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Nov 16, 2007 06:53 AM

(SAT) Thanksgiving Dinner near Lackland AFB


DH's son will be graduating from Air Force Basic Training the day after Thanksgiving. We have been told he can be "checked out" of the base to dine with Family on Thanksgiving Day. Looking for a rec that is close to Lackland AFB (we have to stay within 30 miles). Headcount will likely be around 8-10 people so would like somewhere that can easily accommodate a group of that size.



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  1. As a former Air Force wife, have you checked out the possibility of dining in the mess hall? I'm assuming it's still an option. Whenever we had out of town guests, it was preferred because the food was excellent and the prices were low. At most mess halls, the Air Force doesn't have "cooks." They have chefs. I'd be surprised if Lackland is an exception.

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    1. re: Caroline1

      Ha! I was going to ask that too--my dad was career Air Force, and many is the T-day meal we had at the mess hall!

      1. re: coney with everything

        There are no restaurants on the planet that serve holiday meals like an AF mess hall!

        Bz, here's information on dining on base at Lackland:
        You won't believe the kind of meal you'll have for $6.50! And it's a good way for the family of a new member of the AF to see what kind of "hardships" the kid will be enduring for holiday meals. Enjoy!

        1. re: Caroline1

          Oooops! Small typo there. It's six dollars and five cents per person for Thanksgiving dinner, not six dollars and fifty cents. Sorry.

          1. re: Caroline1

            I think dining at the mess hall is a great idea. I really don't know of any place on that side of town to go for Thanksgiving dinner.I don't know if Bud Jones on S.W.Military is open that day.It's kind of in that area. I think they have a website.Other than them,don't know of any place.

      2. re: Caroline1

        I'll second this recommendation! As an Army wife, I can HIGHLY recommend dining on base! Back when we lived near a base, we'd take vistiing relatives there for the Sunday champagne brunch, and they always raved about the quality/quantity of food and the value!

      3. Hello, My son also graduates the day after Thanksgiving from Boot camp. I came across your question by looking for the same issue, where to have Thanksgiving dinner. We are from Tucson. If you find of any let me know. Thanks.

        1. Hi Bz,

          Having gone through the whole ordeal of Air Force basic recently just like DH's son (I graduated August 15, 2008 from SQD 324 Knights) The mess hall is a good idea but the most rewarding thing will be for him to get off base. He has just been stuck in this place all he wants to do is get away from it. After leaving the gates watch for the huge smile on his face it will be there. I'm stationed here for tech school and i've probably left base atleast 25 times and i still get that same smile. Imagine being stuck at work for 6 and a half months, waking up at 4 and going to bed at 10-11 i swear i didn't know days could be as long as they were and you finally had a chance to leave i'm sure we all know what you would do. There's not a whole lot near by but for thanksgiving i would probably go to either Cracker Barrel, Arcadia (fried turkeys) or I've never been there but Luby's Cafeteria. They are all relatively inexpensive and easily accessable from the two gates that will be open on Tday.

          I hope this helps out a fellow airman.