Thanksgiving traditions endure at Greeley Avenue

Ask North Portlanders to name their favorite holiday tradition, and no doubt you will hear “Thanksgiving Day at Greeley Avenue.” There’s a good reason for that. For the past 11 years, Greeley Avenue has been serving up NoPo’s favorite Thanksgiving feast. Credit goes to head chef Denise Morris, who has handling the chore single handedly for the past several years. “I think I look forward to it almost as much as the customers do,” says Denise.

When it comes to Denise’s Thanksgiving dinner, anticipation is the word of the day. As Denise explains, “Customers start asking about it in October”.

Greeley’s famous Thanksgiving feast would make your mom jealous, and includes all the traditional favorites: roasted turkey, homemade stuffing and gravy, green bean casserole almandine, cranberry sauce and Hawaiian rolls. Most of which is made right on the premises. 

Denise’s homemade stuffing is a holiday favorite.

Thanksgiving Day starts bright and early for Denise. Says Denise, “The turkey takes a few hours to cook, plus I have to make all stuffing, gravy and casserole. All told, about 10 hours go into preparing the meal, including the shopping.”

Roasted turkey, fresh from the oven.

Dinner is served right around 12 noon and always sells out quickly. “A lot of our customers like to get their dinner to go,” explains Denise, “others like to enjoy it along with the big NFL games on the Big Screen.” 

Homemade Thanksgiving dinner waiting to be served.

If you missed it this year, don’t despair. Denise will be back in the kitchen again in a few weeks preparing Christmas dinner. You’ll want to add that to your list of favorite holiday traditions, too.


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