Just because you are on the road and traveling does not mean you have to miss out on Thanksgiving dinner. We hope you have at least one person to spend it with, but if you don't, you can spend it with a bunch of strangers. If you are REALLY lucky, you might even get some turkey with strangers. ? Some restaurants will even let you park your RV overnight! No need to move after you are unable to button your jeans.
If you don't want to cook a giant feast in your RV or van or tent, you at least have some options. Solo or with family/friends, there are a bunch of places you can go to eat some juicy (or maybe dry) turkey. Hey, don't hold us responsible for your dinner, we are just telling you where you can go. Everything after that is on the shoulders of the restaurant you picked!
This list for travelers and nomads (or even you house dwellers) will include places where you can go without a reservation and places where you might be too late to make a reservation.
In classic Camp Addict "style", we have done the research for you. Here's your list of stuff-yourself eateries this Thanksgiving Day 2018!
Applebees -Select open
You can eat good in the neighborhood, even if it's not YOUR neighborhood, just because you are traveling. Many Applebees will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
Beware, the day before (Thanksgiving Eve), the chain will likely have shorter hours. So if you plan to go the night before, call ahead for hours.
In fact, call ahead to ANY Applebees you decide to go to to be sure they are one of the ones that will be open. They are not ALL going to be open.
Order online or check our their menu HERE.
Bahama Breeze -Select open 11 to 11
SELECT locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Either call, and drive to one that will be open or pick another place! Their open locations will be open from 11am to 11pm. Call it a Caribbean Thanksgiving! It could work. ??♀️ Deets on the menu HERE.
Bob Evans- Open
All of Bob Evans restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, until 8pm. Details on Thankgsiving menu and more HERE.
Boston Market- Nearly all open
Well, there's a pretty good chance you will find an open Boston Market. They will be offering holiday style meals so you can get your turkey on. They even have a holiday menu which you can view in all its glory HERE. They also offer catering.
The Capital Grille- Open, Check hours
Sounds like all will be open, but hours will vary. Of course. Why can't all restaurants just have the same hours on the same days? Wouldn't that be nice for us as consumers? That would be WAY too nice.
Thanksgiving menu no longer available...
Cracker Barrel- OPEN!
Well howdy-doodie! Every Cracker Barrel will be open, AND they all will have the SAME hours! See, other restaurants? This is how it's done.
Take a lesson from Cracker Barrel and Waffle House (WH rarely, if ever, closes). We know what to expect without having to do a bunch of research. THAT'S how it's done.
Also, Cracker Barrel offers a Thanksgiving type dinner EVERY Thursday, for those of you who don't already know.
They offer a "Heat and eat" Thanksgiving meal as well. Order at least 24 hours ahead of pickup. Click on "Heat and eat" above to order.
BONUS! You can stay in their parking lot for the night! (Most of their restaurants allow this. Check city ordinances or call your particular Cracker Barrel for exceptions.)
Yay! Another restaurant which will simply have all locations open for Thanksgiving! Have turkey for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you want to. Yay turkey and yay Dennys! They also offer pickup and delivery on their WEBSITE.
Flemings- Some open
Here we go again. Call to see if your nearby Flemings will be open and what their hours are going to be if they are open. Because, "some" will be open, and "some" won't. Find and reserve a table HERE.
Waffle House- Open
YAHOO! Well, "yahoo" IF you love the Waffle House. Also, if you love the Waffle House, you already knew that they would be open because they are ALWAYS open and you already knew this. So there's that.
Thank you, Italian place! But, do you serve turkey on Turkey Day? Well, last year they served up four options for holiday classics so we presume that this year they will as well.
You can also get their yummy Italian dishes as well, OR you can have your Thanksgiving Day dinner brought to your home! However, this is likely a limited supply thing and you may already be too late for the home delivery. Planning, people. Planning.
Carry-out orders need to be placed 48 hours in advance. More information about Thanksgiving at Maggianos HERE.
Here's another staple place that you can almost always count on for good eats when you are on the road traveling. Each IHOP is individually owned, so you will want to call for hours and specials as they each may differ.
Hometown Buffet- Open
BUFFET? Someone said buffet??? Well isn't this the perfect place to go for Thanksgiving dinner? Isn't the point to stuff yourself? (No, but we all know how resisting THAT myth goes each year) All locations will be open from 11am till 6pm. Now go stuff yourself.
Well, this may not quite be the most traditional place to want Thanksgiving dinner, but hey, some will be open. It MIGHT be traditional if you are a solo traveling male. Heh. Open locations and hours will vary, so use your upper head and call ahead. Heh.
Ruby Tuesday- Most open
Again- Maybe and maybe not as far as them being open, but many will. Call ahead to find out. The chain's website is HERE.
Hey restaurants... it would be SO nice if you could sync up and all be open on the same days and at the same times. But we know that that's not gonna happen. So here you have a list compiled of the popular places that will (or won't) be open for your Thanksgiving pleasure. Oh, and there's always McDonald's.
Good luck and we do hope you have a friend to eat with! If not, who cares. It's really just another day. Use it to go make a friend.
Author: Kelly Beasley
Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.