Not everyone is excited about hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home. Some folks would rather avoid all the pre-holiday hunting and gathering, the prep work and cooking, and the dish-washing.
For them, the solution is Thanksgiving dinner out, a time- and hassle-saving strategy. Here’s a last-minute sampling of restaurants that will serve Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. You can thank us later, while we eat leftovers on Friday and you don’t.
Menu: Brined and roasted Mary’s-brand turkey, ciabatta-apple-sage stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and gravy, orange and brown sugar yams, roasted root vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie
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Hours: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Pavilions center on Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue, Sacramento; www.piatti.com/sacramento
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Menu: The special holiday brunch buffet will include carving stations, seafood, pasta, cold and hot appetizers, breakfast station and more.
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $65 adults, $32.50 for ages 6-12, free for ages 4 and younger
Where: 1209 L St., Sacramento; 916-443-1234, www.sacramento.hyatt.com
Menu: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and gravy, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish and dessert.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $28 for adults, $13 for ages 12 and younger
Where: In Arden Fair, 1689 Arden Way, www.seasons52.com
Fire Rock Grill
Menu: The buffet will feature turkey dinner, prime rib and fixins’; bottomless bloody Marys for $5, bottomless mimosas for $8.
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $25 for adults, $18 for ages 55 and older, $15 for ages 12 and younger
Where: 11275 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, www.firerockgrill.com
Thunder Valley Resort Casino
Menu: Three restaurants within the casino offer variations of traditional Thanksgiving turkey meals. Thunder Cafe has a three-course dinner with turkey or braised beef short ribs; the Buffet serves roasted turkey, New York strip steak or baked ham; High Steaks Steakhouse has a four-course dinner featuring roasted organic turkey or bacon-wrapped turkey ballontine; all locations include dessert.
Hours: Thunder Cafe 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Buffet 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; High Steaks 4-11 p.m.
Cost: Thunder Cafe $20.95; Buffet $16.99-$29.99; High Steaks $55
Reservations: Cafe and Buffet are first-come, first served; High Steaks 916-408-8327
Where: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln