The Louisville Cardinal

Five festive dinner ideas for Thanksgiving

By Leada Felli–

Ready for new traditions in the family? Tired of all the cleaning and hassle of Thanksgiving dinner? Listed below are five great restaurants with Thanksgiving dinner deals that offer a special dinner, from cheap and memorable to fancy and extraordinary.

First listed is the Bristol Bar and Grille which is a simple and nice casual early brunch. Ambiance is a first priority here and it is known to be one of Louisville’s finest restaurants.

Secondly, Captains Quarters, which not only offers dinner but also gives you an option to choose to go on a Thanksgiving cruise. The cruise starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 5, and takes place on the CQ Princess Cruise Ship. This will include a different menu than in the restaurant as well as different prices. To attend the cruise, adults cost $53, for kids between the ages four to 12 it’s $32, and for children four and under it’s $16.50.

For a third option, I listed Cracker Barrel. It is an inexpensive and easy way to consume a Thanksgiving meal without your own meal preparation and mess. Cracker Barrel opens at 6 a.m., but starts serving the full Thanksgiving menu at 11. If you are on a budget and not into cooking for a large group, Cracker Barrel is an option for satisfying your desire for turkey

If you’re interested in a fancier and artistic setting, then you could try Proof on Main. Proof offers a Thanksgiving dinner, special drink selections and the experience of being next to one of Louisville’s premium museums, 21c. You can visit the beauty of the museum and chat about the art before or after a delicious meal with family and friends.

One last recommendation provided is J. Grahams Café. Located inside of the Brown Hotel, the cafe offers a Thanksgiving buffet at two different times. The seating time for the lunch buffet is between 12:15 p.m. and ends at 12:45, and the seating for the dinner buffet starts at 2:30 and ends at 3. If your family or friends are visiting in town, conveniently, the Brown Hotel is a great place to devour a satisfying Thanksgiving meal and to stay.

These dinners all include regular menu items that would be served at any Thanksgiving table: turkey and gravy, bread, dressing, ham, green beans, mashed and sweet potatoes, biscuits, cranberry relish and dessert. These choices vary at each restaurant, but menus for each are available online.