Food & Drink

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Options

These KC restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals will make you extra appreciative this Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving leaving you a little more stressed than grateful? Whether you forgot to buy (or thaw) the turkey or had an unexpected change in plans, there’s no need to worry. These KC restaurants are serving up Thanksgiving brunch, lunch and dinner (reservations are recommended).

Avenues Bistro is opening its doors 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Guests can pick from a choice of meats (sliced roasted turkey, sugar cured ham, grilled halibut and roasted prime rib), soup or salad, sides (including corn soufflé casserole, brioche stuffing and candied yams) and dessert (from classics like pecan pie to Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake), plus cranberry sauce and dinner rolls.

Newport Grill and Paradise Diner has the whole family covered with its buffet 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Children under four eat for free; kids 4-12 are $14.95, and adults are $28.95. Offerings include roasted butternut squash soup, whole roasted and sliced turkey with giblet gravy, prime rib with horseradish cream and au jus, cod Florentine, salmon cakes, baked macaroni and cheese, brulee potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes with marshmallow crust and housemade pumpkin and pecan pie.

We’re thankful for Affäre year-round, even more so after finding out it’s serving Thanksgiving brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Then the restaurant switches to its four-course dinner menu for $48. Let’s be honest: Chef Martin Heuser’s roasted, sage-rubbed Tom turkey with apple-pretzel stuffing and velvet cream sauce alongside Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and Macaire potatoes promises to be so appetizing you might want to go ahead and stop cooking now.

Johnson County resident can make a reservation at The Grille at Park Place, which is open for dinner at 3 p.m. The $33 per person meal includes slow roasted turkey, herb stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, butternut squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, corn bread, and pumpkin or key lime pie. And if you need a break from family togetherness or want to catch one of the day’s games, pay a visit to the Leawood Gordon Biersch, which is donating 10 percent of Thanksgiving sales to Harvesters. Football isn’t the only activity Park Place offers: Its outdoor ice rink will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for those wanting to work off their holiday calories and make family memories.

Feast Italian style at Lidia’s, open noon-6 p.m. The meal is $45 per person ($15 for kids) and includes family style antipasti, a choice of a starter and a main course—ranging from traditional turkey to butternut squash filled ravioli to porchetta—with dessert platters of pecan caramel biscotti and more to share for dessert.

Bristol pulls out all the stops with a buffet ($36 for adults; $18 for kids 4-12) at its downtown and Leawood locations featuring roasted turkey and glazed ham as well as more than 15 sides, salads and desserts. J. Gilbert’s three-course Thanksgiving meal ($38 for adults, $19 for kids 12 and under) features holiday classics as well as a few unexpected options (hello, Maryland crab bisque), available in addition to its regular menu.

The KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony Thanksgiving night makes the Plaza a perfect place to grab a bite and watch the festivities, and there are no shortage of dining options. Bo Ling’s is serving up Beijing roast duck with steamed buns, green onion, cucumber and hoisin sauce, while Chaz on the Plaza lets you choose what you want noon-6 p.m. with a buffet featuring smoked turkey, prime rib, seafood, ham sides and desserts accompanied by live entertainment. Gram & Dun showcases restaurant favorites as well as its take on Thanksgiving fare and República puts a modern spin on Spain’s culinary traditions with its specials. See a full list of Plaza restaurants open on Thanksgiving and their specials here.

Just outside the Plaza, Café Trio also offers a prime light-watching spot. Enjoy the restaurants new dinner menu or the a traditional turkey feast, with seatings from 2-7 p.m.

For those not craving traditional fare on November 26, consider spicing things up with food from Swagat. The Indian restaurant in Zona Rosa will be open for lunch, so stop by or place a carryout order.