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Dining guide: Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

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Put down the baster. This is Vegas.

Feeling the holiday stress already? Put the baster down, stop peeling potatoes and leave the Thanksgiving cooking to the pros. Make reservations now—thank us later.

Botero

Chef Mark LoRusso’s prix fixe five-course menu is packed to the brim with innovative holiday dishes like butternut squash agnolotti (a ravioli-like pasta) with sage brown butter, dayboat scallops and roasted organic turkey confit, plus all the trimmings and dessert. Bon appetit! 4:30-10 p.m., $95. Wynn, 770-3463.

Comme Ca

We know the French bistro’s Cinderella pumpkin soup with green curry banana bread and cardamom sounds divine, but for an extra $25 you can indulge in seared foie gras with roasted apples and a chestnut waffle paired with a glass of Calvados French brandy. For your entrée, feast on the “Trio of Goose:” confit of goose leg pavé, roast goose breast with goose stuffing and pomegranate glace, and goose bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts. 5-11 p.m., $55, $85 with wine pairing. Cosmopolitan, 698-7910.

Spago

Spend your holiday at Wolfgang Puck’s classic eatery. Roasted organic free-range turkey breast comes with savory pretzel bread stuffing dumplings known as knödel, green bean casserole and other classic fixings. The finishing touch includes a pumpkin pie bar by pastry chef Kamel Guechida. 5:30-10:00 p.m., $55. Forum Shops, 369-6300.

Tender Steak & Seafood

If a slow-roasted American heirloom organic turkey with dried fruit and foie gras sourdough bread stuffing doesn’t make your stomach grumble—well, then you’re probably a vegetarian. If so, chow down on Tender’s plentiful Thanksgiving sides, like butternut squash ravioli (with sage maple reduction and pickled ginger), sweet potato purée with maple butter, braised Brussels sprouts and green bean casserole. Herbivores and carnivores can meet in the middle for the dessert tasting trio: caramelized pumpkin maple pie, Pennsylvania Dutch apple tart and eggnog crème brûlée. 5-10 p.m., $49. Luxor, 262-4852.

Honey Salt

Did you know every 70,000 years Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day? In celebration of this extra-special holiday, Honey Salt is offering up a Thanksgivukkah menu with potato latkes, red wine braised short ribs, roasted Brussels sprouts, pearl onions, butternut squash puree and choice of pumpkin cheesecake or Hanukkah doughnuts. Mazel tov! 5-10 p.m., $45, optional wine pairing for $25. 445-6100.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse

What the duck?! If you favor this flying fowl on Thanksgiving, Twin Creek’s got you covered with smoked duck breast salad and turkey with foie gras stuffing. Top it off with sage giblet gravy and sides like haricot verts, yams and cranberry pear relish. 2-7 p.m., $39. Silverton, 914-8564.

Strip House

Think there’s nothing traditional about dining on the Strip? Think again. Strip House’s spread of turkey, chestnut-sage bread stuffing, hubbard squash puree, Brussels sprouts, confit gizzard gravy and cranberry-tarragon relish might leave you and your family conspiring to get those recipes so you can make them at home. 5-11 p.m., $38, $23 for kids. Planet Hollywood, 737-5200.

Tacos & Tequila

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a spicy twist. Choose from turkey tortas ($11) made with turkey and chorizo, mashed potatoes and jalapeño aioli on a fresh bolillo bun or the turkey tinga tostadas ($8). Looking for something más grande? The turkey combo ($19) includes a chile relleno, turkey alambre tacos with a side of rice and beans and a turkey tamal wrapped in fresh masa dough and smothered in mole poblano. The pumpkin flan ($7) with caramel, egg custard and cinnamon drizzle is extra, but how can you say no to that? 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Luxor, 262-5225.

D Grill

Spend turkey day Downtown and get the same comfort food you’d enjoy at home. Herb-roasted turkey, garlic rolls, buttermilk-whipped potatoes, sage bread dressing, green beans almondine, pan gravy and fresh cranberry sauce are served with your choice of pumpkin or apple pie. 4-11 p.m., November 25-December 1, $12.99. The D, 388-2220.

Family Style

Carmine’s NYC Italian Family Restaurant

Dine in—or out—for this family-style feast. Sink your teeth into an 18-pound roasted turkey with sausage and sage stuffing served with cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, mashed and sweet potatoes (topped with marshmallows and maple syrup!), and your choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. Reservations must be made 36 hours in advance, feeds 8, $239.95. Forum Shops, 473-9700.

Lucille’s Bar-B-Que

Whether you choose individual or family-style plating, feast on a traditional Southern spread with stuffing, roasted garlic and sweet mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, Lucille’s fluffy biscuits and sweet potato pie, plus your choice of slow-smoked turkey or hickory-smoked marinated ham. Parties of 10-12 can choose between turkey, ham or both—plus all the fixings. Individual plates $21.99, $9.99 for kids; family style $149-159.99. Orders must be placed by November 26. Red Rock, 257-7427; the District, 220-7427.

Hash House A Go Go

Everyone knows the popular breakfast joint for its larger-than-life portions, so why would Thanksgiving be any different? Hash House’s Turkey Dinner To Go Go includes a walloping 14- to 16-pound deep fried turkey with stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin mashed potatoes, fresh veggies, creamed corn, biscuits, jam, cranberry sauce and pumpkin bread pudding. Doggie bags aren’t included—but reheating instructions are. $115, orders must be placed by noon on November 25. 6800 W. Sahara Ave., 804-4646.

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