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Last Minute: Thanksgiving Dining Out

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 14 million Americans will dine out for the holiday, so we've compiled a list of local restaurants serving traditional turkey and other meals.

The National Restaurant Association estimates 14 million Americans this year will dine out for Thanksgiving and an additional 16 million will order takeout to supplement a holiday meal.

The association surveyed 1,011 adults Nov. 10 to 14 about their dining plans and its projections are based on economic analysis and research conducted over the last two decades.

It found the top reasons for using restaurants this Thanksgiving are:

  • 63 percent of consumers said the convenience of using restaurant-prepared takeout items for all or part of their Thanksgiving meal allows for more time with family and friends.
  • 31 percent said they plan to dine in a restaurant for a Thanksgiving meal because they prefer to not cook a big meal and deal with the cleanup that goes along with it.

In addition to convenience, consumers who plan to dine out for a Thanksgiving meal this year say that's the plan because:

  • They are traveling and don’t have the ability to cook (22 percent),
  • They prefer to go to restaurants on special occasions (15 percent),
  • Someone else is hosting and they prefer to dine out (15 percent) and
  • They don’t have enough space to host a Thanksgiving event (12 percent).

Here's where you can dine on the holiday in Cartersville:

  • Beginning at 11 a.m., is offering a turkey-and-dressing meal with baked ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, your choice of a  vegetable, a drink, biscuits or corn muffins and a slice of Pumpkin Pecan Streusel to adults for $8.99 and children for $4.49.
  • Doug's Place in Emerson is offering Thanksgiving fare from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • also is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • is open Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Here's the menu.
  • Waffle House, as always, is open 24/7.

and supermarkets both have deals on a fully-cooked Turkey Day meal—but the sooner you order, the better.

Kroger offers a meal that serves six to eight people for $39.99 and includes a turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes and rolls. A meal for 10 to 12 includes the same foods for $59.99.

Publix offers a similar package for $39.99 for seven to 10 persons. It includes a 10- to 12-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy and a dessert cobbler. The large dinner serves 14 to 18 persons and goes for $79.99. A Publix spokesman recommended calling any store by noon on Wednesday at the latest to order.

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