Thanksgiving 2023

Thanksgiving, a time for gratitude, family gatherings, and of course, feasting! But before you can dive into that delicious turkey, you need to know where to go. Fear not, hungry friends! We have scoured Bloomington-Normal to find out which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day as well as those where you can get meals to prepare at home.

And because no Thanksgiving is complete without a sweet treat, we’ve also curated a list of some amazing places where you can get your hands on heavenly pies and desserts.

**This is an ongoing list and will be updated**

Open on Thanksgiving

217 Roadhouse (Atlanta)

Open at 11 am 

Serving Thanksgiving Dinner: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roll and pie.

A&P Tap 

Hours: 7 am to 1 am

Bloody Mary bar starting at 7 am. Starting at 6 pm, bartenders will be donating 10% of their tips to Toys for Tots, and A&P will MATCH every tip received.

**Note A&P Tap does not have a food menu.

Aroma Indian Restaurant

Hours: 11 am to 4 pm

Aroma will be serving a Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet which includes Whole Roasted Turkey and Butter Garlic Boneless Turkey Breast.

Barrel House

Hours: 4 pm to 8 pm

Bloom’s Coffee Bar

Hours: 6 am to 2 pm

Coffee Hound (Uptown)

Hours: 8 am to 2 pm

The Downtown Bloomington and CH3 locations will be closed.

Country Aire (Atlanta)

Hours: 6 am to 3 pm 

(Regular menu not available after 11 am.)

Thanksgiving Menu includes Roast Turkey or Ham Steak served with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Beans Casserole or Yams. Dessert: Pumpkin Pie 

*Available for dine-in or carryout

Crossroads Cafe (Chenoa)

Hours: 7 am to 11am-ish

DR McKays

Hours: 5 pm to 1 am (Bar Only)

Essential Coffee (Lexington)

Hours: 8 am to 11 am

Froth & Fork

Hours: 7 am to 1 am

Jack’s Cafe (Le Roy)

Hours: 8 am to 3 pm

Open for Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu and regular menu.

Jim’s Steakhouse

Hours: 11 am to 5 pm

Reservations are highly recommended. They will have a Traditional Turkey Dinner, Ham Dinner and about 8-10 steak/seafood menu options.

Keg Grove Brewing Company

Hours: 7 pm to 10 pm

Per tradition, the owners of Keg Grove take turns serving behind the bar for a few hours on Thanksgiving. Tips will be donated to Brightpoint Bloomington Crisis Nursery!  **No food served.

Lucky 7’s Bar 

Hours: 10 am to 1 am

Merna Tap

Hours: 4 pm to 11 pm

Serving a full Thanksgiving meal.

Original Pancake House

Hours: 7 am to 1 pm

Shake It Up

Hours: 6 pm to 1 am (bar only)

Taqueria El Porton

Hours: 9 am to 6 pm

The Brown Jug (Chenoa)

Hours: 3 pm to 12 am (bar only)

The Dixie Restaurant (McLean)

Hours: 7 am to closee

Breakfast Buffet 7 am to 10:30 am. Join them for their Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 am to 4 pm. Full menu also available.  For large parties, please call (309) 874-2900 for reservations.

The Hornet’s Nest (Heyworth)

Hours: 6 am to 2 pm

The Pass Pub & Grill

  • Kitchen Hours: 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Bar Hours: 4 pm to 1 am

The Spotted Dog

  • Kitchen Hours: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Bar Hours: 6 am to 1 am

The Vault Bar & Grill (Danvers)

Hours: 4 pm to 12 am

Tony’s Diner

Hours: 7 am to 2 pm

Specials include:

  • Roast Turkey w/ Dressing
  • Ham Steak
  • 8oz Ribeye Steak & Shrimp (3pc)

All specials come with a choice of potato, choice of soup or salad, green beans, plus a delicious slice of pumpkin pie! Soup of the day will be Cream of Chicken w/Rice!

Full menu also available

Western Tap

Hours: 3 pm to 11 pm

Their kitchen is closed but they provide a “Thanksgiving Feast” which is available for patrons to enjoy. (Did you know that Western Tap is open 365 days a year?!)

The following corporate restaurants will also be open on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Bob Evans (both locations) – 8 am to 7 pm
  • Cracker Barrel – 7 am to 9 pm
  • Denny’s (both locations) – 24 hours
  • IHOP – 7 am to 10 pm
  • Red Lobster – 11 am to 9 pm

Take and Bake/Pre-Order Meals

A to Z’s Catering and Parties

Thanksgiving Take & Bake Menu – 150 slots available, first come first served – orders close 5:00p.m on Wednesday the 15th

Meat by the pound: Smoked ham, smoked turkey, roasted turkey

Available in 1/3, 1/2 or full pan: Garlic mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, candied yams, mashed sweet potatoes, bread stuffing, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, chicken & noodles, greens, coleslaw, potato salad and banana pudding

Baked goods: yeast rolls, cornbread muffins, cheesecake, sweet potato pie, apple crisp.


Annie’s Eats

Pick up on Tuesday or Wednesday and heat on Thanksgiving; available via pre-order only.

Smoked Turkey  – Hen* $60.00; Tom** $85.00; Sliced Breast Meat…$18.99 per pound

Smoked Ham – Sliced $17.99 per pound; Half Ham – $50

*15 lb average (serves 8 – 12); **22 lb average (serves 12 – 16)

Homemade Sides (Pints $6.50; Quarts $11.50): Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Dressing, Buttered Corn, Green Beans with bacon, onion & potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cheesy Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Pumpkin Bars – 8×8 pan $16; 13×9 pan $3

Green Top Grocery

Order by November 15th for pickup on 11/19 – 11/22.

Green Top Grocery is offering pre-orders on your favorite holiday dishes:

  • Whole turkeys (frozen)
  • Bone-in turkey breast
  • House-made Deli sides
  • Pies (gluten-free or traditional)


Pop Up Chicken Shop SOLD OUT!!

Pop Up Thanksgiving Feast (feeds 4-5 people) – $160

Includes: 4 lb Deep Fried “Hot” Turkey Breast (Country, Mild, Medium Hot or Poultrygeist), Benton’s Bacon Green Bean Casserole, Rita’s Cream of Cornbread Casserole, Whipped Garlic Mash Potatoes, 1 pack Martins Sweet Dinner Rolls

A La Carte Menu

  • 4 lb Turkey Breast (4-5 people) – $60; Smoked Turkey Breast – $80
  • Jalapeno Cornbread (8 pieces)- $40
  • Benton’s Green Bean Casserole (4-5 servings) – $40
  • Rita’s Cream or Cornbread Casserole – $30
  • Whipped Garlic Mash (4-5 servings) – $30

Turkeys will be fully cooked; sides will be take & bake with instructions

Ray’s Steak & Lemonade

Accepting a limited number of orders through Sunday 11/19 or once we hit our maximum capacity. Pick up on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov 22nd, Wednesday Evening). All orders must be in paid full by November 20th and are CASH only.
Catered Sides:
  • Mac & Cheese –  1/2 pan $40; full pan $80
  • Yams 1/2 pan $25; full pan $50
  • Corn Casserole –  1/2 pan $30; full pan $75
  • Greens with smoked turkey –  1/2 pan $35; full pan $70
  • Taffy grapes
  • Auntie Wanda Butter Cookies
  • Sweet Potato Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Lemonade (Gallon)

Rob Dob’s Restaurant & Bar

Thanksgiving take and make dinners. Order ahead by Sunday, November 19th, 2023, and pick up your dinner on Wednesday, November, 22nd, 2023. Meals are available for 2, 4, or 6 people.

Dinner includes choice of: Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast (served with Turkey Gravy, Traditional Stuffing, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes) OR Honey & Brown Sugar Ham (served with Green Bean Casserole and Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

Additions and Sides: Traditional Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Mac & Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, House Salad

Whole Pies: Pumpkin or  Pecan

Sao’s Late Night Eatery

Orders must be placed by November 15th. Individual plates also available.  See full menu for details and prices.

Meat Options: Roasted Turkey, Fried, Turkey, Honey Ham, Fried Ducks, Roasted Duck, Meatloaf

Sides: Cornbread Stuffing, Yams, Collard Greens with Turkey, Southern Baked Mac, Broccoli Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Seafood Salad, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Yellow Rice

Breads: Honey Ginger Cornbread, Sweet Potato Cornbread, Yeast Rolls

Vegan Options: Vegan Shepard Pie, Chicken Fried Mushrooms & Gravy, Pumpkin Curry & Rice, BBQ Brown Sugar Whole Roasted Cali Head

Desserts: Better than Sex Cake, Sweet Potato Pie, Peach Cobbler, Banana Pudding

Individual plate info

Wesley’s Grill

Thanksgiving Eve 11/22 and Thanksgiving Day 11/23 pre-orders.

Meals will come with Turkey, Ham, Oven Baked Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Relish, and a slice of pie for $35. 

Meals available from 12pm-12am and possibly later.  

Whole Ham: $200 10-14Lbs
Whole Turkey: $180 20-25Lbs
Also available: Oven Baked Mac and cheese pans! Your choice of cooked to order or take and bake – Standard pan $20: 4-5 sides; Large pan $38: 8-10 sides; Extra large pan $140: 40-50 sides

Choose from these pies: Apple, Dutch Apple, Caramel Apple, Pumpkin
Sweet Potato (Add on slice of pie $7. Add on whole pie $30.)

*Prices subject to change on demand and time*

Follow Wesley’s Grill on Facebook for updates and availability.

Westside Smoke (inside BloNo Pizza Co.)

Orders must be in by 5 pm Tuesday to be picked up between  9am and 2 pm Thursday.

  • Sliced Turkey breast by the pound perfect for gatherings of 1-6 people for $16.99/lb.
  • Whole unsliced Turkey breast between 6 – 8 pounds for $79.99
  • Whole birds weighing 10 – 12 pounds for $89.99
  • Smoked Chicken Wings for $11.99/lb.
  • 4 Person side of Bacon Mac & Cheese $11.99; serve 10 for $22.99
  • 4 Person side of Mashed Potatoes and Gravy $10.99; serve 10 for $19.99
  • 4 Person side of Italian Sausage stuffing $12.99; serve 10 for $25.99

The following also offer Take & Bake Meal Packs: Hy-Vee

Holiday Pies and Baked Goods

Common Grounds Cafe & Pie Shop (Gridley)

Thanksgiving Baked Goods – place order by November 18th; pickup date: November 22nd by 3:00 pm

Pies include: Pumpkin, Apple, Apple, Peach, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate Cream, Coconut Cream, Pecan, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan, Peanut Butter, Kuchen, and Triple Berry. Cinnamon Rolls and Caramel Sticky Buns (with or without pecans) also available.

Denny’s Doughnuts

Items are available prior to Thanksgiving; Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving-Themed Decorated Cookies, 12″ Donut, Autumn Tree Cake and Turkey Cake


Great Harvest Bread

Pre-orders must be booked by 11/16. 

Special Thanksgiving Items: Bread Turkey, Stuffing Bread, Harvest Butter Rolls, Thanksgiving Pie (Apple, Dutch Apple, Cherry and Pumpkin)

Fresh Baked Breads: Dakota, Honey Whole Wheat, Harvest White, Cinnamon Crunch, Potato Chive, Apple Cinnamon Swirl, Cinnamon Swirl, Dinner Rolls, Espresso Babka, Chocolate Babka

Made from Scratch Goodies: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Poundcake, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars and Muffins, That Chocolate Bread, Apple Spice Poundcake, Cookies, Harvest Bars, Brownies, Blondies, Cinnamon Muffins, Scones


Grove Street Bakery

Orders for Thanksgiving may be picked up on Wednesday, November 22 after 6:30am.

Items include:

  • Cinnamon Rolls (White Iced, Buttercream Frosted, Wheat Maple Pecan, Pumpkin),
  • Pie (Double-Crust Apple, Double-Crust Cherry, Dutch Apple, Bourbon Pecan, Pumpkin, Chocolate Cream, Butterscotch Apple)
  • Coffee Cake (Alligator, Butter Pecan, Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cheese, Cherry Cheese, Raspberry, Raspberry Cheese, German Nut)
  • Sugar Cookies (Pumpkin, Nut, Regular Assorted)
  • Pumpkin Bars


They will also have a selection of our regular menu items on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parkview Inn

All pie orders are due by Friday, November 17, 2023 at 9:00 PM. Pies will be available for pickup on Tuesday, November 21st (unless specified otherwise).

Single-Crust Pies: Pumpkin, Pecan, Lemon Meringue, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Sweet Potato

Double-Crust Pies: Cherry, Mixed Berry, Rhubarb, Strawberry Rhubarb, Peach, Blueberry, Apple

Cream Pies: Coconut, Chocolate, Banana, Butterscotch

Specialty Pies: Banana Split, Chocolate Pecan, Lemon Blueberry, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Caramel Apple (Pumpkin Bars also available)

Rader Family Farms

The last order will be taken on Monday, Nov. 20th at 9am with order pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd from 10am-4pm. Limited bakery items will be available in the farm market, first come first serve and while supplies last.

  • Homemade Pumpkin Pie
  • Homemade Apple Cream Pie
  • Half Dozen Homemade Pumpkin Donuts
  • Bag of Donut 
  • Chips with Buttercream Icing
  • 4-Pack Pumpkin Bars
  • 4-Pack of Ho-Ho Cake
  • 4-Pack of Apple Pie Bars
  • Homemade Pumpkin Donut Pudding


Sugar Mama Bakery

Pie specials available for pre-order now through 11/18 for pick up 11/21 -11/22!
  • Buy two pies and get a Pumpkin Pie for $15.
  • Get 6 mini pies for $18.

*This list will be updated. Restaurant owners, is your information missing? Email us your info, and we’ll add it to the list!

We strive to provide accurate information for all information and events listed. However, please note that event details may change without notice. For the most up-to-date information and to verify details, please visit the organization’s website or social media page directly.

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