Recently, I passed a Chinese restaurant that not only claimed to be opened on Thanksgiving, but offered an exclusive snow crab supper for one night only. Whaaaat?! The Pilgrims likely ate lobster alongside their turkey, didn’t you know?! While scheming to somehow get out of whatever plans my family is going to force on me at the last second yet again, I realized that a lot of people out there don’t really have family nearby or company this time of year, so we’ve crafted a list of places that you can go and enjoy a night on the town.
First we should focus our attention to those less fortunate than others. Many places are actually said to offer free dinners on the holiday. The Finger Lakes Dental Care and Green Front Restaurant, which is based in Canandaigua, New York, is one such place. They will host a dinner at the Canandaigua Fire Hall from 4 to 7 in the afternoon. Various local churches may also offer free meals this time of year. Clearly, it would not be humanly possible to list every place giving away free food…and yes, we’ve tried…so our point is: don’t give up look around.
Of course, your problem may be less serious, but you may not have people to enjoy the holiday with. If you have a bit of money on you there actually are a few places you can go for a nice dinner. Chains like Cracker Barrel and Denny’s will be open on the holiday. Other places include, but are not limited to: Boston Market, Golden Corral, and Maggiano’s. Some of these spots will actually offer exclusive Thanksgiving-themed meals.
Keep in mind that individual franchises may choose to close down for the holiday even if the company will allow them to stay open ahead of time. Just make sure to do your due diligence. Don’t make the mistake I made last year when I tried to go to Chic-fila’s… and the only reason it looked like it was open was because they were hosting a party for the employees. They could have posted a sign or something!
And seriously, why did we go with turkey when lobster was literally on the table?