Being an expat often means giving up some of your favorite foods, but many restaurants here offer familiar tastes of home each Thanksgiving.
It’s not just for tourists or expats; locals seem to like the taste of roasted turkey and stuffing, too. Pumpkin pie is still a little harder to find, but for the most part, you can get the foods you’re used to on the fourth Thursday of each November, if you know where to look.
So here again is our “American Thanksgiving” roundup, for anyone homesick for turkey and trimmings this year. (We don’t see much about Canadian Thanksgiving, which comes before most of the snowbirds typically arrive.)
We’re crowdsourcing this list. The list will be updated as we get more information from more restaurants, so please check back. And send your suggestions, as well! There is no charge or expectation of advertising to be included on the list.
We’re publishing this now because some venues are almost sold out already.
The popular buffet restaurant off the lobby is what most old-school expats think of first. Peregrina Bistro has a huge buffet, 7 p.m. to midnight, for 299 pesos per person.
The buffet is enormous, with turkey carved to order. Plus its usual offerings of steak, salmon, chicken, and pork, a salad bar, bread bar and cheese bar, plus, of course, the dessert bar. A children’s play room is off to the side to house fidgety youngsters.
Calle 60 at Colón, Hotel Zone, Mérida; 999-942-1227
A newcomer to the dining scene, here is their Door 54’s “Traditional Thanksgiving with a Twist”: Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, autumn vegetables. And second helpings if you have room. Plus, a dessert table.
Hennessy’s Irish Pub
Hennessy’s has stuffed turkey breast and gravy, potato purée, veggie and, cranberry jelly. Mushroom soup to start, and pumpkin pie for dessert; 195 pesos, all day starting at 12:30 p.m.
At the beach, enjoy roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, fresh veggies, salad, fresh rolls, choice of Apple or Cherry pie for dessert, 175 pesos per person, starting at 6 p.m. Drink specials all day.
Also at the beach, there are three seatings for Thanksgiving dinner at this well-loved barbecue and seafood restaurant. NFL football is also on TV. Their American and Canadian Thanksgiving dinners have been selling out, so call early; 200 pesos.
Calle 17 #75 x 24 y 26, Chelem; U.S. phone: 830-443 4597; local cellphone: 999-210-7826
“Jim and Elke’s Place” has turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable casserole, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and dessert for 275 pesos per person starting at 6 p.m. Reservation required.
Thanksgiving dinner is part of their Nov. 26-Nov. 29 weekend specials, all à la carte. There will be a soup, classic turkey, and a dessert for both lunch and dinner. The elegant Casa de Piedra (Stone House) restaurant is in the restored powerhouse of this 18th-century hacienda, 15 minutes from the Centro Histórico.
Calle 20 S/N. Comisaría Xcanatún. Km. 12 Carretera Mérida-Progreso, Mérida; 999-930-2140
Café Montejo’s elaborate buffet is 310 pesos per person, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and includes a glass of red or white. Turkey with cranberry and gravy, in addition to glazed ham, roast beef, pork loin with orange and maple salsa, and chicken breast rellenas with cranberry salsa. Desserts included as well.
Paseo de Montejo and Avenida Colon, Hotel Zone, Mérida; 999-942-1111
In Valladolid, Casa Hamaca Guesthouse mixes service with pot luck under the Xoco Loco Restaurant/Bar palapa. Entradas and botanas begin about 3 p.m., followed by roast turkey, léchon al horno and mac’n’cheese. Plus lots of side dishes and desserts. No charge for the food but we ask for a donation of a side dish, hors d’oeuvres or desserts to serve a minimum of 10 people. Or a donation of cash (suggested 200 pesos per person) if you cannot bring food. Cash bar opens at noon. First come, first served for the food. “Last year late comers ate mac’n’cheese and side dishes,” says proprietor Denis Larson.
Parque San Juan, Calle 49 #202-A between 40 and 42, Valladolid; 985-100-4270
Traditional turkey dinner buffet, also with ham, green bean casserole, and apple pie, for 199 pesos per person, and half-price drinks, or beer for 18 pesos. Dinner starts at 5 and the Packers-Bears game will be on the big screen at 7:30 p.m. Live music.
Calle 80, No. 109, between 21 and 23, Progreso; 999-242-5057
Take out or eat in: Bistro Cultural
The corner eatery in Santa Ana is offering stuffed, roasted turkeys to take home.
Call or reach by Facebook between Nov. 16 and Nov. 20, and leave 30 percent deposit down.
Dinner is also served for $150 pesos; details are forthcoming, but call to reserve.
Calle 66, No. 377C between 41 and 43, Centro, Mérida; 999-923-2013