Thanksgiving means usually family, fun and food, with a lot of work to buy and cook food, prepare for guests or travel for family.
For those not planning to deal with the hassle of Thanksgiving or with no plans, there are still several options to get a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
Though many restaurants are closed for the holiday, there will still be plenty of opportunities for turkey, stuffing, gravy and other holiday staples.
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 plans to serve about 1.5 million customers on Thanksgiving.
The store will have a special meal from 11a.m.-10p.m., with traditional Thanksgiving fixings, including, turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole and ham.
Where: 2025 Market Place Boulevard
What: For those wanting 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.
A day after Thanksgiving breakfast buffet will also be held on Black Friday.
Cumming First United Methodist
Where: 770 Canton Highway
What: For the 16th year, Cumming United Methodist Church will host a meal for the community from 11a.m.-1p.m., at the church’s family life center.
“What’s Thanksgiving without turkey and dressing and potatoes and vegetables and pie and dessert and that sort of stuff? That’s really what Cumming First is doing for the community,” said Regis Coccia, co-chair of the meal.
The center can hold about 400 people at a time, but with patrons coming and going is expected to serve about 1,000 people, with more than 200 meals going to homebound seniors and those with disabilities.
Ted’s Montana Grill
Where: The Collection at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway #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.
“Thanksgiving at Ted’s Montana Grill can best be described as an authentic, made-from-scratch, home cooked meal,” Kristi Martin, president, said in an email.
“The delicious, comforting meal combined with the genuine hospitality that Ted’s is known for are the reasons our guests enjoy Thanksgiving with us year after year for a memorable dining experience. Our spirited team makes our guests feel like family.”
The restaurant will also have normal items like steaks, crab cakes and ranch-raised bison.
Officials with the business recommended making reservations ahead of time at (678) 947-3530.
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.
“Everyone is usually upbeat,” said Kelly Thrasher with Waffle House. “Many of the customers are travelers on their way to visit family or families that come out for breakfast before a big dinner later that day.”
Thrasher said Thanksgiving is usually pretty steady, but that lines were typically about the same as a busy Sunday morning.