Don’t Feel Like Cooking Thanksgiving 2014? Try these Minneapolis Alternatives

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 11:11am.

There comes a time in every host or hostess’ life where he or she just can’t take the thought of preparing another Thanksgiving feast for the multitudes of family that descend every year. Hey, it’s ok – nowhere is it written that YOU have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. All most of us expect is that it’s tasty and we spend the meal with those we love.

Read on for some alternatives to the crazy-making cooking marathon that will happen all over the country this November 27, 2014.

Take out Thanksgiving Dinner

Kowalski’s Markets are a local favorite and their Thanksgiving dinners fly out the doors. They have several options available for folks who want to pick up their turkey day dinner rather than cook it. Their most popular includes the following meal that serves 4 to 6 people:

  •          5-6 lb. All Natural ½ Bone-In Oven Roasted Turkey
  •          3 lb. Mashed Potatoes
  •          1 lb. Gravy
  •          2 lb. Herb Stuffing
  •          2 lb. Maple Glazed Yams
  •          1 lb. Green Beans
  •          ½ pt. Cranberry Orange Relish
  •          12 Dinner Rolls
  •          1 Pumpkin Pie

The entire meal is priced at $84.99. They’re also offering a larger version that serves 10 to 12 for $129.99. Finally, how about just a turkey, roasted to perfection?  A 10-to12 pounder will run you $55.99.

Birchwood Cafe offers a turkey dinner as well, but the turkey is uncooked (hey, at least it isn’t frozen!) and they’re offering sides, such as cranberry pear chutney, maples squash mash and citrus sage
stuffing (the dry mix only) to go with it.

Prices vary according to how much you wish to purchase. You’ll find Birchwood in the Seward neighborhood at 3311 East 25th Street. Call them at 612.722.4474.

Dine In

If you prefer to be waited on this Thanksgiving, many Minneapolis restaurants are open and serving dinner. That said, many of them haven’t bothered to update their websites with their Thanksgiving menu. The restaurant industry seems to be a bit late to the tech party, which is really a shame.

So, the eateries you see here are those that are savvy enough to actually advertise that they are serving turkey day dinner and to post their menus.


Here’s a twist on Thanksgiving dinner: make it brunch instead.

The 50th floor of the IDS Center is the place to find not only an incredible view but the very best from Executive Chef Tim Kovac. That’s it. That’s all they’re telling us. If you want more specifics, give Basil’s a call at 612.376.7404

The price is $42 for adults and $17 dollars for children age 6 to 11. Reservations are required.

Nicollet Island Inn

Ah, now we’re talking! Not only is Nicollet Island Inn serving Thanksgiving dinner, they’ve posted the menu on their website. If you crave a traditional, elegant Thanksgiving feast, this is the place to be. 

The restaurant is offering a four-course dinner that’s kicked off with acorn squash puree or a winter vegetable plate. The second course offers either a mixed green or quinoa and lentil salad. Third course  choices include turkey, prime rib, salmon or risotto. Desert is either pumpkin pie or chocolate bundt cake.

The price for Thanksgiving dinner at Nicollet Island Inn is $70 per guest.


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