The countdown to Thanksgiving is underway and whether you are staying home cooking or traveling to see relatives planning that perfect Thanksgiving meal can become very stressful.

Well, times have changed more people today are now opting to eat out instead of doing the traditional meal at home. There used to be a time when you had no choice because restaurants were closed on Thanksgiving but not anymore. Several restaurants across the country nationwide including the Texarkana area will be open on Thanksgiving Day. For those wishing to dine out let's take a look!


Some Applebees will be open on Thanksgiving and others will have limited hours on Thanksgiving Day with a limited holiday menu. Call ahead to make sure they are open.

Cracker Barrel


This has become a family tradition for families wanting a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the stress of cooking and cleaning up. Cracker Barrel will be open their regular hours with two different home-cooked meals Turkey and Dressing or the Country Fried Turkey with loaded mashed potatoes. A carry-out option is available too for those wishing to take their meal home. Just make sure you call ahead to order because Thanksgiving is their busiest of the year at Cracker Barrel.


This has become America's late-night or go-to place at any time of the day or night. I'm pretty sure they will have some type of turkey meal on the menu for Thanksgiving Day.

Golden Corral

This is the perfect place for a Thanksgiving traditional meal because the all-you-eat buffet will feature Turkey and Dressing with your favorite sides, pumpkin and pecan pies just to name a few. And if you do not want to dine in, take-out is available.



IHOP restaurants will be open nationwide on Turkey Day and will be serving up some new holiday menu items like cranberry-vanilla pancakes or a frozen hot chocolate milkshake. Dine in or Take out 24 hours a day.


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will be open on Thanksgiving Day not only can you enjoy their famous chicken sandwich or fried chicken but you can purchase a whole pre-cooked cajun-flavored turkey that all you have to do is take it home and pre-heat for a delicious Thanksgiving feast and don't forget the sides. Order your turkey online.

Red Lobster

When I think of Thanksgiving I sure don't think of seafood but if you are not into the big bird Lobster and a variety of seafood just might be what the doctor ordered. Dine in or Take out. Select stores nationwide will be open.



Toss the turkey for a Sonic Cheeseburger and tots and top off your meal with a hand-spun milkshake from America's Drive-In.


What would Thanksgiving be without a Turkey sub from Subway?

Waffle House

No secret here, Waffle House never closes they are open 365 days a year serving those award-winning waffles, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Dine in or Take out.

Other notable places open on Thanksgiving Day:  Burger King, Domino's Pizza, Dunkin' McDonalds, Starbucks, and Wendy's. See other restaurants nationwide here.


Popular Texarkana Restaurants Closed on Thanksgiving

  • Chili's
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chipotle
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Texas Roadhouse

So, whatever you choose to do this upcoming Thanksgiving don't forget to give thanks for all the many blessings you have with your family and friends. Reflect on all the good things in your life, and keep those folks who are struggling in your prayers.


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