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By: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl | Posted: 11/26/2013
You know how we’re all supposed to keep a couple blankets, a shovel, meat glue, and flares in the trunk in case of an emergency? Well, I can't help you with those emergencies, but I can help if your Thanksgiving goes pear-shaped.
Let’s say your oven goes out, your dog snags the turkey, or, um, your husband runs off with the turkey . . . and the turkey delivery guy. What, pray tell, then?
Simple. Say good riddance to the oven, the dog, or the husband, and hit something from this list of my favorite places for a last minute Thanksgiving out.
1. Nye’s Polonaise I rang Nye’s and a nice lady answered the phone: “We always offer a nice turkey plate, it’s usually pretty quiet. We have some dinner music.” Live music? “Of course dear, that’s what we do.” How did I not know that the amazing Nye’s—with the sing-along piano playing, the Polish beers, the polka room, the booths fit for Frank Sinatra in his prime—did Thanksgiving, and with a live band to boot? So give me your orphans, your would-be Rat Packers, and your polka lovers because a super-cool, yet homey, Nye’s turkey day awaits. 112 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-2021, nyespolonaise.com
4. Smack Shack Newish North Loop lobster hut Smack Shack is staying open regular hours (3 p.m.—1 a.m.) on both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. So why not start a new tradition of demolishing a five-pound lobster and a bottle of Champagne for Thanksgiving? Or an oyster po-boy and a beer? Because, hey, you gotta figure those coastal Pilgrims were eating lobster every time they weren’t eating a turkey. 603 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-259-7288, smack-shack.com
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.See bio
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