OT - Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Ann Arbor area

Submitted by DaveHuck on November 8th, 2018 at 9:17 AM

Hey all.  My wife and I, along with our high schooler (oh, will that be a treat), will be making a roadtrip to Ann Arbor/Ypsi for Thanksgiving to be with our two in college.  Going to save the daughter at Albion an 8 hour drive home, so she will just hang with us for the four days she is on break. The one at Eastern has to work as an RA for a holiday (this would be it).

We will be staying in a motel, so no opportunity to cook this year's meal. Any suggestions on what places will be open (and are good) for a Turkey Day meal. Please no fast food or super expensive places (i.e. Gandy Dancer and up). Only food limitation is chid at EMU is a Pescatarian (vegetarian who WILL eat fish). The rest of us are carnivores. Just need a few non meat options for them to choose from.

We know our way around, as we frequent Ann Arbor several times a year. However, Thanksgiving is causing me some anxiety and I don't want to be sitting in a Chinese restaurant, singing fa ra ra ra ra and watching them hack the head off a duck, ala A Christmas Story. lol

Game day will be spent in front of the tv, while the others go shopping. Go Blue. Beat Ohio.



November 8th, 2018 at 11:32 AM ^

Many years ago (1992) my new bride -- who was from Atlanta -- went with me to White Castle in Canton.  It was her first time.  She opened the burger and looked at the onions and the steamed patty.  She didn't eat it then, and she never has since.

As for me, I love sliders.  They make me burp, but it's a small price for the pleasure of slamming down a sackful.

Naked Bootlegger

November 8th, 2018 at 9:26 AM ^

No advice, but this brings back memories of when my parents visited me at UM over T-giving break 20+ years ago.   I was also an RA, so I was stuck in the dorms.   We cruised Ann Arbor for over an hour in mid-afternoon - every restaurant was closed.   Some places were apparently open for brunch or lunch, but nothing was open afterwards.  I think we ate pretzels and cheetos for dinner in their hotel room.  I actually regretted not signing us up for the South Quad T-giving meal that, if memory serves correctly, you had to make reservations in order to be served.   

I should have planned a little better, just as you're doing now.  Good luck!

Arb lover

November 8th, 2018 at 9:27 AM ^

Webers is open for Thanksgiving.

They will have some decent Thanksgiving fare which I believe meets the criteria you are looking for. Plus, you could just get a room there. You'll thank me later. 

scanner blue

November 8th, 2018 at 10:21 AM ^

We did Weber's a few years ago and it was pretty good. They give you a whole small turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy and vegetables, plus your choice of pie for dessert. I think we took home the bird for leftovers. Whether they'll give you a hunk of salmon for one person is a question to ask them


November 8th, 2018 at 9:30 AM ^

We're ordering our Thanksgiving Meal from Whole Foods this year. Not sure if it's an option, but you could put in a pre-order from there and bring it back to your motel.


November 8th, 2018 at 9:30 AM ^

You could order a Thanksgiving dinner from a place like Busch's or Plum Market I believe, if you're okay eating inside your room. I'm almost positive that Whole Foods does that too but I don't know how pricey that would be.


November 8th, 2018 at 9:41 AM ^

We did this last year (my son is a Sophomore) - rented a house through AirBnB (shout out to Cute and Cozy!).

Weber's Grill was open for Thanksgiving. They also have a great boxed Thanksgiving Dinner you can pick up (which is what we did). Also, get an apple pie from Zingermanns. 

Blue in PA

November 8th, 2018 at 4:20 PM ^

Well.... not really.  Ex II was a cheating whore.... just like Ex I.... that's why I plan to not have an Ex III.  FTR, my current (who has tolerated me for 6 years now) is a considerable up grade from both II and I.... in just about every measure.  And she cheers for Michigan as long as we're not playing 'Cuse.