Where to eat out on Thanksgiving Day 2016

By Terry T. Mark

If you can’t go without turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving, but you don’t want to fuss in the kitchen, there are several restaurants in Elkhart County which will be ready and waiting to serve you. (And you don’t even have to wash the dishes!)

Amish Acres in Nappanee, Ind., will be serving turkey, ham and holiday favorites on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016.
Amish Acres in Nappanee, Ind., will be serving turkey, ham and holiday favorites on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016.

Here’s our current list of restaurants that plan on being open on Thursday, Nov. 24 (and we’ll add to the list if we hear of others):

— Amish Acres, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee: Dine beneath the enormous wood-hewn beams of the Restaurant Barn for a buffet-style meal featuring their Festive Roast Turkey and Country Baked Ham, all your favorite sides, and a jaw-dropping selection of pies. Diners will be seated first-come, first-served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $18.95 for adults and $1.25 per year for children 4-11.

— Three restaurants in the Elkhart area will be serving Thanksgiving meals. Christiana Creek Country Club, 116 W. Bristol St., will be serving a buffet that is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main dishes available include turkey, ham and salmon, along with various sides and desserts. Reservations are required, and can be made at 574-264-3060.

Callahan’s Restaurant, 2917 Cassopolis St., is a 24-hour restaurant but will serve Thanksgiving fare among its extensive menu until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving, then close for the rest of the day. Call 574-262-3151 for more information.

Cracker Barrel, 110 Northpointe Blvd., will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving an array of Thanksgiving Day favorites. Call 574-264-6963 for more information.

— The Corner Cafe in Wakarusa, 66402 State Road 19, will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering specials on turkey, ham and Swiss steak, plus a free slice of pumpkin pie.

Community meals in Elkhart and Goshen will be open Thursday to serve free Thanksgiving meals to those in need. In Elkhart, The Matterhorn Restaurant, 2041 Cassopolis St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Goshen, First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Fifth St., will be serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Terry T. Mark is the director of communications and public relations for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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