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Thanksgiving Options [Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor]

I have been commissioned to find a good option for Thanksgiving. My benefactor lives in the Ypsi/Ann Arbor area but is willing to travel. They would prefer a buffet but they are open to other options. I have always eaten with family at home, so I have ZERO experience on this issue. Please Help.

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Thanksgiving Options for SE MIchigan.

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  1. Every year the Free Press publishes a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving, look for it in the next week or so. Here's their list from a couple years ago:

    www.freep.com/article/20081126/FEATUR...

    Staying closer to AA/Ypsi there may not be very many options. From last year:

    www.annarborchronicle.com/2009/11/15/...

    One commenter posted a link to the holiday menu for Evans Street Station, which has gotten good reviews elsewhere on this board.

    www.evansstreetstation.com/index.php?...

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    Evans Street Station
    110 S Evans St, Tecumseh, MI 49286

    1. We once had our T-day dinner at Weber's. Not a buffet; but they did a fine job.

      Otherwise; consider some of the hotels w/full-service restaurants/kithcens. Perhaps the Marriott
      Eagles Nest (?) @ Ypsi does something ...

      1. Oxford Inn, in RO is offering a Thanksgiving feed, but they're getting pounded in other food sites.

          1. re: Jim M

            Thanks all...I have forwarded the list on.

            1. re: Jim M

              I gotta say, the Freep list is pretty discouraging. One year when I was a young UofM post grad singly relocated from Calif., all my new friends were out of town, and I didn't get off my butt until too late.... and, ended up at Ram's Horn for Thanksgiving. I thought I was in hell, but this year's Freep alternatives don't look much better. I'd say Lily's RO is the best sounding alternative on that list.

              I did Charley's Crab in Troy six or seven years ago and it was GREAT. But, I think it now is the Met Hotel Restaurant, and I have no idea whether it still is any good. Another place (again, not on west side) is McCormick and Schmick. They are putting on a nice T-Giving, according to their holiday menu and to their (IMO) strong reputation.
              Good luck.
              PS--a few years ago, i.e. pre-family, I got a smoked turkey from Lazybones (about noon is last avail pick-up) and brought it home to give an expensive bottle of wine some company. Not quite as great as I had hoped (pink, damp and tepid), but much more "real" than most of the crap on offer in this city on that day. I'd do that again in a pinch, if I ever found myself under similar circumstances... assuming the Lions were planning to give me something to watch, while I made a grinning tipsy pig of myself.

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              Charley's Crab
              5498 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48098

              McCormick and Schmicks
              2850 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48084

              1. re: vtombrown

                I will admit this list had nothing that lifted my skirt.

                1. re: vtombrown

                  On T-Day, I'm inclined to play it safe(r), regardless of the cost. I'm also looking to avoid the
                  whole family/young-children thing. The only one on the list that works for me is Rugby
                  Grille.

                  If I was wanting to take a bit of a chance, I'd call Ginopolis and ask if Johnny is working that
                  day. If so; I'd take the chance. Otherwise; not.

                  Last year we were vacationing at Sandestin during the T-day holiday. My first few choices
                  for the typical feed were full-up, so we resigned ourselves to the Hilton's [gasp] buffet. They
                  did a truly excellent job all around. My expectations were low and I left utterly delighted.

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                  Rugby Grille
                  100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

                  Ginopolis Restaurant
                  27815 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

              2. If you're not stuck on "tradition", most Chinese places are open on Thanksgiving. Not to mention Seould Garden is usually.

                1. Hey JP, can you talk your Ypsi friend into Novi?? Should only be a 28 minute drive, depending on whether you're asking me or momskitchen ;-)

                  I went to Toasted Oak tonight, and they were offering intriguing Thanksgiving reservations. That should be a quality good time.

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                  1. re: vtombrown

                    Don't ask me vtom....I don't get to Novi often! Should I try Toasted Oak some time?

                    1. re: momskitchen

                      Hi momskitchen. I would say yes, with a few caveats---
                      1. It's in a hotel. Generally, this indicates to me "suboptimal value," or in medium to small sized cities, "bad ripoff."
                      2. They have a "miss" here and there.
                      3. It is possible that I like this place more than they deserve to be liked, given that I'm biased towards places which grind &/or smoke &/or cure their own meats.
                      4. It is also possible that I'm fond of the atmosphere because it's reminiscent of nice hotels in which I've long past eaten while on exciting and expensive vacations / business trips.

                      In any event, I really appreciate this newcomer, and their house charcuterie plate was big* and adorable. Additionally, their kid's plate was cheap and featured a giant MEDIUM RARE fresh ground cheeseburger with Belgian fries and aioli. Fantastic. (Unfortunately, when our excellent waitress Suzanne asked my 4yr old whether he was SURE he was full, he lifted his shirt to display his bulging belly for evidence...I finished the other half and was not baited into any such exhibition)
                      *charcuterie meats so plentiful that I was left wanting for less meat; and, rather, more accompaniments (the bruschetta, pickles, etc.) --JanPrimus will demolish me for saying such a thing...

                      For additional perspectives and more competent reporting, I suggest the following CH topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7226...
                      (you'll recognize several other fans of Toasted Oak, such as the discoverer berkleybabe)

                      1. re: vtombrown

                        it's a good option if you're shopping at 12 Oaks