What’s the BEST thing to make for Thanksgiving? Reservations! Not only do you get out of a long day standing in the kitchen cooking, but someone else cleans up.  That means you get to (1) sleep in, (2) watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and (3) take a nap. (Why fight the Tryptophan-induced, after-Thanksgiving food coma?) Here are a few great restaurant options for turkey day … and a few Black Friday incentives to get you out the door the day after turkey day.

Matt the Miller. Fab buffet (from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) that includes a carving station with oven roasted turkey, Garlic roasted Ribeye, Honey glazed ham, Cranberry-apricot relish, Mashed potatoes, Spinach and sage stuffing, Corn soufflé with honey and fried onions, Green beans with roasted shallots, candied yams with walnut crumbs, Shrimp cocktail, Flatbreads, Salads, Fresh Rolls, Pasta Veggie and cheese display, Great desserts. Reservations required. $28.95 Adults, $10.95 Kids 5-10 years old. Kids 4 and under are free with a paying adult. Additional 4 and under: $4.95 each.799-9100. 6725 Avery-Muirfield Dr. www.mtmtavern.com

 Salvi’s Italian Bistro. This luscious buffet (from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.) includes: Roasted Turkey, Pan Gravy, Cornbread dressing, Cranberry sauce, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham, Pasta Alfredo with vegetables, Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Mini Pasta Salvi, Italian Green Beans and Kernel Corn, Baked Acorn Squash,  Assorted Hot rolls, Delicious Dessert selections, Shrimp Cocktail,  Medley of Relishes, Fresh Fruit, Cheese logs and cheese cubes, Marinated Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Cottage Cheese and Mandarin Orange Sections, Green salad with bacon. Reservations required. $24.99 Adults. $12.50 Kids 5-11. Children under 4 are free. 614/874-0466. 5000 Upper Metro Place. www.salvisbistro.com

J. Liu’s Restaurant. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet as well as signature J. Liu favorites. Buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call ahead for reservations. $27.99 Adults. $25.99 Seniors. $14.99 Children ages 4-11. 614/718-1818. 50 West Bridge Street. www.jliurestaurant.com

Columbus Marriott Northwest. Savor your favorite holiday flavors with this traditional Thanksgiving buffet with Turkey, Ham, and Prime Rib, as well as delicious sides, salads and desserts. Buffet will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited; please call ahead for reservations. $30.95 Adults. $24.95 Seniors. $12.95 Children ages 6-12. 614/791-1000. 5605 Blazer Parkway. www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com

Embassy Suites Hotel/Kilpatrick’s. Just like Mom used to make. This traditional Thanksgiving buffet includes Oven Roasted Turkey, Mashed potatoes with gravy, Corn Bread stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Mixed Green Salad, Assorted Pies and Cakes. Buffet will be served from 5 -8 pm. $17.95 Adults. $8.95 Children 12 and under. 614/790-9000. 5100 Upper Metro Place. www.columbusdublin.embassysuites.com

Black Friday Specials

Kogen’s Asian Cuisine & Sushi  is having a one-day sale on gift cards. Buy a gift card and Kogens will match 50% of the amount in a gift card back to you! Nov. 25 only. 614/798-8882. 9711 Sawmill Pkwy. www.kogens.com

Sunny Street Café Fuel up on breakfast before you hit the shopping! Open at 5 am and offering $3.99 breakfast specials ‘til 9 am. Also serving a BBQ Rib dinner Friday evening. Receive a $10 bonus gift card for every $50 gift card purchase. 614/389-3640. 7042 Hospital Drive. www.sunnystreetcafe.com

For more information about dining and shopping options in Dublin Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call 800/245-8387.

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Ahhh, Thanksgiving.  Traditionally, it’s family gatherings, watching parades on TV, a touch football game in the front yard and too much food.  Perhaps Erma Bombeck summed it up best when she said, “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?”

The only bad thing about all that food (aside from the calories) is that someone has to cook it. And generally, that means Mom has an early morning date with a big bird. So, this year, why not go out? There are many restaurants in Dublin and Columbus offering options that range from a full, traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings to limited menus of signature favorites.  Below is a list of some of the local restaurants that will be open for business on Thanksgiving. Call ahead for reservations, hours and pricing.  Mom will thank you for it!
(Note: All phone numbers are area code 614.)

Dublin, Ohio:

  • Marriott Columbus Northwest ( 5605 Blazer Pkwy.)   791-1000  Thanksgiving brunch buffet. Resevations required.
  • Kilpatrick’s Restaurant – Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin (5100 Upper Metro Pl.)  790-9000   Thanksgiving à la carte special
  • Ted’s Montana Grill (6195 Sawmill Rd.)  760-7753
  • Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (3710 W. Dublin Granville Rd.) 799-9579
  • Boston Market (5151 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. & 6515 Sawmill Rd.) 766-5885; 798-1166

Worthington area:

  • The Worthington Inn (649 High St. Worthington) 885-2600
  • J. Gilbert’s  (One E. Campus View Blvd.) 840-9090
  • Buca di Beppo (60 East Wilson Bridge Rd.) 848-8466

Columbus area:

  • McCormick & Schmick’s (3965 New Bond St. Easton Town Center) 476-3663
  • 94th Aero Squadron (5030 Sawyer Rd.)  237-8887
  • Salvi’s Bistro (1323 St. James Lutheran Lane)  870-8788