Turkey Day is a scant two weeks away, and if you’re not one for slaving over the stove for days preparing a 25-pound turkey with all the trimmings, there’s still hope for you and your family.Take off your apron, turn off the stove, and take the easy way out with a cornucopia of locations offering fully prepared Thanksgiving meals to go.
Friends and family will appreciate all of the hard work you put into their Thanksgiving meal. You can either tell them the truth or stand proudly at the head of the table and smile. Tip: Put everything on your own serving dishes and hide the takeout containers. Your secret is safe with us.
You can also throw out all pretense and just take the crew to a restaurant for a stress-free holiday. Norman Rockwell will forgive you. — Rosalie Kakos and Amanda Kopczynski
Click here for a photo gallery of your no-fuss Thanksgiving dinner options.
24223 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores MI 48080
A buffet spread will be available noon to 6 p.m.on Thanksgiving Day for $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for children 5 to 10 years old. Children under 4 years old are free. Offerings will include a Michigan salad, apple cranberry relish, a vegetable medley, roasted sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, shrimp and crab alfredo, herb crusted cod, sautéed pork medallions, roasted turkey, macaroni and cheese, prime rib, and an array of desserts including pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, cheesecake and brownies.
100 Townsend Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
Visit one of Michigan’s premier restaurants on Thanksgiving for dishes like White truffle infused polenta, roasted butternut squash soup, smoked duck breast with maple creme fraiche, and traditional roast turkey with chestnut and brioche stuffing, cranberry compote, potato puree, and fresh vegetables. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake with Oreo crust poached pear. Space is limited so call early for reservations.
37400 Jefferson Avenue
Harrison Township, MI 48045
Gino’s Thanksgiving Day buffet is open noon to 6 p.m. on the big day. The price is $20.95 for adults/$10.95 for kids 4-10 years old for a spread that would make anyone envious. The buffet includes: roasted Tom turkey, homemade stuffing, roast sirloin of beef, pasta with meat sauce, steamed mussels, candied yams, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, redskin potatoes, chicken strips, cranberry sauce, and a large salad table. For dessert, there is pumpkin and apple pie, and from noon to 2 p.m. there are also breakfast items, including an omelet station. Reservations are required.
Also, they have complete Thanksgiving dinners to go. These meals include turkey, creamy whipped potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetable medley, candied yams, rolls, and pumpkin pie. Prices vary depending on the number of people, but to feed 4-6, the cost is $100.
Moose Preserve Bar and Grille
43034 Old Woodward
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Looking for a last-minute place to go for a sit-down meal on Thanksgiving? This is a great bet. Moose Preserve offers its usual menu items on Thanksgiving, including BBQ ribs, cashew chicken and black Angus steak, plus a special turkey day menu. Reservations are accepted, but so is walk-in traffic.
110 Battle Alley
Holly, Michigan 48442
If you’re willing to travel (and what’s better than a Thanksgiving drive?), a Victorian Thanksgiving dinner can be yours. This restaurant offers a four course meal on Thanksgiving that includes soup, salad, an entrée and dessert. Entrees choices include: Cider-brined roasted turkey, roasted pork shank, native trout, or sage risotto. The meal is $32 per person, $15 for children 8-12, and free for 7 and under.
410 S. Washington Ave.
Royal Oak MI 48067
This Thanksgiving Day buffet includes southern style deep-fried turkey with oyster cornbread stuffing, honey cured ham, hickory smoked salmon, salad, garlic mashed potatoes, seasoned autumn vegetables, wild mushroom gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, and desserts. It’s $22.99 per person, 10.99 for children under 12, and free for 5 and under.
Royal Park Hotel
600 East University Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
The 2011 buffet offers an Indian wild rice and green lentil salad, mixed organic field greens and a selection of European and domestic cheeses. The seafood display has sliced smoked salmon, dill cured Norwegian gravy, and smoked whitefish. Their carving station has roast prime rib, traditional herb roasted turkey, maple glazed Atlantic salmon, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and a green bean casserole. They also have a wide selection of desserts, including truffles, mini crème Brulee, pumpkin cheesecake, and chocolate dipped strawberries. It’s $45 for adults, $25 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.
They also offer a carryout menu for “Thanksgiving with Wings.” The $225 meal feeds 12-14 people and includes herb roasted organic free range turkey, honey and pecan crusted ham, grilled asparagus, savory sage and onion stuffing, creamy Yukon mashed potatoes, a pumpkin pie, and a crumble topped apple pie.
Buca Di Beppo
With locations in Livonia and Utica, Buca Di Beppo offers a Thanksgiving feast with an Italian twist. Carry out dinners starting at $39.99 for three people. The dinner includes white meat turkey served over homemade spicy
Italian sausage stuffing flavored with garlic, sage and Parmesan. It is served with garlic mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, green beans and whole-berry cranberry sauce.
Thanksgiving Take Out Options
Whole Foods Market
Ann Arbor, Cranbrook, Rochester Hills, Troy and West Bloomfield — Whole Food Markets offer an extensive menu of catered-dinner packages, including turkey and the trimmings. The traditional dinner that served six-to-eight people is $99.
J.Baldwin’s Restaurant & Premier Catering
J. Baldwin’s offers Thanksgiving cooking classes for do-it-yourselfers, as well as a traditional turkey feast to go for eight to 10 people for $185.
1203 S. Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
A dinner for four that includes a 10-12 pound Amish turkey, two pounds of maple glazed yams, two pounds of mashed potatoes, two pounds of cornbread stuffing, a pint of gravy, garlic green beans, cherry salad, cranberry chutney, and a 10-inch pumpkin or apple pie is $159. Dinner for eight is $279.
Spread throughout metro Detroit, Kroger stores let you order exactly what you want and take it to go. Go to the deli counter to get prices for exactly what you want.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI 48734,
Think Zehnder’s only knows chicken? Think again. Zehnder’s Restaurant offers a Thanksgiving dinner to go, including a 20-pound turkey or ham and traditional Zehnder’s trimmings including mashed potatoes and stuffing. It serves eight to 10 people for $159. (Order by 11/22)
Throughout metro Detroit, Boston Market offers heat-and-serve Thanksgiving packages from $54.99 for one that serves six to $89.99 for one that serves 12. Package choices include whole turkey, spiral-sliced ham or boneless breast of turkey, as well as various side options and dessert.
Throughout metro Detroit, Cracker Barrel offers Thanksgiving to-go, which includes a turkey breast and all the trimmings. $49.99. One of the best parts? You just have to order 48 hours ahead.
Honeybaked Ham Company
With locations throughout metro Detroit — Honeybaked Ham Company offers Thanksgiving Dinner for just $59.95.