Hate to cook? East Tennessee restaurants open Thanksgiving day 2016

Shoney's Thanksgiving Buffet

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Some families are choosing to skip the traditional Thanksgiving meal and let someone else do the work. Several Knoxville area restaurants are open including:

  • Applebee’s – Open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., offering turkey plate
  • Shoney’s – Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet
  • Cracker Barrel – Cracker Barrel is open every day except for Christmas. On Thanksgiving Day, hours vary by location, but Knoxville locations are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • IHOP – Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, but hours vary by location.
  • Waffle House – All Waffle House locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving 2016
  • T.G.I. Friday’s – The restaurant will open at 5 p.m. in most cases, but call ahead to make sure
  • Mimi’s Cafe – Mimi’s Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and also offers a special Chef-Prepared-Take-Home Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Most will open at 12 p.m., but check your specific location. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will feature a three-course turkey dinner for $39.95 for adults, while the children’s menu costs $12.95.
  • Ruby Tuesday – Most locations open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., call ahead for details.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Open from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but times may vary by location.
  • Golden Corral – Golden Corral will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thanksgiving, and offers its signature Thanksgiving Day Buffet, featuring a vast menu of dishes.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Open for Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever, beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Bob Evans – On Thanksgiving, the restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at select locations. Hours might vary.
  • Puleo’s Grille – The N. Peters Road location in Knoxville is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by reservation only.
  • Calhoun’s – Calhoun’s On The River is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Bearden location is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., the 10020 Kingston Pike location is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Oak Ridge location is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Farragut location is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Big Fattys Catering – Located on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Big Fatty’s Catering is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with walk-ins only after 2 p.m. They will have their usual buffet.
  • Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Applewood Farmhouse Grill – Located in Sevierville, Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is open during their regular hours.
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery – The Turkey Creek location is open 2 p.m. to midnight.
  • Five Bar – Five Bar is open on Thanksgiving and serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are offering a free meal to whoever wants it, but accepting donations for the Love Kitchen.

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