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More people opting for dining out this Thanksgiving

Posted at 4:51 AM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 06:51:28-05

Some people who cannot stand the heat, well - they are indeed getting out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Even though the Arizona Farm Bureau reports that the cost of buying and cooking a traditional meal at home is down more than 13 percent this year, more and more people are choosing takeout or are dining at a restaurant instead. 

According to research from the National Restaurant Association, one in ten consumers plan to dine out this turkey day. One in twenty will get a full takeout meal.  

"It's grown into one of our biggest holidays of the year," said Brian Becker with Chompie's. "And we're really, really good at it." 

Becker said, they've seen sales double over the last few years on Thanksgiving. So, they are absolutely catering to the new trend. They are one of the many valley restaurants offering the Thanksgiving meal pre-cooked for you.

"It's all fully cooked and fully cooled down," Becker explained. "It comes in 'heatable' pans that you can throw right into the oven with your instructions." 

And even though Corey Bienias plans on cooking at home, the a la carte option is as tempting as a juicy turkey to her.

"I actually was just looking at the menu here," Bienias said. "Like, maybe I wanted to grab two things here and make it a little easier."

But, for Tim Kearney, he is sticking to tradition and cooking his Thanksgiving meal with family.

"We all kind of chip in and share the responsibility," Kearney said. "The kitchen is a little small, so we all can't be in the kitchen at the same time." 

He said, he loves cooking. But, the clean-up is not his favorite part. It is his disdain for dirty dishes that does make him understand why people are choosing dining out, as well.

"The place is going to smell great," said Becker about his restaurant. "Just like when you walked into your Grandma's house. You'll smell all those herbs and spices going." 

Along with the takeout option, Becker tells us - Chompie's is open for business also. 

"Christmas is the day where a lot of people go out to the movies," Becker said. "I think they do the same thing on Thanksgiving now [by going out]."

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