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Nov 14, 2006 02:50 AM

Is it worth the money to eat Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant?

For the restaurant we're considering, it will probably cost $250-$275 for three with tax and tip.

I know that if I cook, (even for just us) it'll be at least $100, plus many hours shopping, preparing, cooking, cleaning up, etc. (Sounds as though I just convinced myself--but we have been on a frugal trend lately & I have doubts).

Any thoughts?

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  1. It's just Mom, sister and I for Thanksgiving and we always dine out. For such a small group, the effort is not worth it to us and we like the excuse to dress up and dine out. Also, we dine at a place where we are known so it's warm and inviting.

    1. I seem constitutionally incapable of doing holiday meals halfway--they always turn into an extravaganza. The results are worth it, but I just don't have the energy to do it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, we usually go out for one or the other. Pros: it's easy, it's relaxing, and there's no mess to clean up. Cons: no leftovers!

      1. It's worth eating out if you enjoy it.

        I've gone out with my family 5-6 times and it was nice every time. Very relaxed given it's a holiday, sort of spooky/eerie/calm driving around a deserved city.

        I've also bought a turkey to go from a decent upscale grocery store for $100 bucks for everything. I did see a couple of people get half a turkey, or even meals for 2.

        1. I think so!!! I always pick a place where we know people so that's fun (we have a couple of regular places) and make sure they have turkey and stuffing for DH. I don't like turkey or stuffing so going out to dinner is really a treat. Linda

          1. The one Thanksgiving meal I've had in a restaurant was just awful. They were fully booked so they were running dinner in 2-hour shifts. The turkey turned out to be some kind of turkey roll made with deboned, skinless pressed breast/dark meat. People who chose this all said it was dripping with some kind of juice, perhaps injected? And it was tasteless. My shrimp entree was cooked to death. There wasn't a single decent part of the entire meal. And for 10 people it costed about $600 without alcohol.

            You can get an entire Thanksgiving dinner from many places. They provide the turkey, sides and dessert all cooked and ready to eat. I've never done this, but it might be a better solution if you don't want the stress of cooking a huge dinner.