Many of us would rather not cook on Thanksgiving Day, especially if it clears our plate for other fun activities, like a walk in the park, a game of touch football or a blockbuster movie.
If you go out to eat, you don't have to polish the silver or wash up the dishes afterward, but you might get leftovers to take home in a doggie bag.
Here is a round-up of some of the restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, both traditional and untraditional, on Nov. 22, and a few ideas for getting guests out of the house on the long weekend:
<CF103>John Ash & Co.</CF> in Santa Rosa will serve a special menu of traditional Thanksgiving favorites from 1 to 8 p.m., along with non-traditional autumn dishes and desserts worthy of grandma. 527-7687. 4330 Barnes Road, just off Highway 101 at River Road. vintnersinn.com.
<CF103>Safari West </CF>in Santa Rosa will serve a Thanksgiving feast — with a touch of Africa — at noon and 4 p.m. $60 adults, $20 kids 4-12, including tip and tax. 3115 Porter Creek Road. www.safariwest.com.
<CF103>The Big 3 </CF>in Sonoma will serve a Thanksgiving brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a special Thanksgiving menu from 2 to 9 p.m. Sante restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will serve a Thanksgiving buffet in the dining room from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Packages for lodging are available. 938-9000. 96 and 100 Boyes Blvd. www.fairmont.com/Sonoma.
<CF103>Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar</CF> in Sonoma will serve a special three-course Thanksgiving menu with choices for each course. $55, $30 for children. 1325 Broadway St. 935-6600. www.thelodgeatsonoma.com.
<CF103>Madrona Manor</CF> in Healdsburg will serve a traditional, four-course turkey dinner with all the fixings with seatings from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. $84 adults, $42 kids 12 and under. Vegetarian options availble. 433-4231. 1001 Westside Road. www.madronamanor.com.
<CF103>Brix restaurant</CF> in Napa will serve a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. $65. Wine flight is an additional $35. 944-2749. 7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa. www.brix.com.
<CF103>Fish Story </CF>in Napa is serving a "Lobster for the Price of Turkey" three-course, prix fixe menu from 2 to 7 p.m. featuring a Maine Lobster Boil with fingerling potatoes, green beans and butter. $45. (There is a turkey option as well.) 251-5600. 790 Main St. www.fishstorynapa.com.