Celebrating Thanksgiving in Prague 2016
Where to go for Thanksgiving dinner (or brunch) in Prague
Thanksgiving is a popular American holiday and it’s all about family, friends, American football and delicious food. A traditional dinner features a roast turkey, sides of mashed potato with gravy, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. The best thing about the holiday? You don’t need to be American (or in America) to enjoy it!
The history of the holiday dates back to 1621 when Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest feast with Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims were essentially saved by the Native Americans who taught them how to harvest crops, catch fish and avoid poisonous plants. The feast was a way for the Pilgrims to thank the Native Americans for helping them survive.
Czechs refer to Thanksgiving as “den díkuvzdání”. Although they have similar Czech holidays, like St. Martin’s Day, plenty of restaurants offer traditional American Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday the 24th of November. Some of these restaurants will even play American football to make the experience as authentic as possible.
If you’re bored of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you may consider TGI Fridays’ Thanksgiving brunch! Enjoy an open buffet at the Anděl restaurant with all you can eat from 11:00 – 15:00 for 1,200 CZK.
The buffet will include: turkey with chestnut stuffing, roasted pumpkin, mashed sweet potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and cranberries. Soft and alcoholic drinks are also included in the price – as well as a special welcome drink.
Reserve a spot at TGI Fridays’ Anděl (27.11) restaurant by calling at +420 257 286 261 or via the official Facebook page.
Jama - The Hollow
Throwing their 23rd Thanksgiving Dinner on the 24th of November, Jama is inviting guests to enjoy two hours of eating and NFL watching starting at 17:00. Reservations strongly recommended as seats are limited and go fast!
For 390 CZK (190 CZK for children) you can enjoy a traditional three course meal including: clam chowder, white and dark cuts of tender turkey, rosemary stuffing, buttered mashed potatoes, Jama’s very own cranberry sauce, green beans with shredded bacon, honey-glazed ham and ginger-cinnamon pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
To make a reservation, you need to put down a 100 CZK deposit per person. You can contact Jama through their Facebook page. For more information please visit: www.jamapub.cz.
The Holešovice location of Bohemia Bagel is offering a special Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 24th at either 17:00 or 20:00. If you book in advance you pay 490 CZK otherwise it’s 550 CZK at the door. Children under 12 only pay 290 CZK and those under the age of 3 eat for free.
The menu includes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted root vegetables, corn, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, roasted chestnuts, pumpkin pie, apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake!
You can reserve by calling +420 220 806 541 or emailing email@example.com.
For more information, go to www.bohemiabagel.cz
Globe Cafe & Bookstore
Globe Café is the place to go to enjoy a delicious brunch, read a great book and test your knowledge at quiz night. It is also a great spot for celebrating Thanksgiving. The Globe doesn’t limit this yummy opportunity to dinner time – you can come as early as noon! If you can’t make it until after work, that’s okay too because meals will be served from 12:00 until 23:00.
The 525 CZK menu includes: pumpkin cream soup, turkey with apple sage stuffing, sautéed green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, wine or beer, pumpkin chiffon or apple pie and a choice of coffee or tea.
Reservations are strongly recommended: +420 224 934 203
For more information visit www.globebookstore.cz
If you enjoy going back for seconds (or thirds – no judgment), check out the buffet dinner at Zinc. Zinc Restaurant belongs to the Hilton Hotel and this year they are offering an extensive selection of food accompanied by live music.
Between 18:00 and 23:00 you can enjoy a buffet including: a roast turkey carving station, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pecan nut pie, Waldorf salad, coleslaw salad and much more. The price of 960 CZK per person includes drinks: soft drinks, house wine, draught beer, coffee and tea.
Reserve a table by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +420 221 822 300.
Bar No. 7
After a successful event last year, Bar No. 7 is once again hosting a unique potluck dinner and invites guests for an 20:00 – 23:00 feast. The price for entry is free as long as you’re bringing something yummy to share with others. Drinks can be bought at the bar.
The event is more low-key so all the planning happens on the Facebook event page. If you wish to join, make sure to let the organizers know and coordinate what you’re bringing with the other guests. Otherwise everyone will end up bringing mashed potatoes.
Bar No. 7 is located at Na Struze 7 just a few minutes from the National Theater. You can contact them on their official Facebook page or call them at +420 720 659 586. Please keep in mind that the entire bar will be strictly non-smoking for this event!
Hard Rock Cafe (Vegetarian Option)
This year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be hosted in Hard Rock’s historic basement! Please keep in mind that all menus must be pre-booked! While most Thanksgiving dinners are only ideal for meat-lovers, Hard Rock is offering a vegetarian option with a delicious nut loaf with all the trimmings in place of turkey.
For 550 CZK per person (165 CZK for kids) the menu includes: traditional turkey with home-made stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and seasonal vegetables, pumpkin pie served with whipped cream and a choice of beer, glass of house wine or soft drink.
To reserve a menu, call Hard Rock Café at +420 224 229 529 or email them at email@example.com.
Thanksgivng Feast-Ival with Sticky D's BBQ! @ U Kurelů
JOIN US for ALL your Thanksgiving Favorites, plus our Sticky D''s BBQ Championship Ribs & Brisket, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24TH, 6PM-10PM!
To reserve a menu, email to firstname.lastname@example.org / Facebook Event Page
Thanksgiving Shopping in Prague:
For those who prefer a home-cooked meal but lack the necessary ingredients, check out Robertson’s wide selection of meats. Their Thanksgiving section offers entire 7 kilo turkeys as well as more manageable turkey crowns, breasts, legs and more. Of course, there are also other meats to choose from as well as cheese.
Check out their website and order from their e-shop today: www.robertson.cz
Marks & Spencer
If you’re searching for sauces or other products that will improve your homecooked Thanksgiving dinner, don’t hesitate to visit Marks & Spencer. You won’t be disappointed with their wide offer of sauces, quality cheeses, vegetables and foreign wines. The most central Marks & Spencer is located right in Wenceslas Square at Melantrich, Václavské nám. 793/36.
There you have it – all the ingredients for a fantastic Thanksgiving in your adopted home away from home. So, to all our American readers, 'Happy Thanksgiving', or as they say here in Prague, 'Stásný den Díkuvzdání'.
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