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10 Thanksgiving Dinners Totally Worth Traveling To

So you’re not going home for Thanksgiving, but still you’re craving a yummy meal? Instead of spending time in the kitchen, spend your time on the road and travel to your Thanksgiving dinner adventure!

Photo Courtesy Jacob's Pickles
Courtesy Jacob’s Pickles

Jacob’s Pickles – New York, NY

Settle the whole canned-vs-homemade cranberry sauce debate by having Thanksgiving dinner at Jacob’s Pickles where they serve – what else? – pickled cranberries! And there are plenty of other delicious holiday dishes with a twist on the prix fixe menu, too. (Just look at the pic at the top of the post – yum!)

Get your cranberry fix with a trip to New York from Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and beyond!

The Black Squirrel – Washington, DC

What could be better than Thanksgiving dinner and pumpkin beer? How about if that Thanksgiving dinner is just $10?! The Black Squirrel gives thanks to its patrons with a buffet for just ten bucks on Thanksgiving Day, so you can put your money towards the plethora of pumpkin beers they have on tap.

Save on a ticket to DC from Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City, and you’ll definitely have $10 left for dinner!

Johnny Sánchez – New Orleans, LA

Spice up your Thanksgiving dinner with chipotle pumpkin soup and jalapeño brussel sprouts at Johnny Sánchez. And definitely don’t miss out on the mole – unless you’re getting the turkey carnitas with pumpkin tamale instead!

Savor a Mexican spin on Thanksgiving with a trip to New Orleans from HoustonDallasAustin, and many other cities!

Photo by Clayton Hauck / Courtesy Longman & Eagle
Clayton Hauck /  Longman & Eagle

Longman & Eagle – Chicago, IL

Even though you might not be celebrating Thanksgiving with family, you can eat family-style at Longman & Eagle! After you’re full of chestnut foie gras stuffing, make room for a second helping with a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich at OSB, the smaller off-site bar in the back.

Make the trip to Chicago from Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland and even outside the Midwest!

Dig a Pony – Portland, OR

You can find a Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner year-round in Portland at Huber’s, but they fill up fast on Thanksgiving. So if you can’t get in there, drown your sorrows at Dig a Pony with drink specials and free pie on Thanksgiving night.

Since you’ll EAT ALL THE PIE for free, you’ll have the cash to buy a ticket to Portland from SeattleSan Francisco, and more!
Photo courtesy Cafe Gratitude
Courtesy Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude – Los Angeles, CA

Could you find a more perfect place to celebrate Thanksgiving than Cafe Gratitude? And you’ll be extra thankful to celebrate there because the vegan Thanksgiving meal is free! The annual event brings together the community, and you’re welcome to be a part of it – just get there early before the organic red lentil & butternut squash holiday loaf is gone!

Express your gratitude for free food and get to Los Angeles from San DiegoLas VegasSan Francisco and more!

Pallookaville – Atlanta, GA

Come one, come all to the carnival-style Thanksgiving dinner at Pallookaville! The restaurant opens at 6 pm with a smoked turkey leg special for all the Thanksgiving orphans – or those who just didn’t get enough turkey at home!

Come to the carnival in Atlanta from Nashville, New Orleans, Raleigh and beyond!

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The Beehive – Boston, MA

Get a forkful of food and an earful of music at The Beehive on Thanksgiving! Eat a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner paired with live jazz music all day long (and a late night leftovers menu)!

Groove on a ride to Boston from NYCPhiladelphiaWashington, D.C. and lots of other locations!

Ignite Burgers & Bar – Denver, CO

Bring your friends or make new ones at Ignite Burgers & Bar‘s annual Friendsgiving! Celebrate with a holiday feast for brunch, including bottomless mimosas and beer. And if your friends are football fans, the games will be on all the TVs.

Be a part of the party in Denver with a trip from Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City and other places, too!

The Twisted Tail – Philadelphia, PA

If turkey’s not your thing, The Twisted Tail has got you covered with pineapple-glazed ham and BBQ salmon, along with live music all day long.

Get your tail to Philly from NYCBostonWashington, D.C. and many more places!

Photo Courtesy Jacob's Pickles
Courtesy Jacob’s Pickles

Give thanks for awesome food (like this decadent pumpkin bread pudding from Jacob’s Pickles!) and go get some on a Thanksgiving adventure! Be sure to share your mouth-watering meals with the hashtag #Wanderu on Instagram & Twitter!

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Kate Sedrowski

Kate Sedrowski

Kate Sedrowski is on a mission to spread delight while inspiring and encouraging people to travel. Her favorite travel companion is her teddy bear, and her favorite souvenir is the scar from the broken nose she got in a snowball fight in Québec City.

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