On Thanksgiving, the important thing is to spend time with those close to you so if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the burden of making your own feast, consider stepping out this Thanksgiving to one of the many restaurants that are open just for that reason.
There are some fantastic places in the Buffalo, New York area where you can dine out on Thanksgiving.
Tucked away on the outskirts of downtown, you might be surprised to find a restaurant with such a contemporary atmosphere. Standing in the midst of large Victorian homes and in the shadow of recent development, 31 Club is an unexpected escape from the norm that Buffalo restaurants tend to offer.
During Thanksgiving, the restaurant offers the unexpected again but serving up a variety of holiday dishes buffet style including glazed ham and prime rib, in addition to the classic turkey. There's also a spread of delicious sides and different types of dessert.
Situated right in the heart of Buffalo's Theatre District, Buffalo Chophouse has been a local favorite for years. They are open on holidays like Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. They are working on their menus for special dinners so watch the Facebook page for updates.
Oliver's Restaurant is dazzling guests with an impressive and unique spin on traditional American fare. Open on Thanksgiving, dinner is typically served between 1 and 8 pm.
Situated on the seventh floor of the new HarborCenter downtown, Panorama on Seven offers incredible views of Lake Erie. The modern interior would be easy to confuse with any high-end restaurant in New York City and the food is no different.
The restaurant is offering their usual menu on Thanksgiving which includes a seared duck breast with confit and bourbon pulled chicken if you don't want to stray too far from your usual turkey dinner.
If you're looking for a classic dinner with a lot of character then Salvatore's Italian Garden is your place. The eclectic dining room, filled with decorations, vases and plenty of sculptures offers a special three-course meal on Thanksgiving in addition to their regular menu of classic Italian dishes.
If you're looking to spice up your Thanksgiving then Texas de Brazil is perfect for you. The brightly colored walls and modern architecture are a clean break from the traditional holiday setting, allowing you to try an entirely new experience.
For dinner, the Brazilian steakhouse offers table-side carving of various meats including pork chops, a variety of filets, and steaks. Additional sides are available buffet style and there's a salad bar for those looking to break up the meat with some greens. On Thanksgiving, Texas de Brazil will be serving this regular dinner menu alongside traditional Thanksgiving favorites all day long.