Where to dine out on Thanksgiving Day
There are dozens of reasons why a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal might not be in the stars for you this holiday, but that’s no reason to panic.
Here’s a smattering of restaurants that are open and serving on Nov. 22, as well as some that offer at least one element of a Thanksgiving meal to-go to help you fill your table. Be sure to confirm; details subject to change:
Open on Thanksgiving
Apparatus Room: Located inside the Detroit Foundation Hotel, chef Thomas Lents has plans for a Thanksgiving brunch with Bloody Mary Bar ($45, $25 children) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. followed by a fixed-price Thanksgiving dinner ($78, $25 children) 4-8:30 p.m. 250 W. Larned, Detroit. (313) 800-5600.
Caucus Club: Serving Thanksgiving cuisine, plus some standard entrees like filets and rib eye. Reservations start at 3 p.m. 150 W. Congress, Detroit. (313) 965-4970 or reserve through the Open Table app.
Red Dunn Kitchen: Located at boutique hotel Trumbull and Porter, this restaurant will serve Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday and Nov. 22, including roasted turkey and sides for $20 per person (plus tax and tip). 1331 Trumbull, Detroit. (313) 887-9477 for reservations.
24Grille: This upscale casual bar and restaurant will operate as usual on Thanksgiving. 204 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 964-3821 or reserve through the Open Table app.
Wolfgang Puck Steak: This MGM Grand Detroit restaurant will serve a three-course, Asian-inspired menu featuring boa with turkey confit, maple soy hoisin glaze, Peking-style turkey and scallion, pumpkin and lobster bisque. 4-10 p.m. $65 per person (plus tax and tip, beverages extra). 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121 or reserve through the Open Table app.
TAP at MGM Grand Detroit: Though it’s in a casino, this sports-friendly bar is available to families because there is an entrance on the hotel side of MGM Grand. Tap will host a breakfast buffet in the morning, followed by Thanksgiving dinner, as well as their regular menu. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.
Texas de Brazil: This spacious South American steakhouse chain will serve its regular meat-centric menu, as well as Thanksgiving favorites all day starting at 11 a.m. 1000 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 964-4333 or reserve through the Open Table app.
Golden Fleece: This Greektown favorite will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and will show America’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Detroit Lions game on their TVs. 535 Monroe, Detroit. (313) 962-7093.
Greektown Casino: It’s business as usual on Thursday inside Greektown’s new food hall the Monroe Market, which as a variety of cuisines in one cool-but-casual setting just outside the casino floor. Find a Thanksgiving Day buffet at Bistro 555 4-8 p.m. or settle in for fine dining at Prism, both inside the casino. 555 E. Lafayette, Detroit. (313) 223-2999.
Amore de Roma: This Italian favorite (formerly Roma Cafe) will serve a full Thanksgiving feast for $32 per person, or choose from any of their Italian classics. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 3401 Riopelle, Detroit. (313) 831-5940.
Bakersfield Detroit: Boasting tacos, tequila and whiskey, this chain restaurant will be open and pouring 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 3100 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 974-7040 or reserve through the Open Table app.
Detroit Zen Center: Enjoy a 100 percent organic and vegan Thanksgiving buffet with shepherd’s pie, butternut squash, yams, green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes and more. Buffet served at 12:30 p.m. and costs $30. 3030 Casmere, Hamtramck. Reservations are required by calling (313) 366-7738 or visiting detroitzencenter.org.
Big Rock Chophouse: Get a full turkey dinner for $40 per person ($16 for 12 and younger) or order from the popular dinner menu. Reservations are required. Big Rock is also serving Thanksgiving meals to-go. 245 S. Eton, Birmingham. (248) 647-7774 or bigrockchophouse.com.
Filippa’s: This restaurant and banquet hall will serve the traditional meal with all the fixings, buffet-style. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $28, $14 for 10 and younger. 45125 Mound, Shelby Township. (586) 254-1311.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Sit down for a traditional three-course meal with roasted turkey breast and all the trimmings, plus pumpkin cheesecake. $24.99 per person. 39300 W. Seven Mile, Livonia. (734) 462-6676. Visit macaronigrill.com for more locations.
Bahama Breeze: Two Metro Detroit locations will serve Thanksgiving meals with an island twist, including sliced jerk turkey and pork. Dinners start at $19.99. 539 E. Big Beaver, Troy. 19600 Haggerty, Livonia. (248) 528-1674.
Tria: This elegant and eclectic bistro will serve Thanksgiving dinner 1-6 p.m. for $54 per person (plus tax and tip) and $27 for ages 4-12. 300 Town Center, Dearborn. (313) 253-4475.
Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge: Both of these Michigan favorites will be open and hosting families of all sizes on Turkey Day. Dine in for a seated dinner or get Thanksgiving to-go at the restaurant. 713 S. Main, Frankenmuth (989) 652-9941. Head to the lodge for a thanksgiving buffet featuring Famous Frankenmuth Chicken ($25.99, $4.99-$12.99 for kids). 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth. (989) 652-7200.
Slows-To-Go: This local favorite will prepare a feast for 6-8 with smoked boneless turkey, turkey legs, macaroni and cheese and other sides for $129.99 cold (Wednesday) or $149.99 hot (Thanksgiving Day). Order smoked turkey on its own for $19.95 per pound. 4107 Cass, Detroit. (313) 309-7560.
Andiamo Bloomfield: Call by Friday to order a Thanksgiving Day meal package that can feed 10-12 and includes a roast-ready 12-14 pound turkey that is already brined and rubbed with sage butter, plus all the fixings for $249.95. 6676 Telegraph, Bloomfield Township. (248) 865-9300.
GreenSpace Cafe: This vegan restaurant offers a variety of plant-based, to-go dinners from $29 per person. Order before Friday. 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7510.
C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill: This holiday catering menu has packages for a variety of party sizes from 8-10 people ($150 and up) to 18-20 people ($300 and up). Extra pies available for $9 each. Orders must be placed by Sunday and picked up by Wednesday. 1403 S. Commerce, Wolverine Lake. (248) 438-6741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms: This year the chef-owned venue launched an online store to make ordering your Thanksgiving meal even easier. The a la carte menu includes items made with local ingredients for $5-$195. Orders should be placed by midnight Saturday for pick up on Wdnesday or Nov. 21. 8540 Island Lake, Dexter. (734) 619-8100 or cornmanfarms.com/thanksgiving.
Boston Market: Not only are Boston Market locations open for dining-in or carrying-out, but the chain also offers home deliveries, including a complete Thanksgiving meal for 12 for just $99, plus shipping and tax. 1 (800) 365-7000.
More meal helpers
Promenade Artisan Foods: This downriver cafe makes a super cute bread cornucopia overflowing with dippable crudités. The centerpiece or appetizer is $60, and comes with hummus and house-made ranch dip. 2627 W. Jefferson, Trenton. (734) 307-7061 to order.
Grey Ghost: Take the holiday dessert up a notch with a bourbon pumpkin and pecan hazelnut pie from pastry chef Wendy Watson ($35). Order via email by Monday for pick up on Wednesday. 47 Watson, Detroit. Email email@example.com.
Gold Cash Gold: This popular Corktown restaurant is selling its Dutch pear and apple pie and heirloom squash pie ($30 each) plus buttermilk ice cream ($8). 2100 Michigan, Detroit. Order on website at www.goldcashgolddetroit.com/holiday-pies.
Mabel Gray: Put a pie by pastry chef Kristina Conger on your table for a post-meal treat. She’s making Michigan apple pie with a rye streusel top ($25), pumpkin pie with white chocolate ganache and bourbon chantilly ($28) and pecan pie with dark chocolate and sea salt ($35). 23825 John R, Hazel Park. (248) 398-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.