Thanksgiving is a day to where you just want to enjoy some good ol home cooking. If you’re not much of a cook, or you just want to take a break from the kitchen, there are some restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner. Around 10% of Americans do eat out on Turkey Day, so don’t worry as you won’t feel so out of place! Check out these popular chain restaurants that you can visit on Thanksgiving Day or just order prepared meals to enjoy at home.
-Applebee’s. They will be serving a typical Thanksgiving menu. Prices and availability will depend on each location, so you will need to call your local restaurant for more information.
-Black Angus Steakhouse. This Thanksgiving dinner is fairly popular so you will need to make reservations. The cost is $19.99 for adults and only $9.99 for children.
-Capital Grille. To enjoy a Turkey Day feast that includes not only the main course, but appetizer, side and dessert as well, you will have to spring $65 for adults and $25 for children. Reservations are encouraged as well.
-Ruth’s Chris Steak House. If you don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving Day, head over to Ruth’s Chris for a complete, three course meal. The cost is $39.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. They will be offering takeout meals as well, but it will vary by location.
-Boston Market. You can choose to eat at the restaurant itself or order a Thanksgiving dinner that will be delivered right to your door. For around $100 you can get a complete meal that serves 12 people. This includes everything from sweet potato casserole to turkey breast. Don’t worry about desert, as they also include a pumpkin, pecan or apple pie.
-Cracker Barrel. Dinner just like your grandma used to make. It’s the perfect place to go to enjoy a meal on Thanksgiving or take home. Package including stuffing, turkey, gravy, relish, your choice of 3 sides, rolls and both a pumpkin and pecan pie. Serves up to 10 guests for $99.99. You have to order at least 24 hours in advance, but can pick up as early as November 21st.
-Bob Evans. You can choose a ham or turkey as your main protein along with sides with prices starting at $49.99 for 4 or $79.99 for 8 guests.
-Buca di Beppo. Just like with Boston Market you can dine in as well, if you make a reservation ahead of time. If you’d rather have your meal catered, it will cost $199.99 for a Thanksgiving meal that will feed 10 or $379.99 for a meal that will feed 20.
Marie Callender’s. Holiday feasts for 4 to 6 people start at $99.99. Each meal takes 3 hours to reheat. Te package comes with a whole turkey, apple-sage stuffing, fire roasted yams, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh baked cornbread, Marie’s house blend coffee and a apple or pumpkin pie. Mac & cheese & veggies are available as well.
Williams Sonoma and Martha Stewart also sell full Thanksgiving dinners. These require that you order at least a week in advance.
Non-Thanksgiving Meal Options
While one of the perks of Thanksgiving is getting to eat turkey and all of the delicious sides, you just might not be a turkey fan. That’s okay though as there are several different restaurants you can visit to get a warm meal. These include:
-Denny’s, IHOP and Waffle House. These restaurants are notorious for being open 365 days a year. No matter what you are in the mood for on Thanksgiving, you can probably find it at one of them. All of these restaurants are great places to go if you want to grab some breakfast before you find yourself in the kitchen for hours trying to cook up a turkey dinner. They do have a traditional turkey dinner, as well as lots of breakfast items with seasonal fruit and veggies such as cranberry, pumpkin and sweet potato.
-Legal Sea Foods. On Thanksgiving you can break out of the traditional fare and enjoy a meal of fish or seafood for $24.95 per person and $8.95 for children. There will also be turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes available.
It is probably a tradition in your family to come together and make a big meal together. However, there are some benefits to having it prepared for you or even going to a restaurant instead. These reasons include not having to deal with prep or clean up, costing less often times than having to buy everything at the grocery store and making it from scratch and not having to find a place to store a bunch of leftovers. It really is up to you to decide if making Thanksgiving dinner is worth it or not. Just know that if you want to leave the cooking up to the professionals this year, there are plenty of restaurants you can visit or order food from. Who knows, eating out on Turkey Day may even become a new family tradition!