Separating the Thanksgiving holiday from thoughts of a sumptuous feast seems an impossibility. However, cooking that traditional big meal may seem an impossible task for any number of reasons. Maybe the scheduling of cooking the required number of courses seems daunting. Lack of refrigerator or freezer space may seem too severe a challenge. Or the post-meal letdown combined with scrubbing up afterwards seems too overwhelming.
Fortunately, the Shreveport restaurant community offers a number of other options, ranging from the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberries, to foods from other cultures and heritages.
The Iron Skillet at the Petro Truck Stop (I-20 Exit 8 at Industrial Loop) offers "all the trimmings" to go with turkey, ham or roast beef dinner, with an extensive salad bar, dressing, green bean casserole and other comfort foods on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner can be any time between 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sue's Country Kitchen in Bossier is also open Nov. 27 with a Thanksgiving spread. Diners, especially "corporate" chains, are likely to be open for Thanksgiving and other holidays. Family-owned restaurants, even if they have more than one location, are more likely turn off their burners to allow management and workers an opportunity to spend time with their families.
Copeland's of New Orleans (in Shreveport) is not only open, but offers a Pilgrim Platter full of tasty foods of the season with that special Louisiana flavor, according to John Mast, a manager at the East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop site. Sliced Cajun fried turkey pairs up with Louisiana oyster dressing, mashed sweet potatoes with pecan amaretto cream sauce, garden fresh green bean casserole, corn maque choux, cranberry sauce, and hot butter biscuit. The Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland's, located on the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, is also open, but may offer a different menu, Mast said.
Piccadilly Cafeteria on St. Vincent Avenue typically offers turkey and ham selections plus dressing, homestyle sides, freshly baked bread, and dessert in its cafeteria line. For those who would rather eat at home but not suffer the kitchen clean-up, Piccadilly offers family packs for either 4 to 6, or 10 to 14 diners. Another convenience is the ability to order online with a required lead time of 36 hours or more.
In the search for a special Thanksgiving dinner, ethnic restaurants may offer a satisfying alternative. Great Wall Chinese Restaurant on Pines Road is willing to set up a custom Thanksgiving meal to meet diners' specifications. Clientele are urged to sample the various dishes before choosing their selections, receiving a per-person quote as well as that for a total bill.
Although a favorite restaurant may close its kitchen for the day on Thursday, Nov. 27, the truly determined may find a way to eat food prepared by a favorite chef or kitchen by calling to ask about the possibility of ordering a catered meal. That's not a task to postpone until the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 26, however. Those questions should be asked at least a week beforehand.
By Lani Duke