So, you’re stuck away from home on Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with community feasts


November 21, 2013 by frostedtsaar

You’re busy, I understand. It’s hard to get home for the holidays sometimes, try as you might. Or maybe you don’t have time to make that big feast everyone expects — the cooking, the people, the cleaning; you love the food and family, but, boy, does it take a lot of work.

If you’re nodding your head sagely right now, then I’ve got some good news for you: that huge feast to fit your man-sized hunger? Someone else will gladly do the work for you.

In and around Morgantown on the 28th (that’s Thanksgiving, for those not paying attention), there are at least four community feasts going on. Whether you’re looking for something friendly on your wallet, or you want to go all out for your turkey and gravy, these places have got you covered.

Easily the most accessible and reasonably priced event is the The Morgantown Event Center Feast: Thanksgiving Dinner, located at the Morgantown Event Center. The website describes the event:

Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28! Reservations are available from 12-4pm. For reservations, call the Regatta Bar & Grill at 304-284-9850. $27 for adults, $12 for kids ages 6-12, and FREE for kids 5 and under!

My mouth is watering reading the menu, which includes “Chef Carved Oven Roasted Turkey with Rich Sage Gravy”, “Chef Carved Mustard-Brown Sugar Glazed Virginia Ham”, “Baked Tilapia with Tomato-Caper Relish”, bread pudding, dessert and more and more and more. This would definitely not be a bad place to spend Thanksgiving.

The next option is Lakeview Resort Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet, at the Lakeview Resort. Around the same price as the Morgantown Event Center Feast, Lakeview Resort is offering a four-course buffet, and includes a lot of menu ideas with the words “ambrosia,” “imported,” and “artisan” in them, so you know it’s got to be good.

Next we have the Hilton Garden Inn at Towne Center offering their Thanksgiving Day Buffet.

Thanksgiving at The Hilton Garden Inn
Catering by The Great American Grill
Come join us for our Thanksgiving Buffet!
Call now for reservations!
Contact Hanna at (304) 225-1504
$24.00 for Adults…
$16.00 for Children (12 years of age and under)
*Prices do not include 6% sales tax and 20% Gratuity
Buffet Served from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Last seating at 3:00 pm.

The prices aren’t bad, though I don’t know how I feel about the mandatory 20% gratuity. Their menu seems a little more basic than the others as well, having your standard turkey, ham, sweet potatoes and pie going on. Still, probably pretty good.

All this too rich for your blood? It’s alright, I get it; it’s a little pricey for me, too. If you’re willing to take a drive to Kingwood, WV, you have the cheapest option available: the Preston County Inn Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. At only $19 a person, it’s the cheapest available, though kids pay the same price. It’s also so basic (not necessarily a bad thing), I can tell you whole menu right here:

Menu includes Butternut Squash Soup, Assorted Seasonal Salads, Roast Turkey with the Trimmings, Apple Stuffing, Chestnut Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Candied Yams, Green Bean Casserole, Fresh baked bread and rolls, Cranberry Relish, Assorted seasonal pies.

Simple, but pretty good looking.

If you’re interested in getting your Thanksgiving on by yourself or with your family without the hassle, you could do worse than the above places. Check the attached map for addresses, don’t forget to RSVP, and have a very happy Thanksgiving from the Man Cave.


4 thoughts on “So, you’re stuck away from home on Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with community feasts

  1. I think this is such a good idea for a post! I never even really thought about going out to eat in Morgantown for Thanksgiving. I’m surprised there isn’t a college group providing a free/super cheap one for the folks who can’t travel home.

    It’s also important to keep in mind that these are some of the few options. Many restaurants and grocery stores will be closed that day, so plan ahead.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Tim!

  2. iamoore says:

    I really enjoyed the premise of this post. A feast that requires little work is always amazing but especially when it’s thanksgiving time. I think this post provides a service that is not given anywhere else, telling people where they can eat for thanksgiving. Providing menus and prices gives this post a great amount of options. Good work and happy thanksgiving.

  3. Although this groups blog is based on “manly” stuff, I really like how I can constantly be interested and relate to many posts on the blog. This one for example is great because although it fits your blog theme, it also is a post that can help and interest women as well. Thanksgiving dinner is a pretty important event coming up for many Americans and I think it is great that you are bringing attention to the venues that will be open on the Holiday for those who need a place to go. The post was very informative and I like that instead of picking a local restaurant, you really did your research. This post definitely should help people figure out Thanksgiving plans if they have none as of now! Timely post too, good job!

  4. ryanglaspell says:

    I would have never thought of this post. I think the idea alone makes it extremely strong. I am fortunate to live 45 minutes away from my family, so it’s easy to make the trek for Thanksgiving dinner. Not everyone is as fortunate, though, and some just prefer to stay in Morgantown. I bet a lot of people would really want to take advantage of these dinners if they knew about them. Sure, they aren’t a cheap dinner, but for a Thanksgiving experience can you really put a price?

    I also enjoyed that you talked about the two things that matter most: price and menu. You could have focused on when and where these dinners were happening and made the menu a smaller detail, but c’mon it’s Thanksgiving DINNER, so I’m glad you highlighted the menu like you did.

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