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Thanksgiving 2015: What restaurants are open in Michiana on Thanksgiving

Whether you’re traveling or simply don’t want to go to the hassle of dragging out pots and pans to cook a Thanksgiving meal, you can still eat well in Michiana. 

There are plenty of restaurants in the area that are open Thanksgiving Day. 

Amish Acres Historic Farm & Resort

When: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee 

What: Four buffet tables will feature roast turkey, country baked ham with all of the trimmings, plus an expanded dessert menu with shoo-fly pie and other baked goods. Wines from Round Barn will be available and beer will be on tap. It is $18.95 for adults, and children 4 through 11 are charged $1.25 per year of age. No reservations are taken. Carry-out meals are also available and priced at $69.95 (serves five) and $109.95 (serves 10). Carry-out meals include turkey, ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, a loaf of bread, vegetables, choice of pie and more. All Amish Acres stores will be open during serving hours, offering gifts, meats and cheeses, fudge and baked goods.

Bob Evans 

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 425 W. Pike St., Goshen; 5823 Grape Road, Mishawaka

What: Offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal with carry-out available.

Cracker Barrel

When: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Homestyle turkey meal starts at 11 a.m.

Where: 110 North Point Blvd., Elkhart

What: The homestyle turkey and dressing meal includes turkey, gravy, sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole with pecans, cranberry relish, your choice of a country side, refillable beverage, from-scratch buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins and a slice of pie. It is $11.99 for adults and $6.99 for children. The meal is available to-go and does not include a drink. There are also take-home holiday pies available for $8.99 each, a spiral-sliced ham for $44.99 or a country ham for $42.99. Cracker Barrel is accepting pre-orders for take-home items. 

Hunter’s Place

When: 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: 2703 S. Main St., Elkhart

What: Offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey or ham. Reservations are recommended for large groups. 

Javier’s Bistro

When: Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: 2007 Miami St., South Bend

What: Offering Caribbean turkey with stuffing, vegetables, sides and dessert at lunch for $13.95 and either Caribbean turkey or pork mojito with sides and a dessert bar for $18.95 for dinner. Reservations recommended. 

Pizza Depot

When: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: 104 S. Jefferson St., Millersburg

What: The annual free Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetables and pumpkin pie. Delivery is available for seniors, veterans and others who need assistance. All are welcome to enjoy the free dinner. Donations are welcome, as are volunteers to help in the kitchen, with clean-up and delivery.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

When: Noon to 6:30 p.m. 

Where: 902 E. University Drive, Granger

What: Serving a four-course Thanksgiving dinner with a choice of gumbo or salad, roast turkey with gravy, sausage and herb stuffing and cranberry relish, choice of potato or creamed spinach and pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. Reservations are recommended. They will also offer takeout containers of creamed spinach and sweet potato casserole that serve 10 to 12 people for $29.95. 

The Skillet

When: 10: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 2212 McKinley Ave., South Bend

What: Serving a family Thanksgiving buffet with turkey, ham and sides like mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams and sides like macaroni and cheese, broccoli salad, lime Jell-O and pineapple salad, three-bean salad and 10 dessert options. It is $15.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Reservations are recommended and will only be held for five minutes. The restaurant also offers an extensive take-home meal for $79.95 with turkey or ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, dressing, rolls and honey butter, your choice of three one-quart side options and one dessert. Fruit and vegetable plates with dip, as well as additional sides and desserts, are available at an additional cost. 


When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Inside the Morris Inn at Notre Dame

What: Offering the Bountiful Thanksgiving Feast in the William and Mary Ann Smith Ballroom. The traditional meal will feature an array of soups, salads, entrees, side dishes and desserts. It is $39.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 4. Valet parking service is included. Reservations are recommended. 

Do you know of other restaurants open Thanksgiving Day? Let us know in the comments below and we will add it to the list. 

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