“As great as Thanksgiving Day is,” there’s a part of all of us that secretly wishes we could skip the dining-table drama and “fly to some exotic locale where sweet-potato casserole doesn’t exist,” said Andrew Knowlton in Bon Appétit. I once spent Thanksgiving in Tokyo, where a friend and I reveled in the culture shock and spent the holiday dinner hour enjoying plates of sushi from a conveyor belt. Here are three far-flung restaurants that top my list of potential new Thanksgiving escapes. “Trust me: You won’t miss the turkey.”
El Obrero Buenos Aires. It’s summer now in Argentina, and what better way to spend Turkey Day than savoring an “affordably priced cut of grass-fed beef and a few bottles of equally inexpensive malbec”?
Ristorante Don Camillo Sicily. Sicily is “all about the seafood, the fried rice balls filled with pistachios from the town of Bronte, and spaghetti paired with little clams called telline.” Start a weekend of good meals at this Syracuse mainstay.
Joe Beef Montreal. Montreal is “easily one of my favorite cities for its understated sophistication.” Thanksgiving at Joe Beef should start with Prince Edward Island oysters, followed by a roasted game bird.