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November 20, 2006

Where to find a Thanksgiving dinner

Jennifer Tanner — VALDOSTA — For the first time in 41 years, the Farm House Restaurant in Lake Park will be open for Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to new owner Greg Bennett. He took ownership just over a year ago and has decided that the day of thanks is the perfect opportunity to give back to his regulars while also introducing the restaurant to new customers.

“I have some people who eat here twice a day, every day,” he explained. “I want them to enjoy lunch on Thanksgiving as well.”

The Farm House Restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., featuring a full menu and a Thanksgiving Day special: a choice of meats with cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, two fresh vegetables and a dessert.

Orders to-go will also be available for families who want to eat at home but are not able to prepare a full meal. The take-out dinners feed 10-12 people and offer a whole turkey or ham, cornbread dressing with gravy, two pans of vegetables, a whole pie and a 24-count pack of rolls. These orders must be placed by noon Tuesday and can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday or 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday.

Many other restaurants will also be open on Thanksgiving day serving dinner with all the trimmings. Here are several places offering a fresh meal:

• Located on St. Augustine Road in Valdosta and Timber Drive in Lake Park, Cracker Barrel will be open normal hours (6 a.m. until 10 p.m.) with a special menu that includes turkey breast served with cornbread dressing and creamy turkey gravy, a sampling of baked country ham, sweet potato casserole with caramel pecan topping, a choice of an additional vegetable, cranberry-orange relish for biscuits/muffins, choice of beverage and a piece of pumpkin pie with pecan strudel topping. Adults eat for $8.69 and children for $3.99.

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