Going out to Eat on Thanksgiving

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

If you didn't have time to go shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, or just didn't feel like cooking, you're not alone.

Going out to eat for the holiday is a growing trend everywhere, even in the Valley. Many families were able to find affordable meals without the messy clean up afterward.

Cooking a Thanksgiving turkey for family is a tradition that some people in the Valley may be starting to break.

"Well I guess so, but don't tell nobody," says Wanda Ritchie, who dined out with her family on Thanksgiving.

At Tradition's Family Restaurant, lines of families packed in the eatery to have a Thanksgiving meal.

"It's really kind of the trend that we're seeing; lots of families on holidays and larger crowds," says Beckie Garber, the restaurant manager.

So what reason could be creating this social change?

"The cost of food has been huge. We're really seeing that impact folks and so when they can come out and have a meal like this," says Garber.

"Give my wife a break from having to do all of the cooking and give the teenagers a break from having to do all the dishes," says Denny Thomas.

Many families went out to eat for the first time this Thanksgiving, and many say it was nice to have a little change.

"We have another dinner to go to this evening where we'll have the turkey and dressing and gravy and all that kind of stuff. So this was just something kind of different," says Krista Dove.

And with all the back-breaking work that can go into a Thanksgiving meal, some say it's just not worth all the work when you can go out to eat and enjoy good food.

"Well, with just three of us, my mother decided it would be quicker to go out and eat and cheaper to go out and eat and get a good meal and then you don't have to deal with leftovers," says Vickie Hunter.

And one more thing you don't have to deal with is all the dirty dishes.

"Oh gracious, that's something else," says Ritchie.

Garber says she expects to feed about 1,000 people Thursday. And she says despite being a little crowded, the restaurant was fully prepared and had plenty of food for people to enjoy.

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