Every now and then, my family decides to eat out on Thanksgiving Day, rather than do all that cooking. It's so much easier and actually much cheaper.

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If you don't feel like cooking for Thanksgiving, here are a few local restaurants that will be open to serve your holiday meal.

You can find a traditional Thanksgiving meal at Copelands on Bert Kouns beginning at 10am. It will be crowded, so expect to wait a little while. The price tag for the Copelands buffett is $25.99

Ralph and Kacoo's in Bossier City will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11am-4pm and will have a the regular menu and a special Thanksgiving meal for $15.99. They are taking reservations at 747-6660.

Golden Corral will be open from 10am-8pm on Thanksgiving Day. You will find all the traditional food items like turkey and dressing for $13.99/person.

Another spot to take the family is Cracker Barrel on Westport. The national chain will begin serving Thanksgiving meals at 11am. It will cost you $10.99/person. This will include turkey, dressing, veggies and all the other holiday trimmings.

Saltgrass Steakhouse at the Boardwalk in Bossier City is open for Thanksgiving featuring a menu with Certified Angus Beef brand steaks, seafood and much more. You probably should ahead to make a reseveration. (318) 742-8787.

For a little more elegant dining out experience, you might want to check out Bella Fresca on Line Avenue. You do need to have reservations. Call 865-6307 to reserve one of 2 seating times, 11am or 1pm.

All of the local local casinos will also be serving Thanksgiving Day meals, but expect these restaurants to be crowded, too.