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Dining Out: This Thanksgiving, take the fuss out of the annual feast
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2007, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The holidays are about the warm, fuzzy feelings. Beautiful roasted bird on a table groaning with comforting starches and obligatory vegetables. Not to mention dessert.

The problem is that for some cooks, those warm fuzzy feelings are often marinating in a lot of stress. Make things easier this year and go out for a meal.

At the Grand America Hotel, there will be no shortage of food or ambience. In the Imperial Ballroom, the "Grand" brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $52 (adults) or $26 (kids 5 to 12; kids under five no charge), diners can wind their way through a formidable selection of favorites.

Later in the day, the Garden Café's traditional buffet requires a reservation and a hearty appetite - save room for one of Kurtis Baguley's desserts. Grand America, 555 S. Main St., Salt Lake City; 801-258-6707, http://www.grandamerica.com.

In Park City, enjoy buffet fare with mountain views at Glitretind. Stein Eriksen's fine-dining venue hosts a buffet from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lodge guests and locals can indulge in Zane Holmquist's impressive traditional spread and Raymond Lammers' award-winning desserts. Just don't eat the chocolate sculpture. Cost is $59 per person, kids 12 and under are $25. Glitretind, 7700 Stein Way, Park City; 435-645-6455.

For meals requiring less legwork, get the traditional holiday feast at Butcher's Chop House and Bar in Park City. From noon to 10:30 p.m. there will be roast turkey with pan gravy, candied yams, fresh sage and dried apricot stuffing. The restaurant offers special desserts like pumpkin cheesecake with Cointreau cream ($6.50) and apple crisp with dulce de leche ($6.50). Cost is $19.95 per person, kids are $9.95. Butcher's Chop House and Bar, 751 Main St., Park City; 435-647-0040.

Chef-owner Eric DeBonis of the Paris Bistro brings a multicourse new American menu to the 15th and 15th neighborhood. A roast pumpkin and caramel apple soup, quinoa with fresh pine nuts and fresh herbs and free-range turkey is just a sampling of what's in store from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost is $44.95 per person, kids 12 and under are $19.95. The Paris Bistro, 1500 S. (Emerson) 1500 East, Salt Lake City; 801-486-5585, http://www.theparis.net.

Here are a few more restaurants open for the holiday. It's one of the busiest dining days of the year, so remember to make reservations soon.

* Alta Lodge, Little Cottonwood Canyon; 801-322-4631. Besides turkey, pan gravy with lingonberries and wild rice and apricot stuffing try the Prince Edward Island mussels and wild mushroom bisque. Cost: $35 per person. Hours: 6:15 to 8:45 p.m.

* Boulevard, 2335 E. Murray-Holladay Road, Holladay; 801-274-6999. In additional to the traditional turkey meal and the grand dessert buffet, guests can choose a rosemary garlic New York strip or pistachio crusted halibut meal. Cost: $29.95 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under. Seatings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

* The Blue Boar Inn, 1235 Warm Springs Road, Midway; 888-650-1400. Fixed three-course menu featuring turkey and all the fixings as well as less traditional offerings such as apple cider marinated pork chops, wild arctic char and carved prime rib. Cost: $45 for adults; $25 for children under 12. Served: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 2283 W. City Center Court, West Valley City; 801-977-8221. Cost: $8.99 for adults, $4.49 for children. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations not required.

* Grub Steak Restaurant, 2200 Sidewinder Drive, in Prospector Square, Park City; 435-649-8060. Parsnip and pear soup, followed by roast turkey, pine nut stuffing and more. Cost is $24.75 for adults and $13.75 for children 12 and under. Served from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

* Log Haven, 6451 E. Mill Creek Canyon Road; 801-272-8255. A four-course plated meal with choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entrée - turkey, prime loin of beef, salmon or vegetable ravioli - and dessert. Cost is $39.95. Served from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

* Mimi's Cafe, various locations. Holiday meals with all the sides will be served from 11 a.m. until closing. Cost: $14.99 for adults, $6.99 for children 12 and under.

* Silver Fork Lodge, 11332 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon (1 mile below Solitude); 801-533-9977. Dinner includes butter carrot bisque, roast turkey and ham, side dishes and a variety of desserts. Cost: $24 for adults, $12 for children 10 and under. Hours: noon to 6 p.m.

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* VANESSA CHANG is a Tribune restaurant reviewer. E-mail her at food@sltrib.com. To comment on this column, write livingeditor@sltrib.com.

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