RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Higher costs for Thanksgiving staples mean more families may choose to eat at a local restaurant or, if you live in the Biggest Little City, a casino.
Eating in a restaurant is usually more expensive. However, the cost of dining out increased 8.6% over the past year, while the cost of eating at home increased 12.4% over the same period, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Which means the dishes at your favorite restaurant are closer in price to your food at home.
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is one of the places that offers a couple of options. For $42 you can enjoy herb roasted turkey breast at Grand Café.
“With all the sides, the filling, the sauce and all that great stuff with the dessert,” said Christopher Abraham, GSR’s senior vice president of marketing.
Side dishes include sweet cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, brown sauce, cornbread, and ham stuffing. Dessert is a three-layer pumpkin pie.
For $14 more ($56) you can head to the Grand Buffet, where the menu not only consists of turkey and traditional sides, but also honey-glazed ham.
The special will be available from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm In addition to ham, the menu includes candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, roasted Brussels sprouts, turkey gravy, pineapple compote, cranberry sauce, roasted pumpkin and assorted empanadas.
Another casino that works a Thanksgiving holiday is Atlantis.
“All the different chefs come together and have their own opinion,” said David Holman, assistant executive chef at Atlantis Casino. “We have different specialty soups and appetizers at all of our restaurants.”
Inside the casino, you’ll find restaurants offering three- and four-course holiday dinners starting at $30 per person, but if you’re looking for a larger menu that includes seafood, the buffet is the place to be. Adults pay $55.95 and children $22.95.
“We get to do the dishes, everybody relaxes and gets a little bit of hospitality,” Holman said.
He told KOLO8 News Now that about 6,000 people are expected to visit Atlantis on Thursday.
If your intention is to avoid large crowds, restaurants like Café Whitney, located inside the Whitney Peak Hotel, may be the right choice. The holiday special is $35 per person and includes complimentary valet.
“We already have between 15 and 20 reservations,” said Adrian Bowles, interim marketing manager for WPH. “They get a salad, turkey ham or stuffed portobello mushrooms with sides and then cheesecake for dessert.”
Locals are only allowed to dine in, no kid friendly options. All other menus will be available and happy hour will be from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (50% off snacks and drinks at the bar).
The menu also includes cornbread stuffing, garlic mash and salsa, and green beans with mushrooms and onions. Dessert options include a pumpkin pie or cheesecake.
Not everyone may be dining out, so if it’s the words “takeout” that you’re looking for this Thursday, South 40 (1445 South Meadows Parkway) has you covered.
“We offer turkey dinners to go with all the fixings and wine pairings,” said Kevin Jepsen, co-owner of South 40. “A prime rib as well, for dinners to go, so we have a couple of different options. ”
Orders must be placed by Tuesday 5:00 pm and picked up on Wednesday, November 23. Collection times are 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Curbside pickup is available. Orders can be placed in person or by phone, call (775) 800-9070.
Prime rib with rosemary $215 6 lbs. Whole Oven Roasted Dinner $160 10-12 lbs. Full payment is required upon ordering (tax not included). All meals include homemade cornbread stuffing, sautéed brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green salad, biscuits, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Prime rib includes horseradish cream sauce.
All places to dine recommend calling ahead for reservations.
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