Many Turn to Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Knoxville (WVLT) - Not everyone enjoys spending hours in the kitchen preparing a thanksgiving dinner so it's nice to know several area restaurants will be open for the holiday.

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt shows you why dining out is becoming more of a tradition.

When you think thanksgiving, you more than likely think food.

But if you're like Linda Horner, cooking may not be your favorite hobby.

"A big mess, if I cooked, I'm not a cook so I don't ever cook very much, that's why I eat out a lot," says Linda.

And Linda prefers Shoney's, "It's always good to me, it's one of my favorite places."

And she's not alone. From the time the Thanksgiving buffet opens at 11:00 a.m. until it closes at 10:00 p.m., it will be packed with people.

"We will be extremely busy, extremely busy. It's the biggest day of the year... out the door," says Shoney's Manager Chris Swanner.

And they'll be waiting for the buffet table with all the fixin's.

"We will have prime rib, fried chicken, turkey of course, dressing, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob," Swanner says.

"It's a good family atmosphere, and they have a big variety of things, good deserts," Linda says.

Amy Henry will take a break from the kitchen and take her family out for dinner.

"It'll just be a day of relaxation instead of cooking and cleaning."

She says it not only keeps the day easy, it keeps you from eating too much. "You eat all day, because it's there at home also, we're just gonna go out and have a nice meal."

And another plus to eating your Thanksgiving dinner out.

"We will clean up the mess, and the dishes," Swanner says.

Calhoun's, Cracker Barrel, IHOP, Ruby Tuesday's and Perkins are just a few restaurants you'll be able to dine at tomorrow.

And if you're looking for something other than a restaurant, the Second Baptist Church in Clinton is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to one p.m.


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