Turkey, Stuffing & Pie: Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Cooking!

By: Toni Cunningham | November 21, 2013
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Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and for some, that means exactly eight more days to stress and pull your hair out before the big day. Perhaps you’re planning on hosting the meal at your home, or attending a relative’s house to pig out. On the other hand, you might be thinking “to heck with it all!” and are considering dining out with your family instead.

I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind: “Aren’t all restaurants and businesses closed on Thanksgiving?” The answer to your question is no. There are a large number of restaurants that are not only open on Thanksgiving, but serving spreads big enough to accommodate your entire family. Whether you choose to dine in or carry out your Thanksgiving meal, the following restaurants will be open for business:

One Under Bar & Grill, 35780 5 Mile Rd., Livonia, is serving brunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at three different times during the day. The dinner spread includes Oven Roasted Turkey, Baked Herb Chicken, Roast Beef, Green Bean Casserole, Assorted Salads, Apple Stuffing & Cranberry Relish, a variety of desserts and more. There’s no possible way you’ll leave hungry.

The meal costs $20.99 for adults, $15.99 for seniors, $7.99 for children 10 and under, and is free for children six and under.

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TAP, 1777 Third St., Detroit, is located inside the MGM Grand, and chef Fershone Steen will prepare a meal of Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad, Roasted Turkey, Roasted Acorn Squash, Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Orange Sauce and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

All of that scrumptious food for a mere $22 per person? Sounds like a steal. Post-dinner gambling optional.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, will help you create a Thanksgiving meal worth remembering. And by help, I mean they’ll prepare the whole thing for you.

The restaurant’s Thanksgiving To-Go menu features several different options: you can purchase a coffee spiced smoked or traditional oven roasted turkey and fixin’s by the pint, or go for the Family Feast. The latter includes a whole free-range turkey and sides like Roadhouse Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Relish, a Bakehouse Pumpkin Pie and more.

While the build-your-own-meal option will vary price wise, the Family Feast costs $345. But think of the time and stress you’ll save!

The Rugby Grille, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham, is the four-star restaurant located inside the Townsend Hotel. A four-course meal will be served between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., and reservations are required. The meal includes the following:

  • First course: your choice of Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Pierogi or Cured Arctic Char Terrine
  • Second course: your choice of Kabocha Squash Soup or Salad Lyonnaise
  • Third course: your choice of Dry Aged Prime Rib, Cider Brined Turkey or Wild King Salmon
  • Fourth course: your choice of Pumpkin Mascarpone Mousse or Warm Apple Crisp 

The cost is based on the main dish you select—the Prime Rib Meal costs $85, the Cider Brined Turkey costs $75, and the Wild King Salmon costs $80.

The cost of not having to feed and clean up after 12 ravenous relatives? Priceless.

The Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, Holly, will serve dinner from noon to 7 p.m. The menu includes Butternut Squash Soup, Late Harvest Salad, and your choice of Roasted Turkey, Braised Pork Shank, Trout or Autumn Squash. There are also two different options for dessert—Mascarpone Pumpkin Tart or Honey Crisp Apple Brown Betty.

I don’t know about you, but when pumpkin dessert is involved, I don’t really consider the other option.

The meal costs $32 for adults, $15 for children eight to 12 years old and children under seven eat for free.

Bistro 555, 555 E. Lafayette St., Detroit, is situated inside the Greektown Casino Hotel, and the restaurant is serving a buffet menu from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a holiday dinner menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The buffet will feature a prime rib station, pasta station, entrees including Roasted Turkey, Pan Seared Salmon and Oven Roasted Pork Loin, and numerous desserts. A plate at the buffet costs $32 for adults and $18 for children.

The sit-down dinner offers three different options: a Traditional Turkey Dinner (complete with mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and cranberry sauce) for $25, a Prime Rib Dinner (with baked potato, vegetables and au jus) for $32 or a Roasted Atlantic Salmon Dinner (served with couscous) for $30. All of which include a house salad and assortment of pies for dessert. Yes, pies plural.

Gandy Dancer, 401 Depot St., Ann Arbor, is offering a Thanksgiving Feast To Go, which will provide you and your guests with an entire turkey dinner. The $250 package includes a 20 lb. turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetable salad, acorn squash, bread, two pumpkin pies and a cheesecake.

If you’re in a charge of a large party, this is a good option, because all of the above should serve around 10 to 12 people. Take note: orders must be filled by Tuesday, November 26!

Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 4222 2nd Ave., Detroit, normally dishes up pasta, but on Thanksgiving, the restaurant is providing two different Thanksgiving To-Go meals. The Traditional Thanksgiving Meal includes a 14-pound turkey (roasted or deep fried), plus Green Beans ala Mario, Chef Guy’s Holiday Stuffing, Candied Yams, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Mixed Green Salad, Dinner Rolls, and your choice of Pumpkin or Pecan Pie. It feeds six to eight guests and costs $120.

The Gourmet Turducken Thanksgiving Meal includes all of the same side dishes, but instead of a regular turkey, you’re getting a turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken, with stuffing layers in between. Since you’re getting more food, it’s a little pricier at $160, but should serve the same sized crowd.

Keep in mind; if you’re dining out on Thanksgiving, most of these restaurants require reservations. Even if they don’t, I think it’s safe to say you’re going to want to put one in. As for the carry out options, each restaurant has a deadline for placing orders, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Happy Thanksgiving, readers!