10 Ways to Escape Your Family in OC on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving's almost here. Families are coming together--the smart ones wearing pants two sizes larger to prepare for the damage to come--and filling dining tables with a stuffed bird, cranberries, potatoes, greens, and pie. For some, this is truly a time to hold hands around the table and give thanks kumbaya-style. For others, it's when relatives you never see--and maybe don't like--are all together in one room. In other words: pure agony.

If you find yourself stuck in the latter situation, here are some ways to escape (at least temporally).

10. Pick Up To-Go Food For Your Family

10 Ways to Escape Your Family in OC on Thanksgiving
Photo courtesy of Clay Oven

This is the most temporary escape plan, but it'll at least get you an hour outside of the house. Several restaurants--including Lucca Cafe, Clay Oven (tandoori turkeys!), and Hotel Irvine--are accepting orders on Thanksgiving. Hotel Irvine's Marketplace, for example, is offering turkey, ham, strip loin, 12 different side options, pumpkin pie, pecan tarts, and carrot cupcakes.

Lucca Cafe, 6507 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine, (949) 725-1773; luccacafe.com Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road Irvine; hotelirvine.com/holidays/thanksgiving Clay Oven, 15435 Jeffrey Rd #116, Irvine, (949) 552-2851; clayovenirvine.com/events

9. No Ka Oi's All-You-Can-Eat Thanksgiving Feast

Football lovers who want time away from relatives should opt for Hawaiian restaurant No Ka Oi, which has just enough big screen TVs to catch the Eagles-versus-Lions, Panthers-versus-Cowboys, and Bears-versus-Packers games. For the holiday, they'll be cooking butternut squash bisque, turkey, honey-baked ham, cranberry pecan stuffing, and other dishes to complement your solo getaway. Now, for a glass of wine...

No Ka Oi, 215 Main St, Huntington Beach, (714) 960-8300; nokaoirestaurant.com

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