These Central Iowa restaurants will be open and serving dine-in meals on Thanksgiving Day

It’s almost turkey time, and for some, a nice meal out might be more appetizing than a day in the kitchen. Whether you’re celebrating with breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are options for dine-in restaurant meals around town.

Make the most of Thanksgiving Day by skipping the home-roasted turkey (and all those dirty dishes) and try one of these Des Moines metro restaurants.

1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona

T-bone steak at AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

T-bone steak at AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino returns this year with its traditional dine-in Thanksgiving Day meal, a three-course menu served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $50 per person. For course one, diners choose from butternut squash bisque, Caesar salad or honey-baked brie; the main course features either low-roasted turkey breast, filet mignon, pan-seared seabass or a vegetarian polenta with roasted vegetables and a tomato cream sauce. Dessert features apple Napoleon,

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Amjad Khalid’s Dough Central Connects People Through Food

Food connects us all. It connects us to each other, to our own pasts and

identities/memories, and to the larger world around us. We can think of these

connections as going both inwards and outwards, so that food can take us into

exploring ourselves as well as the impact that we as individuals might have on other

people, economies, ecologies, and society. Food has been our basic language and the

reason the world connects. It lights up our mood when we are sharing a meal with our

loved ones. It’s a way we have shared foods throughout history and it’s a language that

connects us all. No matter what language we speak Hindi, Chinese, or English we can

stir the pot and cook something that we can all enjoy. Sharing foods and recipes is the

common language we all understand, even dating back in our history when people

were trading

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N.J.’s best Chinese food comes from this celebrated Central Jersey spot, national site says

New Jersey is home to countless amazing Chinese food restaurants, well beyond the standard take-out fare.

But according to one national website, the best place to get Chinese food in the Garden State is in Central Jersey.

247WallSt.com recently wrote a story about the best Chinese food restaurants in every state. New Jersey’s representative was Szechuan House in Hamilton.

“One look at the menu and you’ll see that this isn’t your everyday takeout joint: appetizers include diced rabbit with Szechuan peppercorn vinaigrette and jellyfish with scallion oil, and a section of the menu dedicated to Chengdu specialties includes dan dan noodles, shredded tea smoked duck with onion and red pepper, and fried yam cakes with sesame paste for dessert,” 247WallSt.com wrote. “Along the way you’ll find House Specials that include beef tendon with rice jelly in spicy sauce, sliced conch with minced pork in Szechuan wine sauce, and a

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Where to get street food in Central Jersey from around the world

There was a time when street food meant burgers and hot dogs at the county fair. But across the world, it’s a way for people to showcase their skills, recipes and heritage.

Thank social media or an increased interest in worldwide cuisine, but street eats have finally made their way to America. Restaurants from high-end, white-tablecloth hotspots to grab-and-go food trucks have adopted their own versions of international street foods, so you can get everything from Thai chicken sate to Mexican birria tacos without getting on a plane. 

In a region as diverse as Central Jersey, you can bet that we pretty much cover the world when it comes to street food. Here are just a few local restaurants offering their own takes on international street favorites. 

Chinese food: Bao buns, Ani Ramen, New Brunswick and Cranford

Soy glazed chicken bao buns from Ani Ramen New Brunswick.

Bao buns may originate from China, but the soft, pillowy buns filled with

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