After the jump, there's a host of links for where to eat out in Kansas City, some help if you're making the meal yourself, and some beer-pairing suggestions for the turkey dinner.
If you’re still thinking about taking time off from the kitchen this Thanksgiving, there are plenty of restaurants to help make that happen. On Thursday, Julian (6227 Brookside Plaza) has a three-course special for $30 that includes butternut-squash bisque, turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin cheesecake. Reservations are available between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call 816-214-8454. Feeling lucky? Harrah’s Casino (1 Riverboat Drive) has a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. that includes prime rib, turkey and stuffed salmon. The buffet costs $22.99. And if you just can’t stay away from the Plaza lights, Café Trio (4558 Main) is a good bet. The restaurant is holding its third annual Plaza-lights party from 5 to 10 p.m. Chef Leon Bahlmann is preparing a Thanksgiving buffet, and you can enjoy the lights from Café Trio’s deck. Perhaps, most importantly, you’ll have access to the restaurant's parking lot. The tickets cost $45 per person. Call 816-756-3227 to make a reservation. Charles Ferruzza also put together a comprehensive list of dinner and brunch options last week.
If you're attempting to best a turkey in single-oven combat, Serious Eats' Food Lab has a helpful and humorous question-and-answer thread and The Wall Street Journal has called in some professional assistance for Thanksgiving recipes.
For those thinking about which six-pack to put on ice (I don't know your relatives, but I know it might be necessary), Gone Mild has a nice roundup of which beer goes best with a turkey dinner.