Here are some bountiful options to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with a traditional dinner, either in Guadalajara or the Lake Chapala area.
American Society of Jalisco
Thanksgiving dinner is Amsoc’s biggest and best celebration of U.S. culture each year and a time when year-round residents and snowbirds get together on the forth Thursday of November. This year the menu is salad, home-baked turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. A cash bar is available. The doors open at noon and the meal begins at 1:30 p.m. The cost is 220 pesos for adults and 110 pesos for children under 12. Tickets are limited to 110, so make your reservations now. To-go orders can be paid for in advance but if ordered on the day must wait until everyopne has been served. Amsoc is at San Francisco 3332, Colonia Chapalita. Tel. (33)3121-2395.
Saint Mark’s Anglican Church of in Colonia Monraz holds its parish Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 28, 2:30 p.m. The catered meal is based on the recipes of the parish priest’s wife, Sue Priddy, whose holiday fare at church gatherings is always a hit. The cost is 200 pesos for adults and 100 pesos for children. The church is at the corner of Aztecas and Chichimecas, a two-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico and near the end of Bus 33-A. Reservations with Sue Priddy, cel. (331) 432-3497 or on Facebook: Saint Mark’s Anglican GDL.
Hotel Presidente Intercontinental
This Plaza del Sol area landmark offers Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 26 at its Frutas y Flores restaurant from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The buffet menu includes pumpkin cream, turkey breast in cranberry sauce, pork leg adobada, ham in pineapple sauce, fusilli in mushroom cream sauce, sweet potatoe puree, risotto with dried fruit, buttered corn, Waldorf salad, green beans with pecans and bacon, spinach salad with cranberries and tangerines, sweet creamy coleslaw with raisins, apple strudel, pumpkin and sweet potatoe pies, carrot and black forest cakes and pecan tarts. A glass of red or white wine is included in the 280-peso price. Location: corner of Avenidas Lopez Mateos and Moctezuma. Reservations: 3678-1234, ext. 7310 and 7340.
Menu: Waldorf salad, roast turkey with all the trimmings including mashed and sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and green beans, pumpkin pie, a glass of house wine, Kahlua. Cost: 220 pesos. Reservations: 766-2229.
La Nueva Posada
Menu: vegetable crudite platter, tomato bisque Pernod with croutons, croissant with butter, roast turkey, sage stuffing, gravy, whole cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, candied yams and toasted pecans, sweet and sour Danish red cabbage, English peas, spicy pumpkin pie with vanilla scented cream, coffee or tea and liquor. Cost: 320 pesos adults, 190 pesos children under 12. Seatings at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Reservations: 766-1444/1344.
Buffet menu: roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potato puree, mashed potatoes, cream of pumpkin soup, caramelized carrots, gravy and cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Cost: 235 pesos includes one house drink and dessert. Reservations: 766-0428.
Buffet menu: roast turkey and crown roast pork, turkey and pork gravy, mashed potatoes, whipped sweet yams, corn souffle, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce and dessert bar with apple, pumpkin and pecan pie with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Cost: 270 pesos. Reservations: 766-0061.
Buffet menu: turkey, smoked pork loin, stuffing, cranberry jam, green beans with almonds, sweet potato puree, gravy, pumpkin and lemon pie. Cost: 195 pesos, servings at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Reservations: cel. (331) 395-3810.
Menu: turkey, sage stuffing, giblet gravy, corn pudding, mashed potatoes, candied yams with nuts and marshmallows, green beans with mushroom sauce, cranberry sauce with pineapple and nuts, biscuits, pumpkin pie. Cost: 195 pesos, servings from 1-6 p.m. Reservations: cel. (333) 405-8673.
Menu: Waldorf salad, ham and turkey, all the trimmings, pumpkin desserts. Cost: 220 pesos includes one house margarita, wine or beer. Day-after turkey sandwiches available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 27, dine in only. Reservations: cel. (333) 676-6920/4042.
Menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce. Cost: 150 pesos. Reservations: 766-3822.
Menu: Crab bisque au Cognac, holiday salad, red and white wine aspic with red and green grapes topped with Marscapone dressing, roast turkey with all the trimmings or salmon au artichoke or roast beef brisket au jus with Yorkshire pudding, pumpkin praline pie with ginger mouse and Amaretto fizz. Cost: 255 pesos. Reservations from 2-7 p.m., 766-1616.
Buffet menu: roast turkey and ham, Waldorf salad, pasta and green salad, corn bread, mashed potatoes, many desserts including pumpkin and pecan pie. Cost: 200 pesos, includes a glass of house wine, beer or margarita, iced tea, soft drink and coffee, Servings from noon to 6 p.m. Reservations: 766-2301.