While the thought of sitting around the dinner table with friends and family surrounding an immaculate dinner that you've spent all day piecing together may be the highlight of the holiday season it can sometimes feel like the preparation takes away from the meaning of the day.
The important thing is to spend time with those close to you, not on the size of the bird you were able to prepare. 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.
You might find that taking a year off of making your own dinner to explore what else is available will encourage you to try a new restaurant every year. Here, you'll find the best places open this Thanksgiving in Buffalo.
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.
This Thanksgiving, the restaurant is offering the unexpected again but serving up a variety of holiday dishes including roasted pork and prime rib, in addition to the classic turkey. There's also a spread of delicious sides and three types of dessert. The prix fixe menu is $35 for adults and $17 for children under 12. The full menu can be found here.
Situated right in the heart of Buffalo's Theatre District, Buffalo Chophouse has been a local favorite for years. This Thanksgiving, they are offering their annual turkey dinner with all of the fixings, including stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, cranberries and your choice of white or dark meat for $38.95 per person. If you don't fill up on all of the sides, they're also offering either apple or pumpkin pie for $9.50 a slice.
Their dining room will remain open regular hours, until 9 pm, and they will also be serving their usual menu as well.
Under the helm of a new head chef, Oliver's Restaurant is dazzling guests with an impressive and unique spin on traditional American fare. This Thanksgiving the new head chef, Ross Warhol, isn't restricting himself to the usual dishes as he's also offering plates like seared duck breast and lobster with sea scallops.
But don't worry if you had your heart set on the traditional feast as Warhol is still offering a turkey dinner with green beans, stuffing, cranberry and mashed potatoes.
Panorama on Seven
Panorama on Seven is the newest addition to this list, having opened within the past year. Situated on the seventh floor of the new HarborCenter downtown, the restaurant 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. Entrees average $30 per person and the dining room is open until 11 pm.
Salvatore's Italian Gardens
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 is offering a special on Thanksgiving in addition to their regular menu of classic Italian dishes.
You can order the turkey dinner for $27 per person or their upgraded version for $39 per person which includes salad, soup, an appetizer, and dessert. The dining room is open until 8 pm.
Texas de Brazil
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 tableside 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. This Thanksgiving the restaurant will be carving turkey in addition to their other meats, and the buffet will offer traditional fixings like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. The dining room will be open until 9 pm.
Where ever you find yourself this holiday season, make sure you're in good company in the midst of great food. Don't worry about spending your time in the kitchen when you can spend time with friends and family and leave the cooking to somebody else. These restaurants are perfect for a no-hassle Thanksgiving evening and you're guaranteed not to have a single dirty dish to do.