Food on Friday: Giving the bird to Thanksgiving

The Blue Moose is one of the only restaurants in the area that will be open for part of Thanksgiving day.

By Julia Westhoff

Jay and I have several friends whose families celebrate Turkey Day in a bit of a contrarian way: They go out.

When I first heard that some folks eschew the traditional dinner, I thought it was kind of crazy. You can’t go out for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s un-American! (Right?) But eventually I realized it was kind of genius.

Think about it: You still have the excuse to stuff yourself silly, but there’s none of that cooking and cleaning that takes up precious football-watching and couch-napping time.

If you are thinking of eating out on Turkey Day, be forewarned that almost all of our local restaurants will be closed. Thankfully (ha ha) there are a few options if you’re looking for something different or just need to get out of the house:

Blue Moose: Opens at 6 pm. Full menu.
4160 West 71st Street, Prairie Village.

Yia Yia’s: Open from 11-4. Special Buffett.
4701 West 119th Street, Leawood.

Houlihan’s: Normal hours and menu at the Leawood location. (Note that the Fairway location will be closed).
4900 West 119th Street, Leawood.