Dining out on Thanksgiving

Posted: 7:00 PM EST Nov 21, 2012   Updated: 6:18 PM EST Nov 22, 2012

Area restaurants served up a traditional holiday meal and much more on Thanksgiving.

They weren't just slicing the turkey at Yanni's Taverna, in Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co.

"We had turkey. We had lamb and ham," said Duane Darienzo, who was visiting his father in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co. "So whatever was traditional is where we were."

Owners said they would serve between 400 and 450 dinners over the course of the day.

"It's fairly spread out through the day," said Todd Miller, general manager of Yanni's. "You've got people who like to come in the earlier portion of the day, the 12, 12:30, and then you got the people who come in later for more of a dinner after they've watched some football games during the day."

For some people, they said eating here has become their family tradition for them and restaurant.

"They're very accommodating here, and they treat us like family, and we enjoy the food, particularly," said Darienzo.

"We've seen so many generations here," added Miller. "Just myself being here 16 years now, I've seen little kids come in here in their little seat. All of a sudden, I see them heading off to college."

Others said it's a place to catch up with friends they haven't seen in awhile and try to make sure they see as many people while in town.

"I think that's the point of Thanksgiving," said Rebecca Hume, from Bethlehem. "I think this age is kind of hard because everyone has a lot of different directions to go."

Restaurant owners said they know their staff is taking all the work out the holiday for some cooks. It's less work that equals more family time.