Thanksgiving traditions have changed vastly over the years. If you had mentioned to someone 50 years ago that you were going to a restaurant on Thanksgiving instead of going to Mom’s for the traditional home cooked meal, they’d probably be horrified. But in this day and age, it’s all about choices. The choice of where and what to have for your holiday meal.
The perks of going out to eat on Thanksgiving are:
You don’t have to slave over a hot stove cooking all day.
You won’t have a huge mess to clean up.
You can sit back and relax as someone waits on YOU, instead of you waiting on everyone else.
Bakersfield has a few restaurants that you can go to on Thanksgiving Day for your “traditional” holiday meal, such as Marie Callenders, Hometown Buffet and Mimi’s Cafe.
Marie Callenders has two locations in Bakersfield that will be open on Thanksgiving. You can enjoy their famous corn bread, chose between potato cheese & vegetable soup, or perhaps a fresh salad will tempt your palate. You get a choice of a turkey or ham meal and they both come with seasonal vegetables, fire-roasted yams (with cranberry streusel topping) and freshly-mashed potatoes. You can’t make a trip to Marie Callenders without having some of their mouth watering pie, they’ll offer you a choice of a slice of Apple or Pumpkin pie. Drinks cost extra but your dinner will be served with a smile. Try to go early as I’ve heard that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year.
Bakersfield Marie Callenders’ are located at: 3801 California Ave, next to a Barnes and Noble. Phone 661-327-0477 & 2631 Oswell St, in the Pet Smart parking lot. Phone 661-872-4307. Hours vary at these locations so call ahead before you make your plans to have Thanksgiving there. Adults are $16.99 and children are $7.99.
Hometown Buffet is another that offers a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings such as sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and deserts. Not to mention, they’ll still have their regular buffet items AND drinks are free! They have lots of seating and their staff is generally friendly. Cost is $9.99 per person and hours are 11am to 8:30.
Hometown Buffet is located at 4221 S H St, close to a grocery store & their phone number is: 661-397-9363
Mimi’s Cafe will begin serving their Thanksgiving meal at 11 am. They’ll have sliced turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, Mimi’s special turkey gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, fresh vegetables, cranberry relish, bread basket, soup and salad and they’ll offer a selection of deserts. If you have kids that don’t have a big appetite, they’ll be offering a child’s version of the dinner. Mimi’s does take reservations for their holiday feasts.
Mimi’s is located at 4025 California Ave and their phone number is 661-326-1722. Call ahead for prices.
With any of the locations in this article, it’s important to remember that MANY other people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant too so if you can make reservations, I recommend doing it so you’ll be guaranteed a table.