20 Awesome Reasons to Go Out for Thanksgiving Dinner

Food & Party 55

thanksgiving dinner restaurantUnless you're one of those families that has your Thanksgiving Day traditions on lock-down, you might be still wondering where you'll wind up on the most intense mandatory family reunion day of the year. Or I should say, if you're like me, you're still unclear about who is coming over, if you're going somewhere, if you'll be stuck in the kitchen for two days, or if you should just skip the whole thing this year.

While the jury is still out in our household, the temptation to just hit a restaurant and get all the fixin's is a big one right about now. In fact, I think everyone should go that route -- at least once. Here are 20 reasons why you should just go out for Thanksgiving dinner. I'll state the obvious first.

  1. No dishes
  2. No cooking all day for a bunch of cranky ingrates
  3. No one mucking up your clean floors
  4. Or kitchen
  5. Or bathroom (and if that's a regular problem, someone in your family needs a talking to)
  6. No leftovers that you feel guilty about throwing out
  7. No brining
  8. No relatives (hahaha -- kidding my lovely and amazing family!)
  9. No football on in the background
  10. No fighting over the limited number of drumsticks
  11. Being waited on at all times
  12. No one will complain about your cooking
  13. And you won't have to complain about someone else's cooking
  14. No cranberry sauce from a can
  15. No turkey sandwiches for two weeks
  16. No trying to figure out what "giblets" actually are
  17. Expensive liquor means fewer drunk rants from disgruntled family members
  18. Attentive waiters means fewer outbursts from disgruntled family members
  19. Anyone with dietary restrictions can order off the regular menu
  20. Your Thanksgiving day will only last two hours -- at most!

Do you go out to eat on Thanksgiving?


Image via martha_chapa95/Flickr

chain restaurants, thanksgiving, family meals


To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Not a chance! I love cooking thanksgiving dinner. It's the only meal of the year where you can go over the top and not have people think you're nuts. I plan my menu about a month before hand then write up my shopping list and then write up my planning list starting with the things I make the day before then the things I make in the morning and then getting down to five minute intervals as I get closer to meal time.

This year I'm making two appetizers, two entrees, four sides, two condiments, and three desserts. There will be five of us eating but I'd be happy to welcome more people if I knew anyone who didn't have a place to go. The dishes I'm making all serve at least six, the stuffing supposedly serves ten, and of course those counts assume that you are only serving one entree and a couple of sides as a general rule. My FIL always begs for loads of leftovers so I make enough to ensure that we actually have some left too.

batb2009 batb2009

I will be going out.  Gastric bypass changed how I look at "food festivities"

nonmember avatar jen

As a waitress I am forced to work the holidays. We always wonder why family dont spend the holidays with family. We dont want to work. The more that go out the longer we are without our familys forced to stay at work because of your top 10. Geee thanks

jagam... jagamama0710

Not me! I love to cook for Thanksgiving.  I also have an amazing husband who tells me to sit my butt down while he cleans up the dishes and packs up the leftovers. We're a military family so we like to invite some single soldiers he works with over who aren't going home, along with our other couple friends who aren't going anywhere. 


Boobo... Boobookittt74

I love turkey sandwiches after thanksgiving! It's the only time I actually want them!!

starl... starlight1968

I didn't know places were even open on Thanksgiving....

alynette alynette

i love cooking and having people come over. last year though, that didn't happen. we decided not to do turkey day and went to an italian joint called bucca di beppo---LOVE that place! 

this year i'm hoping people come over so i can cook again. we're not near family, so our friends have become like surogate family :)

nonmember avatar Kelly

#2 Cooking is fun during Thanksgiving :) I do agree the dishwashing isn't as fun, haha!
#6 I enjoy the leftovers! Mmmm :)
#8 I love spending Thanksgiving with my friends and family. That's what it's about :) And if you're part of our family and circle, you'd know there is ALWAYS enough food!
#9 I don't mind the football. In fact, it's tradition :)
#12 Do people actually complain about the hosts cooking? Wow. Not in this house :)
#13 Irrelevant. I can complain about a restaurants cooking just as easily as I could someone else' cooking, though I do not.
#15 No turkey sandwiches? :(
#17 Why buy expensive liquor in the first place? Beer and wine is fine.
#19 Home cooking can be healthy as well. For example, grilled veggies, whole wheat rolls, skinless turkey breast, etc.
#20 Thanksgiving should always be longer than two hours. What's the fun in two hours?

butte... butterflymkm

My husband is one of those crazy people that ONLY likes the cranberry sauce out of a can, he won't eat the homemade stuff lol

ChicH... ChicHippie

We have lots of family locally and Thanksgiving lasts a solid week... Sunday we have lunch with one of my grandparents and dinner with people from church. Tues we have dinner with my parents. Wed is dinner with my grandmother. Thursday my other grandfather takes us all out for lunch.. then dinner with my husband's parents. Friday is dinner out with my husband's grandfather and sat is lunch at his grandmother's. Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it all... I'm making something different for every gathering except the two at restaurants.

1-10 of 55 comments 12345 Last