Monthly Archives: November 2010

Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day 2010

Thanksgiving dinner really doesn’t have to be this hard.

Hey, did ya’ll hear? It’s Thanksgiving this week.

We’ve been getting asked approximately hourly what restaurants are going to be open on Thanksgiving Day. So, whether you’re here in Fort Smith with no family gathering, wouldn’t trust your loved ones with your family’s cooking, are some sort of international super spy who doesn’t celebrate these American holidays but likes to eat out, plan to eat five separate Thanksgiving meals, or if you just like to show your patriotism by spending money in our area restaurants, here’s where you can go. Wherever you go on Thanksgiving, know that Fort Smith Eats is thankful for you and for the many great restaurants we share in this area.

Note: If you know of other restaurants serving any meal on Thanksgiving, or any other corrections/additions we should make, let us know and we’ll try to keep this list updated. We’re sure we’re missing some.

Fort Smith

Benson’s Grill – 2515 Rogers Ave. 479/782-8181. Open 24 hours.

Furr’s Fresh Buffet – 5707 Rogers Ave. 479/478-0398. Open 10:30 -6.

Golden Corral – 1801 S. Waldron Rd.  479-484-1040. Open from 10 -4.

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant – 500 N. Greenwood Ave. 479/783-7824. Open 12-7.

IHOP – 7809 Rogers Ave. 479/452-0501. Open 24 hours.

Lewis’ Family Restaurant – 5901 Hwy. 71 South. 479/646-4309. Serving breakfast and lunch from 6-3.

Lucy’s Diner – 4605 Towson Ave. 479/646-1001. Open 24 hours.

McDonalds – All locations in Fort Smith? Drive-thru open till 11 a.m.

Pizza Hut – All locations in Fort Smith? 479/783-4000. Opens at 4 p.m.

Village Inn – 7620 Rogers Ave. 479/452-7007. Open 6 a.m. – midnight.

Van Buren

Donald’s Donuts – 2211 Fayetteville Rd. 479/471-6777. Open for breakfast.


Cracker Barrel – 431 Hwy 71 No. & I-40, Exit 13. 479/623-0767. Open all day.


Broadway Joe’s Cafe – 320 W. Shawntel Smith Blvd. 918/427-7447. Reportedly serving free lunch to anyone on Thanksgiving Day. Donations accepted and will go to Muldrow charities.


Fort Smith Eats Readers’ 2010 Local Favorites: The Winners

Without further ado, the three winners of our Project 3/Whatever contest are:

  1. Goodson’s
    (counting Cornerstone & Towson locations together since most people didn’t specify which one)
  2. R. Landry’s Cajun Cafe
  3. Bravo Italian

We’re calling these our “Fort Smith Eats Readers’ Local Favorites” since that’s what this was really. These top three restaurants will be getting top-shelf, full-color, fancy-shmancy framable-if-you-print-them-off-our-blog shining gold-star reviews from ours truly. (ooooh, ahhhh…) After all, your favorite restaurants deserve no less. We’ll also be selecting 3 other restaurants of our choice to receive the same treatment. Yep. After months of not reviewing squat, we’re giving you 6 reviews in the coming weeks.

And you thought Christmas was exciting.

Coming in right on the vote-getting heels of these three fine restaurants were:

4. George’s
5. Rolando’s
6. Cara’s at Brunwick Place (tie)
Pho Vietnam (tie)

We had a total of close to 250 votes, and 61 restaurants nominated here, on Facebook, Twitter, even email. And the vast majority had multiple nominations. Even with 61 nominees we can think of some yumtational places that got looked over. That’s not even counting the chains, which were not eligible for this vote. That’s how good Fort Smith cookin’ is ya’ll.

Here’s the full list of nominees in alphabetical order. We’ve linked to our previous reviews of the ones we’ve written about before. Read ’em and drool. Continue reading