Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, usually with a giant feast of turkey and all the trimmings. But many people just don’t have the desire, energy, space, or expertise to put together a big meal like that. Ann Arborites are fortunate to have several options so that they can leave the hard work — and eventual clean-up — to somebody else.
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter | Website
Get an early start on the holiday by grabbing a spot at one of two seatings at Cornman Farms’ “Friendsgiving at the Farm” on Sunday, November 17th. The intimate farmhouse and restored barn is on an idyllic landscape in nearby Dexter. Cornman Farms also has a to-go menu featuring turkey, side dishes, wine, and tasty Zingerman’s baked goods. The menu also offers a roasted beef tenderloin for those looking to change things up. Ordering closes on Saturday, November 23.
2900 South State St., Ann Arbor | Website
Mediterrano is a popular spot with an internationally influenced menu and an extensive wine list. For Thanksgiving, in addition to turkey, the restaurant is serving prime rib, salmon, and vegetarian paella — all dished up family-style and with Mediterranean twists throughout the courses.
401 Depot St., Ann Arbor | Website
Housed in an sumptuously restored historic train depot, Gandy Dancer is adored by locals for its seafood, steak, and pasta dinners. In addition to a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Gandy is offering a complete to-go package to enjoy in the comforts of home.
114 E Washington St., Ann Arbor | Website
Ann Arbor’s oldest brewery is offering a Thanksgiving to-go package for smaller groups of 6 to 8 people, which also includes a deck of their euchre pilsner cards for some post-dinner fun. Beer pairs well with turkey, so make sure to grab a growler or two of Arbor’s famous brews. For every three meals sold, Arbor Brewing will donate a meal to Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
5827 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor | Website
The beautiful contemporary dining room at Standard Bistro is a great spot to enjoy classic French cuisine and eclectic cocktails. For Thanksgiving, the restaurant is rolling out a buffet featuring turkey, sides, and desserts.
3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor | Website
This boutique hotel and restaurant is offering turkey specials in addition to its popular menu featuring classics like prime rib, seafood, and duck. Diners can also choose to enjoy an extensive buffet in the banquet room that features turkey, prime rib, salmon, and all the classic sides.
1928 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor
For those looking for something not just a little different, Ricewood sells its whole smoked briskets with sides of pineapple barbecue and finadene sauces. Trays of the mac and cheese are also available. A ticket is required to reserve a brisket and is available here.