It’s not too much longer until Thanksgiving! Are you excited? I am. I can’t wait to eat turkey with all the fixings. That got me to thinking about the best places in Hendricks County to satisfy that turkey craving year round, and I came up with six of my favorites. So, let’s talk turkey. 1. The Beehive, 55 E. Main St., Danville You'll be a fan of The Beehive's emphasis on fresh and local food. This Danville favorite offering fresh and local food, posts daily specials on their Facebook page. A special that currently is served every Thursday includes roasted turkey, stuffing and green beans. Take a seat by the fire and dig in. It's easy to understand why they have a slew of regulars coming back for more of their fine food. Insider Tip: Don’t miss out on one of their coffee drinks and homemade desserts, like apple turnovers. Keep up with specials on their Facebook page. 2. Black Swan Brewpub, 2067 E. Hadley Road, Plainfield This well-liked and independently owned brewpub, does comfort food right. Try their Brewpub BLT, with bacon, sliced turkey, tomatoes, spring mix and basil aioli on multi-grain bread. Pair it with one of their homemade beers, and you've got the makings for an ideal lunch or dinner. Insider Tip: Don’t forget a side of fries with a dipping sauce. Check Black Swan Brewpub’s Facebook page for drink specials and other updates. 3. Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery, 46 S. Tennessee St., Danville it's cozy at the Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery This cozy bakery and cafe, which reminds me of  a tea room, is one of my go-tos when I’m visiting Danville. Try the Dilly Turkey Sandwich, with sliced turkey breast, dill cream cheese, cucumbers and sweet peppers on Honey Oat bread. Insider Tip: Don’t leave without buying one of their famous cookies, loaf of bread or a slice or two of homemade pie. Keep up with the latest news on their Facebook page. 4. The Coachman Restaurant, 6112 Cambridge Way, Plainfield. The Coachman Restaurant and Lounge has a fun, friendly atmosphere. “Everybody knows your name” as Ericka wrote about this popular and independently owned restaurant, located close to the airport and hotels. They serve a "Big Bird" with smoked turkey, bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese on sourdough bread. Insider Tip: Check their website for a list of specials and entertainment calendar, with updates on upcoming bands and musicians performing at the restaurant. 5. Dawson's Too Sticks & Stones, 773 E. Main St., Brownsburg You can’t go wrong at this independently owned and operated Brownsburg restaurant with a loyal following. Try the Smoked Turkey Panini, with apple, cherry, and hickory smoked turkey on sourdough topped with house bacon, Swiss and American cheeses, lettuce, tomato and red pepper aioli served on Bianca loaf. Insider Tip: Need a place to watch the game? Try Dawson’s bar with seating and plenty of TVs. Check Dawson’s Too Sticks & Stones’ Facebook page for daily specials and other information. 6. Green Street Pub and Eatery, 911 N. Green St., Brownsburg This crowd-pleasing, family-friendly eatery specializes in classic pub fare with a full menu to tempt anyone in your family. Try the classic Turkey Burger served with fries, chips, potato salad, coleslaw or cottage cheese. Insider Tip: Check their website for daily specials, including trivia night in the bar, live music and more.

Where to find your turkey meal on Thanksgiving

There have been a few years where I've been traveling and needed to find a place that was open on Thanksgiving. If you’re in the same situation, traveling during Thanksgiving, unable to cook or are just looking for an alternative to a home for your gathering, here are three restaurants in Hendricks County open on Thanksgiving. 1. Bob Evans, three Hendricks County locations, 7649 E. U.S. 36, Avon, 6102 Cambridge Way, Plainfield and 1076 N. Green St., Brownsburg. Open limited hours on Thanksgiving, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., dine in or carry out. 2. Claddagh Irish Pub, 2539 Futura Park Way, Suite 150, Plainfield Open for a Thanksgiving buffet and dessert bar from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Cocktails and appetizers available from 8 p.m. until midnight on Thanksgiving. 3. Cracker Barrel, 6256 Cambridge Way, Plainfield Open on Thanksgiving from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Breakfast available all day and Thanksgiving dinner available after 11 a.m., dine in or carry out.