Thanksgiving on a budget

Ricky Soltero

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the ever-so-stressing Thanksgiving dinner madness is knocking on your door.

Plenty are still debating whether they want to cook, and most are still trying to figure out what they are going to do, some because they just don’t have the cooking ability and others because of sheer laziness.

You know you are contemplating on that pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily some restaurants do open on Thanksgiving, offering a special dinner.

While most options require you to fork out some heavy dough, there are some hidden gems for that starving college student. If you are looking for a cheap, tasty, warm dinner, this is for you.

Below are four restaurants that offer Thanksgiving meals at very reasonable prices.

So don’t go broke or crazy–you can find a place to satisfy your hunger on Nov. 25. No in-laws, dirty dishes or burned turkeys to worry about this year.

What more could you ask for and give thanks for on Thanksgiving?

As a disclaimer, these restaurants usually require a reservation on Thanksgiving.

Do yourself a favor and call prior to arriving at the restaurant. It is Thanksgiving, after all, and they might be packed.

Plan accordingly, peeps.

Hash House A Go Go (Hillcrest)
The Hash House is a San Diego favorite, and its prices are pretty affordable. Usually their most expensive meal is slightly over $40, but on Thanksgiving, the Hash House will offer a special $34 meal. There are plenty of options to choose from, so call and reserve.

Brian’s 24 (Gaslamp Quarter)
If you are craving a traditional roasted turkey Thanksgiving dinner, Brian’s 24 is the place to be. Amazingly affordable, the place also offers breakfast all day, so if you are in no mood to eat turkey, there is more to choose from. The prices vary depending on what you order, but the average meal should be around $20.

Johnny R’s (North Park)
The perfect place to enjoy some home-style cooking, this is a North Park favorite with a diverse menu, which includes Mexican, Greek and good old American-style food. The price tag should be around $25 per person. Expect something out of the ordinary here for Thanksgiving, but nonetheless, something very good.

Crest Cafe (Hillcrest)
The Crest Cafe will also be opened on Thanksgiving and is offering a meal for $21 per person. You can also pre-order a homemade pumpkin pie for only $12. So stuff yourself silly and head over to Crest Cafe, by far the cheapest place to eat on Thanksgiving.

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