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Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities: Great Choices for Dining Out

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We're fast approaching the celebration of gratitude and turkey, but what to do if you'd rather not spend hours upon hours inside the kitchen? Here we whittle down the choices of restaurants that will be open for your gravy gobbling pleasure.

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Marin Restaurant & Bar

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Marin is pulling out all the stops with a coursed tasting menu for guests dining with them on Thanksgiving. The centerpiece being turkeys sourced from Wild Acres farms. Chef Mike Rakun will also be roasting squash for a luscious bisque and there will be pie. Oh yes, there will be pie.

Forepaugh's Restaurant

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Saint Paul is a magical place once the snow falls. The streetlights twinkle and the stately old mansions dress up in holiday finery. Forepaugh's is located inside one of those historic homes. Chef Donald Gonzalez has created a five course Thanksgiving tasting menu including butternut squash soup, classic Waldorf salad, choice of entree that includes turkey or beef wellington. Dinner is $49.99 per adult or $24.99 for kids 12 and under. (Children 3 and under eat free.) [Photo courtesy Forepaugh's Facebook page]

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

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Here's the way to get an even bigger jump on all the other Black Friday shoppers: just stay at the Mall of America for Thanksgiving. FireLake specializes in Minnesota-source fare and their birds are also hailing from Wild Acres Farm. Dinner is $29.95 per adult, $12.95 for those 12 and under. (If you aren't in Bloomington, the downtown Minneapolis FireLake location will also be serving turkey dinners.) [Photo courtesy FireLake Facebook]

The Capital Grille

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The classically elegant Capital Grille will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving menu ($36 per adult/$15 for kids), but the a la carte menu will also be available on turkey day from noon to 9 p.m. A perfectly prepared steak and that wine selection rocks any night of the week.

Pazzaluna

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The downtown St. Paul Italian eatery is hosting a pre fixe menu featuring turkey and all the traditional trimmings. That's not all, there will also be classic pasta dishes to ensure that your post-meal nap plans are iron clad. [Photo courtesy Pazzaluna Facebook Page]

Afton House Inn

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Bucolic little Afton is just about as adorable a location as you kind find. Afton House Inn continues to be owned and operated by a tight-knit family who are infused with that small-town charm and hospitality. Thanksgiving here is like spending with long lost family that insists you don't lift a finger. The meal will be a large buffet with several items (including gravy) available gluten free.

Birchwood Cafe

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We'll call this an "honorable mention" as the restaurant isn't actually open on Thanksgiving. However, if you'd like your turkey day dinner ethically sourced from local farms prepared thoughtfully and delivered the day before the big holiday, then Birchwood has you covered. The turkey is from Ferndale Market and uncooked, but all you've got to do is pop it in the oven. Pies and sides are all prepared. Just be certain to order before November 23. [Photo courtesy Birchwood Cafe Facebook page]

Marin Restaurant & Bar

Marin is pulling out all the stops with a coursed tasting menu for guests dining with them on Thanksgiving. The centerpiece being turkeys sourced from Wild Acres farms. Chef Mike Rakun will also be roasting squash for a luscious bisque and there will be pie. Oh yes, there will be pie.

Forepaugh's Restaurant

Saint Paul is a magical place once the snow falls. The streetlights twinkle and the stately old mansions dress up in holiday finery. Forepaugh's is located inside one of those historic homes. Chef Donald Gonzalez has created a five course Thanksgiving tasting menu including butternut squash soup, classic Waldorf salad, choice of entree that includes turkey or beef wellington. Dinner is $49.99 per adult or $24.99 for kids 12 and under. (Children 3 and under eat free.) [Photo courtesy Forepaugh's Facebook page]

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Here's the way to get an even bigger jump on all the other Black Friday shoppers: just stay at the Mall of America for Thanksgiving. FireLake specializes in Minnesota-source fare and their birds are also hailing from Wild Acres Farm. Dinner is $29.95 per adult, $12.95 for those 12 and under. (If you aren't in Bloomington, the downtown Minneapolis FireLake location will also be serving turkey dinners.) [Photo courtesy FireLake Facebook]

The Capital Grille

The classically elegant Capital Grille will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving menu ($36 per adult/$15 for kids), but the a la carte menu will also be available on turkey day from noon to 9 p.m. A perfectly prepared steak and that wine selection rocks any night of the week.

Pazzaluna

The downtown St. Paul Italian eatery is hosting a pre fixe menu featuring turkey and all the traditional trimmings. That's not all, there will also be classic pasta dishes to ensure that your post-meal nap plans are iron clad. [Photo courtesy Pazzaluna Facebook Page]

Afton House Inn

Bucolic little Afton is just about as adorable a location as you kind find. Afton House Inn continues to be owned and operated by a tight-knit family who are infused with that small-town charm and hospitality. Thanksgiving here is like spending with long lost family that insists you don't lift a finger. The meal will be a large buffet with several items (including gravy) available gluten free.

Birchwood Cafe

We'll call this an "honorable mention" as the restaurant isn't actually open on Thanksgiving. However, if you'd like your turkey day dinner ethically sourced from local farms prepared thoughtfully and delivered the day before the big holiday, then Birchwood has you covered. The turkey is from Ferndale Market and uncooked, but all you've got to do is pop it in the oven. Pies and sides are all prepared. Just be certain to order before November 23. [Photo courtesy Birchwood Cafe Facebook page]

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