Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the location of Frame in Hazel Park.
Forget about cooking a big turkey. Give your potato peeler a rest. Don’t fret over making sure gravy is lump-free.
If you prefer to leave the holiday cooking to someone else, there are plenty of options at metro Detroit restaurants.
A fully cooked and prepared meal is a game-changer for those who don’t want to host a big gathering. While restaurants were closed last year just ahead of Thanksgiving; many are open for special menus and some have buffet dining.
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Below is a sampling of restaurants offering Thanksgiving specials.
Keep in mind menus are subject to change and availability can vary. Pick-up dates will vary from the day before Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day. Most of the meal packages are offered in several serving sizes. With some of the meal packages, the turkey is already cooked, but some you will need to cook yourself. Cooking and reheating instructions are included.
Also, keep in mind restaurants may have a cut-off date for reservations or for ordering meals-to-go.
Five Andiamo locations have two meal packages available. Serve 4-6 people for $169.95 or serve 12-15 for $269.95. Each one comes with an uncooked, seasoned, brown-sugar-brined and herb-sage-butter-rubbed turkey option with cooking instructions. Side dishes come with reheating instructions. Each package also includes traditional side dishes with reheating instructions, rolls, butter, seasonal salads and vegetables. Additional sides, desserts and craft cocktails can be added for an additional cost.
For Info: andiamoitalia.com/thanksgiving/
Farmhouse Feasts returns for dine-in and include Thanksgiving entrées of slow-roasted turkey and handcrafted traditional sides, rolls and pumpkin pie.
Farmhouse Feasts to-go start at $59.99 and serves, four, eight or up to 10 people. The feast is packed cold with reheating instructions available for carryout, curbside pickup or delivery through Wednesday, Nov. 24. You can also order sides and desserts separately. Bob Evans locations will be open 8 a.m. -7 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For info: bobevans.com/farmhouse-feast.
Bravo! Italian Kitchen
Livonia and Rochester Hills
Thanksgiving feast to-go features sliced white meat turkey, gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Pick up hot, or cold and reheat. A small feeds three and is $78.99 or a large is $148 and feeds six. Classic Italian side dishes are also available for ordering.
For info: bravoitalian.com.
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Buca di Beppo
Livonia and Utica
Thanksgiving feast to-go features sliced white meat turkey, gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Pick up hot, or cold and reheat. A small feeds three and is $78.99 or a large is $148 and feeds six. Classic Italian side dishes are also available for ordering.
For info: bucadibeppo.com/.
Back for a second year, Café Cortina’s Thanksgiving family dinner features farm-raised, Tuscan-style roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing. A selection of traditional sides includes stuffing, red-skinned mashed potatoes and caramelized baby carrots with honey and pistachios. Includes a choice of chef’s homemade pumpkin or Michigan apple pie. Dinner sizes serve six-eight people or nine-12 people and start at $399. You can also order extra sides for an additional cost.
For info: 248-474-3033 or cafecortina.com.
Offering a buffet-style Thanksgiving meal or you can order a complete meal to-go. Buffet includes turkey, carved prime rib, ham, penne with mini meatballs, traditional sides, an assortment of salads, rolls and desserts. Cost is $34.95, $33.95 for seniors and $24.95 ages 4-10. Turkey to-go package includes a cooked 24-pound turkey with reheating instructions and traditional side dishes. There’s also sweet potatoes, mac n’ cheese and pasta salad, rolls and butter, one pumpkin pie and one apple pie. Serve 10 people for $195 or 15 people for $228.
For info: 734-285-2210 or crystalgardensonline.com.
MGM Grand Detroit
Pan-seared Maple Leaf duck breast, cranberry gastrique, dauphinoise potato, charred pearl onion petals. $46 per person.
For info: mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com.
A curated Thanksgiving to enjoy at home. From chef Michael Barrera, the feast includes brined turkey ready for the oven or fryer along with sides of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, roasted sweet potatoes with maple glaze and walnuts, cornbread and sausage stuffing, buttermilk biscuits and honey. Pies are from Adela Bejo of Hip Hop Bake Shop. Feed up to six people for $385.
For an additional cost, you can order carafes of cocktails whipped up by mix’tress Jaz’min Weaver. You can also order wines.
For info: framehazelpark.com/experience/thanksgiving-dinner/
Great Lakes Pot Pies
All-in-one Thanksgiving dinner in a pie. There’s a bottom layer of stuffing topped with sweet potato and cranberries. Next is a turkey filling, which also has carrots, celery, green beans, onions and spices. All are tucked inside a cranberry speckled cornmeal crust with leaves cut into the top. A 5-inch pie is $15 and 9-inch pies are $34. The pies are available through the end of the year.
Hazel Ravines & Downtown
Holidays @Home concept is back and expanded. Thanksgiving @Home offers everything but the turkey. There are traditional side dishes such as stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Vegan options, desserts and holiday cocktails are also available. Hazel’s Family Feasts features a traditional crab boil with Alaskan king crab, shrimp, mussels, sausage, butter-boiled potatoes, green beans and dinner rolls. It feeds two-four people and is $180.
For info: hrd.kitchen.
Hometown Restaurant Group
One-Eyed Betty’s, Pop’s For Italian, Public House & Garden
Hometown Restaurant Group and Carmela Foods, Inc. have teamed up to bring Friendsgiving Feast packages as part of its Meals with a Mission initiative. For each Friendsgiving Feast package sold, a turkey will be donated to Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter. Packages include a whole turkey from Carmela Foods that will be slow smoked. Turkeys are free range and Amish raised. They range in size from 18 to 26 pounds. Traditional sides are from the various restaurants and include candied yams, cornbread stuffing, cranberry jelly, mashed potatoes and gravy and Dutch apple pie for dessert. The price of each feast is $100 and feeds 4-8 people.
For info: order.dinehometown.com.
Family meal serves 8 to 10 and includes a hickory-smoked turkey and choice of Lockhart’s BBQ sides and desserts. Choose from baked beans, Loretta salad, mini cornbread, garlic mash, sweet potato mash, mac ‘n cheese, deviled eggs, jalapeno brown beans or creamy coleslaw. Pie choices are a whole pumpkin, apple or three-berry cobbler. Cost is $135. You can also order smoked turkey and ham or turkey breast as well as sides a la carte.
For info: lockhartsbbq.com.
Mitchell’s Fish Market
Dine-in or dinner to-go. A prix fixe turkey dinner is $32 per person and includes soup or salad, roasted turkey breast with gravy, cranberry relish, herb stuffing, seasonal vegetables, choice of whipped potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie or other Mitchell’s favorites.
A kid’s two-course turkey dinner is $15 for ages 12 and under. Dinner includes roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet corn sauté, pumpkin pie or Oreo sundae.
Pickup dinner serves four-six and is $149. The dinner includes sourdough bread with butter and Mitchell’s house salad, 4 pounds sliced roasted turkey breast with whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, herb stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet corn sauté and seasonal vegetables and one pumpkin pie
For info: mitchellsfishmarket.com.
Oak & Reel
Dinner to-go from Michelin-starred chef Jared Gadbaw. Menu features slow-roasted turkey breast, turkey leg “Porchetta” stuffing with or without oysters, roasted brussels sprouts and cippolini onions with pancetta, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. Serve four-five people for $160 or eight-10 people for $320. Add pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate tarte for $28 each.
For info: 313-270-9600 or exploretock.com/oakandreel/.
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Thanksgiving Day brunch is 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. A four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner is $95 with seating times at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. There’s a choice of appetizers, soup or salad, a choice of entrée including a traditional turkey dinner and three dessert offerings to choose from. An a la carte kids menu is also offered.
For info: rugbygrille.com.
Complete Thanksgiving dinner for 8 includes whole roasted, locally grown and all-natural turkey with onion roll stuffing and side dishes. There’s giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potato souffle, green bean almandine, green salad and dressing, bake at home dinner rolls. Cost is $245. For an additional cost (prices vary) you can add on a cheese and cracker platter, smoked whitefish and spinach artichoke dips platter, pumpkin cheesecake and ready-to-bake apple strudel.
For info: 248-855-6622; stagedeli.com
Taste: A Cook’s Place
Complete Thanksgiving meal includes a fall harvest salad with butternut squash and apples, choice of herb-roasted turkey breast or vegetarian stuffed acorn squash. Side dishes are fresh cranberry-apple relish, scalloped potatoes with three kinds of cheese, bourbon sweet potatoes with sweet and savory bacon pecans, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, mustard and walnut vinaigrette. Dessert options are apple crisp cheesecake or pumpkin bread pudding with molasses whipped cream. A meal for two is $130 or $240 for a meal for four.
For info: tasteacooksplace.net
The Community House
Complete meals include Peacock Farm herb-roasted turkey. You can order packages to serve 4 (6-pound turkey), 8 (12-pound turkey) or 12 (18-pound turkey). Each package comes with traditional sides of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, house made rolls, balsamic braised Brussel Sprouts, cranberry orange sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie or lemon olive oil coffee cake. Packages are $200-$400.
For info: 248-644-5832 or communityhouse.com.
Three packages are available serving two-10 people starting at $49-$199. Packages have sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, tossed salad and dinner rolls. A selection of other sides are available for an added cost.
For info: 734-676-2233 or truago.com.
A complete dinner for eight includes house-smoked turkey with gravy, roasted mashed sweet potato with jalapeno and Michigan maple syrup, green bean casserole with spicy fried onions, the most-macked mac n’ cheese, corn muffins with sweet butter and pumpkin pie. Cooking and reheating instructions are provided. The cost is $230. There’s a limited amount of dinner packages available. A charcuterie platter with meats, cheeses, crackers and jam is available for $29. You can also order pies and gluten-free cakes for pick up at Vinsetta Garage, Union Woodshop, Fenton Fire Hall and Union Assembly from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24.
For info: unionpantry.com
While the complete meals are sold out, according to its website, still available are per-person meals and plenty of sides, appetizers and desserts. All items are picked up cold with reheating instructions.
Per-person meals include slices of turkey breast stuffed with Bakehouse bread, pork sausage and herbs. The meal is served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, homestyle gravy and cranberry sauce made with Michigan cranberries and fresh-squeezed oranges. Cost is $18 per person. For every per-person meal sold, Food Gatherers Community Kitchen will receive a donated meal.
For info: 734-663-3400 or zcob.me/delithanksgiving.
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