Stick to turkey or try something new this Thanksgiving

Nov. 18—Earlier this month, we shared some places offering to help cover your Thanksgiving dinner at home. Now here are local restaurants that are really taking the work off your plate by being open to serve you dinner on the holiday.

Asian Vegan Bistro (2217 Ashe Road): Skip the turkey altogether and feast on vegan options this Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 to 8 p.m. A staffer mentioned that the restaurant may close earlier that night depending on business. Call 661-564-9005 to confirm hours.

Black Angus Steakhouse (3601 Rosedale Highway): From 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., the steakhouse will serve its holiday special, a dinner of sliced turkey, sage dressing, homestyle mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, broccoli with garlic butter, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. Cost is $25.99, $11.99 for children. Diners can also opt for the main menu with steaks and other options. Call 661-324-0814 or visit to make reservations.

Black Bear Diner (4102 California Ave.): Enjoy the usual menu as well as holiday dinners with choice of homestyle turkey, old-fashioned smoked ham or slow-roasted prime rib. Each is served with your choice of soup or salad, cornbread muffin, red-skinned mashed potatoes and gravy, house-made cornbread stuffing, Italian green beans and a slice of pumpkin pie

Country Kitchen Bar & Grill (8251 Brundage Lane): Open for the holiday. Call 661-396 5372 for reservations.

Cracker Barrel (3310 California Ave.): Starting at 11 a.m., the eatery will serve a traditional homestyle turkey n’ dressing meal ($16.49), with roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing and gravy, country green beans, sweet potato casserole topped with pecans, cranberry relish and more.

Crest Bar & Grill (5025 Wible Road): Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant will offer three special entrees: rosemary roast turkey with roasted garlic and shallot gravy ($24.95), honey spiral ham with hot buttered rum glaze ($25.95) or the combo meal ($27.95) with both turkey and ham. All come with a choice of soup or salad, cranberry and sage stuffing, horseradish mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie. Reservations highly recommended by calling 661-833-9998 ext. 2.

Denny’s (multiple locations): Enjoy a turkey and dressing dinner with carved turkey breast, stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, a choice of two sides and dinner bread. The chain’s regular menu is also available. Check with locations as hours may vary.

Flame & Fire Brazilian Steakhouse (12814 Stockdale Highway): Carving a new tradition, the steakhouse will serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, combined with its authentic Brazilian churrasco grill. The menu will include roasted turkey breast; savory cornbread dressing; premium cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and more; lobster bisque or butternut squash soup (may vary by location); fresh seasonal salads and vegetables; buttery mashed potatoes and gravy; caramelized sweet potatoes; freshly made cranberry sauce; and pumpkin pie dessert. The Thanksgiving prix fixe is $68.95 and the additional market table is $39.95. Children ages 7 to 11 dine for half-price and those age 6 and younger eat for free. Dinner will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Call 661- 498-7577 or visit for reservations.

Golden Corral (5001 Ming Ave.): Enjoy the holiday buffet from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with options including carved roasted turkey, glazed ham, holiday beef toast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, chicken pot pie, cinnamon apples and King Ranch chicken.

Hungry Hunter Steakhouse (3580 Rosedale Highway): Starting at 11 a.m., the restaurant will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. The turkey dinner includes a choice of Caesar salad or tableside salad bar, along with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The cost is $29.99, $18.99 for children. Diners can also opt for the petite-cut prime rib dinner ($33.99) with the same sides. The steakhouse will also offer assorted appetizers and entrees, larger portions of prime rib and a selection of desserts. Call 661-328-0580 for reservations.

Max’s Restaurant (4130 California Ave.): Do you need turkey if you can get Max’s fried chicken? The new Filipino restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is also offering a Thanksgiving feast bundle to go ($75) includes Max’s whole fried chicken, crispy pata (pork hock), kare-kare (beef peanut stew) and pancit (Canton egg noodles or Bihon rice noodles); add embutido (Filipino-style meatloaf) and large steamed rice for $20. Call 661-370-2953 or visit for more details.

Ming’s Cafe (1918 L St.): The Chinese restaurant has been preparing and cooking turkeys for over 40 years in Bakersfield and will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner and catering needs. Along with classic turkey and bone-in ham, customers can order entrees of roast or barbecue pork, pork or shrimp fried rice and orange or sweet and sour chicken. Fresh sides include mashed potatoes, brown gravy, stuffing, yams and corn or green beans. Call 661-323-4914 for a free quote or more information.

The Nines (801 Truxtun Ave.): Chef Jorge Dominguez is offering a three-course feast ($36) at the downtown spot inside the Marriott at the Convention Center. Dinner includes a choice of soup or salad, followed by a roast turkey and honey ham plate served with cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed French beans, pan gravy, apple cinnamon glaze and cranberry sauce. Dessert will consist of assorted holiday pies, pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate cake. Call 661-565-9319 for reservations for the dinner served from noon to 6 p.m.

Padre Hotel (1702 18th St.): From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the hotel will serve a buffet at Brimstone and Belvedere Room featuring “enticing appetizers, decadent entrees and delicious desserts.” Cost is $65, $20 for children 12 and younger. Each reservation includes one bottle of sparkling wine and holiday goodie bag. Call 661-427-4900 for reservations, which are required.

Yard House (10308 Stockdale Highway): Watch the games on big-screen TVs while enjoying your choice of dinners. Choose from classic sliced turkey with gravy or fried Nashville hot turkey, served with Parmesan mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts. Either adult plate is $26.95. For dessert, try the chocolate fudge cake ($9.99).

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Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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