Restaurants open on Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a holiday to spend time with family and friends enjoying a big meal while reflecting on all the good things we all have to be thankful for.

But not everyone can be home for the holidays. In fact, there are a lot of people who will be away from family or have to work. Luckily, there are some restaurants and other locations that will be there to offer a meal up on Thanksgiving.

Our friends at have come up with their annual list of eating establishments that will be open on Thanksgiving. Below are some of those locations that will be open. Click the links to learn more and go here to find other establishments scheduled to be open.

Be sure to check with your local restaurant as not all of these businesses may be open and may choose instead to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

Applebee's - Applebee's is known for its combo deals (such as two entrees and an appetizer for $20). So Thanksgiving can be affordable as well as effortless. Many locations will be closing early, so check hours in advance.

Bob Evans -- Bob Evans has dinner-for-four family meals. So think of it as a Thanksgiving family meal you don't have to cook. If you do want to eat at home, the restaurant also offers a carry-out Farmhouse Feast that's ready to heat and serve.

Boston Market - Most locations are open for dine-in, but check hours. Boston Market will be serving plated traditional meal on Thanksgiving Day.

If you'd rather eat at home, Boston Market is also accepting (until Nov. 19) orders for Thanksgiving home delivery.

Cracker Barrel - Open regular hours. Also providing Heat n' Serve holiday family meals to take home. Available for pick-up Nov. 21 - 23 (24-hour notice recommended).

Denny's - Denny's will be open regular hours with its full menu. Or order from its Traditional Turkey Dinner options.

Golden Corral - Open and offering a Thanksgiving Day menu that includes fried chicken, carved turkey, glazed ham and more. Call your location to find out its special Thanksgiving hours. See full menu here.

Hooters - Enjoy Thanksgiving Day NFL games at Hooters at participating locations (not all locations will be open). Serving regular menu.

IHOP - Open, but hours will vary, and many locations will close early. Check your location's Thanksgiving hours.

K&W Cafeteria - On Thanksgiving Day, K&W will serve a $7.99 meal that includes roast turkey with dressing and cranberry sauce, various sides and a drink.

McDonald's - Generally open, but may vary by franchise.

Ruby Tuesday - Some locations open during regular hours, serving regular menu.

Starbucks - Open this year as usual, providing a place to stop for your caffeine fix on your way to see family. And, as usual, there are holiday beverages to choose from.

Waffle House - Open for Thanksgiving at some locations with regular menu. Check hours.

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