Eat Out on Thanksgiving Day in Oklahoma City

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If you plan to spend your Thanksgiving in Oklahoma City but don't want to go through the hassle of preparing a holiday feast, there are a number of alternatives to cooking your own Thanksgiving meal.

Many restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro area offer takeout holiday dinners you can order in advance and pick up on occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, if you'd rather not bring the mess home, finding a place that's open and serving on Thanksgiving can be challenging.

Fortunately, there are a few excellent restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in the Oklahoma City metro, and more and more are staying open each year. Calling ahead for reservations is recommended as spots tend to fill up quickly on the holidays, especially around peak meal times from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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    Dining Room at Bellini's Underground
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    This Italian restaurant is located at the bottom of the Waterford Building and will serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the holiday featuring turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce (among other menu items). Favorites include crab crostini, fried calamari, chicken or veal picatta, baked salmon, and an 18-ounce grilled Angus beef ribeye with gnocchi and sauteed vegetables. 

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    Other Bricktown Brewery locations will not be open for the holiday, but the one at Remington Park will have an all you can eat buffet. However, you must be 18 or older to enter Remington Park, so this isn't a great option if you're traveling with family. Still, if you're heading out with a bunch of adults, the buffet features traditional options alongside Bricktown favorites.

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    Street view of Flint's patio
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    Located inside the Colcord Hotel downtown, Flint serves up southern and midwestern favorites like hickory smoked brisket tacos, applewood smoked pork ribs, and masa batter fried Mississippi catfish. For Thanksgiving, Flint typically offers a special turkey dish alongside other holiday favorites like stuffing and house-made cranberry sauce.

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    Specializing in Euro-American and German cuisine, Ingrid's might seem like an odd choice to celebrate an American Thanksgiving. However, this Oklahoma City staple serves a special buffet for holidays, including Thanksgiving. There are two locations for Ingrid's in the metro area: the flagship restaurant on North 36th Street between May and Penn and the location on North May Street.

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    The long-running local favorite Legend's Restaurant in Norma will serve steak, seafood, pasta, and sandwiches by reservation only on Thanksgiving Day. It's typically recommended that you book your reservation at least two months in advance of the holiday, especially if you plan to dine with a large group. This family-owned restaurant has been a staple of the University of Oklahoma community since it first opened in 1968, so you can expect some "down home" cooking at this rustic restaurant.

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    This casual steakhouse has multiple locations in the OKC metro area, each of which will be open and serving burgers, fish, chicken fried steak, and a full kid's menu on Thanksgiving day. Featuring a traditional southern-style menu of specials and a relatively inexpensive buffet, Mackie's is great for families traveling on a budget.

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    Mary Eddy's Kitchen X Lounge Dining Room
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    Located inside the amazing 21c Museum Hotel downtown and featuring a special menu by chef Jason Campbell's extensive New American cuisine expertise, you can enjoy a special creation for Thanksgiving instead of traditional stuffing. Mary Eddy's Kitchen X Lounge is an art-filled, communal space perfect for a casual family dinner for the holiday.

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    Nic's Place Diner & Lounge
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    While the original location at 10th and Penn was a staple of Oklahoma City, the new digs near Automobile Alley in Midtown make for an even better dining experience thanks to an upgraded kitchen, dining room, and menu. Locals and tourists alike have even said Nic's has the best burger in the metro area. Nic's will also feature a special Thanksgiving menu for the holiday with both lunch through dinner services.

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    The Pump Bar's Thanksgiving meal
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    Located in a former gas station near Uptown 23rd, the Pump Bar is a good spot for cocktails and pub food but will also serve Thanksgiving turkey. The bar typically plays cult classic films on overhead flatscreens and there's a gaming area in the back featuring cornhole and other yard games. The Pump Bar has 16 local and specialty beers on tap and an extensive liquor and beer selection.

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    As the name might suggest, the R&J Lounge and Supper Club has a nostalgic 50's style and ambiance, and they'll be serving Thanksgiving favorites alongside the regular menu on the holiday. You can mix up your feast this year with local favorites like shrimp and grits, beef stroganoff, or chicken fried steak instead of the usual holiday ham.

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    Vast's Dining Room
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    You can enjoy fine dining atop the Devon Energy Center Tower at Vast on Thanksgiving Day this year, where typical menu favorites featuring seafood, lamb, and steak will be served. Throughout the year, Vast creates several special selections of entrees, appetizers, desserts, and drink pairings as part of their daily table menu, a three-course meal for a flat fee. On Thanksgiving, you can expect a modern take on traditional holiday favorites like turkey, stuffing and even candied yams.