Cornucopia of options

From the classics at Five Crowns to jamming for a good cause, there’s plenty for everyone to do on Thanksgiving Day.

November 19, 2009|By Candice Baker

With plenty to be thankful for this year, from what appears to be the end of a devastating recession to the guilty plea made by Balloon Boy’s father, our thoughts are turning to all things turkey and gravy.

Here are some options for an unforgettable Thanksgiving.

The grande dame of traditional cuisine in a traditional setting, Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, will offer a full menu of both its own traditional choices and Thanksgiving favorites from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Every entree purchase comes with a choice of first course, including butternut squash soup with pancetta and almonds or the Pride of the Crowns salad.


The oven-roasted tom turkey is diestel free-range, served with fresh herb and chestnut dressing, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, sautéed green beans and yam slices baked with rosemary and garlic.

Many other entrees also will be available.

Desserts range from classic pumpkin pie with brandy-spiked whipped cream to Dutch crust Apple Pie with cinnamon pistachio crème fraiche.

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort has planned a traditional feast in its bay-view First Cabin Restaurant, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., from 1 to 8 p.m. Turkey Day. The meal will be enhanced by live piano music. For more information, call (949) 630-4145.

Hornblower Cruises has planned a Thanksgiving Day Cruise boarding at 3 p.m., with the cruise taking place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event includes a traditional all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet, a boarding glass of champagne and live entertainment. The menu includes several varieties of salads, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, fresh green beans and julienne carrots served with a ginger butter glaze, warm cornbread stuffing, Atlantic salmon on a bed of sautéed spinach, roasted breast of turkey, herb crusted prime rib served with a Cabernet demi glaze and assorted freshly baked rolls.

The meal will be followed by an extensive dessert selection of holiday favorites, tarts, cookies and cakes, served with coffee and tea.

The cruise tickets are $79.95 for adults and $39.98 for children ages 4 to 12, not including tax; children younger than 3 cruise free.

For more information, visit or call (800) HORNBLOWER.

For those seeking a hipper experience, the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, is hold a Thanksgiving Jam benefit Saturday for the Eli Home & Friendship Kitchen, hosted by the Wishing Well crew.

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