I get this question every year, and every year the answer is pretty short. But a few restaurants WILL be open on Thanksgiving Day, whether you’re looking for a traditional buffet or something a little different. Here is a list of places I know are open. If you know of any others, please add them in a comment for the benefit of readers who are on the lookout. Thanks!
419 West is having its traditional Thanksgiving buffet, which I’ve heard in the past is very good. Looks like it will include shrimp cocktail, crab and artichoke dip, Caesar salad, sliced smoked salmon, andouille sausage and sage cornbread stuffing, mashed taters, roasted turkey and maple glazed ham and an array of desserts. That’s just a sampling. Buffet served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $23.95 for adults; $10.95 for kids ages 6 to 12; free for kids under 5. Check out their website.
The Coffee Pot will again be a refuge for people who want to escape the relatives or dance off some of those Turkey Day calories. Looks like they won’t have a special menu, but they will be open Wednesday through Saturday with live music every night. Thursday night is Doug Clark’s Hot Nuts.
TGIFriday’s will have a full menu on Thanksgiving from 5 p.m. to close. They are suggesting reservations. (540) 362-1475. www.tgifridays.com
Famous Anthony’s is serving breakfast on Thanksgiving from 7 a.m. to noon, so if you’ll be in the kitchen cooking all day, maybe you’d like to boot everybody out for breakfast. They’ll also be offering two entrees for $14.99, including two desserts and two beverages, from 2 p.m. to close. That’s dine in only. Here’s their website.
IHOP will be open, because nothing says Thanksgiving like a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity. But seriously, you might not want to cook breakfast or lunch that day, and IHOP is there to help by being open regular hours. Check out Wednesday’s Extra section for coupons! They are good until Dec. 15.
Country Cookin’ was one of my Papa’s favorite restaurants. If Grandma’s cooking hadn’t been so darn good, he might have been at CC for Thanksgiving. Country Cookin’ is having a Thanksgiving Day feast (turkey or ham dinner with endless holiday sides) for $8.99 per person. You can’t beat that price with a stick. The breakfast buffet is 7 to 11 a.m. Dinner is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Countrycookin.com
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center will be putting on its Grand Thanksgiving Buffet. Reservations are required and there are several seating times. Click here to see those details.
Preston’s at the Inn at Virginia Tech is also having a Thanksgiving buffet. Seatings are on the half hour from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For reservations and more info, call (540) 231-0120. Here’s their website.