Tips for Dining Out on Thanksgiving

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Hosting Thanksgiving dinner means hours spent in the kitchen preparing the meal, followed by more time cleaning up after guests. If you want to take a break from cooking and cleaning, consider going out for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Follow our tips for a successful dining out experience.

Put One Person in Charge

Pick an organized family member who likes planning to coordinate dinner. Too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak, will make the process more complicated. The point person can send restaurant/menu options, make reservations, coordinate transportation and communicate the plan to the entire group.

Plan Ahead

Deciding you want to dine out the day before Thanksgiving will greatly limit your options. Make a reservation as soon as you can to ensure you get a spot at the time you prefer. Browse OpenTable ( for ideas.

Keep It Simple

Don’t invite every relative in your entire family to dinner. Keep it limited to your immediate family if possible.

Think Outside the Box

While turkey and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand, don’t feel as though you must find a restaurant that serves a traditional turkey dinner. Take this opportunity to try a new type of cuisine. After all, the point of the holiday is spending time with loved ones, not eating a plate full of turkey.

Uphold Traditions

Just because you’re dining out doesn’t mean you should forgo family traditions. Whether it’s a family member toast or listing what you’re thankful for, keep the traditions going at the restaurant.

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