Whether you’re working, traveling or simply avoiding the kitchen on Nov. 22, there’s no shame in saying “no way” to cooking at home on Thanksgiving.
According to a recent study from the National Restaurant Association, 9 percent of American adults polled – roughly 30 million people – will spend Thanksgiving at a restaurant. Apparently, the thought of having no stress or mess in the kitchen is something to truly be thankful for.
With Turkey Day right around the corner, check out this all-inclusive roundup of twelve restaurants open on the holiday – just be sure to contact your favorite neighborhood chain in advance to ensure they’ll be open.
Applebee’s: The chain will offer its regular full menu, in addition to a special holiday meal with dine-in or takeout options, according to Today.
Bob Evans: The “Farmhouse Feast” special will be available for purchase in three different varieties and will be ready to serve at your home in two hours.
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Boston Market: No matter what you’re craving on Turkey Day, the homestyle restaurant offers a slew of choices. You can preorder and pickup ready-to-serve entrees and sides, order a pre-cooked meal straight to your door, have them cater a full, hot feast for groups of ten or more, or just drop in for a meal at Boston Market itself.
Cracker Barrel: Guests can call ahead to order up the chain’s classic Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal Thanksgiving meal kit to go, or drop by for a dine-in meal.
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Denny’s: Open 24/7, 365 days a year, the family-friendly diner will be serving up turkey dishes as well as holiday-centric pancakes in addition to their wide selection of everyday fare. Even better, if you live in a delivery zone, you can get your favorite Thanksgiving grub hot, without leaving the house.
Golden Corral: Guests can dig into a $17 Thanksgiving buffet featuring turkey, ribs, ham, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and more. Kids can score a special meal starting at $7, too, according to Today.
IHOP: The famed pancake house will be open, according to People, will operating hours varying by location.
Legal Sea Foods: The restaurant will be serving up both seafood and traditional Thanksgiving fare, and reservations are recommended.
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Ruby Tuesday: The chain’s hours will vary by location, Business Insider reports.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: The steakhouse is serving up a $39. 95, three-course Thanksgiving dinner, as well takeout meal options, too.
TGI Fridays: The restaurant will not offer a Thanksgiving menu, but instead a Holiday Feast promotion, a company spokesperson confirmed to Insider.
Waffle House: Another chain open 24/7, 365 days a year, we’d bet that the beloved breakfast joint will be serving up hotcakes for Thanksgiving, too.