10 non-traditional ways to spend Thanksgiving Day in Greater Cincinnati


If you want to do something different to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, here are 10 alternatives in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Thanksgiving at the Golden Lamb

The three-course meal at this historic restaurant and hotel, or inn, offers an house-made family style relish platter, oven roasted turkey breast, carved tenderloin of beef, local mushroom ravioli, traditional pumpkin pie, pecan pie, shaker sugar pie and more. It is open from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Thursday at 27 S. Broadway St. in Lebanon. For more information, call 513-932-5065 or visit www.goldenlamb.com.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Food highlights include butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey with pan gravy, traditional stuffing, roasted green beans and carrots, Mary’s potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Dessert includes pumpkin praline cheesecake. Hours are 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday at 7490 Bales St. in West Chester. Cost is $12.99 (kids) and $28.99 (adults). For more information, visit www.chwinery.com.

Thanksgiving Day Race

Now in its 110th annual Thanksgiving event includes a 10K race and kids’ race that are chip timed, but 30 percent of the racers are walkers. There will be awards and certificates afterward, and a Thanksgiving Day race T-shirt that can be purchased for an additional $20. The Thursday event starts at 9 a.m. at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Registration is $48.50 (10K) and $20 (kids’ run), with more information at www.thanksgivingrace.com.

Coppin’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet

This rustic-chic gastropub is hosting two Thanksgiving buffets (brunch and dinner). Menu items will include prime rib with jus, Sorghum glazed pit ham, sausage, fennel, apple stuffing, boursin cheese mashed potatoes, and Tewes Farm’s roasted turkey. Dessert items include bourbon pecan pie, bacon fat ginger snaps and spiced sweet potato pie. Brunch on Thursday runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with dinner from 4-9 p.m. at Coppin’s at Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave. in Covington, Kentucky. The cost is $50-$60 (adults), $19 (kids 6-12) and free for children 5 and younger. Call 866-501-1700 for reservations or find more information at www.hotelcovington.com.

Thanksgiving at Metropole

This American eatery with fireplace-cooked cuisine has become a popular Thanksgiving destination. The three-course prixe fixe menu includes Elmwood Stock Farm roasted turkey, smoked butter mashed potatoes, and charred cranberry relish. Starters include mushroom soup and bunt carrot salad. The event is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Metropole, 609 Walnut St. in Cincinnati. Cost is $54 per person, and for more information contact 513-578-6660 or visit www.metropoleonwalnut.com.

Thanksgiving Day at the Phoenix

This historic Cincinnati landmark, a site often chosen for wedding receptions, is also offering an affordable Thanksgiving buffet. The carving station will feature classic Phoenix turkey and slow roasted prime rib. Sides include sweet yeast rolls, mashed potatoes, brown butter sweet potato casserole, creamed corn, traditional stuffing, four cheese mac and cheese and more. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at The Phoenix, 812 Race St. in Cincinnati. The cost is $39 (adults), $15 (children under 13), free for children 5 and younger. For more information, contact 513-721-8901 or visit www.thephx.com.

Thanksgiving at Morton’s Steakhouse

This downtown Cincinnati steakhouse has a business-business casual dress code for a possible Thanksgiving Date Night. It is open at noon at 441 Vine St. in Cincinnati. For more information, visit www.mortons.com.

Thanksgiving Day at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern

This multi-faceted Thanksgiving buffet has a seafood bar, salad bar, carving station, and a full menu of desserts and sides. Salad highlights are the roasted beet salad and potato salad. The carving station will offer prime rib with jus and horseradish cream, roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, and maple glazed ham. The seafood bar has house smoked salmon and poached shrimp with cocktail sauce. Dessert highlights are pumpkin pie and pecan pie. It is open from noon-7 p.m. Thursday at 4200 Cooper Road in Blue Ash. Cost is $42 per person, $20 (children 5-10). For more information, call 513-891-8300 or visit www.parkersblueash.com.

Thanksgiving at Maggiano’s

Thanksgiving Italian-style means a family-style blend of traditional Thanksgiving and pasta dishes. Sample Tuscan creamed corn, focaccia sausage stuffing, traditional roast turkey breast with giblet gravy, Taylor Street baked ziti, country-style baked smoked ham with mashed sweet potatoes, Parmesan-crusted tilapia, Maggianos’ famous rigatoni “D,” and more. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday at 7875 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. Cost is $39.95 per person. For more information, call 513-794-0676 or visit www.maggianos.com.

BB Boats Thanksgiving Day Cruises

Celebrate Thanksgiving cruising along the scenic Ohio River. Customize your table and order souvenir photos, then dine on applewood smoked boneless ham, a chef’s choice sweet potato dish, and a full lineup of traditional sides and desserts. Choose between an early dinner and later dinner cruise. Hours are 1-3 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at, BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row in Newport, Kentucky. Cost is $27 (kids) and $49 (adults). For more information, call 855-808-6629 or visit www.bbriverboats.com.