Maybe it’s your first Thanksgiving away from your family. Maybe you’re one of the few people that stayed behind in the city because your hand-selected non-nuclear family consisting of voluntarily insane friends also stayed in the city. Either way, while you might not crave the tradition of being grilled by your family members about your unconventional lifestyle — because let’s face it, if you ended up in San Francisco you’re the black sheep of your family — most of us crave the tradition of nostalgia. Nostalgia: that warm blanket of memories that can send your brain into a frenzy from a mere whiff of spices, the smell of the rain, the sound of a nearby church bell while your living room curtains flow in the breeze. These — along with a moment of temporary insanity — are the feelings that make you want to recreate a holiday roundtable of friends and feast.
Presidio Social Club
563 Ruger St
San Francisco, CA 94129
Price: $68 person
Every year the Presidio Social Club offers a prix fixe 3-course Holiday Menu on Thanksgiving. It replaces their daily menu and is served from Noon until 7pm. The menu usually features classic Thanksgiving favorites, with last year’s menu including the following:
- Fall greens salad with walnuts // Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk
- Classic roast turkey with sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet yams with marshmallows, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, and homemade rolls.
- Bourbon chocolate pecan pie with whipped creme fraiche // Classic pumpkin pie
PSC’s General Manager, Steve Grant, stated: “We have been doing Thanksgiving Dinner at the restaurant since we opened 11 years ago. It was a natural extension of being a "club" (without the dues), the same way your family might go to Thanksgiving dinner at the Country Club. We try to do special events throughout the year that our regulars and newcomers bond with, such as a Summer BBQ series every Wednesday, Pig Roasts on Sundays during the early Summer, and Clambakes every Sunday night during mid-late Summer.”
If you’re not up to mingling this Thanksgiving, but still want dessert, Presidio Social Club also offers their Bourbon chocolate pecan, classic pumpkin and toasted coconut cream pies on pre-order starting at $40 each.