Can a Restaurant Thanksgiving Ever Be Better Than a Home-Cooked One?

Sometimes it’s okay to dine out on the holiday
Thanksgiving Dinner

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The quality of the food served at many restaurants is better than home-cooked.

When we think of Thanksgiving, we tend to think of a bustling, well-decorated dining room, with kids scurrying about, a gleaming turkey on the table, and a hungry, appreciative family gobbling up an expertly cooked fowl and classic sides. Surely we all strive for a Thanksgiving dinner worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting, but what about when that’s simply not doable? What about when family is far away, or it’s impossible to get everyone together under one roof? What about if the apartment kitchen is too small, or it’s simply too much work and too time-consuming to cook the whole meal, but you still want to eat well? The answer: go to a restaurant. It could turn out to be one of the most memorable Thanksgivings you’ll ever have.

Every year, thousands of restaurants across the country offer a classic Thanksgiving dinner, and hundreds of thousands of people enjoy their meals there. Here are the benefits of eating Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant:

1) You don’t need to cook or clean

2) The meal is prepared by professionally trained chefs

3) Everyone else in the restaurant is in the same boat, and is in a jovial mood

4) You have the ability to shop around and choose a menu that best suits your needs

5) It might end up costing you less than a giant turkey and all the additional ingredients

6) If there are picky eaters in your party, the restaurant can deal with them


So at the end of the day, it’s worth weighing the pros and cons between spending Thanksgiving at home and eating the meal at a restaurant. Who knows, dining out might even become your new yearly tradition!