Old habits die hard. In Antigua Guatemala this week and fancying some roasted turkey with a helping of cranberry sauce? You’re in luck! More than a few Thanksgiving Dinner options available in town and all “crazy aunt/uncle” free. And if you don’t have a crazy aunt/uncle, could it be… that you’re the crazy one in the family? Some in my family have no doubt I’m the one…
So, to avoid ending up like the guy below, why not let someone else handle this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner for a change?
What I’m sure would happen if I attempted to cook a Thanksgiving turkey on my own…
You’re invited to give thanks for being in the Land of Eternal Spring™ at any of the fine dining establishments below. Sorted by price, from the ridiculously cheap to the “why do you hate America?” price levels.
Las Palmas Restaurant
6a Avenida Norte #14
Starting at 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, pumpkin pie, the works. Glass of house wine included. Cost is Q139 per person. Reservations at 7832-9734.
El Hato Village
Starting at 6:00pm (See Event Page)
This was my pick last year (well… I was invited but would’ve picked it anyway) and it was outstanding. ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET FOR Q140. Charity pub quiz (proceeds go to El Hato School). Reserve transportation (Q15 per person each way) and your seat, as it will fill up – being fashionably late is a bad move: 3006-7634 or 4980-2564 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Hour from 3:00pm-Dinner Time.
The menu: Roasted Turkey, Stuffed Eggplant (for Vegetarians), sweet potato casserole, steamed veggies with butter, green salad with strawberry vinaigrette, mashed potatoes & gravy, italian bread stuffing, cranberry sauce plus homemade apple & pumpkin pies with real whipped cream for dessert.
Hotel Villa Colonial
Alameda del Calvario # 28
Starting at 7:00pm (See Event Page)
Come to a Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Rotarian Ladies of Guatemala to benefit the public schools of Antigua. Cost is Q175 per person – cash only. Live music by “Sonidos de Vida”. Cash bar available.
2a Calle Poniente #3
Turkey with all the trimmings and pecan or apple pie Q200.00 per person. You can also order your whole turkey for pick up. Call 7832-0006 for orders or reservations or visit angelineantigua.com.
4a Calle Oriente #4
Thanksgiving dinner, Sobremesa-style. Call 5293-6366 for reservations. Cost is Q200.
The Menu: Turkey breast, candied yams, goat’s cheese mashed potatoes, ratatouille, cornbread, salad, pumpkin cheesecake and more.
4a Calle Oriente #21
Thanksgiving dinner – includes a glass of wine and table decorations. Cost is Q238. Reservations at 7832-6970 or email@example.com.
Hotel Camino Real
5a Avenida Sur #19
Starting at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Reservations suggested – call 7873-7000 ext. 5840. Cost is Q245. See menu above.
Meson Panza Verde
5a Avenida Sur #19
Starting at 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Reservations suggested – call 7955-8282. Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Menu:
Baked Turkey – Served with all the trimmings – Q260 / Róbalo Bouillabaisse – Snook, scallops and squid with bouillabaisse sauce – Q290 / Steak and portobello mushrooms – Beef tenderloin, sauteéd portobellos, herbs and garlic – Q310
— Soup or Salad — Güicoy Soup (Guatemalan squash, coriander, cream), Gravlax (Salmon served with honey and dijon dressing), Asian Salad with Scallops, young mixed greens, grilled scallops, and oriental vinaigrette.
— Dessert — Pumpkin Pie, Apple Strudel
“But Rich,” you say, “I do want to slave away in a hot kitchen for a few hours.” Sure, be my guest. However, even then, there are ways to shortcut the process.
Give Pappy’s BBQ a call at 7758-9595 for your turkey (Q52/pound for fried turkey, Q56/pound for smoked turkey). You can order as late as Wednesday, but that would be cutting it close. The smallest turkey they sell is about 12 pounds. Half a turkey will serve about 6 people.
For other goodies, check out Blue Butterfly Bakery their Thanksgiving Day combos for apple pies, rolls, potato salad, etc.
Know of any place serving Thanksgiving Dinners this year?
Let us know in the comments below!