Many of us won't be cooking this Thanksgiving because we know a number of local restaurant are willing to do it for us — so tip big! That'll make a happier Thanksgiving for everyone involved.
Here's a list of some Oklahoma City area restaurants planning to be open on Thanksgiving. Be sure to call for reservations.
•Chequers Restaurant, 1009 S Air Depot, Midwest City, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 736-6944.
•Legend's Restaurant, 1313 W Lindsey, Norman, seatings at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., 329-8888.
•Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine (Northpark location only), 12252 Northpark Mall, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 212-4577.
•Deep Fork Grill, 5418 N Western Ave., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., prix fixe, 848-7678.
•Grand House Asian Bistro, 2701 N Classen Blvd., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., dim sum, 524-7333.
•Embassy Suites Norman, 2501 Conference Drive, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; 364-8040.
•Ingrid's Kitchen, 3701 N Youngs, seatings at 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon, 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m.; 1:45 p.m.; 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., 946-8444.
•Szechuan Bistro, 1010 W Memorial Road, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., dinner menu all day, 752-8889.
•Skirvin Hilton Hotel: Park Avenue Grill, 1 Park Ave., breakfast buffet 6:30 to 11 a.m.; 11 to 2 p.m. prix fixe menu; 5 to 10 p.m. prix fixe menu and regular menu, Grand Ballroom, buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 702-8444.
•Arizona Grill, Interstate 40 and Meridian, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 946-3343.
•Peacock Restaurant, 517 W Reno Ave, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., serving traditional Thanksgiving fare, 278-7871.
•Lottinvilles, 801 Signal Ridge Drive, Edmond, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet, 341-2244. (Services are booked; please call after 3 p.m. Wednesday to check for cancellations).
•Echo Canyon Spa Resort in Sulphur, 5 to 9 p.m., quadruple entree special, (580) 421-5076.
•Golden Phoenix, 2728 N Classen Blvd., regular hours and menu, 524-3988.
In other news
Thai and Cathy Tien have added pho to the menu at 180 Meridian Grill, in Norman.
Ed Lynn, who owns the local Buffalo Wild Wings concepts, has opened Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, which is a fast-casual Mediterranean concept based in Denver. The first of what Lynn says will be several locations is at 4130 Northwest Expressway, next to one of Lynn's Buffalo Wild Wings spots. The restaurant opened Tuesday. Lynn says the next location will be in Edmond.
The acrimonious Custino's split has birthed a new chapter. Phil and Angelo Custino have opened Custino's Restaurant and Bar at 7801 N May Ave., in the old Divine Swine space. Former partner Bud Elder still owns and operates Custino's Italian Kitchen at 2724 W Britton Ave. Best of luck to them both.