Is cooking just not for you? Does the thought of doing dozens of dishes make your palms sweat? Then maybe it's time to consider leaving the cooking to the pros. Here is a list of a few restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day in Eau Claire. But, if cooking IS for you and you're nothing but stoked to prepare the Thanksgiving table at home, we have a few places for you to shop too.

1. Johnny's Italian Steak House

If you want to keep this Thanksgiving slightly more formal, try out Johnny's Italian Steakhouse. Their restaurant will be open from 11 am-3 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Apart from the five-star meal, you'll also get to enjoy the incredible ambiance that Johnny's offers. They will be featuring a limited menu with traditional Thanksgiving food.

The penny bar at The Informalist in downtown Eau Claire

2. The Informalist

The Informalist will be open from 2-8 pm on Thanksgiving Day and will be offering traditional Thanksgiving food favorites on their menu. Come enjoy their limited menu that will include salads, pizza, burgers, steaks, and a traditional Thanksgiving meal option. The Thanksgiving option will include turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and a dessert. Don't forget to take a peek at their exquisite penny bar too!

The bar/lower level interior of Dooley's Pub

3. Dooley's Pub

Not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food? Well, Dooley's Pub has you covered. Stop by to get a classically delicious meal from one of the best Irish pubs in town. Their Thanksgiving hours may vary from regular hours, but worry not! Their doors will be open and they will be offering their regular menu.

Exterior of Altoona Family Restaurant

4. Altoona Family Restaurant 

Altoona Family Restaurant is always a crowd-pleaser and will be the perfect place to go for some brunch on Thanksgiving day. They will be open from 7 am-7 pm on Thanksgiving Day. They will be offering their regular menu with a few special Thanksgiving options.

5. Wagner's Lanes & The Complexx

Start a new tradition and hit up the bowling alley this Thanksgiving! Wagner's will be open at from 8 am until bar close and offering their regular menu. Why change a good thing, right?

Places to Help You Prep Your Dinner

Interior of Rump's Butcher Shoppe in Altoona

1. Rump's Butcher Shoppe

When you need the main bird for your Thanksgiving dinner, head over to Rump's Butcher Shoppe in Altoona. They sell fresh, locally raised delicious turkeys that will be the ultimate showstoppers for your family's feast. When Christmas rolls around, keep Rump's in mind again. They sell prime rib too which will make for the perfect course when gathering with your closest loved ones.

2. French Press

While the French Press will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, it is one of the best places in Eau Claire to get pies, cakes, cookies, rolls, or bread for your Thanksgiving dessert. The goodies are made from scratch in their kitchen and most importantly, they're made with lots of love.

Pie and checkout counter at the Norske Nook in Osseo, WI

3. Norske Nook

What's a Thanksgiving dinner without a mouth-watering pie?! Sure, you can always bake one yourself, but no one can do it quite like Norske Nook. Pick up one of their award-winning pies from Osseo this Thanksgiving!

Desserts sold at the Nostalgic Bean in Altoona, WI

4. Nostalgic Bean

We're not going to sell you short on all the dessert options our region has to offer. Nostalgic Bean in Altoona, WI is accepting Thanksgiving pre-orders for any delicious pies or pastries you'd like to lay out on your Thanksgiving table.

There you have it - Eau Claire restaurants that will cook for you when you don't want to. While you're eating, share with us what you're thankful for on Instagram with #CaptureEC! 

Happy Thanksgiving from us at Visit Eau Claire to you! 

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