Important Menu Items To Remember For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s time to plan your restaurant’s Thanksgiving Dinner and you have a lot to think about. It may be easy to overlook some items that you wanted to include on the menu and in some cases it will be okay and the customer will never notice that the dish was missing. However, there are some items that you simply cannot forget. Doing so could ruin the entire dinner experience for your customers and Important Menu Items To Remember For Your Thanksgiving Dinneraffect their opinion of your restaurant.

The Main Course

It goes without saying that you cannot have Thanksgiving dinner without turkey. Many restaurants will choose to have something like ham in addition to the turkey for those that would prefer something different. However, if you forget the turkey altogether you will leave many people upset and disappointed to the point where they may never visit your restaurant again. You may even find yourself having to refund money to those that have prepaid reservations. So make sure that you have plenty of turkey on the menu and that it is prepared correctly. This will be the most important part of your meal

Side Dishes

The side dishes are where the dinner can become quite varied. Everyone has a particular preference for what type of side dish they want with their Thanksgiving dinner. While you can get away with having any combination of side dishes, there are a few things that people always associate with Thanksgiving. Not having them available might upset your customers and leave them disappointed with your restaurant. One of these items is stuffing. You should have some type of stuffing available to appeal to a broad base of customers.  Another is potatoes. Whether you choose mashed, baked or even au gratin; there should be some form of potatoes with your meal. Otherwise you can add or subtract virtually anything and still have happy customers.


While there is no particular type of bread that is associated with Thanksgiving dinner, many people expect bread to be served with their meal. The type of bread you choose to serve is up to you. Some establishments serve biscuits while others serve dinner rolls while others serve homemade bread. Whatever you choose, make sure that you have plenty of it to go around, that it is fresh, and that it is served in an attractive bread basket, because you will find that a majority of guests will enjoy having bread with their meal.


Nothing says it is Thanksgiving like having the right combination of desserts. There are a variety of desserts that you can choose from for your meal, but there are some tried and true favorites that you should not forget. One of the biggest is pumpkin pie. For some, it is not Thanksgiving Dinner if they cannot enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie afterwards. This is something you should have plenty of, as it will go fast. In addition, you can add apple pie, pecan pie, or other types of desserts, so that your customers have a choice.

Though not everyone eats the same things, many people expect traditional Thanksgiving foods to be served at their Thanksgiving dinner. So, as you prepare your menu, be sure to keep this in mind. It is the best way that you can guarantee to keep your customers happy for this special holiday meal.

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