By all means, spend 12 hours cooking for cranky, judgmental, travel-weary family members this Thanksgiving. Or, alternatively, luxuriate in a few hours spent far away from the kitchen, savoring a meal prepped by chefs far more talented than yourself (sorry). Oh, and have we mentioned the singular joy that comes from the knowledge that you won’t have to wash a single dish afterwards?
Luckily, Boston restaurateurs understand the occasional need to toss the apron and dine out on Thanksgiving Day. Lots of spots are open for the day, serving either traditional turkey plates, creative twists on the classics, and even a few buffet options for those who still crave gluttony. But book early: Most restaurants are keeping reduced hours and offering limited seating. And the last thing you need is a hangry familial mob on Thanksgiving.