Top restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner for truckers on the road

| November 22, 2022

Rather than settling for fast food this Thanksgiving, Commercial Truck Trader has compiled their list of the top restaurants where you can eat Thanksgiving dinner on the road

Spending long periods of time on the road can be tough for drivers, especially during the holiday season. While many families gather around the dining table for a Thanksgiving feast, you may be completing a run instead. Rather than settling for fast food on Thanksgiving Day, if you have time, park your rig and enjoy a sit-down meal. Check out Commercial Truck Trader’s 16 restaurants where you can eat Thanksgiving dinner on the road.

If you have a location for any of these restaurants on your route, be sure to double check the hours of operations before stopping by. Drivers who operate larger trucks, such as semi trucks, should call ahead to ensure the restaurant has a parking space for their vehicle.

1. Bob Evans

Bob Evans dishes out slow-roasted turkey throughout the year, making the restaurant a great choice for a Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy your turkey with some favorite side dishes, including mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, cranberry relish, and green beans, as well as a slice of pumpkin pie.

2. Boston Market

Boston Market is known for serving homestyle favorites, such as chicken, mashed potatoes, corn bread, and more. Locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day. You can also order heat-and-serve meals to eat in your cab.

3. Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo will serve up a traditional feast, including roasted turkey breast and all the sides, on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant’s Traditional Thanksgiving Feast menu is available for dine in or take out, with meals that can be picked up cold to heat later or prepared hot and ready.

4. Cracker Barrel

Another popular restaurant known for homestyle meals, Cracker Barrel will be open on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 11 a.m. The restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal for dine-in.

5. Denny’s

Many Denny’s locations are open 24/7, including on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the regular menu as you dine in, or order the Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack for carry out.

6. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Treat yourself to a more upscale meal with a steak at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. The restaurant’s locations will open at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and serve a three-course menu with your choice of herb-roasted turkey, filet mignon, or bone-in ribeye.

7. Fogo de Chão

Thanksgiving might be an American holiday, but you can indulge in Brazilian cuisine along with the traditional staples. Fogo de Chão will offer their full churrasco experience, which includes roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, Brazilian sausage, apple dressing, and cranberry relish, from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

8. Golden Corral

Get your fill of a Thanksgiving feast at Golden Corral’s all-you-can-eat buffet. The restaurant’s locations will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the homestyle buffet, you can also order a holiday meal to go.


Start your Thanksgiving Day off with pancakes at IHOP, or stop by later in the day for lunch or dinner. Check out the restaurant’s fall menu items, including pumpkin spice pancakes.

10. Maggiano’s

Maggiano’s will have you feeling at home with their family-style Thanksgiving menu. The three-course meal includes your choice of salad, a main course of turkey, ham, or tilapia with sides, and a dessert to finish.

11. Marie Callender’s

Marie Callender’s pies are a staple for many on Thanksgiving. Stop by one of the restaurant locations for a traditional holiday meal.

12. McCormick & Schmick’s

Celebrate Thanksgiving at McCormick & Smick’s with the restaurant’s regular dinner menu or their Traditional Turkey Dinner. The special Thanksgiving meal includes a starter and roasted turkey with sides. You can also take your Thanksgiving plate to go.

13. Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be open Thanksgiving Day. Last year, the restaurant offered a special three-course turkey dinner. Reservations are recommended, as limited seating is available.

14. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

While they are known for their steaks, Ruth’s Chris Steak House serves a three-course dinner with oven-roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. The meal includes a starter, an entree with all the trimmings, and a dessert.

15. Shoney’s

Every year, Shoney’s offers a “All You Care to Eat” Thanksgiving Day feast. Children age 4 and under can eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Take-out meals are also available to anyone who doesn’t want to dine in.

16. Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse invites diners to their restaurant for a traditional holiday feast. Sullivan’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. serving a special three-course turkey dinner for dine-in only, as well as the restaurant’s full dinner menu.

Fast-Food Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

If you do decide to do Thanksgiving on the go, here are some fast-food restaurants that will also be open on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Burger King
  • Dunkin’
  • Hardee’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Popeyes
  • Sonic
  • Starbucks
  • Wendy’s
  • Whataburger
  • White Castle


Before Thanksgiving, mark your calendar for Truckersgiving on Thursday, Nov. 17. Chester’s Chicken and Love’s Travel Stops are teaming up for the second-annual event that honors and celebrates professional truck drivers. The first 100 guests at each Chester’s location at Love’s will receive a free, two-piece Super Snack meal when they scan their Love’s Connect barcode or My Love Rewards card. The first 20 professional drivers at each location, who present their CDL, will get a free trucker hat.

It’s certainly not easy being away from family and friends during the holidays, but enjoying a sit-down dinner on Thanksgiving offers a sense of familiarity. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your cab, read our previous article for tips on cooking Thanksgiving dinner on the road. And, if you’re searching for new or used trucks for sale, browse the nationwide inventory on

Byline: Arielle Patterson

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