Family, food, friends – what’s not to love about Thanksgiving (save for the dishes)? Let’s be honest, while many people celebrate those old familial traditions of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, not everyone has the time or patience to cook a full Thanksgiving meal…or maybe you do but eating out instead sounds like a better option to you.
Pros and Cons of Eating Out on Thanksgiving
- For one, you may actually save your waistline by choosing to eat at a local establishment. According to the Calorie Control Council (yes, this is actually a thing), the average person eats around 3,000 calories during their annual Thanksgiving meal and an additional 1,500 on snacking and nibbling! No WONDER people put on a few pounds during this holiday! Depending on what you order while dining out, you could save yourself a couple thousand calories.
- A potential con of eating at a local restaurant is the price tag. I was perusing the American Farm Bureau Federation when I came across their yearly statistics for Thanksgiving – according to their research, a family of 10 will spend about $50.11 this year for dinner. For all you mathematically-challenged individuals out there, that is around $5 per person. Unless you are eating from a fast-food dollar menu or decide to order three (3) large pizzas from Dominos and some side dishes, you aren’t going to be able to feed 10 people for that price.
- If you are a super-busy workaholic, or if time seems to elude you, eating out may be a great option. You don’t have to plan the meal, buy the groceries and then spend two days in the kitchen cooking. I fancy myself a busy person but I love spending time with fam in the kitchen and reconnecting with friends and loved ones over a pumpkin-spiced white Russian. It’s good to take some time off from work, but if you absolutely can’t and if time is money, then opting for a nice meal out may be just the thing for you.
Springfield Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving 2016
Perhaps you are someone who DOES celebrate Thanksgiving, but perhaps your family is in another state and travel isn’t an option for you. If you can’t crash one of your friend’s house, there are other options for enjoying a Thanksgiving meal. Click on the name to get the address, phone and all that other good info.
Posh Restaurants in Springfield Open for Thanksgiving
Hemmingway’s Blue Water Café – open 10 am to 5 pm (reservations recommended)
Jimm’s Steakhouse – open 11 am to 7 pm
Big Whiskeys – open 5 pm to 1 am
TGIFridays – open 11 am to midnight
Touch Restaurant and Oyster House – open 11 am to 2 pm (reservations recommended)
Terrace Grille at University Plaza – open 11:30 am to 2 pm (reservations recommended)
Tower Club – Taking reservations, featuring two (2) seating times: 11 am and 1 pm
Family Style Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving
Ziggie’s Café – open 6 am to 9 pm
Perkin’s Restaurant and Bakery – open 6 am to midnight
Village Inn Family Restaurant – open 6 am to 11 pm
Cracker Barrel – open 6 am to 10 pm
Springfield Family Restaurant – open 5:30 am to 9 pm
Hurtz Donut – open 24/7
Golden Corral – open 10 am to 7 pm
Dominos – open 4 pm to midnight
IHOP Restaurant – open 24/7
Waffle House – open 24/7
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving from the Team at WeDames!