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We have recently moved to Indianapolis. Suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner in or proximate to the city?

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  1. I'm visiting Indy on Thanksgiving Day and have the same question. Sorry I can't help but I'll be checking your replies.

    1. The only restaurant I've seen advertise for a Thanksgiving meal this year -- so far -- is McCormick and Schmick's, in downtown Indy. I was actually just looking for info, myself. I'm pretty sure there will be some listings for Thanksgiving meals in this week's NUVO -- Terry Kirts usually compiles a list of several possibilities. Might look online at NUVO's site, too?

      1. How far do you want to drive? Story Inn, in Story (just a bit over an hour from Indy, I am thinking, depending on where you start from -- you'd have to map it), does Thanksgiving Dinner. The menu is available here: http://www.storyinn.com/. I am not in general wild about their food, but I've heard some recent reports from people who have liked it. As far as atmosphere, it's a perfect Thanksgiving Day destination --quaint, homey, rustic. Over the river and through the woods kinds of stuff.

        1. Many thanks for your Story Inn recommendation.
          Recently I have seen an ad for the Oak Hill Mansion, in Fishers on 116th St. A Thanksgiving Day Buffett.
          It appears we shall not be without options.

          1. I can't comment on the quality of food at any of the available restaurants, but you can also check on opentable.com for possible open restaurants.

            1. I just read in the Indianapolis paper that Capital Grill and McCormick & Schmidt will both be serving Thanksgiving dinner

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              1. re: Cookiefiend

                I too was looking for a nice place to eat out on Thanksgiving. I came across this information.

                From today's Taste (inside The Indianapolis Star), looks like you have other options, too ... an excerpt from Traci Cumbay's article:

                Conner Prairie (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers) offers a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., one full of traditional eats including the "old-fashioned green bean casserole" that practically built Thanksgiving tradition and a Grand Marnier chocolate mousse that I wish were part of my own family gathering. It's $24.95 for adults and $13 for ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and younger, and you need a reservation. Call (317) 776-6006 for one.

                Ted's Montana Grill (5910 W. 86th St. and 14490 Clay Terrace Blvd. in Carmel) is taking the traditional route, as well, when it opens for the first time this Thanksgiving. Stop in from noon to 8 p.m. for a $30 turkey dinner, and for anyone feeling anti-bird, the restaurant will offer cedar plank salmon or prime rib. Reservations accepted.

                McCormick & Schmick's (110 N. Illinois St.) opens from noon to 9 p.m. with a special holiday menu packed with traditional faves. It also offers its full menu, in case you prefer oysters and filet mignon or crab cakes and rainbow trout. Reservations are recommended for large parties. Capital Grille (40 W. Washington) is open all day and serving turkey and trimmings (including clam chowder) for $40, or order from the restaurant's full dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Reservations accepted.

                1. re: Cristo4e

                  Conrad Indianapolis will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner along with a lot of other cool holiday events. You can check them out at www.ConradIndianapolisHolidays.com

                  Conrad Indianapolis
                  50 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

              2. I would check out Bloomington for a more relaxed atmosphere in general. Farm or Story Inn.

                Story Inn
                6404 State Road 135 S, Nashville, IN 47448

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                1. re: napolean

                  I doubt Farm will be open for Thanksgiving, but it's worth avoiding their service anyways. I can't imagine how bad it would be on a holiday.

                2. I don't feel up to cooking the whole 9 yards this year, so DH and I are going to Farm. Go here for a link to their menu. http://www.farm-bloomington.com/

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                  1. re: pikawicca

                    My whole family went to Farm last year and, with 6 little kids involved, the service was great. The food was also great. A nice variety included salad or soup, entree with tasty fixings, and a dessert plate consisting of three different elements. You can also order some other appetizers to start the meal off BUT I will have to say my favorite thing is to hit the bar for a cocktail or two before. I will never forget the Sumac Tea with bourbon concoction they made for me last year! And most of the family is returning this year for hopefully another non-fussy Thanksgiving meal. I will report and let you know how the food and service compares.