Thanksgiving time does not have to mean slaving over a stove for hours or setting your table two days early. Sometimes it is worth it just to load up the bus and go out to eat with family and friends. Where to eat out on Thanksgiving is our #1 most requested story every year. Here is the list that we know of this year, as always if you run a restaurant and want to be included let us know.
The Good Stuff – Most local and small chain places close, however there are always a few willing to give their time to make sure you have a good meal. Here are some fantastic local and small chain options that you will enjoy.
Capital Hotel: This year the hotel is offering Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 11-3. This includes a very good looking menu including over 30 items with traditional brunch options, traditional Thanksgiving options, and a lot in between. Kudos for also featuring a kids menu. $55 for adults, $25 for kids, children under 5 eat free.
Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse: Arthur’s has become a staple for Thanksgiving, this year is no exception. Their traditional Thanksgiving buffet will be open from 10-2. Call for reservations: (501) 821-1838
The Pizzeria at Terry’s: The Pizzeria will open at 6 and include their standard menu and as well as a full bar. Especially helpful after spending a full day with family.
Del Frisco’s will be open for Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For those looking for a no-fuss Thanksgiving, the Grille offers a traditional three course meal for $39 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Make reservations (recommended)
Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro: Ya Ya’s continues their “stress-free” Thanksgiving buffet this year. Included are roast turkey, prime rib, and ham along with traditional sides and desserts. Reservations are from 10-3, $30 per person and $15 for 10 and under. Call for reservations: (501) 821-1144
Crowne Plaza: If you like a little sparkly with your turkey Crowne Plaza has a Champagne Brunch from 11-2. Cost: $32 (adults), $28 (seniors), $18 (ages 6-12), Free for 5 and under. Call for reservations: (501) 223-3000
The Rest – I don’t understand the desire to dip your turkey in a chocolate waterfall, but whatever. If that is your thing here are some great big chain options
Cracker Barrel: They’ll be open their regular hours, serving a few special items for Thanksgiving: turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, dressing and more. Available at all locations.
Dixie Cafe: Regular menu, plus a few Thanksgiving day options including turkey or ham, cornbread dressing, and trimmings. All locations. 11 am – 5 pm.
Golden Corral: Their famous buffet, plus turkey, dressing. 10 am – 8 pm. All locations.
Luby’s: Regular menu, with the optional turkey and dressing dinner.