While for many, Thanksgiving is a chance to show off their cooking skills, there are those who prefer to take the holiday off and enjoy meals made by others.
Luckily for those in the latter group, there are plenty of places to stop by on Thanksgiving that will be serving meals all day. Depending on the restaurant or establishment, they may offer their usual fair or have a special Thanksgiving meal.
While many eateries will be closed on Thursday, here are a few places locals can stop by for a bite.
Where: 675 Buford Highway
What: Known for its country and family meals, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year at Cracker Barrel. Nationwide, the chain will serve 652,000 pounds of turkey, 8 million ounces of gravy and 1 million slices of pie.
The store will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and will have a special Thanksgiving meal starting at 11 a.m. with traditional Thanksgiving fixings, including turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole and ham.
Cracker Barrel also offers two to-go meals, a hot, ready-to-eat meal that serves up to six and a meal requiring two hours to heat that serves 10.
More info: CrackerBarrel.com
Where: 2025 Market Place Boulevard
What: For those who like to go back for seconds, Golden Corral will have a special buffet of Thanksgiving favorites.
In addition to turkey and dressing, the restaurant will offer fried chicken, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin and pecan pies.
More info: GoldenCorral.com
Cumming First United Methodist Church
Where: 770 Canton Highway
What: For the past 18 years, Cumming First United Methodist Church has hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner, and this year’s meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church’s family life center.
The church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey and trimming at no charge.
Church leaders are also accepting volunteers for the meal and food drive items.
More info: CFUMCGA.org/Thanksgiving
Ted’s Montana Grill
Where: The Collection at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Ste. 100
What: On Thanksgiving only, Ted’s Montana Grill will offer a special roast turkey feast, starting with soup, salad or bison chili. The meal will also feature buttered carrots, squash casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, apple pecan crisp and locally-sourced ingredients.
The restaurant will also have normal items like steak, crab cakes and ranch-raised bison.
Officials with the business recommended making reservations ahead of time at (678) 947-3530.
More info: TedsMontanaGrill.com
Where: Several locations throughout Forsyth County
What: Waffle House will give customers a chance to get both pecan pie and waffles on Thanksgiving. Unlike some restaurants that focus on the traditional meal, Waffle House will be offering their regular menu.
More info: wafflehouse.com