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The Best Restaurants to Dine Out on Thanksgiving Day

November 20, 2017
Thanksgiving is a great time to eat out.

Ditch the Dishes

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Ditch the Dishes

If you’re tired of dishes on Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. According to the National Restaurant Association, nearly one in every 10 adults plans to eat their holiday meal at a restaurant this year. Also, more than one in 10 expect to pick up parts of the meal or all of the meal (4 percent).

Read more about the trend here.

Picking a restaurant can come down to several factors, the study showed: past experience on Thanksgiving (31 percent), special occasion (30), familiarity  (21 percent), and exploration (18 percent).

Here are some standout options to pick from.

Bob Evans is offering to-go meals for Thanksgiving.

Bob Evans

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Bob Evans
Bob Evans

This year, Bob Evans Restaurants is serving up the savings with the Thanksgiving Farmhouse Feast—a fully-cooked, heat-and-serve homestyle meal for eight people—perfect for anyone looking to hang up the apron and hang out with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Bob is offering the Thanksgiving Farmhouse Feast for $109.99. Guests just order online, pick up, reheat, and serve. Instead of spending 80 percent of the time researching recipes, creating grocery lists, and working on meal prep, hosts can serve a homestyle meal and spend the rest of the time enjoying family and friends. 

"Thanksgiving is a time that's meant to be spent with family and friends, building memories around the dining room table over great-tasting food," says Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. "We take pride in providing quality, homestyle holiday dishes that our guests are looking to include on their Thanksgiving tables and we're thrilled to offer guests a complete meal option at such a great value.  This allows hosts to spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table with the ones they love most."

The Thanksgiving Farmhouse Feast serves eight and includes Bob Evans' signature slow-roasted whole boneless turkey breast, sliced hickory smoked ham, bread & celery dressing, homestyle mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered sweet corn, green beans with ham, macaroni & cheese, cranberry relish, rolls, a whole apple pie, a whole pumpkin pie with whipped topping, and a loaf of pumpkin bread.

Guests can place orders online at http://www.BobEvans.com, by phone, or in-restaurant at one of the 500 locations across the country, through November 22.

Shoney’s

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Shoney’s

Shoney’s is also offering guests the chance to pick up an entire meal made by the restaurant’s kitchen. And, beyond that, the brand has Turkey Day favorites available at its hot bar, which can either be eaten on-site or taken to-go. Kids 4 and under eat free. Shoney’s will also offer a free slice of pumpkin pie with the purchase of the fresh food bar.

A 10–13-pound turkey runs $54.99. Sides, which serve up to 10 people, include: Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and Cranberry Sauce.

Ted's Montana Grill is serving up Thanksgiving.

Ted’s Montana Grill

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Ted’s Montana Grill

Ted’s has made a holiday tradition of rolling out its Thanksgiving menu, which includes a roast turkey feast for $29. The Atlanta-based brand, which has locations in 17 states, can run through 50 turkeys at each location.

Of course, guests can still order the brand’s famous Bison Chili and pick from apps that include Bison Nachos, St. Phillip’s Island Crab Cakes, and Grilled Shrimp on Ciabatta Toast.

There are also options other than turkey, such as Bison Meatloaf, Cedar Plank Salmon, and a Delmonico Ribeye.

Buca di Beppo

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Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo opens its doors at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The typical menu will be available, as will a Thanksgiving offering that includes sliced white meat turkey, gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

In addition, the chain is offering two catering options. A meal to feed 10 is $199.99, while one that serves 20 is $379.99.

Cracker Barrel will boost its catering in 2018.

Cracker Barrel

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Cracker Barrel

On Cracker Barrel’s busiest day of the year, the chain offers three ways for guests to spend less time in the kitchen and more with family and friends

This Thanksgiving, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is encouraging guests to spend more time with loved ones by offering three hassle-free meal options. On Thanksgiving Day, approximately 73,000 employees at all 647 Cracker Barrel locations will help guests enjoy every moment of the holiday. Cracker Barrel will once again offer its Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meals for in-store guests, as well as its Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meals To-Go and Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Family Meals To-Go for guests to enjoy at home.

“On Thanksgiving, our busiest day of the year, guests turn to Cracker Barrel so they can enjoy the holiday while leaving the cooking to us,” says Cracker Barrel vice president of culinary and menu strategy Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer. “Every day throughout the year, we work to create a comfortable, ‘home away from home’ for our guests where they can relax with family and friends, which is why so many people trust us during Thanksgiving, an especially important time for gathering and connecting with loved ones.”

Introduced last year, Cracker Barrel’s Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meals To-Go can be ordered at crackerbarrel.com or on the go by using the new Cracker Barrel app available for iPhones. This pre-prepared traditional Thanksgiving meal serves up to 10 people and takes only two hours or less from your oven to table. It is available for pick up beginning November 21 through Thanksgiving Day.

Guests looking to save even more time this Thanksgiving will enjoy Cracker Barrel’s Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Family Meals To-Go that can be picked up hot and ready to serve. In addition, employees at all Cracker Barrel locations will welcome guests and serve them a special Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Denny’s

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Denny’s
Denny’s is open all day, every day, so naturally the chain is serving up a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Denny’s Turkey & Dressing Dinner is served up with tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce. It comes with a choice of two sides and dinner bread. Denny’s traditional menu will be available as well.

The Capital Grille

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The Capital Grille

If you want to a polished meal, The Capital Grille is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (expect at New York City-Wall Street) for the holiday.

A slow-roasted turkey dinner with brioche stuffing, French green beans with marcona almonds, and cranberry pear chutney, and mashed potatoes to share, is $39. There’s also a Thanksgiving children’s menu for $15. Pumpkin Cheesecake is an additional $10 and the full a la carte dinner menu is also available.

Oysters at Legal Sea Foods, a growing restaurant concept with 36 locations.

Legal Sea Foods

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Legal Sea Foods

Thanksgiving hours vary by locations but most open at noon and go until 9 p.m. at Legal Sea Foods. The restaurant, of course, is offering some shellfish and fish, but there’s also a special turkey dinner complete with turkey breast, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy, and cranberry sauce. The meal costs $24.95 per person ($8.95 for children 12 and under).

Maggiano’s Little Italy

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Maggiano's Little Italy
Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s is serving up a four-course, family style meal. There’s also a carryout packaging that serves five people and can, if wanted, come with an entire Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake.

Here’s what the menu looks like:

First Course

Compliments of the Chef

  • Classic Tomato Bruschetta
  • Artichoke & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Second Course

Please choose two:

  • Maggiano’s, Chopped, Italian Tossed, Caesar Salad

Third Course

Served with cranberry relish

Please choose two:

  • Traditional Roast Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy & Focaccia Sausage Stuffing
  • Country-Style Baked Nueske’s Ham with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia with Sage, Lemon & Tomatoes

Please choose two additional sides:

  • Tuscan Creamed Corn, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach, Focaccia Sausage Stuffing

Please choose two pastas:

  • Taylor Street Baked Ziti, Our Famous Rigatoni “D”, Spaghetti & Meatball, Four-Cheese Ravioli†, Gnocchi & Italian Sausage, Pasta of the Day

Fourth Course

Please choose two:

  • Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Chocolate Zuccotto Cake, Warm Apple Crostada

Fogo de Chão

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Fogo de Chão

The Brazilian steakhouse is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is offering up a Thanksgiving Feat. The full churrasco is available alongside a roasted turkey breast with au jus, market table, and feijoada bar, Brazilian side dishes, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, and Brazilian sausage and apple dressing. Children 6 and under are free, while children 7 to 12 are half price.

Wine glasses at Seasons 52, an upscale Darden restaurant.

Seasons 52

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Seasons 52

Seasons 52 has an adult meal for $26.90 and a children’s for $12.90. Here is the full menu:

  • Roasted “Never Ever” Turkey
  • We're proud to serve turkey that has never, ever been given antibiotics
  • Savory Pan Gravy
  • Yukon Mashed Potatoes
  • Herb Stuffing
  • French Green Beans
  • Mashed Butternut Squash
  • Housemade Cranberry Relish
  • Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence

There are also sommelier wine picks available in white and red to match, as well as a Cranberry & Sage and New Old Fashioned Cocktails.