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Caramelized Baby Carrots and Rusting Turkey Gravy ($23). Top it off with a slice of the Steakhouse’s Rum Eggnog Cheesecake ($8).
Paisano’s Italian, Begins at 5pm, $37 (total)
We recently reviewed this place and loved it! Try Paisano’s special holiday appetizer, a sweet Roasted Sweet Potato Soup, with spicy focaccia croutons ($7). Enjoy the warm embrace of the Roasted Turkey wrapped in Pancetta which is complimented with green beans and a chestnut and truffle sauce ($23). Not to mention the special Apple Tart with candied cranberry and orange ($7).
Kelsey’s Bar and Grill, Opens at 11am, $21 (total)
Rather than a more fancy approach to Thanksgiving food, try some hearty traditional fare such as Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cornbread Stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce ($17). Top it off with the seasonal favorite of a simple Pumpkin Tart served with vanilla ice cream ($4).
Journey’s End at the Pechanga Golf Clubhouse, $21 (total)
Enjoy the scenic grounds of Pechanga’s massive golf course while enjoying a Roasted Turkey with potatoes, Creamed Spinach, Wild Rice and Sausage Stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce ($17). Similarly to Kelsey’s special menu, Journey’s End will offer a Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart ($4).
FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
Fresh Grill Buffet, 11am-9pm, $27.99 (children are $15.99)
Everything you could ever imagine to stuff your face, with the added Stuffed Pork Roast, Grilled Salmon and Bacon Brussel Sprouts. Indulge in the sweet surrender of the casino’s signature Chocolate Fountain, Pumpkin Pie and Cheesecake.
The Bistro, 5pm-10pm, $41 (total)
Begin with an order of creamy Butternut Squash Bisque or Autumn Mixed Green Salad ($7) and dive into a hearty offering of Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Asparagus and Cranberry Sauce ($27). End a perfect meal with a perfect dessert; a homemade slice of Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon whipped cream ($7).
POM, 12pm-11pm, $36 (total)
This restaurant offers the same bisque and salad ($7) followed by a near-similar entree meal with an added Buttered broccoli amandine and maple roasted sausage ($27). A similarly delicious dessert pie will also be available ($7).
No matter where you go, here’s wishing that you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!