Our Favorite Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day 2017

If you’re traveling between destinations on Thanksgiving and need a quick bite to get you there, get hungry waiting all day for the turkey, or just decide to start your own Thanksgiving tradition and let someone else do the cooking, you’ve got options.

Several restaurants will be open nationwide and some even offer traditional turkey dinners to-go that you just heat and serve. So, if it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner but you forgot to thaw the turkey, a nearby restaurant like the ones below might save the day.

We’ve put together a list of restaurants that will be serving meals on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you’re planning on dining out for the traditional turkey dinner or want to be adventurous and try something unexpected, there’s lots to choose from.


Breakfast, Etc.

IHOP – They’ve got seasonal dishes like Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Gingerbread Hot Chocolate, and whimsical Fluffy the Snowman Pancakes for kids that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Denny’s – This one’s a Grand Slam if you can’t decide between breakfast fare or a classic turkey dinner.

Waffle House – Best known for their waffles and hashbrowns, don’t forget they also have a lunch and dinner menu so there’s something for everyone.


Turkey and all the Trimmings

Cracker Barrel – Their convenient locations along interstates make them a favorite for road tripping travelers. They also offer a Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal to-go for those who want to celebrate at home – just don’t forget to order in advance.

Boston Market – Stop by for a traditional turkey dinner or pre-order your complete Heat & Serve meal including pies if you’re hosting a family dinner at home.

Golden Corral – Their Thanksgiving Day Buffet includes all the staples like turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and even pumpkin pie.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – They’re serving a 3-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner with sausage and herb stuffing, complete with your choice of starters and sides at participating locations. RSVP required.


A Mix of Other Flavors

Applebee’s – Casual dining with a classic bar-and-grill menu including late night ½ priced appetizers. Select locations are offering a special Thanksgiving turkey meal. Call your restaurant for availability.

Ruby Tuesday – Create your own salad or order something from their regular menu.

Maggiano’s Little Italy – For those looking for something a little more upscale. Their November Chef’s Features include Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Roasted Duck and a Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake that supports Make-A-Wish.

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