Fast food restaurant open on Thanksgiving Day 2021

Listen. I don’t know what your plans are for Thanksgiving. That’s none of my business! But if the kitchen isn’t on the plans, or maybe you’ve got an oven emergency, here’s a bunch of fast food places open on Thanksgiving Day, if you need them. It’s also worth saying that some of these fast food chain franchises may be independently owned so times may vary depending on location. It’s never a bad idea to call ahead to make sure your spot is open on Turkey Day. And if you prefer a sit-down restaurant or home cooking, we’ve got everything you need to know about those things, too.

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You can totally have fun on Turkey Day with an Oreo Shake and Bourbon Street Steak. But to be sure, call your local Applebee to confirm specific times.

Boston market

You will no doubt always get the closest thing to Thanksgiving fast food at Boston Market, which is great news as the Boston Market is open on Thanksgiving Day!

Burger King

Burger King typically does not close restaurants on public holidays, but changes their hours a bit. Call ahead (of course) to be sure of your local hours, but then go ahead and EAT.

Cracker Barrel

Last year, Cracker Barrel even offered special meals for Turkey Day, but be sure to give them a call before you show up.


Again, be sure to call ahead before showing up to Thanksgiving for a pizza and pizza on its own, but chances are your local Domino’s will be ready for you.

Dunkin ‘

Look, the coffee and donuts really do sound like Thanksgiving, honestly. Go ahead and meet at your local Dunkin ‘if that’s something you fancy that day.

El Pollo Loco

Not only (will some locations in this delicious chain be open on Thanksgiving Day, but it will also serve specialties, like bowls of chicken tamale and mac and cheese, to name a few.

Golden Corral

Hours vary by location, but most are open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Jack in the box

Go say hello (and happy Thanksgiving) to Jack! He will be happy to see you.

Little Caesars

Get your pizza fix before your turkey. We will not judge. We never do.


Yes! Most McDonald’s stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Having said that, the times may be a little different than usual. That thing I said about calling ahead? Do it again.

Dad johns

Yuppp, you can get your favorite pie and froth this baby with garlic sauce on Thanksgiving Day.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is open, so place that Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza order whenever you want.


Who needs turkey when you have fried chicken? (Again, call ahead just to verify, but you should be good to go.)


Your best bet for satisfying all the Mexican cravings on T-givs is Qdoba.


Yes! Many – not all, but many – Sonic Drive-ins are open on Thanksgiving Day. So come on, you know, drive!

Steak ‘n’ Shake

Thanksgiving Milkshakes for Everyone!


Definitely call your local metro in advance to check times, but this individual restaurant chain should be open.


Yeah! Most Wendy’s restaurants are open pretty much every day except Christmas or Easter.

white castle

Same deal with White Castle – all locations will be open and serve turkey sliders, if you wish.

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