It may be true that nothing beats a big home-cooked feast on Thanksgiving, but there’s also something to be said for letting someone else do the cooking and having extra time to relax with family and friends. Especially when you’re traveling, it’s important to know where you can go for a good meal. Fortunately, there are more than a few places open on Turkey Day. Make sure to check with your nearest restaurant before you go, as hours may vary by location and you may need reservations.
Family favorites Applebee’s, TGI Friday and Ruby Tuesday, are all favorable options for the whole gang when you want easy American grub that won’t cost you an arm and a leg (and the ability to watch football while you chow down). If you’re looking for a more traditional holiday meal, head to Cracker Barrel or Boston Market. You’ll find roast turkey and chicken with all of the old-fashioned fixings, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, and mac and cheese. Add some pasta to the mix at Maggiano’s Little Italy or Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
Upscale Restaurants and Steakhouses
Smith & Wollensky and Ruth’s Chris will both be open for the holiday, offering traditional Thanksgiving staples. Ruth’s Chris serves up a three-course dinner with salad or gumbo, an entree of turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce with your choice of side, and pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream for dessert–all for $39.95. At Smith & Wollensky, you’ll find pumpkin soup, chopped salad, turkey, brussels sprouts, potatoes au gratin, and baby carrots. Make sure to save room for your choice of pumpkin pie, apple tart, and pecan pie. California-based chain Black Angus Steakhouse and national chain McCormick & Schmick are both serving a special Thanksgiving menu with all of your favorite dishes as well.
Breakfast All Day
Pancakes, waffles, and french toast for Thanksgiving? Why not? IHOP, Denny’s, and Waffle House will all be serving up syrupy specials, omelets, and all of the usual hearty lunch and dinner fare all day on Turkey Day. Even if you plan on cooking during the day, it could make for a fun pre- or post-feast treat…if you have room, that is!