Thanksgiving can be easier (and less stressful) if someone else cooks, cleans up, and takes care of the leftovers. The good news is that there are some restaurants in Little Rock, Arkansas, that do just that this holiday season.
Whether you're in town visiting family, are on vacation, or are traveling through on a business trip for Thanksgiving, you don't have to go through all the hassle of making your own meal this holiday season. Enjoy a meal at one of these great restaurants instead and take the stress out of your celebration—just be sure to book reservations well in advance as spots are likely to fill up at these popular establishments.
The Capital Hotel offers not one Thanksgiving dining choice but four. One Eleven traditionally serves a three-course Thanksgiving lunch with wine pairings offered for an additional price.
Thanksgiving brunch is usually served on the Mezzanine also from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. And, the Capital Bar & Grill traditionally serves a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a fixed price, but you can also order off a limited menu if you're not up for turkey and all the fixings.
If you want to have your own Thanksgiving events, you can usually order Thanksgiving dinner-to-go from the Capital Hotel for 12 to 15 people. Details are available close to Turkey day on the hotel website.
Cracker Barrel serves great comfort food every day, and Thanksgiving Day is no exception. It's a chain, but Cracker Barrel's turkey, dressing, and trimmings are excellent, and homestyle cooking is its specialty, after all. Plus, it's affordable.
If you're not in the mood for traditional Thanksgiving food, you can order off the regular menu. All Cracker Barrel locations serve turkey and dressing from 11 a.m. until close on Thanksgiving Day. You can also order your meal for pick-up. Locations in Little Rock are at Springhill Drive, Shackleford Road, West Commerce Street (Bryant), and Skyline Drive (Conway).
DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck usually offers a special Thanksgiving getaway over the long weekend with a Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Shoreline Restaurant. You can stay in the lodge or camp out for a nature-filled fall holiday weekend, which is a great idea because Bismarck is about 65 miles from Little Rock, making it an ideal day trip or several-day getaway.
This Thanksgiving dinner is normally a sellout because of the one-of-a-kind experience provided by the staff of the park. The feast is traditionally located in the rustic timber-and-stone lodge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Petit Jean State Park, the state's first state park, in Morrilton, Arkansas, which is about 70 miles from Little Rock. The cozy ambiance in a beautiful natural setting makes this an ideal escape if you're traveling with a special someone this holiday season.
This upscale Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional holiday foods is offered in a lovely setting at the Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa at Lake Ouachita. It's a bit of a drive at 82 miles from Little Rock, but it's worth the journey for an excellent feast in the countryside that's usually sold out every year.
The Skillet Restaurant in Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View—about 100 miles from Little Rock—serves a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with turkey and all the fixings by reservation only. As an added touch, the restaurant often provides entertainment, like folk music or a gospel choir as background for the lavish meal.