For the Anti-Host
Hate hosting? Me, too! Just because we refuse to break out the Swiffer in preparation for guests doesn’t mean we have to miss out on a good T-day din-din. Here are all the places you can get a Thanksgiving meal without even turning on the oven:
• Depending on your ability to not overeat, you’ve got two options on gameday: You can don a pair of pants with buttons and zippers and all sorts of belly-restricting properties and go to a restaurant. Or, you can slip on the sweatpants and have the food come to you. We’ve rounded up both options in one handy list. Be sure to get a jump on your plans—some places require pre-ordering.
• Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests or just want to escape your kitchen for a bit, The Order has a gourmet Thanksgiving buffet with classic dishes and adventurous concoctions alike.
• For the breakfast-minded, Level 2 Steakhouse is serving a Thanksgiving brunch with varied options (where else can you get seafood on Turkey day?), salads, sides and desserts.
• Hemingway’s Blue Water Cafe within Bass Pro Shops also hosts a Thanksgiving buffet all day including carving stations, side dishes, pastas and more.
• In Branson, Outback Steak & Oyster Bar is serving a Thanksgiving dinner special in addition to its full menu.
• Outside of town, Polymath Educational Cafe in Marshfield is hosting a Kindness Dinner on Thanksgiving afternoon, featuring plant-based foods.
• For the procrastinators, I had to include a few non-reservation options in here. No reservations are required for the Thanksgiving buffets at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen on the Branson Landing and at Shepherds Mill.