I love getting together with family and friends for the holidays. When it comes to feeding everyone, my wife and I bring dishes to pass to her parents house for the meal, my inlaws tackle the bird.

Thanksgiving meals can be a lot of fun to make, they are a lot of work and can be cumbersome. The prep that goes into it seems to be more and more every year. Don't get me wrong, we love to cook, sometimes it just seems easier to go out for a meal.

From start to finish, it's a task. Planning for this years' meal started with a email and text thread about a month ago. I've received all of the notifications, at all hours of the night, and am certain of two things. One, I haven't checked the thread, that's ok because I know what we are bringing to pass. I am a simple man and don't have picky tastes. Two, turkey dinner can be overthought.

There are benefits to dining out for the Thanksgiving holiday. At the end of the day, eating out will save you a ton of time and possibly money. Take the stress out of prep by dining out. Cleanup is also a pain in the butt, it seems to take as long to clean up as it did to make the meal. Another thing to think about, I don't know how your family is, a restaurant is a neutral site. Although I have never experienced this, family tension can rise around the holidays, I've heard plenty of stories about the chaos that ensues and sometimes families falling apart. I hope this hasn't happened to you.

Of course Thanksgiving is a holiday, there are very few restaurants open on turkey day. I called each of these locations to confirm that they will be open for business to satisfy your hunger. Try something new this Thanksgiving and dine out. Call each restaurant for their hours of operation on Thanksgiving, if they take reservations I strongly encourage making one.

Mid Michigan Restaurants That Are Open On Thanksgiving

Asian Buffet - 4920 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 381-8388

Bob Evans - 900 American Rd., Lansing (517) 394-7676

Bob Evans - 625 Commercial Dr., Lansing (517) 622-8832

Bob Evans - 13101 Old U.S. 27, Dewitt, MI 48820 (517) 669-9961

Boiling Pots - 2650 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 889-1799

China Garden - 1605 W Mt Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 372-3838

Denny's - 2701 E Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823  (517) 351-0421

Denny's - 7330 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 323-2110

English Inn - 677 S Michigan Rd, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 (517) 663-2500

Hong Kong Restaurant - 315 S Homer St, Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 332-5333

Garden Lee Restaurant - 13167 Schavey Rd, Dewitt, MI 48820 (517) 668-0111

Panda Gourmet - 6250 S Cedar St #1, Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 393-8881

Royal Pot - 4750 Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 483-2780

The Kung Fu - 730 N Clippert St, Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 333-9993

Wonton Chinese Restaurant - 610 N Cedar St, Mason, MI 48854 (517) 676-3388

Michigan—Don't Be Boring, Remix Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Are you tired of eating those same boring Thanksgiving leftovers day in and day out? No worries, we have your back! Take a look through the gallery below; we've put together some interesting ways on how you can remix those Thanksgiving leftovers into something new and exciting.


More From 94.9 WMMQ