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10 Places to Avoid Family Stress This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving should be a time of sharing and enjoyment. Why traumatize yourself and your loved ones by trying to recreate a Norman Rockwell scene you'll never match? Loads of Louisville restaurants offer excellent and/or offbeat alternatives to football and fighting over who can best recreate Aunt Agnes' candied sweet potatoes. Check out what's on the menu and enjoy a more exciting, less stressful holiday.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360
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From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Levon Wallace will present Thanksgiving favorites and a few twists on traditional fare amid 21c's stunning artwork. [Image: Facebook]

2. Morton's The Steakhouse

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626 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-0421
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Why settle for turkey when you can have steak? Morton's The Steakhouse is serving its regular menu on Thanksgiving Day from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3. RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge

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140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 568-4239
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From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the restaurant offers a "traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served RIVUE-style," which may involve something that slowly revolves. [Image: Facebook]

4. Belle of Louisville

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401 W River Rd
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-2992
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You're on a boat! From 1 p.m to 3 p.m., the "Spirit of Jefferson" will cruise down the Ohio and offer a "Thanksgiving feast with all the traditional trimmings." [Image: Facebook]

5. Sway

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320 W Jefferson St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 581-1234
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From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sway's buffet will offer "traditional favorites including fresh seasonal salads, classic and seasonal entrees, mouthwatering side dishes and much more!" [Image: Facebook]

6. The Oakroom

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500 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 585-3200
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Give in to your inner Gatsby from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as the Oakroom serves up applewood smoked turkey, bourbon barrel smoked prime rib and more. [Image: Facebook]

7. The Brown Hotel

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335 W Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 324-1389
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Thanksgiving options at the 1920s-era hotel (12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. seatings in the English Grill, 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings for J. Graham’s Café buffet) are already sold out, but there is a wait list—or next year. [Image: Facebook]

8. Winston's Restaurant

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3101 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 456-0980
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Winston's, Juleps Catering and The Bakery at Sullivan University combine their efforts for three Thanksgiving seatings: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. [Photo: Winston's Official Site]

9. Churchill Downs

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700 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40214
(502) 636-4400
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Churchill Downs puts on a Skye Terrace spread from 10 a.m. until "Call to the Post" for the second-to-last race of the day. Turkey, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, sweet potatoes and ponies—a Louisville tradition since 1969. [Photo: Churchill Downs]

10. Mitchell's Fish Market

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4031 Summit Plaza Dr
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 412-1818
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3-course meal with turkey, stuffing, and choice of starter, side and dessert at a seafood restaurant? You might be able to make your own oyster dressing! From 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

1. Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Levon Wallace will present Thanksgiving favorites and a few twists on traditional fare amid 21c's stunning artwork. [Image: Facebook]
702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Morton's The Steakhouse

626 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Why settle for turkey when you can have steak? Morton's The Steakhouse is serving its regular menu on Thanksgiving Day from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
626 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

3. RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge

140 North 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the restaurant offers a "traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served RIVUE-style," which may involve something that slowly revolves. [Image: Facebook]
140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Belle of Louisville

401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202
You're on a boat! From 1 p.m to 3 p.m., the "Spirit of Jefferson" will cruise down the Ohio and offer a "Thanksgiving feast with all the traditional trimmings." [Image: Facebook]
401 W River Rd
Louisville, KY 40202

5. Sway

320 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sway's buffet will offer "traditional favorites including fresh seasonal salads, classic and seasonal entrees, mouthwatering side dishes and much more!" [Image: Facebook]
320 W Jefferson St
Louisville, KY 40202

6. The Oakroom

500 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Give in to your inner Gatsby from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as the Oakroom serves up applewood smoked turkey, bourbon barrel smoked prime rib and more. [Image: Facebook]
500 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202

7. The Brown Hotel

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
Thanksgiving options at the 1920s-era hotel (12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. seatings in the English Grill, 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings for J. Graham’s Café buffet) are already sold out, but there is a wait list—or next year. [Image: Facebook]
335 W Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

8. Winston's Restaurant

3101 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Winston's, Juleps Catering and The Bakery at Sullivan University combine their efforts for three Thanksgiving seatings: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. [Photo: Winston's Official Site]
3101 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

9. Churchill Downs

700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40214
Churchill Downs puts on a Skye Terrace spread from 10 a.m. until "Call to the Post" for the second-to-last race of the day. Turkey, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, sweet potatoes and ponies—a Louisville tradition since 1969. [Photo: Churchill Downs]
700 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40214

10. Mitchell's Fish Market

4031 Summit Plaza Dr, Louisville, KY 40241
3-course meal with turkey, stuffing, and choice of starter, side and dessert at a seafood restaurant? You might be able to make your own oyster dressing! From 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
4031 Summit Plaza Dr
Louisville, KY 40241