Yes, you could spend all day on Thanksgiving preparing an elaborate meal, fighting with the turkey, pouring over recipes, slaving over side dishes, and stressing about when the turkey will be done and whether the green beans are overcooked.
Or, you could find a nice restaurant and let other people cater to you--and probably for not much more money.
Not that we're trying to influence you, but if the latter idea sounds appealing, the folks at the online-reservation site Open Table have helpfully compiled a list of many local restaurants that are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving in style with traditional turkey dinners and fixings, and in many cases their regular menus as well. Here's a rundown of popular local restaurants and what they're planning for Turkey Day.[jump]
B.A.N.K.: Gourmet three-course Thanksgiving dinner, $30, or $40 with wine pairings.
Cosmos: Four-course dinner, including traditional Wild Acres turkey or less traditional Swedish meatballs, and a kids' menu. $45 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with complimentary valet parking
D'Amico Kitchen: Special family-style three-course Italian Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $35 ($15 for kids 12 and under).
Enjoy!: Traditional Thanksgiving meal and other menu items from $24.95 to $38.95.
Forepaugh's: Their family-style Thanksgiving dinner is $24.95 ($12.95 for kids under 12) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Loring Pasta Bar: For $17.95, enjoy Loring's traditional Thanksgiving buffet and a limited regular menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick's, Minneapolis: If their seafood isn't your idea of Thanksgiving, try the "Endless" Thanksgiving Special--a traditional turkey dinner for $22.95
Ruth's Chris Steak House: Besides the usual steaks, Ruth's will offer a traditional three-course turkey dinner for $34.95 ($12 for children 12 and under).
Spasso Minnetonka: Spasso's walk-through Thanksgiving buffet will feature carved turkey, roast beef, stuffing, potatoes, smoked salmon, pies, and more for $19 ($11 for kids), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tria: Tuck into a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and other menu items from $28 to $42.