It’s that time of year when the leaves start to change, the temperature starts to drop, and people start making holiday plans. Thanksgiving comes first, and it’s one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. People crisscross the country to join their friends and relatives for this annual tradition, and before you know it, Christmas and New Year are right around the corner.

Thanksgiving is actually one of the most stressful days on the calendar for a lot of people. Besides the traveling and entertaining, fixing a traditional meal is part of the stress. A home cooked feast is a great tradition, but if you’re like a lot of people, you’ve flirted with the idea of leaving that old electric turkey carver on the shelf, and going out for Thanksgiving dinner/lunch.

But you still want the meal to be special, so what do you do? What kind of restaurant or cuisine is a good way to replace the traditional thanksgiving meal? A lot of people are skipping the turkey altogether and going for steak dinner. Here are three reasons why you should considering doing the same this thanksgiving!

1. No cooking

If you’ve ever cooked a thanksgiving meal, you know how stressful it can be. Getting the bird just right, along with all the side dishes and drinks, is a huge challenge. By the time you sit down to eat, you’re already stressed. How are you supposed to actually enjoy it?

2. Mouth-watering meat

Turkey is what it’s all about on thanksgiving, right? There’s nothing like that tender, juicy, flavorful experience. Or is there? A steak experience at a high-end establishment can give you a new take on what it means to enjoy a succulent piece of meat.

3. No cleanup

Cleanup is one of the worst parts of the traditional thanksgiving feast. Hours and hours go into the preparation, the meal itself is over in a few minutes, and soon you’re on to the cleanup phase. A professional steakhouse experience will give you the time and energy to enjoy this time with friends and family, without having to worry about the pile of dishes afterwards.

How to choose s steakhouse for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special occasion, and let’s be honest, for a lot of people, nothing can even replace the traditional family gathering at home. But for those who do decide to go a different route this year, and treat themselves to a more “relaxing” thanksgiving experience, not just any venue will do. If it’s going to be a steakhouse, you want to make sure it’s the right kind of steakhouse. That means a steakhouse that takes pride in the cuts of beef it serves, the expertise that goes into the food, and quality of sides and drinks, the knowledge and attention of the waitstaff, and the comfort of the ambiance. Only when all of these elements come together do you have an experience that just might be worth substituting for your traditional thanksgiving experience.