18 Chain Restaurants That Will Be Serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 18 Chain Restaurants That Will Be Serving Thanksgiving Dinner Slideshow
18 Chain Restaurants That Will Be Serving Thanksgiving Dinner Slideshow
18 Chain Restaurants That Will Be Serving Thanksgiving Dinner
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 18 chains that are serving special Thanksgiving menus on Turkey Day, many of which also offer whole Thanksgiving feasts to go.
Down on the Bob Evans “farm,” the Farmhouse Feast carryout menu offers a turkey feast or a ham feast (with all the trimmings) for parties of four people ($49.99) to eight people ($79.99). A premium option, featuring both turkey and ham, is available for $109.99. Simply bring it home, heat it up, and serve!
Enjoy a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal at Boston Market. Choose between turkey or rotisserie chicken, and enjoy plenty of side dishes such as mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and vegetable stuffing. And don’t forget dessert: pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie! Check out the menu — you won’t be disappointed.
Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo, which opens at 11 a.m. daily, will take care of all your Thanksgiving dinner needs. Guests can dine in, purchase catering trays, order a meal to go, or even have the meal delivered. The traditional Thanksgiving menu includes sliced turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green bean blend, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
On Thanksgiving, Cracker Barrel operates regular hours (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.) nationwide. The restaurant says it’s the busiest day of the year, so be sure to go early. Its reasonably priced menu starts at $12.99 for dining in ($7.99 per kid!), and they also offer a $67.99 to-go meal and a fully catered dinner for $99. Guests can even pick up whole pies for just $8.99 each. Orders can be placed online or through the Cracker Barrel app at least 24 hours in advance of pickup.
Whether you’re craving a holiday breakfast or an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner, Denny’s has it covered. A festive menu wakes you up with your choice of sweet and savory pancake dishes such as the pumpkin cream pancake breakfast, white chocolate raspberry pancake breakfast, or cranberry orange pancake breakfast, each served with two eggs, hash browns, and a choice of two strips of bacon or sausage links. In the evening, enjoy Denny’s traditional family favorite: the turkey and dressing dinner, featuring tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Aside from regular favorites like steak, meatloaf, and pot roast, patrons of Golden Corral have the option of a special Thanksgiving buffet that includes items such as whole and sliced turkey, carved ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked potatoes, and green bean casserole. Cap off the meal with your choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie, or grab something sweet from the bakery bar, which features cakes, cookies, ice creams, brownies, cotton candy, and more.
It’s game day! Enjoy a Thanksgiving afternoon full of of beer, wings, and sports — specifically, NFL games — at Hooters. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your location is open.
Yelpers and TripAdvisor reviewers alike agree that TGI Friday’s is a great place to dine on Thanksgiving. “We were very thankful that the restaurant was open that day,” said one TripAdvisor reviewer, who also enjoyed the tasty mojitos and margaritas.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Get your group together and head to Maggiano’s for a four-course family-style Thanksgiving meal. Begin with assorted bruschetta and move on to your choice of two salads. The third course offers traditional roast turkey, country-style baked ham, or parmesan-crusted tilapia (pick two!), plus additional sides and your choice two pastas. Finally, pick two of these delicious desserts: pumpkin praline cheesecake, warm apple crostada, chocolate zuccotto cake, or tiramisu. And, hey, if you’d rather stay home, Maggiano’s offers a carryout menu as well.
You might be surprised at how many of Landry’s restaurants are open for Thanksgiving, but the best part is that 10 of them are offering either a special turkey dinner menu or a holiday buffet. Those serving holiday meals include Big Fish, Charley’s Crab, Chart House, Gandy Dancer, Grand Concourse, Landry’s Seafood (all locations except Huntsville, Alabama, and El Paso, Texas), Meriwether’s, Mitchell’s Fish Market, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and River Crab Blue Water Inn. If you’re simply craving a good steak, Saltgrass Steak House and Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open on Thanksgiving as well.
For $21.99, guests dinging in at Marie Callender’s can choose between a freshly roasted turkey dinner or oven-baked ham, with seasonal vegetables, fire-roasted yams (with cranberry streusel topping), and fresh mashed potatoes on the side. For dessert: a slice of pumpkin pie or apple pie. And kids dine for just $8.99, choosing between a turkey or ham dinner. Guests also have the option of taking their meal to go, with carryout offerings ranging from $99.99 to $149.99. Pickup starts after 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Old Country Buffet
Nothing says Thanksgiving like a family-style meal, and Old Country Buffet delivers on that promise. In previous years, guests could even pick up an entire feast for $89.99. And this year, even before the holiday, you can take home one of the chain’s whole Southern pecan or classic pumpkin pies for $8.99, though pie selection may vary by location.
According to TripAdvisor, Ponderosa has a can’t-miss Thanksgiving buffet. One reviewer said there’s “turkey with all the trimmings” plus ham, fried chicken, chicken wings, pork, and a nice salad bar — but the restaurant closed at 4 p.m. Get there early or call ahead to check the hours at your nearest location.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House says the best meals are the ones you don’t worry about, so the restaurant will be serving a three-course turkey dinner for $39.95 (kids eat for $12.95). Start with a salad or gumbo, and then enjoy a main dish of oven-roasted turkey breast with sausage and herb stuffing, homemade gravy, your choice of a side, and cranberry relish. Choose between mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, or creamed spinach on the side, and end the evening with a dessert duo of pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream.
Participating Sizzler locations throughout the western part of the country do Thanksgiving right with turkey, a variety of sides, and a nice selection of wines.