It's not too late to make Thanksgiving dining-out plans. Reservations? Absolutely.
Basil's goes big on Thanksgiving, taking over Windows on Minnesota (and its panoramic 50th-floor views) and hauling out a massive buffet brunch, featuring every holiday classic under the sun, and then some. Cost is $43 per person ($17 for ages 5 to 11, free for ages 4 and under). Free parking in the IDS Center ramp. Serving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
710 Marquette Av. S., Mpls., 612-376-7404, basilsminneapolis.com
At gracious, great-looking Lela, Thanksgiving means a family-style meal that includes a sweet potato bisque, slow-roasted turkey leg roulade, sage stuffing, turkey gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans and an assortment of desserts, including, naturally, pumpkin pie. Cost is $38 per person ($10 for ages 12 and under); add $22 for wine pairings. Serving 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington, 952-656-5980, lelarestaurant.com
Thanksgiving dining-out plans don't have to be expensive. Witness the festivities at the jovial Stanley's Northeast Bar Room, where $12 buys roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and a vegetable. Cost is $12 for a single serving, or $16 for all-you-can-eat-ers. Toss in a slice of pumpkin pie for an additional $2.50. Reservations for groups of five or more. Serving 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2500 University Av. NE., Mpls., 612-788-2529, stanleys barroom.com