Ah, Thanksgiving! It’s that cozy time of year when the aroma of roasting turkey and sweet pies fills the air. But let’s be real, it’s also when the pressure cooker of kitchen stress whistles away. If your holiday to-do list is turning into a saga, and the thought of perfectly timing all of the different dishes feels a bit daunting, fear not! There’s a deliciously simple solution: dining out or picking up a feast to enjoy at home.
Just picture it: no juggling act with oven space, no last-minute grocery store dashes for that forgotten can of cranberry sauce, and absolutely no mountain of dishes lurking in your sink. Instead, you could waltz into a welcoming restaurant or unpack a chef-prepared banquet on your dining table. Tempting, right?
This Thanksgiving, how about spending more time with family and friends and leaving the culinary heavy lifting to the pros?
Exclusive 3-course menu featuring choice of soup or salad, traditional turkey dinner, and choice of desserts. Children’s 2-course dinner is available for $21.
401 Depot St., Ann Arbor.
Delicious home-cooked Thanksgiving meals are packed with traditional favorites like a complete turkey dinner with all the fixings, ham topped with pineapple, roast beef topped with gravy and more.
2080 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor.
The full dinner menu is available as well or you can opt for the traditional plated turkey dinner entree.
3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor.
~ $325 / serves 10-12 people
Includes 20 lb. whole turkey, whipped potatoes, homemade gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, marinated vegetable salad, roasted acorn squash, house-made bread, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
401 Depot St., Ann Arbor.
~ $55 / serves 2 people, $110 / serves 4 people, $295 / serves 10-12 people
Includes whole roasted Amish turkey, traditional stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie (not included with the 2-person option) plus loads of add-on choices as well.
2324 Dexter Ave. or 600 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor.
~ $190 / serves 5-6 people
Entree choices include butternut squash ravioli, smoked turkey breast or smoked beef brisket. All meals include cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, traditional turkey gravy, crispy Brussels sprouts, cranberry-jalapeno relish, peach & blueberry cobbler and dinner rolls with whipped butter plus you can add on a beverage package for $45 or a cocktail kit for $25.
117 South Ann Arbor St., Saline.
~ $225 / serves 8-10 people
Includes whole 15-pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, house salad with dried cranberries and toasted almonds, ambrosia salad, beet salad, cranberry relish and a pumpkin pie.
3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
~ À la carte pricing
Options include turkey for four ($110) or for 8-10 people ($180), beef tenderloin ($35), mashed potatoes ($14), crispy stuffing ($15), glazed honey carrots ($13), rosemary and thyme windfall apples ($13), bacon balsamic Brussels sprouts ($13), crookneck squash soup ($12), kale salad ($18), Bakehouse rolls ($5.95), farm bread ($7.95), salted butterscotch pudding ($16), chocolate fondant ($9), pecan pie ($30.99), and pumpkin pie ($29.99) plus wine or craft beer to go.
8540 Island Lake Road, Dexter.
~ $150 / serves 2 people, $340 / serves 4 people, $520 / serves 8-10 people
Includes coffee spice smoked turkey (or traditional oven roasted for 8-10 people option only), Roadhouse mashed potatoes, Roadhouse turkey gravy, savory cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, roasted local vegetables, Zingerman’s Bakehouse bread, and Zingerman’s Bakehouse pie. Breasts are served for the two smaller order options with a whole turkey provided only for the large family order.
2501 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor.
Asian Restaurants Open
Craving something different? Many Chinese restaurants remain open on Thanksgiving for those who fancy a change of pace from turkey and mashed potatoes.
Asia City Restaurant: 2905 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti
Asian Legend: 516 East William St., Ann Arbor
China Palace Restaurant: 2905 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti
Evergreen Restaurant: 208 West Liberty Street or 2771 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor.
Hot Pot Chen: 2255 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor.
TK WU Ann Arbor:510 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor.
No matter which dining adventure you choose – whether you go all-in for the traditional feast or mix it up with a non-traditional twist – make sure to reserve your spot soon. Thanksgiving waits for no one, and these meals are hot commodities!
Embrace the season, enjoy the feasting, and most of all, give thanks for the bounty of choices at your fingertips. Happy Thanksgiving!