Dining on Thanksgiving meals in Chicagoland's south

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Thanksgiving can be a joyous holiday, but it can also be a lot of hard work. Preparing a turkey with all the trimmings takes time, not to mention all that’s involved in the clean-up. Those looking to have someone else do all of that may want to consider heading to a Thanksgiving buffet being offered at these south suburban eateries.

Carlo’s Restaurant, 560 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights

A Thanksgiving dinner buffet will feature traditional cooking of roast turkey breast and dark meat, baked ham, roast pork loin, traditional stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes, rigatoni with meat sauce, vegetables, cranberry relish, deli salads, soup, rolls, fresh-baked bread, and a variety of scrumptious desserts. The buffet will have seatings on the half-hours from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Buffet prices: Adults - $16.95; Children ages 4 through 10 - $10.95; kids 3 and under eat free. There will also be Carlo’s dinner menu and chef-plated ham or turkey dinners available. For reservations, call (708) 747-9480.

Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest

A delicious all-you-can-eat buffet dinner with turkey, ham, roast beef and all of the traditional trimmings, choice of soup, an extensive salad bar, vegetables, potatoes and dessert (coffee, tea and milk are included). Served from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 22. Live music from 4 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and must be paid for in advance. Adults - $23; Children ages 4 to 12 - $11. Admission includes dinner and entertainment; cash bar. Call (708) 687-9323 to make reservations.

DoubleTree by Hilton and Allgauer’s Restaurant, 5000 W. 127th St., Alsip

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet will feature turkey, Chipotle roasted turkey, ham, sage dressing, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, sweet potatoes, seasonal vegetables, smoked salmon, oyster bar, cranberry sauce, assorted salads, homemade pies and pastries, and more. Beverages include champagne, soda, juice, coffee, and tea. The buffet will be in the hotel’s Forest Ballroom. Adults - $32.95; seniors 65 and over - $28.95; children 4 to 12 - $19.95; kids 3 and under - free. Space is limited. Reservations available on the hour from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Up to 80 persons per seating. Reservations and more information are at (708) 272-4223.

Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank

Among the large list of tasty items on Chuck’s Thanksgiving buffet are: smoked ham with pineapple glaze, smoked turkey, pulled pork, candied sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, andouille sausage stuffing, sage gravy, cornbread shrimp and andouille sausage stuffing, cajun green beans, cranberry sauce, soup, beverages and pies. Reservations starting at noon; last seating is at 5 p.m. Nov. 22. A cash bar opens at 10:30 a.m. The buffet costs are $22.99 for adults; $12.99 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for kids ages 3 and under, No doggy bags allowed. For reservations, call (708) 229-8700.

Glenwood Oaks, 106 N. Main St., Glenwood

The restaurant offers two Thanksgiving dinners, each for $17.95. The first is roast turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy. The second is a ham dinner, with mashed potatoes, vegetables and hollandaise sauce. Soup or salad is included with either meal. The restaurant will also offer its usual plated dinners on Thanksgiving. Glenwood Oaks will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservation are required at (708) 758-4400.

Whitney’s Cafe, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn

From noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 Whitney’s Cafe will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring roasted turkey, glazed ham, herb-crusted white fish, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, cornbread, marshmallow Balamic rice, vegetables and an assortment of salads and desserts. Whitney’s will then offer from 5 to 9 p.m. a plated Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey, glazed ham, sweet potatoes, stuffing, soup, salad, gravy, vegetables and pumpkin pie. Cost for the buffet is $32 for adults; $17 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for kids 3 and under. The plated holiday meal is $27. More information is at (708) 229-8888.