Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving: Expect A Long Wait For A Cheap Turkey Dinner

Looking for a cheap Thanksgiving dinner? Get in line at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on November 27, 2014 and pay just $10.99 for a plate full of roast turkey and all the fixings, along with a drink and dessert.

While it may not be a home cooked meal, you won’t be alone if you decide to dine out at Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving. The National Restaurant Association reports that a consumer survey revealed that approximately 15 million Americans will go out to eat on Thanksgiving, with another four million getting a take-out turkey dinner from a variety of chain restaurants across the nation.

Market Watch reports that Cracker Barrel uses almost 24,000 cases of turkey breasts on Thanksgiving, making it one of most popular chain restaurants to serve up dinner to singles and families who want a budget-friendly meal without the clean-up.

What do you get for $10.99? The price of the restaurant’s turkey dinner went up $1 compared to last year, but it’s still a decent deal if you have no desire to roast a turkey this year. The adult meal includes one serving of turkey, stuffing, baked ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, your choice of vegetable, biscuits or corn muffins, a beverage, and a slice of pumpkin pecan streusel pie with fresh whipped cream for dessert.

The children’s turkey dinner is priced at $5.99 — it’s kid-sized and does not include ham or sweet potato casserole, and will include a half-slice of pie instead of the full-size slice adults receive.

When I’m married and have kids, I’m taking them to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving. This cooking is for the birds.

— Taylor Lee (@_taylormlee) November 17, 2014

Cracker Barrel opens at 7 a.m. on November 27, but the restaurant won’t start serving the turkey dinner until 11 a.m. No reservations are needed, but expect long lines that may last right up until the restaurant’s closing time of 10 p.m.

If waiting in line with hungry kids is not your idea of a great holiday, the restaurant also has a holiday Dinner To-Go special that can be ordered 24 hours ahead. For $59.99, a hot meal for six will be packed up and ready for you to pick up at your local Cracker Barrel restaurant. Pie is not included in the deal, but you can purchase one separately when you pick up your pre-cooked meal.

If you’re not a fan of Cracker Barrel, don’t despair. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there will be more than 40 chain restaurants open on Thanksgiving, including sit-down dinners and buffet-style meals.

Will you be dining out on Thanksgiving or making your own turkey dinner?

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