Not everyone can cook, and that’s OK—even on Thanksgiving. There are plenty of restaurants open on Turkey Day, and they’ll be serving up hot meals that won’t leave your family laughing about how you messed up the big dinner.
Plenty of chains across the U.S. will be open on Thanksgiving. Here are over 30 restaurants with names you might recognize: Applebee’s, Bahama Breeze, Bob Evans, Boston Market, Buca di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Capital Grille, Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill, Chevy’s, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Del Frisco’s, Denny’s, El Torito, Fogo De Chao, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Golden Corral, Hooters, IHOP, Legal Seafood’s, Luby’s, Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery, Medieval Times, Mimi’s Café, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Ruby Tuesday’s, Sizzler, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, STK Steakhouse, Ted’s Montana Grill, TGI Friday’s and Waffle House.
Some will have special Thanksgiving meals. The Caribbean-themed Bahama Breeze doesn’t normally have turkey on the menu, but that will change on Thursday. For one day only, they’ll have sliced turkey with sides like callaloo, green beans, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-pineapple chutney. Pumpkin Praline Pie will also be available Thursday only.
Italian chain Buca di Beppo is also putting their twist on Thanksgiving with sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie on the Turkey Day menu.
Other eateries will have Thanksgiving catering and take-out specials, so families can celebrate at home without worrying too much about cooking. Cracker Barrel offers a Heat n’ Serve Holiday Meal To Go which includes two oven-roasted turkey breasts, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, a choice of three sides, sweet yeast rolls, a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie for dessert.
Mimi’s Café is offering a take-home feast, which includes whole herb-buttered turkey, chef-made gravy, cranberry orange relish, whipped mashed potatoes, candied pecan mashed sweet potatoes, buttered cornbread stuffing, and green bean casserole with crispy onion strings. For dessert, there are two carrot raisin nut loaves, one pumpkin and one pecan pie. They even offer delivery.
Looking for something even more casual? Fast-food chains including Popeyes, Subway, Sonic, Pizza Hut and White Castle are open on Turkey Day. Subway is offering free delivery through GrubHub with the code GETSUBWAY19. Most McDonald’s locations will be open, but some may change their hours.
Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are also open if anyone needs a caffeine jolt before digging into the big meal.
There are some closures though. Olive Garden, Taco Bell, KFC and Cheesecake Factory are among the restaurants closed on Thanksgiving.
Remember to always double-check that your nearest location is open before you go out to eat on the holidays.