Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurant Roundup - The Awesome Mitten
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Thanksgiving is definitely a time to be, well, thankful. It’s a time to be with your family around the dinner table and watching the game. But what if you can’t get home? No worries! You can feel at home no matter where you are in the Mitten.  The Awesome Mitten has compiled a mere sprinkling of places you can call home for the duration of your Thanksgiving meal.  The best part? There’s no need to clean up!

Northern Mitten

Thanksgiving Feast in Aerie at the Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd.
Acme, MI 49610
231/534.6800
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Adults: $29.95
Kids (5-10): $14.95
Kids (4 and under): Free

Celebrate Thanksgiving overlooking Grand Traverse Bay and munching on a delicious buffet with ham, turkey and all the fixings.  The meal is topped off with Eggnog Spiced Panna Cotta and Fall Flavored French Macaroons!

Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Bluebird Restaurant and Bar

102 River Street
Leland, MI 49654
231/256.9081

Bluebird’s dining room overlooks the scenic Leland River that is speckled with birds; what better way to spend your holiday? Reservations are encouraged to this quintessential Northern Michigan restaurant.

Lakeview Restaurant Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at Shanty Creek Resorts
5820 Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, MI  49615
800/678.4111
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Adults: $24
Seniors: $22
Kids (9-12): $12
Kids (5-8): $10
Kids (5 and under): Free

Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving fare with an innovative regional undercurrents paired with majestic views of Lake Bellaire. If the Mitten has snow, the hills will be glistening.

West Mitten

Thanksgiving Buffet at Bay Pointe Inn
11456 Marsh Road
Shelbyville, MI 49344
269/672.5970
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Adults: $27.95
Kids (5-12): $12.95
Kids (5 and under): Free

Guests get to choose between sitting Fireside or at the Terrace Grille. The fantastic menu is extensive including Roasted Turkey and Gravy, Honey Glazed Ham, Prime Rib of Beef, Salmon Beurre Blanc, Pumpkin Pie or Cheesecake!

Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurant Roundup - The Awesome Mitten
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Thanksgiving Buffet in the Pearl Street Lounge at the Holiday Inn
310 Pearl Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616/235.7611

Adults: $19.95
Kids (6-12): $8.95

Right downtown Grand Rapids, the Pearl Street Grill offers traditional fare for the whole family.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Acorn Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club
4100 Thousand Oaks Drive Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616/447.7750
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Each Person: $21.95

Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, guests get beautiful views paired with fantastic food stylings from the celebrated chef.

Mid-Mitten

Thanksgiving Dinner at Guerrazzi’s Italian-American Restaurant
15643 S. U.S. Hwy. 27
Lansing, MI 48906
517/481.2919
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Adults: $12.95
Kids (4 and under): Free

Just outside Lansing, Guerrazzi’s offers a traditional buffet with TONS of pies. Seriously, homemade pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and assorted cheesecakes will be available.

Thanksgiving Brunch in the Ballroom at Isabella’s of the Soaring Eagle Casino
6800 East Broadway Road
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
989/775.5399
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Each Person: $28.95

Isabella’s is coming equipped with the traditional and the innovative.  Guest have their choice of traditional favorites like oven roasted turkey, glazed ham and sweet potatoes, as well as interesting concoctions like pumpkin ravioli, seafood stuffed shells and mustard glazed pork loin.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Doherty Hotel
604 North McEwan
Clare, MI 48617
989/386.3441
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Adults: $23.95
Children (6-12): $9.75
Children (2-5): $4.75

Guests will have their choice of Sea Salt & Herb-Roasted Turkey with Sage Dressing, Sweet Potato Gratin, Buttered Hubbard Squash, Parsley Buttered Carrots, Cranberry Relish and Butternut Squash Bisque among several other favorites.

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Southeast Mitten

Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown! The parade starts at 9:05 a.m. on Woodward Avenue and Mack downtown Detroit and will end at Woodward Avenue and Congress.  Enjoy the parade in the city, or will broadcast on WDIV Local 4 and on WJR 760 AM live.

Thanksgiving Family Fun Fest at the Majestic Complex
4120 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
313/833.9700
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Adults: $20
Kids: $15

The Majestic Complex is offering a full breakfast buffet.  With “Windows On Woodward,” guests can watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade as it winds through Midtown!

Thanksgiving Buffet at Palette Dining Studio at the MGM Grand
1777 3rd Street
Detroit, MI 48226
866/990.9491
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Each Person: $32

Want to get something to eat after the big parade? Start with Pumpkin Bisque to warm up, followed by several favorites including Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Pineapple Salsa and Turkey & Golden Beet Stir-Fry, ending with Chocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon and Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving no matter where you’re celebrating!

~Joanna Dueweke, Feature Writer

Got a favorite restaurant you’re headed to for a Thanksgiving feast? Tell us where in the comments!

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