There’s a lot to be thankful for this year, but we’re particularly thankful for these restaurants that carve the turkey, mash the potatoes, and do the dishes afterwards. Need a few sides to fill in your feast? A whole turkey with all the fixins? Or would you rather dine out and let someone else do the heavy lifting? No matter your celebration style, we’ve got a list stuffed full of the best Thanksgiving options in the metro.
OPA! Italian & Greek
When: 11 a.m. – 2 pm., Thursday, November 24
Menu: Buffet including roasted turkey, Greek rice, shrimp piccata, gyro meat and chicken souvlaki, ham, meatballs, pasta diablo, mashed potatoes and gravy, shrimp scampi, and dessert.
AJ’s Italian Steakhouse
When: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, November 24
Menu: Starters: roasted butternut squash bisque, pepper jack steak and potato soup, mixed green and cranberry salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail, or mushroom ravioli. Chef’s features: slow roasted herb butter basted turkey breast with mashed or sweet potatoes, gravy, French green beans with bacon, and orange-cranberry marmalade; Filet mignon with white wine garlic herb cream sauce, mashed potatoes, and French green beans with bacon; Amaretto walleye with wild rice pilaf, and French green beans with bacon; or roasted root vegetable risotto with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, rainbow carrots and braised beets. Dessert: apple napoleon, personal pumpkin pie, carrot cake, or AJ’s chocolate fantasy cake.
Price: $55 per person, $18 for children 11 and under.
Grand Junction Bar & Grill
When: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thursday, November 24
Menu: One meat: turkey or ham; three sides: green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing, baked beans, or mashed potatoes and gravy; and choice of dessert: pumpkin pie, French silk pie, or pumpkin rollup with cream cheese frosting.
When: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, November 24
Menu: Starter: Fleming’s salad or lobster bisque; entrée: mixed herb roasted turkey breast and turkey gravy, petite filet mignon, or prime bone-in ribeye, all with house made stuffing; sides to share: mashed potatoes, green beans with apricots and onions, or cinnamon orange cranberry sauce; and dessert: harvest New York cheesecake or carrot cake.
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, November 24
Menu: Buffet featuring Greek style turkey, prime rib, manicotti ala forno, and more.
Proudfoot and Bird
When: 3- 7 p.m., Thursday, November 24
Menu: beer cheese and jalapeño soup or wilted spinach and frisée salad, slow-roasted Bell and Evans free-range turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, and green beans amandine, and for dessert, old fashioned Dutch apple pie or old fashioned pumpkin pie.
Price: $60 for adults, $20 for kids ages 3 – 12.
Reservations: Recommended, (515) 957-2400
When: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, November 24
Price: $18.99, $9.99 for kids ages 7 – 10, $6.99 for kids ages 3 – 6
Menu: oven roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, choice of country side, and yeast rolls. Meals available in different sizes based on gathering size.
Price: Starts at $99.99
When to order: At least 24 hours in advance of pick up.
Smokey D’s BBQ
Menu: anything from individual meats, to bundles, or feasts. You can also order individual sides, as well as lasagna if traditional Thanksgiving food isn’t your thing.
When to order: Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 20.
Main Street Café & Bakery
Menu: roasted turkey, stuffing, cheesy au gratin potatoes, green bean casserole, blueberry medley salad, dinner rolls, and choice of desserts.
When to order: ASAP, pick up on November 23
Menu: complete dinners for any size, family style entrees, sides, baked goods, and more.
When to order: Orders must be placed by Noon on Saturday, November 19.
5 Borough Bagels
Menu: wide selection of bagels for your Thanksgiving breakfast.
When to order: ASAP, place orders online.
Menu: take and bake breakfast including breakfast lasagna and cinnamon rolls
When to order: Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 22
Bonus Dessert Options:
If you feel confident in your cooking abilities, but want to order out for the after-dinner sweets, try these experts of indulgence:
Menu: pies (cherry, Dutch apple, French silk, pecan, pumpkin), Cheesecakes (caramel, classic, chocolate, cherry)
Price: $18 for pies, $30 for cheesecakes
When to order: Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 20. Online ordering closes Friday, November 18 at 5 p.m.
Menu: All the baked goods your heart could desire.
When to order: ASAP