Thankful for … restaurants

Thanksgiving dinner can take hours of preparation, but some local businesses are willing to do all the work for you. (Stock Photo)

Thanksgiving dinner can take hours of preparation, but some local businesses are willing to do all the work for you. (Stock Photo)

Ah, Thanksgiving — a time of family, friends, gratitude and … dirty dishes aplenty.

Even for the most accomplished, kitchen-loving cooks, Thanksgiving dinner can be daunting. If you’d rather let someone else worry about the planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning this year, then you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a roundup of eateries in Utah Valley and beyond that offer Thanksgiving dinners with a range of price points, timeslots and options to best fit your family’s needs.

Dining out

Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Provo knows how to grill meat to perfection, and their Thanksgiving dinner blends the best of their usual all-you-can-eat churrasco fare with typical Thanksgiving favorites. They also offer three types of turkey—baked, fried, and grilled—along with all-you-can-eat filet mignon. More information is online at

  • Price: $29.95 adults, $11.95 children ages 7-12, complimentary for children 6 and under
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Reservations: 801-224-4774

Sundance’s Foundry Grill in Provo Canyon hosts a spectacular Thanksgiving buffet featuring artisan breakfast foods like lemon ricotta pancakes and poached eggs with chorizo potato hash alongside mouth-watering salads, sides, entrees and desserts. Think of your favorite Thanksgiving foods gone gourmet with the bonus of non-traditional items like pan-seared Utah trout or marinated Portobello mushrooms with organic quinoa. View the menu online at

  • Price: $42 adults, $18 children under 12.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Reservations: 866-932-2295

Homestead Resort and Zermatt Resort in Midway are serving up traditional favorites like roasted tom turkey, glazed ham, prime rib of beef, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. If you want to make an overnight getaway, both resorts offer room packages that include accommodations and buffet for two. Reservations fill quickly—at press time, the Homestead was already nearing capacity—so be sure to make reservations early.

  • Zermatt Resort price: $49.95 adults, $34.95 children 6-12, $9.95 children 5 and under
  • Homestead Resort price: $44.95 adults, $32.95 children 6-12, $9.95 children 5 and under
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Reservations: 866-937-6288

The Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City offers three Thanksgiving dining options to best fit your schedule and appetite:

  • Thanksgiving Day “Grand” brunch, which features a drool-worthy buffet in its Grand Ballroom. Seatings run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price: $59 adults, $29.50 children 5-11, complimentary for children 4 and under. Reservations: 801-258-6707
  • Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet at the Garden Café: 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., $17 adults. No reservations required.
  • Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Menu at the Garden Café: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., $45 adults, $15 children’s buffet for ages 5-11, complimentary for children 4 and under. Reservations: 801-258-6708. Menu:

If you’re looking for a more casual Thanksgiving outing, buffet chains Golden Corral and Chuck-A-Rama may be winning options — each offers traditional Thanksgiving dishes above and beyond their typical buffet fare. Golden Corral’s special holiday hours vary by location. To get a feel for Golden Corral’s options, check out their 2012 menu (2013 wasn’t online at press time). Chuck-A-Rama’s Thanksgiving hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and dining costs $14.99. For more information, visit

Dining in

If you prefer the comforts of dining at home without all the work, here are some grab-and-go options. Be sure to order ahead with plenty of time to ensure availability.

Mimi’s Café offers an impressive turkey holiday feast to-go that provides a whole, pre-cooked turkey with all the fixings to feed 6-8 people for $99.99. Friends who have purchased this option in the past raved about the quality of food for the ease and price. Just remember to give yourself some warm-up time — the turkey does require a couple of hours in the oven to heat through. Local Mimi’s Café locations include Orem, Sandy and Murray. Information and online ordering at

Tucanos Brazilian Grill offers its Thanksgiving feast (see above) to go for either pickup or delivery. More information at

Harmons Neighborhood Grocer offers a range of complete holiday dinners to order, including a traditional turkey dinner serving 6-8 people for $119 or for 10-12 people for $149. These dinners include locally grown Utah turkeys with all the traditional, homemade fixings. Order online at

If it’s dessert you want to outsource, Backerei & Café Eis bakery at Zermatt Resort offers a range of pies, cupcakes, cookies and other specialties for order. The sweet potato chocolate ginger pie came highly recommended by Jennifer Kimball, marketing manager at Zermatt Resort. Local favorite Kneaders also has holiday pies available to order.


Christa Woodall worked for The Orange County Register in her native Southern California for several years before returning to Utah Valley, her second hometown. She writes about her passions—arts, entertainment, travel, and the outdoors—for

One Comment

  1. Elaine Reply

    Do you deliver on Thanksgiving day a typical Thanksgiving meal? Enough for 4 people to be delivered to Orem address near Timpanogos hospital? Please send info as to the menu, total cost of the food and delivery. Thank you.

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