These Restaurants Will Be Open This Thanksgiving

'Tis the season for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the fixins'. Regardless of how it gets to your table — homemade or store-bought — there's no denying that the Thanksgiving feast is the best meal of the year. If you're away from home or simply want to step away from the kitchen, these restaurants have decided to keep their doors open just for you (and, well, the rest of the country).


Head to IHOP before you hit the road to Grandma's house and treat yourself with their seasonal favorite, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. Hours may vary by region.

Boston Market

You can always count on Boston Market to help you when you're in a pinch — or if you're feeling lazy. Their to-go meals are an easy way to get your turkey fix without the hassle. Best of all, if you order your box from by November 19, they will deliver it to your door in time for Turkey Day. Of course, you can always eat in the restaurant if you don't want to deal with any cleanup.

Waffle House

This popular breakfast chain claims to be open 24/7 — and Thanksgiving is no exception. Take your pick — breakfast, lunch or dinner — and leave the cooking up to them.


Select Applebee's locations are offering a special Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and garlicky green beans. Check with your local Applebee's to see if they'll be open.

Cracker Barrel

Heat and serve — that's Cracker Barrel's Thanksgiving philosophy. Order your feast ahead of time, pick it up starting November 21 and heat the food accordingly.


Another Grand Slam for Denny's! You can eat breakfast before the holiday festivities begin, indulge in the classic Turkey dinner or get your grub on in the wee hours of the morning before Black Friday shopping hits. Select regions offer online order and delivery — yes, you might not even have to leave your house.

Legal Sea Foods

Skip tradition this year and enjoy a delicious fish dinner instead of the traditional roast. Fret not: Legal Sea Foods also offers a classic Thanksgiving dinner for $24.95 a person and $8.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended.

Ruby Tuesday

Craving french fries instead of a side of mash? Ruby Tuesday has what you're looking for. Participating Ruby Tuesday locations will be serving the regular menu during normal business hours.

Maggiano's Little Italy

Pasta and potatoes — now that sounds like a dream. Maggiano's Little Italy offers a four-course Family-style dinner that includes bruschetta, salad, your choice of entree, two classic Thanksgiving sides, two types of pasta and of course, dessert. It's up to you: You can dine in or eat it in the comfort of your home. Meals are $49.95 a person ($17.95 for children) and the carryout package is $200. Tables fill up quickly so reservations are highly suggested.

Friendly reminder: When heading out to grab food on Thanksgiving, always remember to call your local chain to double-check whether or not the restaurant is operating on holiday hours. While these restaurants all claim to be open, specific hours of operation vary by region.

It's safe to say that you'll be eating well this year — no matter if you eat at home or on the road.



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