Looking to eat out on Thanksgiving? These area restaurants have you covered

Perkins, Dry Dock Bar and Restaurant, Black Bear Casino Resort and Rendezvous Sports Bar and Grill will all be open for diners on Thursday, Nov. 24.

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CARLTON COUNTY — People who are looking to stay out of the kitchen this holiday season, but who also want a fantastic Thanksgiving meal, can enjoy a feast at one of several area establishments.

Going out to eat during the holiday takes all the stress away from having to shop a menu list and prepare an elaborate meal. Here are four local options open on Thursday, Nov. 24:


Perkins in Cloquet will be open their regular hours and will have a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, including mashed potatoes, dressing, corn and a slice of pumpkin pie.

Bryant Hyland, manager of the long-established restaurant who goes by H.B., said that going out on Thanksgiving makes for a simpler holiday.

“They don’t have to do all of the work or clean up the mess," H.B. said.


Along with offering the classic turkey dinner, Perkins’ everyday menu is available as well, although H.B. said most meals they serve that day are the traditional turkey dinner. For the pie connoisseur, the restaurant also sells whole pies.

“We sell 300-400 pies each year,” H.B. said “To be sure to get the kind you like, call ahead and order it.”

Dry Dock Bar and Restaurant

Patrons have the choice between a buffet or a plated turkey, ham, or combo dinner at Dry Dock Bar and Restaurant, just across the county line.

Mike Van, owner of the restaurant, said, “It’s a lot easier to have someone else make the meal for you. We do a really good job on the Thanksgiving dinner, and we cook whole turkeys.”

The plated dinner comes with the traditional turkey dinner fixings and is served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $18.99 a plate. The buffet, offered in the lower level of the restaurant, is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $22.99 a plate. Some of the featured items include turkey, ham, beef tips, fish with lemon and tartar sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, along with an assortment of salads and pies.

“We always have pumpkin and apple pie and other things like chocolate pudding,” Van said. “We used to make our turkey dinner at home, but we always come here for Thanksgiving.”

Black Bear Casino Resort

For the person who likes to try a little bit of everything, Black Bear Casino Resort will offer a Thanksgiving Buffet. Served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $29.99 a person, the buffet will include carved turkey, wild rice dressing, a variety of potatoes, and all the traditional turkey day fixings.

The buffet will also have a wide range of main courses including BBQ ribs, beer-battered walleye, fresh Atlantic salmon, and carved prime rib, as well as a variety of sides and desserts.


The other two restaurants on the property will also be open to holiday patrons.

Sage Deli will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight and will offer a simple traditional turkey dinner at $10 a plate. The Seven Fires Steakhouse will have a more elaborate Thanksgiving dinner served family style from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 4-8 p.m. for $25 per person. Reservations are highly recommended for the steakhouse and can be made by calling 218-878-2377.

Rendezvous Sports Bar and Grill

Those who are not looking for a traditional turkey dinner should consider Rendezvous Sports Bar and Grill, where they will offer their regular menu.

“We have the best sandwiches and chicken wings. All of our food is fresh and pretty much everything is homemade," manager Megan Swanstrom says. “We’ll be giving them a warm, cozy, fun time. It’s going to be a good time. Come and make memories, enjoy some good food.”

For business hours on Thanksgiving, call the Rendezvous at 218-879-9958.

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Molly Milroy contributes to the Cloquet Pine Journal as a freelance reporter. She often covers feature stories and business.
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