Make This Thanksgiving Worry-Free

Enjoy a delicious dinner without the sides of anxiety and dirty dishes.

Yes, Thanksgiving is about family and friends coming together to share a meal and remember what they have to be thankful for. But if you’re the one hosting the big meal, too often it becomes a stress-filled balancing act. The Turkey comes out of the oven when? Who is bringing the cranberries? One misplaced bread basket and it can feel like the whole meal is ruined.

Skip the stress and eat like royalty this Thanksgiving, courtesy of these not-quite-home-cooked (but still delicious) dining options.

Delight family and friends by making reservations at JULIAN. The restaurant is serving up three courses for $38 ($18  for kids 10 and under) with seatings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The menu features butternut squash bisque, brined and roasted turkey breast with dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy, and pumpkin cheesecake with nutmeg whipped cream. Why even bother competing?

Celebrate two special occasions with one meal at Café Trio, which is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Feast and Plaza Lighting Extravaganza from 5-9:30 p.m. For $90 (including tax and gratuity), you’ll enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by executive chef Adam Yoder, a champagne toast during the lighting of the Plaza, a dessert buffet, coffee service and entertainment by Tim Whitmer and Millie Edwards.

Seasons 52 also offers a prime spot for viewing the lights and chowing down, offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including Plainville Farms roasted turkey, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish and a signature pumpkin pie mini indulgence dessert for just $26.95 per adult. Children’s portions will also be available and service lasts until 8 p.m.

Thanksgiving dinner at Seasons 52.

Gram & Dun is also serving a special Thanksgiving dinner with a special menu that includes Gram & Dun favorites along with the restaurant’s fun spin on more traditional Thanksgiving fare. But we might be more excited for its Black Friday brunch, which kicks off at 10 a.m., just in time for us refuel from those very early morning shopping trips.

Stroud’s Overland Park is staying open for Thanksgiving and offering a buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. filled with traditional dishes as well as chicken noodle soup, pan-fried chicken, catfish nuggets and cinnamon rolls. Pumpkin pie better watch its back.