Which Restaurants Will Stay Open on Thanksgiving Day? 2016 Edition

Cooking, especially hosting, Thanksgiving can get really stressful and expensive. Is it worth it? While I’m sure you’d love to bask in the warm glow of smiling faces and argue about the election, there is an easier way. If the thought of preparing food and accommodations over the next two weeks fills you with dread, leave the cooking and clean-up to someone else for once. You owe it to yourself.

And if you’re traveling for work on November 24, there’s no better time to plan for your big feast than NOW. You’re in luck because you’ll have plenty options for a delicious Thanksgiving meal, whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Chinese, or American food…or even breakfast!

To see what kind of prices to expect, we’ve divided these into three different price points. Nothing like an unexpected bill to ruin Thanksgiving!


  1. Denny’s — If you’re game for some hometown American cooking. consider a trip to Denny’s on Turkey Day. And hey, if you’re more of a breakfast-for-dinner type, we all know that Denny’s has all the bacon, eggs, and pancakes a tired traveler could want. For example, you can order a Pumpkin Pecan Pie Pancake Breakfast, Holiday Harvest Skillet, or Build-Your-Own Holiday Slam.
  2. IHOP — Here we go again with the breakfast idea. But hey, it’s perfect for a memorable Friendsgiving after a hearty round of drinks.
  3. Panda Express — We didn’t know about this fast-Chinese gem last Thanksgiving, but apparently most locations will be open! If you want to keep the orange chicken coming, they will keep their doors open for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve too.
  4. Waffle House — They have 2,100 locations across 25 states — Just look for the yellow sign. WH’s sweet waffles and salty hashbrowns are unparalleled.



  1.  Boston Market — Fresh-carved meats (including some of the best rotisserie chicken you can find in a restaurant) and savory sides make slumping over a hot stove a distant memory.
  1.  Applebee’s — Although they don’t offer the standard Thanksgiving spread, filling American food like sweet potato fries and bananas foster Cracker Jack cheesecake abound at Applebee’s.
  1. Maggiano’s Little Italy — They serve up Thanksgiving fare with a Tuscan flair. If you’ve always wanted a little pasta in your Thanksgiving spread, look no further.
  1. Buca di Beppo — You can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a slight Italian flair at Buca, too. You can opt for eating in for $57 (serves 3) or $114 (serves 6). If you need takeout, it’s 179.00 for 10 or 349.99 for 20.
  1.  Cracker Barrel — Folks have been raving about their $13 Turkey n’ Dressing meal forever. Now’s your year to try it. They’ll show off their signature southern hospitality all day — from 6am to 10pm. And if it’s not too cold where you live, you can throw on a jacket and sit in their famous rocking chairs.
  1. Golden Corral — Leave it to Golden Corral to offer some fried meat selections on this holiday. In addition to turkey, the restaurant will serve rotisserie chicken, fried chicken, Bourbon Street Chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, sirloin steaks, carved glazed ham, and shrimp… along with 13 side choices and two pies. Warning: You will leave with a full stomach!



  1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House — You’ll get a gourmet three courses with plenty options for each. Probably worth the $40 investment.
  1. Seasons 52 — They’re proud of their antibiotic-free turkey with pan gravy, scrumptious sides, and exquisite wine pairings. To finish your dessert, they serve a cranberry and sage cocktail.

Where will you go this Thanksgiving?

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