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