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Oct 4, 2006 04:18 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner in Fitchburg/Leominster area?

We are looking for a place to have Thanksgiving Dinner in the Fitchburg/Leominster area. We have always had Thanksgiving at my daughter's, but this year she has a tiny baby and a tiny kitchen in a new house and cooking for a crowd there is out of the question. So someone said, "Let's try a restaurant!" Trouble is, the places we know are all closed on Thanksgiving. So - any suggestions? We are willing to drive a half-hour or so.

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  1. Many of the smaller places are closed in the are a few other choices:
    I am assuming that you are not on a high-end, gourmet hunt on November 23rd..... The Sterling Inn in Sterling .. not that far for you. (driving from Lancaster?). Also in Sterling is the Chocksett Inn, up the road on Route 12. I don't know if the Monument Grille in Leominster is serving that day. You could check out their website or call. Harrington Farms in Princeton, could be another choice... views are spectacular. Gibbet Hill is further, in Groton. Then there is the grand-daddy of them all, the Wayside Inn in Sudbury.
    Reservations are A MUST, especially the WSI. Only takes us a half an hour to get there, taking back roads through Hudson.
    BTW, have you tried the fresh turkey at Bob's Turkey Farm on Old Common Road in Lancaster?? They are delicious! Buy one and cook it after TG... you have to have something to pick at in the fridge!

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    1. re: Lilibet

      Thanks... I've been working on your suggestions.
      Chocksett Inn - closed. (actually the Chocksett was the very first place we thought of because the daughter was married there and it was great.)
      Harrington Farm - closed.
      Sterling Inn, Wayside Inn, and Gibbet Hill - one of our party is a vegetarian and I could not find out if they will have seafood/vegetarian choices on their menu. When I asked they all said, "Well, of course there will be turkey..." like turkey is a vegetable. Do you have any info about this from previous experience? Also do you have any thoughts/suggestions about either the Bull Run in Shirley, or the Wachusetts Village Inn? Both are serving Thanksgiving buffets, how good is the food likely to be?

      1. re: checkman

        Although I have never been to the Bull Run for the buffet, it gets good feed back.

        I have been there for TG for the restaurant menu and it too was good, but I don't think they do that any more.

        Also have done Gibbet Hill, but as you mentioned, until they post a menu who knows. They do seem to post their menus a bit late.

        They are very good about accomodating, and it is has a wonderful atmosphere for TG. However, if I remember, they do have a fixed menu now.

        Call Devens Grill to see if they are open.

        Scupper Jacks in Acton

        The only other suggestion I could give is to call the hotels in the area to see what they are doing. Sometimes for this holiday they are the best bets.

        Good Luck.

        1. re: checkman

          I have never really heard anything wonderful about Bull Run foodwise. If you like music, it's the place to go... they have some interesting musicians (like Peter Tork of the Monkees -- I know, am showing my age). Food is questionable and not their primary focus. So many places that might cater to special diets, don't usually on a crazy day like TG. I would think however, that any of them would have seafood available, albeit a limited selection.
          As hummingbird suggested, give the Devens Grill a call. See what the menu is and go from there.
          There is also a place that I didn't mention, Sonoma in Princeton. Very pricey and upperscale food - I wasn't sure that would be a place you'd want to drop $$$$$$ on TG.