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Nov 3, 2011 09:55 AM

Thanksgiving Buffet Recommendations

I won't be able to make my Thanksgiving dinner this year. I'd prefer a buffet so that my son can get up and expend some energy. We live in the O.C. but I'm willing to drive to L.A. for a nice Thanksgiving buffet meal, preferably under $50/person.

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  1. In the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel is a Traditional Thanksgiving buffet including roasted turkey, ham, beef, mashed potatoes, salads and a dessert buffet and a special buffet made just for children. Chip and Dale and other Disney Characters will be there for photos.
    I have done this meal when my kid's were younger and It's was truly a very festive holiday with good food but a little on the expensive side.

    Adults (10 and over): $71
    Children (3-9): $18
    Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM

    Storyteller's Cafe in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel is doing a less expensive dinner buffet on Thanksgiving Day offering turkey with all the trimmings. Characters will also be available for special Thanksgiving photos.

    Adults (10 and over): $30 buffet/$22 plated
    Children (3-9): $13 buffet/$11 plated
    Time: 3:00 to 9:00 PM

    Storytellers Cafe
    Anaheim, CA, Anaheim, CA

    Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
    1600 S Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA

    5 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      +1 for Disney, Knott's Berry Farm also usually has one that we like.

      1. re: scottca075

        Here's a good deal...Knott's Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet
        Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving buffet all day with unlimited champagne and an expanded holiday menu in addition to the popular items offered in its weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch, like Mrs. Knott's famous fried chicken, prime rib, BBQ ribs, shrimp cocktail, and boysenberry pie.
        Adults: $29.95
        Seniors (Ages 62+): $22.95
        Children (Ages 3-11): $16.95
        Ages 2 and Under: Free

        Mrs Knott's Restaurant
        8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA

        1. re: wienermobile

          Interesting, are they serving turkey and traditional sides?

      2. re: wienermobile

        I'd be paying $71.00 x four, which exceeds my budget.

        I wish Mr. Stox was doing their dinner buffet style. We love their special occasion buffets!

        Has anyone been to the golf course in Yorba Linda?
        (Quote from below article)

        Black Gold Golf Club
        Join the Black Gold Golf Club for a special Thanksgiving buffet featuring butternut squash soup, traditional Caesar salad, herb roasted prime rib carving station, grilled salmon, traditional roasted turkey carving station, garlic mashed potatoes with Chef's special homemade gravy, sweet potato casserole and cornbread stuffing, orange spiced cranberry sauce, an array of holiday pies and a chocolate fondue fountain. Reservations required 48-hours in advance. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $34.95 per adult; $15.95 children ages 4-12; Free for children 3 and under. Black Gold Golf Club, One Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda. 714-961-0060 ext. 100.

        Black Gold Golf Club
        1 Black Gold Dr, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

        Mr. Stox
        1105 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805

      3. A friend e-mailed this to me, has anyone been to the buffets mentioned here...

        4 Replies
        1. re: Funwithfood

          Well not to buffets, but I've been to all but a few of those restaurants. Why a buffet again?

          The meal at Storyteller's comes in under $50 pp, the article you posted says the buffet at the Grand Ballroom is $52, not $71 and I am sure Knott's does as well.

          1. re: scottca075

            A buffet because it will help me to enjoy my restless son can get up and move about. It's a "good thing".

          2. re: Funwithfood

            Here are a couple more ideas.

            Anyone have experience with these restaurants?

            Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch on the Queen Mary
            1126 Queens Highway
            Long Beach, CA 90802
            (562) 435-3511
            Traditional holiday fare is added to the Grand Salon buffet's usual international selections, plus a special children's buffet. 11:30 am - 4 pm, $48.95 for adults, $24.50 for children 12 and under. Sir Winston's, The Chelsea Chowderhouse and The Promenade Cafe on the Queen Mary will also offer Thanksgiving Day menus from $26 to $60, with options from 11:30 am to 10 pm.

            The Reef Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch
            880 Harbor Scenic Drive
            Long Beach, CA 90802
            (562) 435-8013
            Traditional holiday turkey and the trimmings will be the centerpiece of a buffet of over 100 entrees and side dishes with free-flowing champagne. the Reef is a waterfront restaurant next to the Queen Mary with a great view of the Long Beach skyline. 10 am to 5 pm, $39.95 adults, $17.95 for children 3-10. The restaurant is a little tricky to reach. Call for directions. Plenty of free parking.

            Queen Mary
            1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

            1. re: Funwithfood

              Has anyone had THanksgiving inthe Grand Salon for Thanksgiving? Prices seem reasonable; it's a beautiful room, but us the food good? Thanks in advance for any input.