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Top 15 Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurants

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I love to cook but sometimes I think the holidays would be easier if someone else cooked, cleaned up and took care of the leftovers for me. The good news is there are a handful of restaurants in Little Rock that do just that. The bad news is that these restaurants are almost all chains. I called every local fave I could think of and none were open on Thanksgiving (even Franke's). The servers and chef's need a holiday too!

If you do go out for Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to remember that it is their holiday too. Tip generously and be polite.

1. Peabody Thanksgiving

The Peabody Little Rock will be serving all your favorite holiday dishes: turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. There will also be carving stations offering roast beef, ham, pork loin along with salads, vegetables and a large selection of desserts. They have some breakfast items. Meal is from 10:30 to 2:30.  $39.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 6-11. Kids under 5 eat free. 501-399-8062 .

2. Cracker Barrel

I really like Cracker Barrel, even though it is a chain. They serve excellent turkey and dressing. If you're not in the mood for that, you can get other home style foods. All Cracker Barrel locations serve turkey and dressing from 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  You can also order your meal for pick-up. The locations is 318 Commerce Street in Bryant (right off I-30, 501-847-7878), 3101 Springhille Drive in N. Little Rock (right off I-40, 501-945-9373), or 2618 S. Shackleford (501-225-7100).

3. Mimi's Cafe

Mimi's normally has a New Orleans type of cusines, but on Thanksgiving, they are serving traditional favorites too. It's $14.99 for a three course meal. Mimi's is located at 11725 Chenal Parkway, next to Garden Ridge. 501-221-3883.

4. Denny's

I know, who wants to spend Thanksgiving at Denny's? Jokes aside, they do serve decent food at great prices. There are two Denny's locations in Little Rock, one on 4300 University (501-562-5651) and one on 310 S. Shackleford (501-224-826). You can't beat their prices and they do have a large menu to choose from.

5. Ya Ya's Euro Bistro

Ya Ya's will have a Thankgiving buffett, but it will be traditional American foods.  Located in the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, 501-821-1144.

6. The Dixie Cafe

Serving traditional turkey and dressing, located at 10700 Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-3728.

7. Luby's

Luby's is a cafeteria serving homestyle foods. Turkey and dressing are on the menu for Thanksgiving with lots of sides. I've never tried their Thanksgiving specials but their other food is what you'd expect from a cafeteria. It's quite good but not fancy or unique. They are open from 10:30-8:00 on Thanksgiving Day. Located at 12501 West Markham in Little Rock (501-219-1567).

8. Hilton Thanksgiving (other hotels)

The Hilton on University is also offering Thanksgiving dinner (most hotels will have special holiday meals).  The Doubletree and Wyndham downtown also have Thanksgiving buffets.

9. Ed and Kay's (Benton)

Located at 15228 I-30 in Benton, AR, Ed and Kay's offers homestyle food. For Thanksgiving, they'll be serving all the traditional dishes.

10. Arkansas Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise

You not only get your dinner cooked, but you also get a nice cruise and entertainment. Two cruises available: board at 12:30pm, depart at 1pm and return at 3pm; board at 4:30pm, depart at 5pm and return at 7pm. 501-372-5777.

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