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Many are offering traditional Thanksgiving meals
BY: CHUCK WAGON

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to think about Thanksgiving. For those of you who haven’t spent turkey day in Cabo, don’t worry – you don’t need to give thanks over a platter of tacos, turkey will be plentiful.

If you’re staying at a resort, almost all of them serve some type of Thanksgiving dinner, but be careful. For instance the Hilton is advertising a menu we Gringos wouldn't even recognize as traditional, it's so far out there in culinary uppity land. Even the turkey has some weird description.

 But many restaurants in Los Cabos offer real Thanksgiving dinners. The Roadhouse - which is out on the fourlane as you’re coming into Cabo, not far from Costco - is probably the most popular places to go for a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. Call them now to see if they have any reservations available because they do fill up fast and you will need a reservation. You can reach them at 624-143-1516.

CJ’s New York Deli in San Jose (which is owned by a Canadian who celebrated with his countrymen last month), will be serving Thanksgiving dinner too, but they’re also offering turkey dinners to go. They’ll do all the cooking, all you need to do is heat and serve. (Break out Grandma’s vintage casserole dishes to fool people into thinking you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen.)

For roughly $150 USD, you’ll get a whole turkey (bone in or carved), gravy, candied yams, seasonal veggies, homemade cranberry sauce and a mixed green salad with two types of dressing. It serves up to 12 people. (If we were mathematicians, we would figure that cost per person out for you, but we're not, so we're not going to). For about $80, you’ll get the same package, just with half a turkey instead of a whole one. That serves up to six people. Individual meals for less than $20 are also available.

To-go orders need to be reserved by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th so George can start rattling those pots and pans. You can contact him at 624-105-2566 to place your order or make a Thanksgiving reservation.

If you want to do the cooking yourself, Santa Carmela is advertising real Butterball turkeys, but of course, their prices are always over the moon, so don't expect anything different on a holiday. And California Ranch Market will have organic turkeys, fresh cranberries, (used to be hard to find down here), and potatoes, and they will deliver groceries. Visit their website, www.californiaranchmarket.com, to place your order.

And you can’t forget about dessert! Flora Farms in San Jose is offering homemade pies to take home. Along with the Thanksgiving staples of pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie, they’ll also have apple-double crust, brown butter pecan, French silk and coconut custard. Pies are $35 to $40 each. Yikes! You can also find traditional holiday pies at the local grocery stores. For sure Costco will have them. 

If you're up in Todos Santos or Pescadero Oasis, formerly Dana's Diner is serving up the good stuff. Owner Cyndi Williams, who used to own Tio's Deli, cooked 65 turkey dinners last year, her first at the Oasis, and expects way more guests this year.

Then there is the old Standby, Solomon´s Landing, which has been around for 22 years. Brian Solomon is a native Californian and a trained chef and he knows what we expect for Thanksgiving. He´s planning a traditional dinner, but with gourmet touches, like his specially crafted candied yams, and baked on the premises Pumpkin and apple pies. Four courses for $28.

Cooking at home this year? Measure your oven before going turkey shopping, as many Mexican ovens are smaller than what we're used to. RSVP to Cyndi at cyndibre@aol.com. Geeze, Cyndi, who uses AOL anymore? That is just so Flintstone. Catch up.