Even if you don't have a reservation or roasting pan, you can still eat turkey on Thursday. While most of the choice tables were snapped up weeks ago (although a last-minute cancellation and a well-timed phone call could work in your favor if you're up for an intense dialing session), the following local restaurants offer the best chances for procrastinators.
1009 E. Pike St., Seattle
In past years, this Capitol Hill pizzeria has served a Thanksgiving pie with turkey, cranberry, garlic white sauce and turkey gravy. A staffer wasn't sure whether it would do the same this year, but the restaurant's open regular hours if a rosemary potato pie will satisfy.
2400 South 320th Street, Federal Way
203 35th Avenue S.E., Puyallup
There's turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing and gravy on the buffet at Black Angus on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dinner costs $16.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids. Black Angus typically offers call-ahead seating, but the restaurant's bracing for a packed house on Thursday. "Would you like to make a reservation?," a staffer asked when I called to check hours. "We're filling up."
701 9th Ave. N, Seattle
4301 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood
If you haven't already secured a table at this Italian chain, Buca di Beppo is offering its Thanksgiving feast package to go: $45 buys white meat turkey (sorry, fellow dark meat fans), gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, Italian sausage stuffing and mint chocolate chip cannolis to feed three people. For eaters who can't stomach the thought of an Italianish Thanksgiving, Buca's also selling trays of fettuccine, spaghetti and baked ziti. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m.
415 Cedar St., Seattle
While most restaurants will accept reservations, The 5 Point doesn't mess with them. Show up anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. for a $25 dinner of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, broccoli casserole, butternut bisque and pumpkin pie.
300 Broadway East, Seattle
Julia's opens at 8 a.m., but the Thanksgiving fun doesn't get rolling until the early afternoon, when an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving dinner option's added to the menu. From 2 p.m.-8 p.m., endless turkey with all the trimmings (as well as a vegetarian alternative) will be sold for $17.95. A children's version of the meal costs $7.95.
10455 NE Eighth St., Bellevue
Like its distant Italian cousin, Buca di Beppo, the Maggiano's chain is also offering a Thanksgiving deal. For $36.95, adult eaters have their pick of salads; turkey, ham or tilapia; side dishes including creamed corn and creamed spinach; pastas and cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate cake or apple crostada for dessert. The kids' version sells for $17.95. And, just like at Buca di Beppo, if there's not a vacant table for your party, the dinners are available for takeout.
3055 21st Ave. West, Seattle
The bar may be Irish, but the menu's American for the holiday. A $45, four-course menu - featuring a choice of roasted turkey, ham or salmon - is served from 3 p.m.-midnight.
1429 12th Ave.
For holiday celebrants who prefer hickory-smoked seitan roast to turkey, Plum is setting out a vegan serve-yourself feast from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The $35 dinner includes cornbread, mac-and-yease, charred kale and cranberry apple sauce. Larger parties should make reservations in advance, but groups of three or fewer are welcome to walk in.
Finally, if you're willing to forgo the traditional fixings, Kasbah is serving its standard Moroccan menu from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Kau Kau should have roast ducks available for pick-up, and Library Bistro is running its brunch and bloody Mary bar from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., so even folks with preset Thanksgiving plans can steel for the day's festivities in dining-out style.