Did you just scorch your turkey black? Did you dump that no-good liar you’ve been thinking of dumping—but with poor holiday timing? Well ducky, if so, you may have called the usual suspects for Thanksgiving in a restaurant, places like the St. Paul Grill and Lake Elmo Inn and realized that they were booked solid a month ago. So now what? Insider restaurant scoop to the rescue! Here are some options guaranteed to have a spot and better-than-average turkey for you, this Thursday: 1) Fancy Schmancy: Cosmos, the restaurant in the Graves 601 Hotel, always puts on an ultra-elite, no-holds barred feast, and this year is no exception. Start with a foraged mushroom toast with leek and soft egg, move on to turkey with pommes puree with winter squash agnolotti and cranberry mostarda, and wrap it up with pumpkin crème brulee topped with pumpkin seed praline and a raft of petit fours—or pick your favorite of many other options. John Occhiato, formerly of D’Amico Kitchen, took over Cosmos last year and puts out some of Minnesota’s most delicate and fully realized plates. Add a fancy culinary cocktail, and you’ll be eating better than Martha Stewart this holiday, by a long shot. Cosmos, $45 a person 2) Dinner With a View: Lola’s Lakehouse is famous for it’s best-in-Minnesota lakeside view. But did you know the kitchen was taken over last spring by Brian Crouch, former key cook at La Belle Vie? As of this writing, Lola’s has plenty of reservations left, and chef Crouch tells me that in addition to heaping the Lola buffet with all the usual suspects—turkey, yams, (do I need to do this?)—he’ll also be setting out some more culinarily ambitious options, like grilled squash with ras el hanout Moroccan spice, and a Rueben bread pudding, a sort of alternate-stuffing made with marble rye bread, corned beef, sauerkraut, and a thousand island custard. “People like Thanksgiving to be traditional,” Crouch told me. “My father used to put out this great Cajun and oyster dressing every year, and none of my relatives would eat it. So I guess I believe in putting out a classic Thanksgiving with all the fixings for everyone, and a couple little extra things for the adventurous.” Lola’s Lakehouse, $21.95 adults; $10.95 kids 3) Keeping it Casual: Sometimes all you want is to participate in the holiday and not go nuts—in which case think about a turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce from ethical Minneapolis hotspot Common Roots, a take-out plate of homemade turkey from Colossal Café in St. Paul (open till 2 p.m.) or a $45 turkey meal to feed two or three at one of the many area Bucas. Whatever your Thanksgiving plans, or lack thereof: I’m grateful you read this blog, and wish you the happiest possible day, with extra cranberries on top.