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Thanksgiving in Tuscaloosa

sophoclessophocles Registered User Posts: 361 Member
edited September 2013 in University of Alabama
We have decided to drive down and spend Thanksgiving with son in Alabama since he has a ticket to the Iron Bowl and his sister has never been on campus and wanted to visit.

Are restaurants open on Thanksgiving? If so, which restaurants would you recommend to have a nice holiday dinner? As an aside, for OOS students who are unable go home for Thanksgiving, does the Honors College or the university organize something for these kids?
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  • feenotypefeenotype Registered User Posts: 2,311 Senior Member
    Pretty much everything is closed on Thanksgiving. I think Cracker Barrel is about the place open that you can get a nice Thanksgiving meal, however I'm also pretty sure everybody here would insist that your family have dinner at their house. :)
  • sophoclessophocles Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    Given the camaraderie and generosity of the CC family, I wouldn't doubt it, feenotype. Cracker Barrel will do as long as the family's together. Thanks for the feedback!
  • momreadsmomreads Registered User Posts: 3,233 Senior Member
    Sophocles: Perhaps your son will receive an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with one of his suite mates. My son, for example, is going to the home of one of his suite mates for the day, but they plan to return to the campus that evening. They do not want to deal with Iron Bowl traffic. I also know that some of the students who are OOS and remain on campus during the holiday plan to do their own Thanksgiving dinners. Publix, I am sure, will offer a Thanksgiving meal deal (our grocery stores do that here). You could order one and do dinner that way.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,689 Senior Member
    If you want, you can go to B'ham..

    The Wynfrey Hotel in the Riverchase Galleria has a T'giving Brunch buffet that's popular.

    Reservations are required, and the number to call is 444-5706.
    Brunch hours are 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    There are places where you can order food for pick-up Wednesday to cook/heat/serve on T-day. We may do that if we do T-giving in T-town.

    I wonder if FIG offers a "to go" T-giving meal?

    I'm wondering if the Capstone Hotel serves T-giving dinner.
  • sophoclessophocles Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    Thanks for the input, momreads. I called Publix and they're closed on T'giving. Mom2, we're arriving late afternoon on Thurs., which rules out the Capstone (until 2pm) and the Wynfrey Hotel. We may end up bringing our own dinner on dry ice, which would also work since we booked a suite with a kitchen in T-town. It looks like nothing is open on Thanksgiving.
  • ldinctldinct Registered User Posts: 1,811 Senior Member
    Have I mentioned how wonderful "Thanksgiving in Tuscaloosa"? It is on my list of things to do. I would be happy at Cracker Barrel. I would have to get tickets to the game though ;)
  • ldinctldinct Registered User Posts: 1,811 Senior Member
    whoops forgot a word....how wonderful "Thanksgiving in Tuscaloosa" sounds?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,689 Senior Member

    your student has Wed off from school. he could go to Publix on Wednesday and buy what you want and put it in his fridge.
  • sophoclessophocles Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    Great suggestion, mom2! The trick is to get him to go to Publix. He's gone once to get a box of cereal...now to convince him to pick up our dinner will be a major accomplishment. I'll inquire about their prepared food selection.

    ldinct...we didn't really plan on spending Thanksgiving in T-town but son didn't feel it was necessary to go home since two weeks later, he would be back home for Christmas break. So we thought it would be neat for us to go down, spend time with him there, really SEE the campus this time around (didn't see much during Aug. move in), and experience this incomparable southern football atmosphere at the Iron Bowl. But I agree, "Thanksgiving in Tuscaloosa" has a certain ring to it!
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,689 Senior Member
    When I think of all those fans in T-town for T-giving, I can't believe that there aren't more places to eat that day. I can't imagine that most are going to show up on Friday morn.

    I wonder if many are staying in B'ham?

    Or are they going to be tail-gating on the quad that night?
  • RobDRobD Registered User Posts: 5,061 Senior Member
    @ Sophocles: my D is a regular at the Publix. Visits at least 2x/week (hence while she still has 104 meals left on her plan :)

    My hometown Publix lets you order ahead. From the Publix website: "Let us take care of the prep for you with a Publix Deli Holiday Dinner. Just place an order in advance and then simply pick up a fully-cooked Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. You'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of family and friends." Here's the store contact info: Main: (205) 247-5044.

    I'd say call and ask if they're doing the meals. They may not, because as my D says "It's the world's smallest Publix!" If you call ahead, all your son will have to do is pick it up.
  • socal2bamasocal2bama Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    RobD - Thanks for the information, I too will be calling, I'm stressing leaving S with no meal for Thanksgiving. How does the entire family call him all gathered here only to hear he's eating cereal. Sophocles - S is in Riverside and says he take Crimson Ride down but usually walks back since CR would take him on a longer ride around campus.
  • sophoclessophocles Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    Thanks for the number, RobD! I called Publix and it looks like a great option for us. The holiday turkey dinner consists of turkey (large, regular, or turkey breast), dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, and apple cranberry cobbler. I was asked to call back in a couple of days for pricing information. I was also advised to order early since they are a small college supermarket and they don't typically plan on offering too many dinners.
  • sophoclessophocles Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    Was wondering whether the dining halls are closed during Thanksgiving break. What are the kids supposed to do on Thanksgiving day?

    Socal, son is in Riverside, too! He has a bike that takes him around campus but the problem is bringing the food back (by bike) to his dorm to store it in the refrigerator. I will suggest taking the Crimson Ride back even for a longer ride. Thanks for the tip!
  • feenotypefeenotype Registered User Posts: 2,311 Senior Member
    Dinings halls are closed for Thanksgiving.

    Remember there are several full-size Publix stores in town.
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