Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Edinburgh
How to overindulge American style for the national US holiday
Thu 24 Nov marks Thanksgiving, a day when Americans give thanks to the harvest by inviting over family and friends for a feast of turkey, yams and pumpkin pie (before getting into a total frenzy over Black Friday shopping deals).
If you're an American expat living in Edinburgh or just fancy meat sweats and sugar highs, here's a bunch of ways to celebrate the American annual celebration of food.
Belushi's, the chain restaurant and bar on Market Street, puts on the full three-course thanksgiving spread, plus live screening of NFL games, beer pong, American beers & whiskies to join the celebration with their friends over the pond. If that sounds all too American, then head to one of the city's most recent speakeasy bars, Voyage of Buck. The Edwardian style restaurant and bar on William Street has teamed up with Old Forester, America's first bottled bourbon to create a seasonal Thanksgiving cocktail. The honey and sage infused Old Forester tipple is on the menu over the Thanksgiving period and is priced at £7.50.
For £16 a head at The Three Sisters you can indulge in a hearty plate of turkey with mashed & roast potatoes, peas and corn on the cob, followed by a more unconventional serving of blueberry cheesecake. Over in the New Town on Rose Street, Californian restaurant Calistoga is hosting their ninth Annual Wine Fair. For Thanksgiving they've brought in over 60 wines to taste and are offering special discounts on the night. A traditional three course dinner is then served in the restaurant, and if you don't like turkey, there's another two other options for main.
If you're less concerned about celebrating Thanksgiving but all this talk of the US has left you craving milkshakes and burgers, then luckily you can get your comfort food fix at one of these American restaurants. For pancakes, waffles and massive portions, take a trip to Tribeca in Broughton Street or Bruntsfield where there's even a yellow NYC taxi hanging on the wall. Just down the road there's often people queuing out the door to (try) and get their chops round one of Bread Meats Bread's towering burgers. The Boozy Cow on Frederick Street encourages diners to get their hands dirty and tuck into one of their burgers, dogs or waffles, washed down with a boozy milkshake. For a more artery-friendly meal, try Chop House on Market Street where you can choose your cut of beef and a side of slaw or kimchi to go with it, if you can see past the dripping chips and mac n cheese that is.