For many, Thanksgiving Day means prepping meals, baking, hostessing and heavy duty cleaning. Wouldn't it be nice to just concentrate on visiting with family and friends without all the hassle? Luckily, a few local restaurants in Eagan are dishing up traditional Thanksgiving Day meals, but hurry, some venues fill-up quick.
Here's a guide to restaurants that will be open in Eagan on Thursday, what foods they'll be serving, prices and hours.
Jensen's Supper Club located off of Hwy. 13 will be hosting its fourth annual Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The restaurant will be serving turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, salad, smoked salmon, fresh breads and rolls, and pecan and apple pies, among other items. Jensen's Supper Club recommends guests make reservations. According to the restaurant, they do not reserve a space for walk-ins. It costs $24 for adults, children ages 8-12 cost $14, children ages 4-7 cost $8 and children under three are free.
Nearby is Cedarvale Fitz's, and they are also serving up a hot turkey meal for customers. Fitz's will be open from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Jake's City Grille in Promenade Place will be dishing up its annual buffet to Thanksgiving Day guests. Their buffet menu features chef-carved roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, gravy, sausage and sage stuffing, brown sugar sweet potatoes, classic corn pudding, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. The restaurant welcomes reservations and the kitchen begins serving at 11 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. Adults cost $18 and children cost $10.
Not too far away is Casper's Cherokee Sirloin Room. The restaurant will be whipping up its traditional buffet in addition to its annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. Casper's will be serving traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing, prime rib, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pasta salads and a dessert table. The restaurant will be seating guests in four different time slots; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
"We've mapped out where we're going to seat people," Casper's bartender Becky Pint said. "Make sure you check-in with the host stand."
Pint also recommended guests make reservations, especially around lunchtime.
"Church lets out and we get really full," Pint said.
Also, the restaurant serves a free Thanksgiving Day meal to the less fortunate at its West St. Paul location.
Interested in a cheaper Thanksgiving Day feast? Valley Lounge has got their guests covered. The restaurant and bar will serve all-you-can-eat turkey and the fixings for $8.25 from noon until dawn.
Not in the mood for a Thanksgiving Day meal? Ansari's Mediterranean Grill and Lounge will be open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. offering its full menu. Old Chicago will also be open starting at 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. serving its full menu.
For those in the mood for a drink or two after that last guest has left, hop over to Cooper's. The bar opens at 5 p.m.