Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, offers visitors and locals somewhere to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with loved ones in several venues serving festive menus every year. You won't have to cook or clean and can find fun events like folk concerts and craft shows in the mountains to large buffets in resorts and hotels featuring all the favorites from turkey to green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time if you'll be dining in because spots fill up early in most places.
Some annual events may be canceled or postponed in 2020, so be sure to check for the latest updates on the official organizer's websites.
The hotel has not rescheduled this event for 2020.
Little Rock's historic Capital Hotel traditionally hosts a buffet on Turkey Day and offers a "Thanksgiving Turkey-Dinner-To-Go" option, too. The 2019 menu featured pumpkin spice pancakes and pecan-smoked bacon before moving onto the traditional turkey, ham, and dressing served with shepherd's pie, green bean casserole, truffled macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, and more.
You can eat multiple meals at this swanky spread, but if you'd rather take it to go instead, there are two options: one that feeds eight to 12 people and another that serves 16–18. It includes a roast turkey and all the fixings, plus pumpkin and pecan pie.
This event has been canceled for 2020.
As an alternative activity, Thanksgiving can be a nice time to get outside and enjoy a natural setting. The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View is a "living history" state park in the rugged Ozark Mountains. Every year, its Skillet Restaurant hosts a traditional Thanksgiving dinner which also includes some variety, such as fried chicken and sugar-free desserts. Enjoy an all-out festival complete with live folk music and a holiday craft show.
You can roll up to this restaurant without a reservation, too. Just put your name on the dinner list upon arrival and the hostess will call you when a table is free.
This homestyle chain restaurant serves up a Southern version of Thanksgiving dinner every day of the week. On the big day, though, it offers a special "Turkey n' Dressing" meal that comes with a hearty helping of turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, its famous biscuits and corn muffins, and other items; the meal is also available to go. Cracker Barrel offers freshly baked pies throughout the holiday season. And, for a home-cooked meal that doesn't need much preparation, you can purchase an easy "Heat n' Serve" dinner that you simply pop in the oven for two hours and can share with up to 10 people. You can count on getting a belly full of comfort food for a fair price. Little Rock has multiple locations of this chain.
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa
In 2020, the lodge is closed for dine-in service, but you can still order a Thanksgiving meal for pick-up or delivery on November 26 at either 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
The rustic cabin of Lake Ouachita's Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa, especially when adorned with autumnal leaf wreaths and pumpkin centerpieces, screams Thanksgiving. Perhaps that's why the reservations-only annual buffet sells out year after year. In addition to the typical Thanksgiving foods, you'll find a selection of fruits and cheeses, soup and salad bar, and freshly-baked bread. The lodge is quite a jaunt from Little Rock at 82 miles away, but a homestyle feast in a picturesque fall setting is worth driving out to the countryside.