Where you can eat on Thanksgiving Day in the Des Moines metro
Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving’s not the only time of year we eat too much and then veg out on the couch. In fact, the average American spends about nine full days a year in a post-meal slump.
If you're looking to dine out for Thanksgiving dinner, restaurants in Des Moines have you covered.
One in 10 people plan to dine out on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., according to the National Restaurant Association. And one in 20 will get a full takeout meal to celebrate the holiday.
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There are plenty of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in the Des Moines metro, serving everything from all-you-can-eat buffets to full turkey dinners to regular menu items.
Here's where you can get your Thanksgiving dinner fix.
Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona; 515-957-3535
AJ’s will serve a multi-course Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner for $42 per person from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mains include herb-roasted turkey tenderloin and honey-orange smoked ham with starters, sides and desserts. Select a la carte menu items will also be served. Reservations can be made by phone or OpenTable.
5029 NE 14th St., Des Moines; (515) 262-0379
From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bonanza will feature a Thanksgiving buffet full of turkey, ham, meatloaf, barbecue ribs, fried chicken and chicken strips, and all the fixings with rolls and desserts (adults, $16.99; seniors, $15.99; kids 4-9, $8.99; 3 and under, free). Drinks are not included and no reservations are necessary.
2785 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; (515) 965-5481
If a turkey dinner isn't your thing, you can feast on wings, appetizers and pizza instead at Cabaret in Ankeny. The kitchen is open from 2-10 p.m. and there will be plenty of football to watch.
3610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines; 515-875-5229
The Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner Inc. returns to Chuck’s with free turkey dinners for dining in and carryout from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for reservations. Donations are accepted.
11701 University Ave., Clive; 515-226-9603
Cracker Barrel is open for regular business hours on Thanksgiving and will once again offer its home-style turkey and dressing meals for in-store guests beginning at 11 a.m. (adult, $12.99; child, $7.99). Catering packages are available, including "oven to table in two hours" heat-and-serve meals (serves up to 10, $124.99) and "ready-to-serve" home-style meals (serves up to 6, $74.99).
You can even order desserts and assorted pies while supplies last like pecan, chocolate-pecan, apple-pecan streusel, All-American apple (no sugar added) and pumpkin (available Nov. 17-25 while supplies last).
Marriott Des Moines Downtown, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines; 515-558-6730
Head to the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for its Thanksgiving buffet in the ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for roasted turkey with orange-cranberry chutney and maple-glazed ham. Side dishes include white cheddar mac and cheese, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, lemon green beans and mushrooms, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted fall squash, rolls, biscuits, salad bar, kids' buffet, warm mulled cider and plenty of desserts (adults, $27; kids 5-12, $14; kids 4 and under, free). Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary bar are $10 each. Reservations only.
The District - Left on Main, 1450 S.W. Vintage Parkway, Ankeny; 515-443-7272
Flavory Bistro in Ankeny will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy turkey or sausage with sauerkraut, homemade mashed potatoes and squash baklava. The regular menu will also be available. Call for reservations.
Jordan Creek Town Center, 150 S. Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines; 515-457-2916
Try the three-course dinner, including a choice of mixed herb-roasted turkey or petite filet mignon accompanied by traditional holiday trimmings, including savory housemade stuffing, green beans and onions, family-style mashed potatoes and seasonal desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake. The cost is $52 per adult. Children can enjoy their own special three-course menu for $22. Or order from the full menu. The restaurant is open from 11 to 8 p.m., reservations only.
Guests can also pair their meal with a glass of Vérité La Joie 2012, a rare 100-point Bordeaux-style red blend from Vérité Winery in Sonoma County, California priced exclusively at $100 per glass which includes a pair of Riedel Performance wine glasses for guests to take home.
1802 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; 515-963-9632
The Fletcher in Ankeny will be hosting its Thanksgiving Day buffet. Feast on turkey and other chef entrées, two kinds of stuffing, sweet potatoes, gouda potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, salads, smoked salmon, and peel-and-eat shrimp. Desserts are pecan and pumpkin pies and cobbler. This year, the buffet runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults pay $28, seniors $23, kids 12 and under $15 and kids under 5 are free.
12801 University Ave., Clive; 515-224-1300
Granite City serves a reservation-only family-style Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy a three-course menu. A starter of crispy apple salad will be served with rolls, honey and butter. Entrees include roast turkey, salmon Béarnaise and stout-braised short ribs with all the fixings including sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, succotash, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry chutney, served family style for $28.95 per person. Kids dine for $8.95. For dessert, enjoy house-made pumpkin or pecan pie.
1112 Willis Ave., Ste. A, Perry; 515-465-3511
Harvey's at Hotel Pattee will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet from 11.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy cider-brined roast turkey, ham balls, roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, sweet potato tortilla soup, mashed potatoes, chestnut and sage stuffing, scalloped corn, crisp, cobblers and lots of pie. Coffee, tea and lemonade are included (adults, $24; kids; $12).
1801 22nd St., West Des Moines; 515-267-8383
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet will offer up a buffet of traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey and pumpkin pie, but if you're looking for seafood, the buffet will offer such dishes as barbecued squid and steamed mussels. Normal hours:f 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The buffet is $13.99 per person.
1310 Sixth Ave., Des Moines; 515-265-4277
Hope Ministries will serve and deliver more than 3,000 hot meals to people throughout central Iowa. Anyone who needs a meal can find one from noon to 1 p.m. at the following locations: Bethel Mission, 1310 Sixth Ave., Des Moines; Lutheran Church of Hope, 520 N.W. 36th St., Ankeny; and Heartland Presbyterian, 14300 Hickman Road, Clive. The menu includes turkey, potatoes, vegetables, a dinner roll and dessert
If you would like one or more meals delivered to your home on Thanksgiving Day, contact Hope Ministries by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 — unless Hope Ministry's meal capacity limit is reached earlier.
Various locations across the metro
Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hy-Vee Market Grille full-service restaurants, dine-in only (excludes Hy-Vee Market Grille Express locations). Market Grille will be featuring Thanksgiving favorites and half-price bottles of wine all day for $19.99.Call ahead to make sure your location will be open and reserve your table. Prices will vary by location and some locations will offer extended hours and menus.
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames; 515-268-2238
Enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch buffet with all the favorites, including roasted turkey breast, traditional and sage-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and an array of vegetable and grain side dishes, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and homemade pumpkin pie. Non-alcoholic beverages are also included. Adults, $25; children 6-12, $14; 5 and under, free. Reservations are recommended.
11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale; 515-270-6818
The Machine Shed throws a fundraiser to benefit Wildwood Hills Ranch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a minimum $18 donation for adults and $10 for kids under age 12. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and pumpkin pie are among the dishes. An all-volunteer staff makes this buffet possible. A takeout dinner for four is also available for $64.99.
50 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee; 515-987-9604
Head to Mickey’s in Waukee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free traditional Thanksgiving buffet lunch. Donations are accepted and go to Tori's Angels Foundation, which provides for infants, children, and adolescents with life-threatening challenges.
Various locations throughout the metro
Call ahead, but most Perkins locations in the Des Moines area plan to serve a limited menu during normal hours that includes a turkey dinner with pumpkin pie for $11.79.
721 E. First St., Grimes; 515-986-1900
The Radish dishes out a Thanksgiving Day brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast items like eggs and biscuits and gravy, prime rib, turkey, ham, Yankee pot roast, stuffing, salads, pasta dishes, pies, fresh fruit and danishes. The cost is $25 for adults and $7 for children.
4900 86th St., Urbandale; 515-278-4476
Enjoy a traditional all-you-can-eat buffet with a wide assortment of Thanksgiving goodies at Ruby Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A lavish dessert table will be laden with pumpkin and pecan pies, assorted cakes, danishes, cheesecake and other baked goods. The cost is $17.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids 6-12. Those younger are free.
Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona; 515-967-1000
The Triple Crown Buffet at Prairie Meadows will offer an all-day-long, all-you-can-eat buffet: breakfast, 7-9 a.m. (adults, $20.95; kids, $10.95); brunch, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (adults, $26.95; kids $13.95);d dinner, 2-10 p.m. (adults, $26.95; kids $13.95). Call for reservations of six or more. Children 5 and under dine for free.
West Des Moines Marriott
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines; 515-267-1500
West Des Moines Marriott will feature a lavish turkey dinner buffet in its ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. The price is $25 for adults and $12 for children. Call for reservations.
1301 N.W. 114th St., Clive; 515-223-5700
Wobbly Boots Roadhouse will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet with turkey, ham, stuffing, cornbread, mac and cheese, green beans, corn and desserts for $17.99 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And the full menu will be available all day along with football games and happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Both reservations and walk-ins are accepted.
410 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; 515-965-7802
Dine at an all-you-can-eat Greek-style buffet including turkey, prime rib, manicotti al forno, pizza, mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, vegetables and salad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $18, kids 10 and under half price and 2 and under free. Desserts like tiramisu, cookies and cheesecake are also included.
If your restaurant is serving Thanksgiving dinner and isn't on this list, email Brian Carlson to be added.
Brian Taylor Carlson is the food and dining reporter at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8552 and follow @briantaylorcarlson on Facebook, @BriinDSM on Twitter and @briindsm on Instagram.
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