Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, which means that we are loosening our waistbands and getting ready for another day of indulgence and togetherness. This holiday often means a full day of meal preparation, and hours of cleanup after the festivities have come to a close. All of this work is worth it for a wonderful meal enjoyed with family and friends, but what if there was another option?
For those of you who prefer not to roast a 15-pound turkey again this year, we have good news. There are a handful of top-notch Ann Arbor area restaurants that will offer up their own Turkey Day feasts in celebration of the holiday! We’ve gathered up some of our favorites below, so pick one and get ready to gobble to your heart’s content—no cleanup required.
3660 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor’s Carlyle Grill is driven by comfort—from the atmosphere to the menu filled with homestyle dishes made with regional ingredients. Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the team is serving up a delicious family-style feast which will include a succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, bread, stuffing, and, of course, pumpkin pie! For all the details and to make your reservations, click here.
350 South Main Street
You and your entourage will be treated like a family during the holiday at Compari’s on the Park in Plymouth this year! The restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving spread on the big day along with plenty of delicious Italian options as well, including homemade lasagna and pizza. And for those who still want to dine at home, Compari’s will also be offering a Thanksgiving to-go option where you can pick up your meal at the restaurant and enjoy it from the comfort of your own abode. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.
401 Depot Street
Famous for seafood, steaks and pasta dishes, Gandy Dancer is located in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Depot, making it the ideal setting for elegance, food and celebration. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect combination for Thanksgiving?
18 West Michigan Ave
Haab’s has been serving the Ypsilanti community since they opened their doors in 1934. When it opened way back then, The Haab Brothers’ Café was the first establishment in Washtenaw County where food was the primary draw. And today, everyone is still understandably crazy about the food. In addition to being open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Haab’s serves a killer Grilled Turkey Reuben throughout the year!
2080 West Stadium Blvd
In keeping with their name, Holiday’s is open 365 days a year and they’re open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on holidays. Their menus cover everything from breakfast to lunch and pancakes to ribeye, so if you’re dining out this Thanksgiving, you can come for breakfast and lunch! When you do, be sure to order something from the dessert menu (like Gourmet Carrot Cake or pumpkin pie). If you want to make sure you’ll have a seat at Holiday’s on Thanksgiving, you can make a reservation by calling (734) 668-1292.
1753 Plymouth Road | 611 East University Avenue
Consistently named as Ann Arbor’s best place for Chinese food, Lucky Kitchen has been serving our community since 1993. They also offer catering and are a University of Michigan Strategic Supplier for catering needs, and they make food for the Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels Asian Menu. You can dine in with them at both locations during the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
2900 South State Street
Mediterrano is the Carlyle Grill’s sister restaurant serving up flavors inspired by 14 different countries. Driven by the belief that the Mediterranean diet is inherently nutritious, they source their meats and produce from local farmers and purveyors as much as possible. On Thanksgiving Day, they’re turning that local sensibility and Mediterranean inspiration into a festive family dinner. Open from 12 to 7 p.m., they’re serving Sliced Turkey Breast, Turkey Leg Confit and an impressive lineup of family-style sides. To make a reservation, click here.
5827 Jackson Road
Celebrating the diversity of French cuisine with a stunning menu of choice meats and imported wines, The Standard is a perfect choice when it comes to eating out on Thanksgiving! This year, enjoy their Thanksgiving buffet—complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, a variety of pies and so much more. Visit OpenTable to make your reservation.
3050 Jackson Ave
Photo courtesy of Weber’s Restaurant
Weber’s has been serving the people and families of Ann Arbor since 1937 and the restaurant has become a go-to for prime rib, live Maine lobster and house-made desserts. For Thanksgiving 2019, they’re offering four different dining options. Dinner in the dining room features a special holiday menu of individual turkey dinners, prime rib, fresh seafood, roast duck and more. To see all the options and make your reservation, click here.
44045 5 Mile Road
Located about 30 minutes outside of Ann Arbor in Plymouth, The Inn at St. Johns, or 5ive, has become a destination steakhouse that offers an impressive suite of bourbons and wines from around the world and hand-cut steaks that are chosen from the top 2% of grain- and grass-fed beef in the world. The menu covers everything from breakfast and brunch to pub grub and desserts (check out the Snickerdoodle Cheesecake). On Thanksgiving Day, they’ll be offering a special holiday menu in the dining room for anyone hoping to celebrate outside of their home kitchen. Call (734) 357-5700 to make reservations.
Have a Great Thanksgiving!
Where do you like to chow down on Turkey Day? Let us know in the comments!