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There's a way to take it easy on Turkey Day

Jaye Weber of JB’s restaurant prepares one of many pies for the Thanksgiving feast. (HUBBLE RAY SMITH/Miner)

Jaye Weber of JB’s restaurant prepares one of many pies for the Thanksgiving feast. (HUBBLE RAY SMITH/Miner)

KINGMAN - If the task of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings seems a bit overwhelming, perhaps you should take a break from tradition.

Suggested alternative: Leave the slaving to the professionals.

Several local restaurants are offering traditional Thanksgiving dinner specials.

JB's Restaurant, 2940 E. Andy Devine Ave., will have a Thanksgiving buffet with ham, turkey, yams, mashed potatoes, vegetables and pumpkin spice bread served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $14.99 for adults, and $6.99 for children.

"It starts out kind of slow with people trying to get where they're going, but about 11 a.m., when we put out the buffet, we get hammered until about 4 p.m.," said Jaye Weber, manager of the family-style restaurant.

She was busy Tuesday making holiday pies, including the harvest cream pie with whipped pumpkin and cream cheese and graham cracker crust.

"I drew the short straw for the harvest cream," Weber said. "It's amazing. I just made six the other night."

JB's had 43 pie orders for pickup on Thanksgiving, including nine harvest cream pies, and 15 orders for pickup today.

Another favorite is the French silk chocolate cream pie with chocolate shavings. Of course, the No. 1 seller is pumpkin.

Brie Bunn, web specialist for Fork in the Road restaurant group, said people use the Dambar Steakhouse and Hualapai Mountain Resort as alternatives to dining at home.

"If you don't have time, or the kids are running in every direction, it's nice to have the option to go out and get a traditional feel in a setting without all the work involved," she said.

Local restaurants open on Thanksgiving:

• Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E. Andy Devine Ave.: Thanksgiving dinner with a choice of ham or turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry and desert (apple or pumpkin pie), $14.99. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.

• Denny's Restaurant, 3100 E. Andy Devine Ave.: Holiday menu with roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry and two side orders, $9.99 (seniors $7.99). Pumpkin or pecan pie, $2.

• Cracker Barrel, 3520 Stockton Hill Road: Homestyle turkey or cured ham, sweet potato casserole, side order, drink and pumpkin pie, $11.99 (children $6.99). 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Country Pride, 946 W. Beale St.: Turkey, ham, yams, vegetables, soup and salad, drink included, $15.99. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Golden Corral, 3580 Stockton Hill Road: Full buffet with baked turkey and fried turkey, dressing and trimmings, $12.99 (seniors $11.99). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Crazy Fred's Truck Stop, 2770 Historic Route 66: Standard turkey dinner with all the trimmings, $12.95. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• Yesterday's Restaurant, 9827 N. Second St., Chloride: Traditional New England turkey dinner with turnips, sweet potatoes, baby onions and dessert (apple, pumpkin or pecan pie), $16.99. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Hualapai Mountain Resort, 4525 Hualapai Mountain Road: Buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner with traditional dishes, $16.95. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.