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Thanksgiving Dinner - Midwest

bishopsbitter | Oct 22, 200511:51 AM

Expanding on "GiGi"'s requent for KC I'm looking for a new Thanksgiving destination to replace Sherlock's Home. Pretty much the western 2/3rd of the midwest is in play. Start with Dakotas thru WI and draw lines south and all would qualify. (Just cannot make it too far east.)

For those who eat out at Thanksgiving, are there any places in the region you would share information about; perhaps places you have returned to for several years in a row and are therefore consistent and likely not to disappoint?

Got to be a little bit "white tablecloth" but not overly fancy to get away from the turkey and gravy essentials. Also good service and hearty home-like portions are a must. As per "GiGi" historic hotel would fit; rustic resort would fit very well too. A place that knows and serves Beaujolais Nouveau [in my mind "the" wine for a turkey feast, its release perfectly timed for Thanksgiving] would be perfect; one that has a decent wine list would be fine too.

Oh, and if the mashed potatoes are "instant", or the gravy that malevolent brown "goo" you sometimes see, please do not apply.

Prefer to avoid chain hotel dining rooms and other "grudgingly"-open-for-the-holiday-but-the-staff-are-about-to-launch-a-mutiny-about-it type of places. Those are the ones where you can get seriously ill with underdone turkey dressing or whatever.

Instead, a place that actually enjoys being open and hospitable for the big Holiday.

Any secrets willing to be shared? Unfortunately I do not otherwise I would not need this post(!) Searching the internet has not yet achieved any meaningful (unbiased) results either.

Thanks very much in advance.


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