Can't wait for Turkey Day? These restaurants are serving Thanksgiving-inspired dishes now

Grab yourself a slice of these seasonal dishes while they last.

Forum reporter John Lamb stares down the Thanksgiving pizza at Rhombus Guys in Fargo. Don't worry, we won't judge you if you need a fork to dig into it.
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FARGO — Thanksgiving is the best holiday because it’s really pretty simple — gather with family and friends and share your appreciation over a good meal.

If you can’t wait until Thursday to savor those Turkey Day delights, be thankful that some area restaurants are already offering interesting twists on those Thanksgiving tastes.

The best thing about Thanksgiving leftovers are the sandwiches, piled with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce between pieces of bread. You don’t have to wait for that. Rhombus Guys has a Thanksgiving pizza with all of the trimmings, including corn. We won’t judge you if you eat this with a knife and a fork.

Pilgrim'z pie at Zorbaz.
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If you’re in Lakes Country, you could stop into Zorbaz for Pilgrim’z pie, with garlic and herb butter, hash browns, stuffing, homemade turkey, gravy, cheese and topped with homemade cranberry sauce.

If you want to stick to the basics, 701 is already slicing up what they are literally calling a Thanksgiving Leftover sandwich, with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and more.


You don’t really think of breakfast when you think of Thanksgiving. Then again, breakfast is good all day. Black Coffee and Waffle Bar serves up a one-two punch to start off your day with this month’s special, a sweet potato casserole waffle, toasted in the iron and topped with marshmallow fluff, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans for a gluten-free treat. Or if you’re one of those people who can’t decide which kind of pie to have at Thanksgiving, get the best of both worlds with the pumpkin apple pie, with a cream cheese and cinnamon topping.

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The sweet potato casserole waffle at Black Coffee and Waffle Bar.
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Speaking of pies — and when wouldn’t you? — there are a number of places offering pumpkin, apple or pecan pies, as well as a few, like Nichole’s Fine Pastry & Café and Blackbird Woodfire, serving up pumpkin cheesecake.

If you want to take it a step further, try the squash pie at BernBaum’s, because, really, most canned pumpkin is squash. This sweet slice has a rye and pecan crust with whipped cream and candied pecans, to satisfy those of us who really like pecan pie.

The squash pie at Bernbaum's.
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When it comes to toppings for Thanksgiving desserts, we tend to think of whipping cream more than ice cream. If you’re one of those people that doesn’t like pie — whoever those people are — you can dig into the pumpkin spice ice cream at Kones Kreamery.

If pie is not your slice of heaven, have the griddled pumpkin bread at Luna. It’s really a sundae with a maple browned butter semifreddo, salted caramel and candied walnuts.

Just save some room for the real meal on Thursday.

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