As the holiday season starts its inevitable assault on our senses, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. The prospect of hosting family, tending the kitchen and keeping a smile on your face - well - even I've thought about holing up in the crawlspace until the new year near once or twice. Before you start investigating hibernation supplies though, check out these thanksgiving dining options for 2013, sure to take some of the stress and pressure off this holiday. The crawlspace will still be there as a last resort too.

 Dining out

Forget cleaning the house this year - not to mention suffering the indignity of family inspecting your home for every fault and flaw (that's not just mine right?). Instead, go out to eat this year - a number of restaurants are offering some fabulous options.

Faustina: Downtown at Faustina, new chef de cuisines Joe Kemp is putting his stamp on the restaurant. This holiday, 3pm through 8pm chef Kemp has a special four course menu, with optional wine pairing. Sample everything from a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings through to pan seared halibut or stuffed pork loin. Full menu here

 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

(801) 746-4441

Oasis Cafe: From 9am through 2pm this thanksgiving, enjoy Oasis Cafe’s luxurious brunch menu with items like German Pancake’s with blueberry compote ($8, pictured above) or their Salmon Lox Crostini with Boursin cheese, capers, onion and tomato confetti ($10). Find the full menu here.

 151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

(801) 322-0404

Franck’s: Or head out to Holladay where the creative team at Franck’s have created a splendid four course set meal, available noon through 6pm for $55. Treat yourself to dishes like “Leek Steamed Halibut, Red Curry Pudding, Leek Soubise, Coconut Sticky Rice, Charred Cilantro Coulis with Micro Cilantro” and leave the lumpy potatoes for someone else’s plate. Check out the full menu here

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