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Thanksgiving at Home or on the Road

Thanksgiving is a special time and a special holiday. Unlike so many holidays, it focuses not on gifts or the material, but on what is truly near and dear – friends, family and the importance of reflecting on the good and meaningful in our lives. 

For many, Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, when multiple generations and disparate branches of the family tree join and share blessings, express love, and share that which makes them feel grateful. The time-honored, simple act of gathering with loved ones to give thanks connects us to our past, present and future, and reminds us of the bonds that unite us all.

Obviously, we also love Thanksgiving for the delicious, delicious food. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and, oh, all those delicious desserts! Unfortunately, even as the Thanksgiving ritual has become central to our lives, for all too many, the demands of work can make it difficult or even impossible to carve out the time needed to celebrate with family. This is particularly true of those in the fleet and field service, who must deliver goods, respond to emergencies and more to keep businesses and homes running smoothly.

Whether you’re on the road for work and just can’t make it home, or if you’d rather avoid the grocery store lines, the cooking and the dishes that come with creating a fantastic Thanksgiving feast, this week’s blog is dedicated to helping those that need to find other options this holiday season. Dine in or take out, traditional turkey, or fried chicken, ribs, steak, or even breakfast, GPS Insight has created a handy list of restaurants rolling out the red carpet for you for a memorable Thanksgiving Day.

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Ruby Tuesday: Prefer mozzarella sticks and spinach artichoke dip to cranberry sauce and stuffing? Spend Thanksgiving at Ruby Tuesday, where you can have what you’d like for Thanksgiving. Nearly all locations will be open for both dine-in and to-go orders. Just call ahead and/or make reservations to save your table!

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Buffalo Wild Wings: Looking not only to eat but watch the big game(s) on Thanksgiving? Buffalo Wild Wings is open and ready with party-size wing plates, pizza, big screens, cold beer, and more.

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Popeye’s: Fried turkey has become the linchpin of good Thanksgiving meals across the country. If you can’t have turkey, go with the next best thing – spicy, Louisiana-fried chicken. Popeye’s locations will be open across the country. This year, however, you can even get a whole Cajun-flavored turkey to bring home. It’s already pre-cooked and just needs to be reheated! Call ahead of time or order online.

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TGI Friday’s: Looking for endless apps, loaded potato skins or ribs? TGI Fridays is ready to accommodate your dinner desires. Most stores will be open, so check your area for a table or take out.

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Cracker Barrel: Whether you’re looking for meatloaf, chicken n’ dumplins, or a traditional turkey dinner to bring home, Cracker Barrel is open and ready for you this Thanksgiving.

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Golden Corral: Are you the kind of person who loves second, third, and even fourth helpings on Thanksgiving? Then Golden Corral may be just the spot for you. In addition to their usual buffet options, the chain also offers a full Thanksgiving spread, which you can even get to go!

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Waffle House: What did your mom always tell you? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, whether you want to enjoy eggs and waffles Thanksgiving morning or at dinner, Waffle House is open.

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Buca di Beppo: You don’t follow the crowd. When everyone else zigs, you zag. This year, you can do Thanksgiving Italian style at Buca di Beppo. Lasagna over turkey! Eggplant parmigiana over green bean casserole! For one or family style, try an Italian feast this Thanksgiving.

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Applebee’s: Applebee’s, one of the most popular restaurant chains in the country, will be open and ready to serve you this Thanksgiving. Steak, seafood, pasta, burgers, chicken, great desserts and super drink specials, you’ll be able to find something for yourself or the pickiest eaters.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House: If you’re looking to impress the family this Thanksgiving, or just want to have a great steak by yourself, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will open its doors for you to join them. You can even get a full Thanksgiving turkey feast for four, for dine-in or take-out.

Taking care of yourself this Thanksgiving is important. Whether you’re unable to celebrate with family because of work or travel or are just looking to avoid some of the hassles of planning and preparing for a large get-together, you have options. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, the GPS Insight family wishes you and yours a safe and happy 2022 Thanksgiving!