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Old 10-21-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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Default Thanksgiving in Ocala

Can anyone suggest a good restaurant in Ocala, Fl (not too pricey) where we can have Thanksgiving dinner? Thank you

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I know I am going to get thoroughly bashed for this, but here goes....
Please dont go out to eat on Thanksgiving, the folk in the restaurants dont want to be there, they want to be home with their families.
Its the restaurant owners decision to open the place, the workers HAVE to be there, or else.
I was a server in the Ocala area for quite awhile, my daughter was almost 5 before I got to spend a Thanksgiving with her.
Food for thought.....
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I know I am going to get thoroughly bashed for this, but here goes....
Please dont go out to eat on Thanksgiving, the folk in the restaurants dont want to be there, they want to be home with their families.
Its the restaurant owners decision to open the place, the workers HAVE to be there, or else.
I was a server in the Ocala area for quite awhile, my daughter was almost 5 before I got to spend a Thanksgiving with her.
Food for thought.....

Chances are they're going to have to be there whether you go out or not. At least if I go out on T'giving I drop a really big tip so the server's kids can have a good Christmas.

Cracker Barrel is open Thanksgiving and I've never had a bad meal there. You're going to have to wait in line a while, though. Take a sweater, they have the AC down to about -50.

Chinese restaurants are usually open Thanksgiving, too, though I don't know how sweet & sour pork ranks in your idea of T'giving dinner.

Avoid Denny's at all costs.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Ocala, Florida
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Default Thanksgiving dinner in Ocala

We relocated to Ocala last year just before Thanksgiving. We thought we'd go out for Thanksgiving dinner since we did not know anyone here. Well, we drove up and down Route 200 looking for an open restaurant and basically found none other than a couple of chains. Basically, if the restaurant was known for decent quality food, then it was closed on Thanksgiving. Try as we might, we just could not find anything...so, we went back to our rental home and had "Thanksgiving" there.

Do suggest you check the local newspaper's ads for restaurants that may be open. We did not do that thinking nearly everything would be open, and we were obviously wrong in our assumption.

One note: depending upon what neighborhood you live in, i.e., if it's a 55+ community, chances are that they'll have a Thanksgiving dinner for the residents, although it won't be on Thanksgiving Day itself. We did that in Marion Landing and the meal, atmosphere, companionship, and warm welcome we got was most appreciated.

Hope you find a great, welcoming place for Thanksgiving. Having to eat just a plain meal, with your family and friends 1200 miles away, is most depressing.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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Cody's Roadhouse at Lake Sumter Landing is having Thanksgiving dinner- I believe for about $12/person including dessert. Even though it's a man-made lake, it's still a nice setting, IMHO.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Ocala, Florida
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Hope this isn't too late... The Ocala "Good Life" magazine just posted a list of restuarants open that day...including: Mimi's(Heathbrook Mall); Bentlley's in Dunnellon; Cody's Original Roadhouse; Cracker Barrel; Moren'os Grill in SummerGlen; Piccadilly's on Silver Springs Blvd; Bob Evan's. Do ckeck the paper for other listings. Good luck and have a great day.
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