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Several eateries serving Thanksgiving meals today

POSTED: December 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Mike Rucker works on preparations for the Thanksgiving dinner that will be served today at Longstreet Cafe. Longstreet is one of several Gainesville restaurants that will be open today, serving traditional Thanksgiving meals.

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If you’re not going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or worse, if you burned the turkey — there is hope.

A number of restaurants are open today with a full array of Thanksgiving fare.

For Tim Bunch, whose Longstreet Cafe is already a popular lunch spot, the preparation began days ago for the eatery’s first Thanksgiving meal service.

"We’re anticipating between 1,200 and 2,000 customers on Thursday," Bunch said.

His kitchen staff will have prepared more than 300 pounds of turkey, not to mention fried chicken, roast beef and ham.

The feast will include more than 100 gallons of cornbread dressing.

For dessert, there will be pecan and pumpkin pies, as well as banana pudding.

The cafeteria will offer the items ala carte, with a markup of about 20 percent from the traditional prices, Bunch said.

One of Gainesville’s newest restaurants, Sweetfire Lodge, is presenting a four-course Thanksgiving meal.

Manager Jeff Tickle said the main course offers a choice of prime rib, smoked chicken, turkey, tilapia and glazed ham.

The Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is $29.99 per person.

Holiday Inn Lanier Centre will again have a Thanksgiving buffet with two seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

While the hotel has been accepting reservations, a few open seats remain. The cost per person is $21.95.

Another Thanksgiving tradition in Hall County is the lavish buffet at Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands.

Chef Pascal Pedaggi has the buffet to end all buffets with everything from cooked-to-order omelettes and Belgian waffles to a dessert table with pumpkin and pecan pies, bread pudding and a flambe station featuring cherries jubilee and bananas foster.

In between, there is a wide assortment of meats and vegetables, including turkey prepared in a traditional roast, as well as Southern-fried Cajun style.

Other meats include roasted lamb, baked ham, baked salmon strudel, beef Wellington and roasted pork loin.

The resort also has a complete children’s menu including fish sticks, macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers.

The price for the buffet begins at $38.95 for adults, with reduced prices for seniors and children younger than 12. Children younger than 6 eat free.

If you didn’t get enough Thanksgiving, the resort’s Window’s Restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving evening buffet for $24.95.

If you don’t care for Thanksgiving food or you’re looking for something simple, Waffle House, which has nine locations in Hall County, will be open around the clock.

You can get an order of plain hash browns for $1.50 or scattered, smothered and covered for $3.60.



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