Are we full yet? Just reading the extensive list of Atlantic City casino restaurant 2021 Thanksgiving menu options can make you gave 10 pounds.
It’s easy to be thankful on Nov. 25, especially when it means no cooking involved and the casino chefs take the gamble out of the dinner menu for guests.
This Thanksgiving, Atlantic City casinos are open – and casino restaurants are offering delicious Thanksgiving meals to fit every taste and budget.
Protocols In Place
Because of COVID-19 protocols, casino restaurants ask masks to be worn to enter as well as temperature checks at the entrances. Staff members wear masks and disinfect surfaces between each dinner seating; social distancing is in place.
So, if you plan to dine out rather than to cook on this national holiday, it’s a good bet you will find something special to eat at any of the nine Atlantic City casino restaurants, most offering turkey but one or two others offering fish or lamb as the main course.
That means there is something for everyone, from appetizers to main course, to extensive and festive dessert menus.
What’s On The Table
Offerings range from butternut squash soup starters to Thanksgiving seafood specials like stuffed flounder or beets and butter scallops.
But there’s more.
Check out the casino’s holiday inspired cocktails, along with menus that vary from the very festive to traditional.
Leaving The Kitchen Stress Behind
It’s likely more stress free to spend your Thanksgiving at one of the many casino restaurants in Atlantic City, and judging from the menu selections, you likely will hit the jackpot.
Check out this sampling of what casinos are offering for a hassle-free Thanksgiving that keeps you out of the kitchen and allows you to enjoy the holiday without washing dishes.
Caesars Atlantic City
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
The menu offers a five-spice butternut squash soup and crisp, palette-cleansing roasted pear and Stilton salad. Roast turkey is served with candied sweet potatoes and a choice of pumpkin pie or apple cider cheesecake for dessert. Cost: $45 per person.
Nero’s Italian Steakhouse
The premier Italian restaurant offers a starter of sherry cream lobster bisque and frisee-basil roasted heirloom salad. Hand-carved turkey, stuffing, French beans, and cranberry are followed by pumpkin pie or apple cider cheesecake desserts. Cost: $45 per person.
Chelsea Five Gastropub
A three-course Thanksgiving meal includes Caesar salad, butternut squash soup or house salad choices. Nicholas Farm roasted turkey with herb gravy, cornbread and chorizo stuffing, and macaroni and cheese, a choice of buttermilk or sweet mashed potatoes. A tart lemon cheesecake, pumpkin pie or apple crumb pie for dessert. Cost: $39 per person.
Gordon Ramsay Steak
Three courses include butternut squash soup with goat cheese and arugula, then a balsamic and prosciutto burrata, and a turkey dinner, complete with croquettes, green bean casserole, turkey bacon, chive cornbread, and cranberry compote. Pumpkin lava cake for dessert. Cost: $95 per person.
Rum Point Crab House
A spin on the typical Thanksgiving menu means creamy butternut squash and crab dip accompanied by sweet potato chips and beets and brown butter scallops with pumpkin ranch and Seckel pear. Turkey is substituted with stuffed flounder, along with oyster stuffing and green bean casserole. Banana rum cake for dessert. Cost: $79 per person.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Three courses include butternut squash veloute with carrots, maple pecan crumble, poached lobster or beet salad with fresh mozzarella, winter greens, prosciutto crostini, white balsamic vinaigrette, and turkey and trimmings. Pumpkin cannoli, apple streusel tart or pinecone and cinnamon gelato desserts. Cost: $55 per person.
American Bar & Grill
In addition to pumpkin soup and roasted turkey breast, they’re offering smoked turkey sausage, cranberry compote, mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing and a dessert choice of maple pecan pie with cinnamon mascarpone cream, or caramel pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream. Cost: $42 per person.
The Old Homestead
Four-course menu includes butternut squash soup with candied walnuts; second course is spinach salad with granny smith apples, pecans, feta, and maple cider vinaigrette before an entrée of carved turkey breast with apple poppy and calvados stuffing, French green beans almondine, mashed sweet potatoes and marshmallows, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert. Cost: $65 per person.
Choice of Hawaiian salad mixed greens, Napa cabbage, shredded carrot, shaved red onion, fried wontons, butternut squash soup, with a second course of Huli Huli turkey, pineapple dressing, Hawaiian sweet rolls, and roasted sweet potato. Pumpkin pie or apple pie with caramel rum sauce desserts. Cost: $35 per person.
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
Roasted butternut squash soup, Jack Daniels mascarpone, spiced almonds followed by Sonoma salad, balsamic dressing, bleu cheese crumbles, craisins, and honey. Citrus and herb roasted turkey for dinner, with andouille sausage brioche stuffing, whipped potatoes, glazed yams, green beans, and a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Cost: $36 per person.
Three course roasted pumpkin crab bisque with harvest salad, dried cranberry and goat cheese, herb roasted turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, haricot verts, stuffing and pumpkin or apple pie for dessert.
Autumn salad or pumpkin bisque soup, followed by roast turkey, herb dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and choice of apple, pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. Cost: $24.99 per person.
Two different main courses. Option one is a glass of champagne and baby yum yum roll appetizer, entrée of salt and pepper soft shell crab, with dessert a mixed fruit jello. Option two is honey beef Asian slider appetizers, a nine-ounce lamb chop entrée with gravy and mixed fruit jello dessert. Cost: $60 per person.
Hard Rock Café
Slow-roasted turkey breast, roasted fresh vegetables, home-style classic stuffing, creamy sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce finished with a traditional turkey gravy. Cost: $32.95 per person. Child’s plate: $10.95.
So, get ready to celebrate the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday at Atlantic City casino restaurants and start to enjoy a lot of delicious food.
And don’t worry about the calories if you think of it this way.
The Atlantic City casinos are a great location for Thanksgiving dining because restaurants are near both the beach and boardwalk – the perfect places to walk off that big Thanksgiving Day meal!
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