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Best California Casinos to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving means different things to different people—food, family, football, fueling up for Black Friday—but for the hosts of the festivities, it also means hours of cooking and hours of clean-up. If you’re one of those who love everything about the holiday except the work, why not let someone else handle it while you sit back, relax, and loosen your belt by a notch or two?

One of the best places to find a delicious Thanksgiving meal is your local casino. Already bursting with various food items from the buffet and other restaurants, casinos know how to impress a holiday crowd. Here’s a sampling of the best California casinos serving up turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings this November:

Golden Acorn Casino

Whether you’re busy, stressed, or looking for a new way to spice up your holidays, our casino restaurants can deliver the Thanksgiving meal of your dreams. The Golden Grill restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional holiday options along with its famous prime rib and all your favorite appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, and more. Plus, Player’s Card members receive exclusive dining offers, which will relieve the stress on your wallet as well.

Win River Casino, Redding

One of the worst kept secrets about Thanksgiving is that not everyone who celebrates it loves turkey. Sure, it’s a traditional item on holiday tables, but that doesn’t stop many from craving an alternate meat option. That’s why Win River Casino’s Thanksgiving buffet also offers mouthwatering prime rib and baked ham at the carving station, along with all the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other favorites you can fit on a plate (or two).

River Rock Casino, Geyserville

At the end of a gut-busting Thanksgiving meal, it’s hard to even imagine fitting in dessert. But desserts are often the highlight of the holiday meal, especially when the options extend beyond pumpkin pie. River Rock Casino understands this, offering a “dizzying array” of holiday desserts as part of its Thanksgiving buffet, along with traditional turkey, succulent prime rib, delectable poached salmon, and all the traditional side dishes.

Thunder Valley Resort and Casino, Lincoln

Some casino buffets might limit their options to traditional holiday fare on Thanksgiving Day, but Thunder Valley boasts one of the best casino buffets with a wide range of offerings. In addition to oven-roasted turkey, garlic whipped mashed potatoes, and hazelnut and wild mushroom stuffing, the turkey day buffet includes a variety of alternate cuisines, like Italian, Cajun, Mexican, and Asian fare.

Agua Caliente Casino, Spa and Resort, Rancho Mirage

Like the other casinos on this list, Agua Caliente offers a Thanksgiving twist to its holiday buffet menu, but it one-ups the competition in one key aspect: you can get your Thanksgiving meal to go! Sure, that means you’ll still be on clean-up duty, but if you want the comfort of Thanksgiving dinner in your home without the hassle of cooking, order up a full meal of roasted sage turkey, chestnut sage stuffing, butternut squash bisque, roasted garnet yams, house-made orange cinnamon cranberry relish, and other tantalizing sides and desserts.

Thanksgiving your way at Golden Acorn Casino

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of gratitude and togetherness, but if meal planning is already stressing you out, consider letting Golden Acorn Casino take over. Our Golden Grill restaurant aims to please on important holidays, and our casino action can beat the excitement of a post-meal football game any day. We’re also conveniently located right off the I-8, about an hour from downtown San Diego.


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