Rather than waking up at 4 a.m. to put the turkey in the oven, peel and mash the potatoes, snip and bake the green-bean casserole, bake a pumpkin pie and brown the buns, you can head to one of these fine eateries for an equally delicious meal on Thanksgiving day. Make a new tradition of trying out a different restaurant each year or every other year for Thanksgiving. Now is the perfect time to start with all of the traditional and non-traditional menu items offered at these Minnesota establishments. Put on your pilgrim hat or your moccasins and enjoy Thanksgiving at a restaurant near you.
Colette Bar & Bistro
5601 W. 78th St.
Bloomington, MN 55439
www.sofitel.comYour friends and family will be singing your praises when you suggest heading to Colette Bar & Bistro for your Thanksgiving meal. Break tradition and start a new one that involves chef Mark Crane’s unique interpretations of carved turkey, cranberry sauce, a seafood spread, various egg dishes, Bloody Marys, wines and more. Adults are $54 per person, $26 for ages 6 to 11 and children ages 5 and under are free. Colette Bar & Bistro is located in the Sofitel Hotel in Minneapolis. Be sure to call for reservations as tables fill up fast.
Sunsets on Wayzata Bay
700 E. Lake St.
Wayzata, MN 55391
Imagine spending Turkey Day inside a bayside restaurant with drinks flowing, an abundance of food, and lots of laughing and family time. That could be you at Sunsets on Wayzata Bay. Sunsets is open for business on Thanksgiving and is offering a fantastic meal including variations of traditional dishes of turkey, cranberries, potatoes, biscuits and pumpkin pie. What’s not to love? Reservations are appreciated.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Wildfire is offering up a special Thanksgiving day menu this year, served family style so you can feel right at home and avoid buffet lines. This menu features roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and other traditional Thanksgiving fixings for $35.95 per person, and $15.95 for children 12 and under from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not only will you be served a delicious meal, but you can eat knowing you’re helping good causes such as The Taste of the NFL and Second Harvest Heartland. Be sure to call ahead and reserve your table.
The St. Paul Grill
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Get ready for a delicious three-course meal brought right to your table with a smile by the servers at The St. Paul Grill. Enjoy a prix-fixe menu served family style starting with your choice of a seasonal salad or soup, entree choice of various meats including the traditional turkey and ham and a carefully crafted dessert that will melt your tastebuds. For $30-50 per person, you can enjoy all of this and you don’t even have to worry about clearing the table and doing the dishes.
The Afton House
3291 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN 55001
www.aftonhouseinn.comGo to The Afton House, located just 45 minutes east of Minneapolis, for Thanksgiving this year for brunch and you won’t be disappointed. Dine in style and choose your own menu items from its tasty spread of holiday dishes. The Thanksgiving brunch buffet costs $24 per adult, $14 for kids ages six to 10 and $7.50 for children ages 5 and under. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to get there early or reserve a table for your family and friends.
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