Thanksgiving Day, a time to count your blessings, gather with the ones you love and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
But the celebration comes with a price: hours of preparation, battling long lines at the grocery store, dealing with potential kitchen mishaps and the demands of the inevitable vegetarian relative.
Want to leave the stress, work and clean-up to someone else this year? Here's a guide to where you can find a great meal and good times on Thanksgiving Day in Milwaukee.
3041 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 476-6900
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a full sit-down turkey dinner from a special holiday menu. The holiday menu includes a choice of potato and choice of soup, salad or other starter.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., at the Saint Kate Hotel, (414) 270-4422
From 11- 8 p.m. a family style turkey dinner will be served in this cozy and elegant restaurant, located in Milwaukee’s artsy hotel, Saint Kate. The dinner is $50 for adults and $20 for the kids.
500 W. Florida St., at the Iron Horse Hotel, (414) 831-4615
Bring your family and friends to the Iron Horse Hotel for a lively and tasty Thanksgiving buffet brunch from 10- 4 p.m. This cornucopia of a brunch includes a tarragon brined turkey, house made charcuterie, sour cream smashed potatoes, desserts, smoked fish, and cheeses. It is $65 for adults which includes a mimosa bar, and a Bloody Mary bar for $15, and kids for $25.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (414) 847-7882
The Buffet serves traditional favorites from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy sliced turkey, carved ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, stuffed sliced pork loin and roasted potatoes. Holiday pies are available for dessert, including pumpkin.
The Capital Grille
310 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 223-0600
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Capital Grille will be serving up slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing and traditional sides. The dinner is $15 for children, $42 for adults and $10 for dessert. The full steakhouse menu will also be available.
The Cafe at The Hilton
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-7250
Thanksgiving brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traditional lunch and breakfast items are available alongside holiday staples like turkey and stuffing. Enjoy carving stations, a display of fruits and cheese, a variety of soups and salads, and a dessert station.
Coach’s Pub & Grill
5356 S. 13th St., (414) 281-8175
From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., enjoy a turkey dinner with traditional sides and desserts.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
15 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, (262) 785-9463
Let Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant do the work for you on Thanksgiving. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., the restaurant will serve a family-style traditional Thanksgiving feast of slow-roasted Amish turkey, potatoes, pan gravy, herb stuffing, house-made cranberry sauce and spiced pumpkin cheesecake. The regular menu will also be available.
Iron Grate BBQ Co.
4125 S. Howell Ave., (414) 455-1776
If you want to fool your relatives into thinking you have been cooking the Thanksgiving spread all day, but not actually doing any of the work, order your turkey and classic sides with Iron Grate BBQ Co. before Nov 18th and pick up the delicious meal the day before Thanksgiving. Iron Grate BBQ Co. is serving up a pre sliced, 10-pound smoked turkey for $95, with a half tray of sides that feeds 10-12 people ($30) or a full tray of sides that feeds 25 -30 people ($50). These crowd pleasing sides include: andouille stuffing, sweet potatoes, braised mustard greens, cornbread, baked beans, creamy coleslaw, and grits.
Jack Pandl’s Whitefish Bay Inn
Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay., (414) 964-3800
From 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Jack Pandl’s Inn is hosting a turkey dinner served with soup or salad, tasty stuffing, along with a choice of potato or butternut squash. This dinner is $23 and will also include other Jack Pandl’s Inn classics like the wiener schnitzel ($27), 6-ounce filet mignon ($28), and whitefish ($26).
1041 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 271-3377
If you want to eat a dinner that's a little more untraditional for Thanksgiving, head to Mader's for a brunch buffet that starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. You can eat German dishes, omelets and turkey. The dinner buffet follows from 4 to 7 p.m., which will include a schnitzel station.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, at Mayfair Mall, (414) 978-1000.
11 - 9 p.m. Maggiano’s Little Italy is serving up a family style meal with your choice of two entrees from baked ham with mashed sweet potatoes, turkey breast with focaccia sausage stuffing, or Parmesan-crusted tilapia. This dinner is $40 for adults, or $18 for children 5 to 12.
1550 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-2250
Add some bold and delicious flavors to your Thanksgiving with Maharaja, from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and for dinner 5-10 p.m. This indian restaurant will prepare turkey with curry and include an item from the tandoori menu and serve season sides such as squash.
Mason Street Grill
425 E. Mason St., (414) 298-3131
From 1 to 7 p.m., enjoy a three-course meal with your friends and family. Start off with a soup or salad, then move onto the main course: turkey or prime rib with side dishes and a choice of dessert. For larger gatherings, private dining spaces are available.
Miller Time Pub & Grill
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Hilton Milwaukee City Center, (414) 271-2337
Miller Time Pub will be open normal operating hours on Thanksgiving Day.
633 N. 5th St., Hilton Milwaukee City Center, (414) 226-2467
Milwaukee ChopHouse is preparing quite a Thanksgiving feast. From 4 to 9 p.m., the chefs at the ChopHouse will prepare special offerings highlighting delicious holiday cuisine, including curried pumpkin soup, pear salad, turkey wellington and pumpkin ginger cheesecake. Mitchell's Fish Market
275 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, (262) 789-2426
Mitchell's Fish Market will serve a three-course turkey dinner with your choice of soup or salad for starters and dessert for the finale. Mitchell's will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant
522 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 672-0206
Opening at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant will have its regular menu available, plus some other holiday goodies such as turkey with stuffing and other specials like braised goose shanks, and for dessert cranberry schaum torte.
The Packing House
900 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-5054
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Packing House will offer its full menu, including Thanksgiving specialties such as hand-carved, slow-roasted turkey that's served with hot gravy, apply and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry relish. The entrée is served with soup or salad along with fresh oven-baked bread. Dinners will be available for take-out from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pastiche at the Metro
411 E. Mason St., Hotel Metro, (414) 225-3270
Pastiche will serve traditional turkey breast with gravy, pork loin with cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes and pecan and pumpkin pie from 1 to 7 p.m.
The Pfister Hotel Ballroom
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 935-5950
Celebrate Thanksgiving at one of Milwaukee's most historic landmarks. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a brunch buffet that includes traditional entrées and side dishes along with appetizers and desserts.
4016 S. Packard Ave., St. Francis, (414) 482-0080
Polonez will have a Polish-style buffet, with turkey and traditional sides along with Polish sausage, mushroom soup and potato pancakes. Coffee, tea and milk are included. A first seating is at 12:30 p.m., and a second at 2:30 p.m.
833 E. Michigan St., (414) 273-7273
Take in a three-course Thanksgiving dinner that will be served from 11 to 5 p.m. The regular menu will also be available.
Stella Van Buren
550 N. Van Buren St., Westin Milwaukee, (414) 847-5622
Order from the full dinner menu or specials will be available, including turkey tetrazzini, roasted Amish chicken, fall scallop, and white chocolate cheesecake. Dinner will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m and breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
239 E. Chicago St., (414) 488-9600
Sweet Diner will serve a delicious, plated Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also offer a take-out dinner for six with turkey with mashed sweet potatoes, wild rice salad and more. The take-out option must be ordered by 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 with pick up at 10 a.m. Nov. 22. The regular breakfast menu will also be available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Texas de Brazil
2550 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, (414) 501-7100
The authentic, Brazilian steakhouse – with one of the best salad bars in town and some great meat grilled over hardwood coals – will have its usual buffet plus holiday dishes, including turkey, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
200 N. Broadway, Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, (414) 291-3971
The buffet will include roast turkey breast, confit legs and thighs, as well as rosemary-garlic prime rib from noon to 6 p.m. Delicious sides include maple roasted sweet potatoes and mushroom-focaccia stuffing. Even better, Nov 14- 30th, the cafe will be selling five-inch pies for $12 each with 100% of the profits benefiting the No Kids Hungry charity. Nine-inch pies will also be available for $30 on Nov 27th until sold out, with half the proceeds going towards No Kid Hungry.