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Don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some other options for a delicious meal.

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IDAHO FALLS — Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is hard. (It’s OK to admit it.) And sometimes, for one reason or another, you just don’t feel like cooking the turkey, the stuffing, the potatoes, the cranberry sauce and all the rest.

If you don’t want to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, there are other options open to you – such as community dinners.

Join the Salvation Army in Idaho Falls for its community dinner! Starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge on Elva Street, this event is free for the community. People who are homebound can also get a meal delivered by calling (208) 522-7200.

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at South Fremont Junior High School in St. Anthony at noon.

Island Park will also be hosting a community dinner Thanksgiving at the Lakeside Lodge, beginning at 2 p.m. The lodge will provide the turkey, ham, potatoes and dressing, but they are asking community members to bring side dishes to share.

Blackfoot’s Community Dinner Table will be holding a turkey dinner at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church on South University Avenue.


If community dinners don’t interest you, there are restaurants in eastern Idaho that are open on Thanksgiving. You can visit chain restaurants like Denny’s, Applebee’s and IHOP, some of which will have special holiday menus. In addition, you can try these other eateries:

In Idaho Falls, check out the Bee’s Knees, a pub and catering company with a unique menu. On Thanksgiving, it will be open with a special buffet. Jaker’s will also be open, serving its normal menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. That will leave you plenty to time for pie if you so desire.

Chuck-A-Rama in Ammon will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everything, from drink to dessert, is included in the adult price of $17.99.

Pocatello residents can visit the Golden Corral on Yellowstone Highway. This restaurant will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Adam’s Mongolian Grill, a new restaurant in Rexburg, will be open with its normal menu, and for those who don’t want to make their own pies, Frontier Pies by the freeway will be open from 7 a.m. to noon for pie pick-up only. Those two may not seem like they go together, but don’t diss Mongolian and pie until you’ve tried it.