Here’s Where You Can Find a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner While Over-The-Road

Little Rock, AR — We all know that truckers deliver Thanksgiving dinner to millions each year, and for those out on the road this holiday, they deserve to enjoy it too!

Transportation Nation Network (TNN) compiled a short list of chain restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day and serving a traditional turkey dinner.


While securing truck parking (especially while under a load) is always a challenge, if you or a loved one will be on the road, consider heading to one of these locations to get your fill of holiday goodness.

Metro Diner

With over 50 locations in 12 states (Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia), Metro Diner has been serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1992.

It has won numerous awards for its savory home-style comfort food, including “Best Diner.”


On Thanksgiving, the restaurant chain will be offering specials such as a stuffing waffle with turkey, sausage and gravy chicken tenders waffles, and even a traditional holiday dinner.

Locations are open until 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Click HERE for a list of Metro Diner locations.

Golden Corral

Known for its legendary endless buffet, Golden Corral (GC) is corralling up a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year with all the fixings.

Diners can enjoy holiday glazed ham, whole roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, yams (with marshmallows, of course), cranberry sauce, stuffing, GC’s famous yeast rolls and lots of pie!


With nearly 500 locations in 43 states, you’re certain to find a location near you this Thanksgiving.

The company stated availability and hours will vary by location, so it’s probably best to call ahead.

Click HERE for a list of Golden Corral locations.

Buca Di Beppo

Italian-America restaurant chain Buca Di Beppo may not immediately pop into your head when you think of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, that’s exactly what this popular eatery will be offering on Thursday.

While the restaurants will not be open for sit-down dining on Thanksgiving Day, they WILL be open between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to serve Thanksgiving-Feast-To-Go orders.


You’ll be able to indulge in sliced white turkey meat, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, homestyle gravy, stuffing, green beans, pumpkin pie and more in the comfort of your truck.

Pre-orders are now being accepted, so go ahead and order yours!

Of course, if you’re in the mood for some spaghetti and meatballs as a Thanksgiving side, you can add on any items from it’s regular menu, too.

Buca boasts 71 locations in 23 states + the District of Columbia: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Click HERE for a list of Buca Di Beppo locations.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans is known for its friendly, family-style restaurants, and this holiday it will be offering up special limited time Thanksgiving Platters to go.

With a menu consisting of slow-roasted turkey, house-made bread and celery dressing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and ham, buttered corn, freshly baked dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, it’s sure to hit the spot.


Bob Evans has 500 locations in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States.

Click HERE for a list of Bob Evans locations.

Boston Market

Many of Boston Market’s 344 locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day for heat-and-serve carry-out.

Enjoy a menu of items such as turkey, vegetable stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cranberry walnut relish, dinner rolls, and apple or pumpkin pie in the comfort of your truck… but keep in mind, you’ll receive it cold and have to heat it yourself.

We always recommend pre-ordering and/or calling ahead to make sure the location nearest you is open and able to serve you.

Click HERE for a list of Boston Market locations.


Denny’s: it’s always open!

Denny’s is open on Thanksgiving Day, offering a safe dining experience for the holiday, the company confirmed last week.

If dining at Denny’s on Thanksgiving, guests can enjoy a variety of favorite menu items including the Turkey & Dressing Dinner, featuring tender carved turkey breast paired with savory stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce and served with two sides and dinner bread.


Denny’s has dessert covered as well, with decadent pumpkin or pecan pie for an end-to-end festive experience guests can be thankful for.

Diners can also enjoy the new Pecan Panookie, a warm chocolate chip cookie dessert filled with molten chocolate, topped with premium vanilla ice cream, pecan pie sauce and glazed pecan.

The seasonal dinner is available for a limited time for dine-in, pickup or delivery nationwide at participating locations.

There are approximately 1,500 Denny’s locations nationwide.

Click HERE for a list of Denny’s locations.

Cracker Barrel 

Watch out! #CrackerBarrelThanksgiving is already trending on Twitter, indicating the cozy chain — known for its Southern-style home cooking and adjacent country stores — will be hopping this holiday season.

Cracker Barrels across the country will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the company stated, and will serve in-restaurant as well as offering to-go.


For a shorter wait time, restaurant diners can download the Cracker Barrel app to add their names to an online wait list.

The restaurant will offer in-person diners a traditional “Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal” that will be available as soon as restaurants open.

Other holiday specials include country fried turkey, a dish featuring sliced turkey filets hand-breaded and country fried then topped with roasted pan gravy alongside cranberry relish, buttermilk biscuits or cornbread muffins and your choice of two sides.

The chain boasts 663 locations in 45 states.

Click HERE for a list of Cracker Barrel locations.

Iowa 80 Kitchen

While there’s only one, TNN would be remiss if we didn’t share the Thanksgiving dining options at the World’s Largest Truck Stop.

The famed truck stop and its restaurant — aptly named the Iowa 80 kitchen — will be open and serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

For $17.99, diners can enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Buffet which will include turkey, black oak ham, beef pot roast, friend shrimp, friend chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, au gratin potatoes, yams, mixed vegetables and a salad bar.

Of course, be sure to save room for pumpkin pie and other assorted desserts.


Boise Stage Stop

If you’re one of the lucky ones to be traveling through or around Boise, ID on Thanksgiving Day, don’t forget to stop and take advantage of Boise Stage Stop’s annual “Driver Appreciation Day,” held each Thanksgiving for the past 17 years.

The truck stop will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, and those with a valid CDL eat absolutely FREE.

For non-CDL holders, the cost of the meal is $13.99 for adults and $7.99 for children.

Read more about the beloved tradition HERE.

Cover image courtesy Boston Market

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