It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already next Thursday. We've been so busy talking about the Cubs and the election that we've forgottten what's really important: golden brown turkeys, buttery; cumulus cloud like mashed potatoes and savory pumpkin pie. Too bad you don't know how to make any of it.

Next week I'm heading back to Minnesota to spend the holiday with my son Tanner, unfortunately our immediate family will be in Arizona so it's just me and him, and guess what, I'm one of those that can't cook a Thanksgiving dinner. Ok, maybe "can't" isn't the right word, I'm just not that skilled.

Whether you're like me and you're without family, can't cook, don't want to handle the mess or simply want to do something different for the big feast this year, there are a handful of restaurants in Rockford and the Rockford area that would be happy to have you at their dinner table.


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    According to their Facebook page you can "Eat, drink and be thankful this Thanksgiving November 24th, at Franchesco's! You can choose to dine in and enjoy our famous plated Thanksgiving meal or pick-up our complete Thankgiving dinners that serve 16-18 people!"  Get pricing and availability at

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    Enjoy "The Harvest Feast" complete with appetizers, salads, Amish roasted turkey and the rest of the Thanksgiving must-haves like green bean casserole, stuffing, garlic and sweet mashed potatoes and of course, apple and pumpkin pie. Get more information on their Facebook page here.

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    Hoffman House

    According to their event on Facebook, the Hoffman House is having their "Annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 24th from 10:30am until 4pm.
    Must make reservations by calling us at 815-397-5800.
    Buffet includes: Chef's Carving Stations with Roast Beef, Turkey and Honey Glazed Ham, Famous Soup & Salad Well, Ice Cold Mountain of Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Assorted Pastry and Bread Stations.." and so much more. Get more details and pricing here.

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    Jessica's Restaurant

    Are you like Chandler Bing from Friends? Do you strongly dislike Thanksgiving? Then Jessica's Restaurant in Roscoe is a great alternative; they'll be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they'll be serving their full menu, including roast turkey for those of you who hate the holiday but love the food.

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    Sunrise Family Restaurant

    If you're looking for something a little less traditional but Roscoe is a bit far to travel for a hot turkey sandwich and a slice of pie, you can always take the family to Sunrise. They're open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they're serving a turkey dinner and their regular menu items. No reservations required.