Thanksgiving dinner options

What are your Thanksgiving dinner plans?

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is already coming up this week! Are you planning a huge home-cooked feast, or do you prefer less-stress method of dining out?



Staying in

If you’re cooking at home, we’ve looked up some helpful tips on cooking the perfect turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Remove the neck and giblets from the defrosted turkey.
  • Rinse the turkey inside and out with cool water and pat dry.
  • Season the inside and outside with salt, pepper and whatever spices you desire.
  • Place the turkey on a rack in a heavy roasting pan, breast side up.
  • Cover the skin of the turkey with melted butter.
  • Insert an oven safe thermometer into the thigh of the turkey, cover loosely with foil and baste every half hour with butter or turkey drippings.
  • Bake 15 minutes per pound.
  • Remove the foil the last hour of cooking time, the turkey is done when the internal temperature is 180 degrees.
  • Let the turkey rest about 20 minutes before serving so that the juices are redistributed.
  • Carve your turkey as desired and serve with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and (of course) pie!


Dining out

If cooking your own turkey seems a little out of your comfort zone, there are plenty of restaurants in your area that serve up a great Thanksgiving Day feast! See below for a few of our favorites.

  • The St. Paul Bar and Grill is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thanksgiving day and is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, plus other grill favorites. They are located at 350 Market Street in St.Paul. You can call 651-224-7455 or visit their website to make reservations.
  • Baker’s Square located at 1949 South Robert Street in West St. Paul will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Their Thanksgiving menu offers hand carved turkey and all the trimmings, plus they have a huge selection of pie by the slice, or bring a whole one home for those midnight cravings!


A little of both

If you don’t want to cook, but don’t want to eat out, you can always have dinner cooked for you by your local grocery store.  All you have to do is pick it up and reheat it! Cub Foods located at 2001 South Robert Trail in West St. Paul has fully cooked turkey dinners available; you can call them at 651-451-2877 to reserve your dinner.


Whether you’re dining in or out, or having popcorn and toast like the Peanuts gang, the staff at Salem Green wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


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