Panicked at the thought of cooking for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you’re just over being the perfect host and would rather eat out.
You do have some dining options on Thursday. Here are a few restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving.
Shogun Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, will be open from 2-9 p.m., but just the 5520 Whittlesey Road location. “We normally have a good crowd,” owner Gene Meszaros said. Besides people who don’t want to cook, he has a good number of military personnel coming in.
Vintage 222, 222 Seventh St., 706-507-2991, will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations are suggested, but owner Mamie Pound said no one will be turned away.
Military retirees and their guests can eat in the 1/507th Airborne dining facility on main post. It’s on Riordon Street, across from Eubanks Field.
The meal is $7.
Don’t forget that you have to go through the checkpoint, so make sure you have a valid picture ID and car registration.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 1500 Bradley Park Drive, 706-317-3460, will be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. For $7.99, you can get a turkey plate with all the fixings.
Houlihan’s (800 Front Ave. and 5351 Sidney Simons Blvd.), will be open for lunch and dinner, featuring its regular menu.
The International House of Pancake restaurants in Columbus and Phenix City will all be open from 5 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring regular menu options.
Shoney’s Restaurants (in Phenix City and Columbus), will offer Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. It includes turkey, ham, collards, cornbread dressing and all the fixings.
Callaway Gardens has a variety of restaurants to satisfy your Thanksgiving hunger.
Buffet tables will be set up in the Mountain Creek Inn Ballroom, Plant Room Restaurant, Piedmont Dining Room and Longleaf Ballroom at the Lodge and Spa.
On the buffet, guests will find roasted turkey with all the trimmings, cedar plank salmon, chicken-fried ocean perch with sweet onion, lemon and herbs and sugar-cured ham with brandied peach sauce.
Youngsters have a special dining option in the Mountain Creek Inn Ballroom. They may have fish sticks, chicken nuggets, green beans and macaroni and cheese. The other dining rooms will have similar menus.
Buffet prices are $29.95 for adults, $14.50 for children 6-12 in the Mountain Creek Inn Ballroom (open 11 a.m.-3 p.m.); $29.95 for adults, $14.50 for children 6-12 in the Plant Room Restaurant (open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.); $31.95 for adults, $15 for children 6-12 in the Longleaf Ballroom (open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.); and $32.95 for adults, $16 for children 6-12 in the Piedmont Dining Room (open noon-6 p.m.). Children 5 and younger eat free. Reservations are required in all the dining rooms except for the Plant Room.
In the Gardens Restaurant, options includes candied butternut squash bisque, crispy Savannah prawns as appetizers; roast turkey breast, giblet gravy, Southern-style dressing, sweet potatoes, haricot verts, cranberry relish; pan-seared Carolina trout, marbled fingerling potato hash, sauteed local baby spinach and grilled cranberry and honey-glazed bone-in pork chop, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, roasted petite root vegetables.
The cost for the Gardens Restaurant dinner is $36.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 6-12, children 5 and younger eat free. It’s open noon-5 p.m. and reservations are required. Call 706-663-6832.
Cricket’s Family Restaurant, 14661 Ga. 18, 706-663-8136, will be open from 2-9 p.m. The menu offerings include its usual steaks, seafood and New Orleans cuisine, but on Thursday, the restaurant will serve turkey and ham and the fixings.
Over in Auburn, at The Hotel at Auburn University, 421 S. College St., Ariccia Trattoria & Bar will be open for Thanksgiving brunch with two seatings at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT.
The brunch buffet includes house-cured and smoked seafood, fresh seafood, Italian deli meats, cheeses, grilled vegetables, bruschetta, salads. Also available are chicken parmesan, honey-glazed yams, creamy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, fried turkey with sage and dried fruit stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, pineapple-glazed pork, Savannah honey-roasted peach halves, salt-crusted prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. There will be a variety of cakes, pies, tarts and individual desserts.
Brunch will cost $34.50 for adults and $14.50 for children 11 and younger.
A three-course Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 6:30-11 p.m. EDT. It includes roasted butternut squash soup with red beet ravioli; apple and seckle pear salad with candied chestnuts, aged balsamic, homemade raisins and gorgonzola cheese; mash, pomegranate-glazed roasted turkey, creamy Yukon Gold and sweet potato, gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, haricots verts and cornbread crostini. Desserts include warm apple tart, oatmeal streusel, honey gelato and eggnog shooters.
Reservations are recommended. Call 334-844-5140.