If your servants didn’t wake early this morning and prepare you a Thanksgiving feast, fear not — several area restaurants will act as your hired help for today. And just like an aristocrat, you won’t even have to clean up the dishes before you settle in for the big game.
The tried-and-true popular Rochester option for Thanksgiving will always be Canadian Honker (1203 Second St. SW). They’re open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and for just $15.99 per person, you get a generous platter of traditional goodies, including roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, scalloped corn, cranberries, dinner roll, garlic toast and pumpkin pie or their famous coconut Bunnie cake for dessert.
Pescara (150 S. Broadway) also is serving up an amazing-sounding Thanksgiving Day brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring turkey, smoked salmon, mashed potatoes and gravy, shrimp cocktail, veggies, various pastries and dessert and too much more to mention here, including several items you can order from the kitchen. All guests also receive a complimentary mimosa. Adults are $26, while kids 10 and younger are $17. Make sure you call ahead on this one, though — they might be completely full with reservations. (There’s always next year!)
All four Rochester Hy-Vee Market Grille/Cafe locations are serving a Thanksgiving brunch buffet, too, though the details from store to store vary.
All of the Market Grilles/Market Cafes will have similar buffet items, including turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, a pasta station and various pie and other dessert selections. The Barlow’s, Circle Drive, and 37th Street locations will be serving breakfast when they open, then brunch from 11 a.m. until the store closes at 2 p.m.; the Crossroads location will be serving the buffet starting at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The price is $19.99 for adults at locations except for 37th Street, where they decided to set the price a bit lower at $14.99 for adults. At all locations, kids are $6, and young kids 5 and under are free.
Old Country Buffet (1300 Salem Road SW) is open for Turkey Day , from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and they’re featuring their dinner special price at $11.79 for each adult.
Baker’s Square (3539 22nd Ave. NW; 819 Apache Lane SW) and all their pies are available on the holiday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature several specials including a turkey dinner.
Chester’s (111 S. Broadway) will open up for a special Thanksgiving Day service as well, from 1 to 7 p.m., serving dishes off their regular menu.
Charlie’s Eatery and Pub (1406 Second St. SW) is open all day long, with breakfast starting at 6 a.m. and its full menu is available in addition to the holiday special — roast turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, a cup of creamy chicken with wild rice soup, and a pumpkin bar dessert.
Three Crowns Dining in the Clarion Inn (1630 S. Broadway) has its annual Thanksgiving buffet, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring herb-roasted turkey, honey ham, sweet and mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the other traditional fixings, plus apple crisp and pumpkin pie for dessert.
Note that any of these restaurants might be completely booked for the day already, so be sure to call ahead.
Pop! Goes the restaurant
The wait is over for the Next Exciting Thing happening at Forager Brewery and Kutzky Market. The pop-up restaurant/business incubator space is complete with a commercial kitchen and private dining area, and tickets are on sale for the first concept: Thai Pop by husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Annie Balow.
Thai Pop will be popping up at Forager about twice a month, with the first night scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2. You purchase tickets on EventBrite.com for $32 per person, email to let them know if you’ll come at 5:30 or 7 p.m., then come to Forager on the 2nd and get treated to a five-course authentic Thai meal made by Annie, who is from Thailand.
Make sure to check out Thai Pop’s Facebook page for the complete menu (including a “Golden Bag” appetizer, glass noodle salad, panang curry, tom kha soup, and mango sticky rice for dessert), tempting photos of some of those dishes, and the link to buy (already in high demand) tickets. If you miss out this time, they’ll be back at Forager for another night with a brand new menu on December 16th.
Meet the chef at Salute
Salute Wine Bar and More, the restaurant within Marriott downtown, has a new chef and a revamped menu, and Friday, Dec. 11, might be the perfect time to check out the changes.
That evening, they’re serving up a six-course wine dinner by new executive chef Greg Cook. Each course is “expertly paired” with a glass of wine, and the menu itself is reason enough to go: Creamy apple and celeriac soup with creme fraiche and sage; pan-seared scallops with butternut squash puree; ribeye with maitake mushroom, fingerling potatoes, swiss chard and Barolo sauce; and glazed donut bread pudding, just to name a few of the courses.
Seating is limited to an intimate setting of 20 people. Cost is $65 per person, and reservations can be made by calling Salute at 507-285-2766.