Thanksgiving is a holiday everybody can enjoy. Time Out selects ten restaurants where you can get an extra large slice of American life right here in Dubai.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday everybody can enjoy. Forget the patriotics of Independence Day or the commercialisation of Christmas. This is a time for true celebration. And, like all the best festivals, the celebrating takes the form of feasting. Whether you are an American missing home, or merely an interested observer, you should make the effort to give thanks this year. Thanksgiving falls on November 22 this year and we have selected ten restaurants where you can enjoy a slice of Americana right here in Dubai.
Scarlett’s It would be more American if it wasn’t full of businessmen watching English football, but the theme of American Civil War in Scarlett’s will make sons and daughters of the south get teary eyed. Be thankful for: Yankee doodle decor
Johnny Rockets If James Dean were alive today he would park his bike outside Johnny Rockets. The restaurant (which has several locations around Dubai) accurately recreates the look, sound and, thankfully, taste of a 1950s diner. Be thankful for: Some of the best burgers in Dubai
Planet Hollywood Immerse yourself in a world of movie star glamour and blockbuster portions. While you fill your face with dishes from the novelty menu take in the sights of genuine film memorabilia. Be thankful for: Iconic film accessories
Henry J Beans While no longer among the nightlife hotspots of Dubai, Henry J Beans is a reliable location for indulging the American in you. Expect chunky burgers and more 50s memorabilia. Be thankful for: A grown-ups alternative to fast food
Hard Rock Café Don’t be surprised to find a room full of American tourists snapping up souvenir T-shirts and comparing franchise notes on other Hard Rocks around the world. Stick around and you can enjoy a buzzing atmosphere and burgers good enough to sing about. Be thankful for: America’s gastronomic globalisation
Fuddruckers Fuddruckers is famous for selling the type of burgers that gave Elvis an appetite for destruction. Big is considered better at the burger joint that has been filling Time Out reviewers bellies since our first ever issue. Be thankful for: The excuse to visit the gym
Kenny Rogers Roasters Country and Western theme restaurants are not the top of anybody’s list of fine dining restaurants. But a visit to Kenny Rogers Roasters is a fun way to give thanks to American kitsch. Be thankful for: Kenny swapping music for munchies
Manhattan Grill Going American doesn’t have to mean fast food and 50s theme bars. If you want a sense of New York style with your Thanksgiving meal try the wonderfully authentic Manhattan Grill. Be thankful for: Chic eats
Boston Bar On first appearances the titular city of Boston might be the only American thing about this ever-popular Jumeirah bar. But look closely and you will see it is based on hit TV show Cheers. Sink a drink and catch up with friends. Be thankful for: Not having to stay in and watch TV repeats
Palm Grill Of course, if you want to enjoy an authentic Thanksgiving dinner you’ll have to go for roast turkey, sweet potato and a slice of apple pie. Palm Grill is offering a special promotion. Be thankful for: A proper Thanksgiving dinner