Why cook for Thanksgiving? Go out to a restaurant!

A guide to eating out on Turkey Day.



A home-cooked Thanksgiving meal is delightful, but some of us prefer letting a restaurant do all the work.
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  • A home-cooked Thanksgiving meal is delightful, but some of us prefer letting a restaurant do all the work.

Thanksgiving is just 10 days away. For some of us, that means actually taking on the task of hosting an entire holiday meal (I've done it — but never again) or preparing a side dish or a dessert to take along to the home of a relative or a friend who is gracious enough to host a family gathering.

And then there's the less ambitious types, who prefer making reservations to making Waldorf salad. The problem is that not as many restaurants as you might think are actually open on November 24. The casino buffets are always serving, of course, and several hotel dining rooms. Fat City has a cornucopia of tasty suggestions for places that are most assuredly open and serving on Thanksgiving. In most cases, advance reservations are required.

The Shields Manor Bistro in the Northland (121 Main, Platte City) is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 7 p.m. November 24. Reservations are required by calling 816-858-5557. The meal is priced at $28 per person and includes turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry-pecan relish, country green beans, buttered corn and home-baked bread. Desserts are available for an additional charge.

If you feel brave enough to confront the Thanksgiving Day chaos on the Country Club Plaza, McCormick & Schmick's (448 West 47th Street, 816-531-6800) offers both the regular dinner menu and a special three-course Thanksgiving menu from 10:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Thanksgiving special menu offers a choice of house salad or butternut squash bisque, turkey with gravy served with mashed potatoes, cornbread casserole, apple-butternut squash casserole, and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. The meal is priced at $23.95 for adults and $7.95 for children.

Another Plaza favorite, Plaza III - the Steakhouse (4749 Pennsylvania, 816-753-0000) is serving both regular-menu dishes and a special all-you-can-eat turkey dinner, served at the table, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The turkey dinner is priced at $27.95.

Buca di Beppo on the Plaza (310 West 47th Street, 816-931-6548) serves both the regular Italian-inspired menu and a special holiday menu on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Thanksgiving meal is priced at $69.99 (it feeds five or six diners) or $39.99 (it feeds two to three diners) and includes white-meat turkey, an Italian sausage stuffing, garlic mashers, gravy, cranberry sauce and green beans.

The legendary Savoy Grill (219 West Ninth Street, 816-842-3890) is serving on Thanksgiving from noon to 9 p.m. In addition to the regular menu offerings, the restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner for $18.50. Reservations are encouraged.

For a soulful Thanksgiving, Niecie's Restaurant (6441 Troost, 816-444-6006) will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The only dinner entree served that day will be the sliced turkey dinner, but all the breakfast dishes will be available.

Ophelia's Restaurant in Independence (201 North Main, 816-461-4525) will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet features ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, a variety of salads, and desserts. The meal is priced at $24.95 per person, $12 for children.

The New Peking Chinese Restaurant in Westport (540 Westport Road, 816-531-6969) is open Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. "We won't be offering any lunch specials that day," an employee told Fat City. "We'll serve the dinner menu all day."

The Country Keepsakes Tea Room in Belton (501 Main, 816-348-7888) is taking reservations for its Thanksgiving meal. Call for details.

The Village Inn in Mission (5800 Broadmoor, 913-236-7088) is open Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Waffle House restaurant at 6840 East Front St. will be open 24 hours on Thanksgiving Day.

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