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Wander Minnesota: Thanksgiving Feasts, Traditional & Not

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Thanksgiving is next week. Have you figured out where you’ll enjoy your turkey yet? No? There are still options if you don’t feel like cooking.

It’s hard to beat the St. Paul Grill for ambiance, and bonus: the food will be great. The Grill is offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner with options for turkey, ham or prime rib, and of course pumpkin pie.

Nicollet Island Inn also offers excellent food in beautiful surroundings. Thanksgiving dinner is comprised of a 4-course dinner with options for turkey, prime rib or walleye, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

Enjoy the cozy elegance of St. Paul’s Forepaugh’s, which has a 5-course meal including options for turkey, ham or Beef Wellington. Not to mention horseradish-cured salmon.

Jax Cafe will be open too and has a large menu of options, including a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, or several other choices, including pheasant and lobster.

Liven up the Thanksgiving dinner with some live music. The Dakota Jazz Club presents dinner with Davina and the Vagabonds.

The French Meadow Cafe goes a step further by being open for regular breakfast options from 6:30-11:30 a.m., then serving Thanksgiving dinner from 1-6 p.m. Note: turkey lovers will enjoy Wild Acres local turkey, while vegetarians and vegans will feast on porcini mushroom-crusted tofu turkey.

There are also several less traditional options available. For example, Moscow on the Hill will be open on Thanksgiving, and you can feast on Chicken Kiev or Beef Stroganoff if turkey isn’t your favorite.

Minneapolis’ Quang Vietnamese will be open from 11-3 on Thanksgiving, giving you options for flavorful pho, noodle salads, and banh mi sandwiches.

Maybe you’d like to have dinner at home, but not cook. There’s still time to order pre-cooked dinners from various locations (but hurry—they need to be ordered in advance). The following all offer dinners-to-go:
Kowalski’s
Lunds and Byerly’s
Birchwood Cafe
Lucia’s
Several local food co-ops, including: the Wedge, Mississippi Market, and Valley Natural Foods.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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