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For turkeys less than 16 pounds, estimate 1 pound per serving (this accounts for bone weight). For larger birds, a bit less is fine; they have a higher meat-to-bone ratio. But if your goal is to have very ample leftovers, aim for 1 1/2 pounds per person no matter how big the turkey is.

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Information courtesy of Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Joe Taylor, president and CEO, and Jessica Waytenick, public relations and marketing manager:

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These places are open for Thanksgiving dinner so you don't have to cook.

Bix Bistro at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport

Join them for a feast to remember at Bix Bistro, featuring their chef’s favorite traditional dishes.

Seatings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

$29.95 per person; children 8-12 $14.95; children 7 and under younger

Call 563-484-5900 for reservations. Website

Up Skybar at The Current Iowa in Davenport

It will be open for dinner from 4-10 p.m.

563-231-9556 Website

Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island

You’re invited to a Thanksgiving feast, plus prime rib, baby back ribs, and the Seafood Bar. So get your bibs on and forks up.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Over 21 years only. No reservations needed. Website

Montana Jack’s in Moline

They are serving their full menu, plus you can order turkey and ham with all of the traditional fixings.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

309-736-4208 Website

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Moline

Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet serving all of your Thanksgiving favorites with all the trimmings.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults $25, Children up to age 12 – $1 per year of age.

Call 309-736-0100 for reservations. Website

Thunder Bay Grille Thanksgiving Buffet in Davenport

Enjoy all the traditional favorites on the buffet. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied carrots, green bean casserole, baked ham, carved roast beef, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, salad bar, pies and desserts.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$21.99 ages 11 and older; $10.99 ages 5 to 10; Free ages 4 and younger

Call 563-386-2722 for reservations. Website

Prairie Grille in Davenport

Thanksgiving Day Brunch with all of your Thanksgiving favorites and assorted desserts.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Adults $20, Children 4-10 yrs. $9, 3 yrs. and younger are free

Call 563-386-6900 for reservations. Website

Isle Casino Bettendorf Farmer’s Pick Buffet

Enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and other signature Thanksgiving Day favorites.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$24.99 per adult

No reservations are needed. Website

Granite City in Davenport

Three-course family style Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with traditional and unique Thanksgiving sides and desserts.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

$24.95 per adult; $8.95 kids 12 and younger.

Call 563-344-9700 for reservations. Website

Iowa 80 Truckstop

Full buffet includes turkey and ham, dressing, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, a lot of sides, and pumpkin pie and assorted cakes.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

$16.75 includes beverage

TPC Deere Run

Traditional Thanksgiving buffet, prepared by Executive Chef, Sean Dittmer and his team.

Seating from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$31 per adult; $12 for children

Call 309-796-4020 for reservations. Website

Bob Vogelbaugh’s 47th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at SouthPark Mall in Moline

Free and open to everyone of the Quad-Cities area. More than 2,500 are served by 400 volunteers. Volunteers needed for set-up starting at 8 a.m. and serving after 3 p.m.

4-6 p.m.

Fees: None

No reservations needed.

Me & Billy in Davenport

They will be open from 9 a.m. to noon while the annual Turkey Trot takes place. The kitchen will not be open.

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