Thanksgiving is like an inkblot in a Rorschach Test. Thinking of it, many eagerly envision a fun food-a-thon they just need to show up to. Others find themselves staring down the barrel of a lotta kitchen work. If you find yourself drawing a blank on Thanksgiving though, here are some excellent restaurants that'll show you a good time. Hint: Call these places for reservations ASAP!

Thanksgiving is like an inkblot in a Rorschach Test. Thinking of it, many eagerly envision a fun food-a-thon they just need to show up to. Others find themselves staring down the barrel of a lotta kitchen work. If you find yourself drawing a blank on Thanksgiving though, here are some excellent restaurants that'll show you a good time. Hint: Call these places for reservations ASAP!

I wanna be like G. Mike's

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
595 S. Third St., German Village
614-464-0575
gmichaelsbistroandbar.com

G. Michael's, a Top 10 chef-and-ingredient-driven eatery in German Village, cooks Low-Country-accented comfort food with high-style. Along with its great regular menu, relaxed G. Mike's will offer a special turkey-and-trimmings Thanksgiving plate for about $25.

Veg Out

Udipi Cafe
‎2001 E. Dublin Granville Rd., North Side
614-885-7446

Udipi Cafe is an inexpensive but reliable supplier of zesty vegetarian (Southern) Indian cuisine. As of this typing, the strip maller can only guarantee a "special buffet for about $9.99," but expect a lot of hearty lentil, legume and rice-based preparations graced with enticing spicing.

Thanksgiving A La Cart

Sunflower Chinese Restaurant & Lounge
7370 Sawmill Rd., Dublin
614-764-7888
columbussunflower.com

Dim sum, a food party on rolling trolleys full of easy-to-love Chinese dumplings (plus more exotic fare), will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunflower Chinese Restaurant and Lounge. Talk about fun! Along with the point-and-eat carts, this white tableclother will offer its solidly executed lunch and dinner menus.

A Buffet as Big as Texas … and Brazil

Texas de Brazil
4040 Easton Station #105, Easton
614-472-4072
texasdebrazil.com

Texas de Brazil is a handsome and expansive bastion of carnivorism - where roving servers deliver a wild array of juicily seared meats to each table. The churrascaria (Brazilian-style barbecue specialist) is upping its already mammoth buffet with Thanksgiving fare like roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce. Tab: $45. Black Thursday Madness Bonus: It's at Easton Town Center.

Barnstorming

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek
1370 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna
614-855-9840
thebarncolumbus.com

Loosely paraphrasing Omar Khayyam: A jug of wine and great bourbon cocktails, a loaf of house-baked bread, and thou beside me in The Barn! Cameron Mitchell's newest - an upscale-casual, barn-shaped palace with a cozy fireplace (and patio fire pits) out in Gahanna - would be a great setting for Thanksgiving. And its enormous, taste-the-whole-menu buffet looks stunning. Tab $40. Bonus: Amazing service.

Speed Round (presented without info; you've got a phone, right?)

From fancy French restaurants to Chinese buffets, from steakhouses to seafooders, these various fine establishments will also be serving on Turkey Day: The Refectory, China Dynasty, Lindey's, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Spagio, Latitude 41, Mitchell's Steakhouse, Cooper's Hawk, Buca di Beppo, J.Liu Restaurant and Bar, Tucci's and Columbus Fish Markets.