|Let someone else do the cooking this year|
There are some years when brining a bird, drying out cubes of bread, and rolling out pie crust just isn't possible or necessary. If that's the case for you, lots of area restaurants are doing dine-in specials, takeaway (even if you didn't get to pre-order in time), and traditional Thanksgiving feasts with all the fixings.
Here's a list of some of our best bets for Thanksgiving Day dining.
FireLake Grill House
always does it up big on Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception. In addition to its entire regional menu, FireLake will offer cider-cured Wild Acres turkey, cheddar herb mashed potatoes, and maple-glazed yams. It's $29.95, and you can check out the full menu here.
in downtown Minneapolis is doing traditional three-course family-style turkey dinner for $40 a head, $55 with wine pairings.
in St. Paul is open and serving food until noon on Thanksgiving day. You can also get individual meals, which include turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and bread, to go for $13.
, inside the Graves Hotel, is doing an elegant three-course meal with turkey and all the trimmings plus lots of non-turkey options like roasted steelhead, duck breast, or winter squash agnolotti. Finish with pumpkin creme brûlée and amuse your bouche with country pate, Tuscan kale salad, or wild mushroom bruschetta. The fancy schmancy meal will run you $45 each.
in Roseville is doing Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring carved meats, a seafood station, and lots of pies for dessert for $29.95 a head.
Loring Kitchen and Bar
has an all-day buffet (9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) that shifts from egg bake and pancakes in the morning to grilled beef tenderloin and wild rice stuffing later in the day, all for $24.95 per person.
Nicollet Island Inn
is offering a four-course feast with the option to do prime rib or stuffed trout for those who are not so into turkey. You can view their full menu here.
in downtown St. Paul will be open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Then they'll do dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. with the bar remaining open till 10. Their menu includes turkey breast roulade, mashed potatoes, greens, candied carrots, sage and apple stuffing, and cranberry mousse dessert for a cool $14.99
in downtown St. Paul is doing slow-roasted turkey, cranberry relish, and chicken apple sausage stuffing, and will also have several items, like warm brie with macadamia nut crust and prawn cocktail, available from its regular menu. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is $29.95 per person.
in Minneapolis will be open for buffet-style dining from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get turkey, ham, and salmon along with popovers, stuffing, and cranberry sauce for $19.95 per person.