So you want to eat some turkey this week for Thanksgiving, but don’t have family in town or just don’t feel like cooking? Then you’ll want to know which local restaurants are taking reservations and serving up special holiday dinners. Depending on your preferences, I have two good suggestions for you.
- For Thanksgiving dining on the cheap, check the chain restaurants (see the listing below). Many feature Thanksgiving specials with traditional dining options that include complete turkey dinners and more — for less.
- For something more specific, check the Thanksgiving pages on OpenTable.com, where you’ll find holiday menu items and prices. You can sort by city to find restaurants near you, from San Francisco to New York, Los Angeles to San Diego, Phoenix to Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and just about everywhere else.
THANKSGIVING 2015 RESTAURANT SPECIALS
- Black Angus Steakhouse — Turkey and gravy, mashed and sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and other options. Their website says availability is limited, so make your reservations early.
- Bob Evans — You’ll find a choice of Thanksgiving turkey, pork or ham, sides and dessert for $14.99/adults, $6.99/children.
- Boston Market — Turkey breast, two sides, cornbread and pumpkin or apple pie for $11.99. They also have a takeout options, Oven to Table (serves 12 people for $109.99).
- Buca di Beppo — Family style meal ($57 for three people), includes turkey dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, and pumpkin pie.
- Cracker Barrel — Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, $11.99/adults, $6.99/children, includes turkey breast and gravy, cornbread dressing, sugar-cured ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, biscuits or corn muffins, pumpkin pecan streusel pie with whipped cream, and a beverage.
- Golden Corral — Thanksgiving buffet with carved turkey or ham, fried chicken, roast beef, meatloaf, steak, shrimp, stuffing, potatoes, casseroles and veggies.
- Luby’s — Thanksgiving special holiday entree with cornbread dressing, two sides, dinner roll and dessert for $10.99. Takeout also available.
- McCormick & Schmick’s — Roasted turkey dinner, $24.99 to $28.99/adults, $9.99/children, includes butternut squash bisque or walnut mixed greens salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, vegetables, apple squash casserole, cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie and cocktail service optional for an additional price.
- Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — Traditional turkey dinner, $39.95 to $41.95/adults, $12.95/children, includes with an appetizer, main course and dessert.
- Shoney’s Restaurants — Southern-style buffet dinner, from $10.99 (kids 4 and under free), includes turkey, fried chicken, collared greens, sweet potato casserole and other sides, plus a slice of pumpkin pie. Takeout also available.
- Sizzler Restaurants — Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked sweet potato with maple butter, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Prices vary by location.
- Ted’s Montana Grill — Traditional Roast Turkey Feast, for $25, includes choice of St. Phillip’s Island Crab Cakes, Bison Pot Roast, Bison Meatloaf, Big Sky Grilled Salad, Cedar Plank Salmon, Ted’s Filet and Delmonico Ribeye. Prices vary by location.
- The Stinking Rose — Bagna Calda (garlic cloves oven roasted in extra virgin olive oil & butter with a hint of anchovies0, salad with garlic dressing, garlic roasted turkey breast with pan gravy, mashed yams, cranberry relish, stuffing, and pumpkin pie a la mode, all for $34.95/adults, $19.95/children.
- Village Inn — Traditional Thanksgiving turkey or ham dinner with pumpkin pie (at participating locations only). Prices vary.