100.1 WJRZ’s Holiday Guide

100.1 WJRZ’s Holiday Guide

100.1 WJRZ’s Holiday Guide

Every day the good Lord allows me to wake up, I am thankful for another day. I am thankful to be surrounded by the people I love. I am thankful for the roof over our head, and the ability to pay for it. I am thankful for the food on our table.

On Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for the option of not having to cook. Don’t get me wrong, I have a love affair with my kitchen, but sometimes it’s all too much. Should I travel to see relatives who are 120 miles away? Should I travel up North only to be stuck in traffic? I’m sure some of these things run through the minds of many.

What if you’re not in the mood to cook? What if you can’t cook? Do you get anxiety because there are too many people to cook for?

Then why not dine out for Thanksgiving?

You can head out to a local restaurant and not have to worry or stress out about all the things I mentioned above.

I’ve put together a list of places that would be delighted to feed you, your family, and your friends this Thanksgiving.

The choices run from upscale to casual, with a variety of menu items to choose from. If you’re not feeling Turkey, stuffing, or mashed potatoes, Italian food could be an option. There’s no law against not eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

I’m pretty sure no one will look at you sideways for ordering a burger or a steak at your local diner or restaurant this Thanksgiving.

I was thinking about heading to Long Island, but I haven’t firmed up my travel plans just yet.

I’m kind of thinking about going out to a local place for a holiday dinner. The family and friends might be upset by that choice. They love when I bring my homemade baked goods and yummy sides to the holiday table.

If I decide to stay close, I’ll have to make up for it by baking extra goodies to bring home around the Christmas holiday.

  • American Hotel - 18 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

    Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, Thursday, 11/23/23 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm. Celebrate with traditional favorites including turkey and all the sides! Let us do the cooking, call to make your reservation early! Adults $66, Children $32 (12 years and under), plus tax and gratuity. Valet parking included! A detailed menu will be available a few weeks before.

    Click HERE for reservations

  • Buckalew's Restaurant & Tavern - 101 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

    Set in a historic 1874 hotel, this chill bar & eatery features seafood & steaks, plus porch seating.

    Click HERE for reservations

  • Drift House - : 1485 Ocean Ave N #2225, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

    Thanksgiving – November 23, 2023

    Three Course Prix Fixe $75 per person. Children 10 and under $35. You can do the Grab and Gobble. They’ll do the cooking and cater your home Thanksgiving. Click HERE for that option. You can make reservations by clicking HERE.

  • Red Horse by David Burke - 26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

    Thursday, November 23, 2023 – 12 – 8 pm | Last seating at 7:30 pm
    $95 per person
    $45 per child, age 12 and under

    Click HERE for reservations and a sample menu.

  • THE GOAT by David Burke - 1411 NJ-36, Union Beach, NJ 07735

    3 Course Prix Fixe menu. $58 per person, children 12 & under $25. Enjoy Chef Burke’s decadent holiday dishes from land and sea and Thanksgiving holiday turkey. Ala Carte menu not available on Thanksgiving.
    Click HERE for reservations.


  • Buona Sera - 50 Maple Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Thanksgiving Buffet – $55 per person, kids 10 and under $35. Seatings at 1pm & 4 pm. The full Thanksgiving experience and more. Fresh Turkey – Prime Rib, Traditional Stuffing – Sausage Stuffing, Roasted Potatoes – Sweet Potatoes – Mashed Potatoes & Gravy and so much more.
    Click HERE to see the menu and to make reservations.

    Buona Sera Italian Restaurant in Red Bank | Buona Sera

    Red Bank's finest traditional Italian Restaurant Not Just A Restaurant. An Experience. Menus OVER 40 YEARS culinary experience & passion Buona Sera Italian Ristorante isn't just a restaurant; it's an extraordinary dining experience located at the heart of Red Bank NJ. With over 40 years of culinary expertise and a deep passion for Italian cuisine, ...

  • Molly Pitcher Inn - 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Thanksgiving Day Brunch 10:30am – 3:30pm. Adults $72.95, Children $29.95. This is everything I would love my Thanksgiving Brunch to be. Omelette station, Carving station, Belgian Waffle station,Pasta station, a variety of chafing dishes, and so much more. Click HERE to see the full menu. To make reservations, click HERE.

  • Three B's Bar and Bistro - 314 NJ-70, Lakehurst, NJ 08733

    Open 11am – 9pm. If you’re going for the traditional Thanksgiving fare, for $30 you can have your Thanksgiving Turkey – Carved White & Dark Meat Turkey Finished in a Rosemary Sage Gravy. Served with Traditional Holiday Stuffing Homemade Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed green beans. You can also choose from a variety of other dishes.
    Click HERE for menu and to make reservations.

  • The Gable's Historic Inn & Restaurant - 212 Centre St, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

    Thanksgiving Four-Course Prix Fixe
    Join us for an experience of Traditional Thanksgiving Classics or choose from offerings including beef, fish, pork or vegetarian. We feature a variety of exquisite holiday desserts as you celebrate with us. Chef Richard Diemer thoughtfully prepares The Gables holiday menu to honor Thanksgivings past and offers new exciting flavors with choices that can be enjoyed by all. From our Gables family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday.

    Click HERE to make reservations.

  • Artisan's Restaurant & Brewery - 1171 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

    It’s a full Thanksgiving Buffet! Adults $49.95 plus tax & gratuity, Children $24.95 plus tax & gratuity. Roast turkey, pork loin, salad, mashed and sweet potatoes, stuffing, crispy Brussels sprouts and more.

    Click HERE to see the full menu and to make reservations.

  • Rainbow Diner - 849 NJ-70, Brick Township, NJ 08724

    Open from 6am – 2pm – Full menu available, including a full turkey dinner with all the fixins.

  • Tim McLoone's Supper Club & The Robinson Ale House - 1200 Ocean Ave N, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    Open on Thanksgiving 11am – 8pm with a beautiful Thanksgiving Buffet. Adults $44.95. Children ages 4-12 $14.95 plus tax & gratuity.

    Click HERE to see the full menu and to make reservations.

  • Iron Whale - 1200 Ocean Ave Unit 504, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    Open from 11am – 8pm. Adults $48, Children ages 3 to 11 $16 plus tax & gratuity Thanksgiving family style menu with all the fixins and more. To see the menu and to make reservations click HERE.

  • Captain's Inn - 304 E Lacey Rd, Forked River, NJ 08731

    Open 11am – 7pm. A buffet fit for royalty that includes roast turkey and prime rib. Adults $42, Children $18.95, Children 5 & under are FREE. Wait until you see the Viennese Table.

    To see the full menu & to make reservations click HERE

  • Salt Creek Grille - 4 Bingham Ave, Rumson, NJ 07760

    Open Noon to 7pm on Thanksgiving. Join friends & family at Salt Creek Grille for Thanksgiving. Enjoy a hand-carved, Traditional Turkey Dinner with stuffing, sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, farmer’s roasted vegetables and cranberry (just to name a few!). $35 adults, $14 Children (12 & under). Limited Menu also available.

    Click HERE for reservations.

  • Water Street Bar & Grille - 4 Robbins Pkwy, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Offering a 3 course meal on Thanksgiving that includes fresh roast turkey, served with house-made apricot sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans with candied pecans and choice of sweet yams or mashed potatoes.  Adults $30, Children under 12 $15.

    Click HERE for reservations.

  • The Wharfside Seafood & Patio Bar - 101 Channel Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

    Join us with friends and family for a special Thanksgiving day Meal. Adults $32 Children under 12 are $16.  Salad and a choice of soup. Roast turkey served with all the trimmings. Also Pork loin with sides, and a variety of delicious desserts.

    Click HERE to see the menu and to make reservations.

  • Bahrs Landing - 2 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732

    Serving full dinner menu. Turkey dinner plate $36.  Dessert for an additional charge Reservations  11:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

    For reservations click HERE

  • The Grenville Hotel & Restaurant - 345 Main Ave #4735, Bay Head, NJ 08742

    It’s a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet. Turkey, Ham, N.Y. Strip, Seafood offerings, vegetables and more. Adults $45 Children $35.  Four seatings each 90 minutes long. Starting at 12 Noon and ending at 4:30pm.

    Click HERE for reservations.

  • Dublin House - 30 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    $42 per person plus tax & gratuity – 3 course meal that includes a choice of appetizer,  roast turkey breast with Irish sausage sage and caramelized onion stuffing served with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, honey glazed carrots, and buttered string beans.

    Click HERE for menu and reservations.

  • Windward Tavern - 292 Princeton Ave, Brick Township, NJ 08724

    It’s Kegs & Eggs from 9 to noon. Serving Breakfast and live music both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.  Now this is a great way to start your turkey day.

    Click HERE for more information.

  • Rosie's Ocean Gate - 401 Monmouth Ave, Ocean Gate, NJ 08740

    Seating from 2pm – 8pm. $49.95 per person  includes a seasonal soup or house salad, an entree choice of turkey, prime rib, pork chop, or filet mignon medallions. Accompanied by: Mashed Potato, Sweet Potato, Stuffing, Corn, Green Bean & Carrot Medley, Cranberry Sauce, Cornbread, and a choice of desserts.

    Click HERE or reservations.


  • Kristy's Casual Dining - 562 US-9, Waretown, NJ 08758

    Thanksgiving Buffet with Turkey and a variety of other carving stations favorites like prime rib. Salad, potato bar, and a Viennese table.

    Buffet  Seatings 12:00 pm   2:30 pm  5:00pm

    Buffet $39.99 Adults  $16.99 Children 4-10

    Click Here to see menu and to make reservations.



  • Our House Restaurant - 420 Adelphia Rd, Farmingdale, NJ 07727

    Holiday Brunch & Grand Buffet. Includes 10 Hot Entrees, Various Breads, Salads, Pasta Station, Waffle Station, Omelette Station, Multiple Meat Carving Station, Desserts, & Ice Cream Bar.  $34.99 per person

    Call for hours of operation and reservations by clicking HERE

  • Four Winds Restaurant - 1316 Jefferson Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736

    Full dinner menu available. Special Thanksgiving menu as well. No burgers or sandwiches will be served. Seatings will be at 1pm, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm.

    Click HERE for reservations an more info.


  • Scarborough Fair Restaurant -1414 Meetinghouse Rd, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

    Open from 1pm – 7pm on Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu. I called to find out more information because I couldn’t find information on their website or their social media. The woman who answered the phone was very little help. The only thing she was able to tell me was that there’s a wait list.

    Click HERE for Contact info.

  • Villa Amalfi - 1006 NJ-166, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Villa Amalfi is open from 11am – 5pm on Thanksgiving Day serving a traditional turkey dinner in addition to their normal Italian menu.

    Click HERE for info and reservations



  • Oyster Point Hotel - 146 Bodman Pl, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet. Carving station with a variety of meats, potato bar, raw bar,  holiday sides and entrees display, Viennese Table.   Click HERE to see menu

    Call for prices and info HERE

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