Thanksgiving is the holiday that, more than any other, conjures images of home-cooked meals and extended families gathering around the dinner table to enjoy them. But that’s not the case for everyone. In fact, the National Restaurant Association claims that 14 million people eat their Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant every year, and plenty of those meals will be eaten at national chains. We tracked down 10 chains that are serving special Thanksgiving menus on Turkey Day, many of which also offer whole Thanksgiving feasts to go.
Boston Market will be open on Thanksgiving serving “a limited menu of your holiday favorites,” but the main draw is their heat and serve offering. The company offers a wide variety of appetizers, entrées, sides, and desserts, as meals for four to 12 guests or in catering trays for a 10-person-minimum buffet.
Cracker Barrel is a longtime Thanksgiving favorite, serving a traditional dinner for a reasonable price (go early, as the lines can be long). This year, they’re also offering a “heat n’ serve holiday family meal to-go” that can be heated up in two hours or less. It comes with roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, cranberry relish, choice of three sides, sweet yeast rolls, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.
Maggiano’s pulls out the stops every Thanksgiving, and this year is no different. The four-course meal starts with bruschetta, followed by salad. The main course includes your choice of roast turkey, ham, or tilapia; sides including creamed corn, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and stuffing; and two pastas. And for dessert, you can choose from pumpkin cheesecake, apple crostata, chocolate cake, or tiramisu. Guests can dine in or take their meal to go.
For $19.99, guests at Marie Callender’s can choose between roast turkey or baked ham, with cornbread, soup or salad, vegetables, roasted yams, and mashed potatoes on the side; pumpkin or apple pie is offered on the side. Guests can dine in or take their meal to go. The chain also offers full precooked “feasts” ranging from $99.99 to $149.99.
Old Country Buffet
On Thanksgiving, Old Country Buffet will be serving an assortment of Thanksgiving favorites and all the fixings. For $89.99, guests can also pre-order a holiday feast to go, which includes turkey, ham, sage dressing, macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and whole pecan and pumpkin pies.