If thoughts of cooking turkey and all the sides—let alone making pies—has you stressed, maybe this is the year to let someone else do the cooking. Clinton County, Illinois, has several places that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015, and serving up all the fixings or other options for you non-turkey lovers. Whether you’re visiting the area, or just like the idea of kicking back, watching TV and not having to do dishes, here’s your go-to list for dinner.
If you’re looking for tradition, and enjoy a walk on the wild side, head to Carlyle and the Wildlife Lodge and Winery. Its warm setting and African-style décor makes a festive setting for a Thanksgiving buffet that features both smoked and oven-roasted turkey, fried chicken, ham, sides and an assortment of desserts. Coffee, tea and milk are included. Those who enjoy wine can sample one of the Lodge’s own varietals.
Wildlife Lodge and Winery
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Adults, age 11 and older, $15.95; children 10 and younger, $1 per year of age
15469 State Route 127, Carlyle
Those who enjoy the home cooking at the Trenton House Restaurant will be happy to know they can enjoy it on Thanksgiving Day, along with a spread featuring roast turkey and sides. And of course, one of their fabulous pies for dessert.
Trenton House Restaurant
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2 East Broadway, Trenton
Over in Aviston, the Aviston Family Restaurant will feature a few Thanksgiving specials, in addition to their regular diner-style menu. And if you just want a quiet breakfast before the day gets going, this place opens nice and early.
Aviston Family Restaurant
6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
201 West Harrison Street, Aviston
If football is the star of your celebration, and you can do without the big bird, then the Millside Inn Bar & Grill in Germantown is a good choice. Here you can catch a game—or even play one, including pool and darts—enjoy a beer and fill up on tasty casual fare, including a large selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and more. Another bonus, this place is open into the wee hours of morning.
Millside Inn Bar & Grill
3:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
501 Main Street, Germantown
Remember, if you’re coming to visit friends or relatives, or don’t have space for those who are visiting you, Clinton County has a host of great places to stay too. Check our website for suggestions.