Where to eat do on Thanksgiving in Kentucky

KENTUCKY — Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones to devour a warm, home-cooked meal, but sometimes the work required to cobble together those holiday spreads is just too much.

If you don’t like dirty dishes or just want an easier option for Thanksgiving this year, you have plenty to choose from.

Across Kentucky, there are a variety of restaurants and shops that offer Thanksgiving meals – many with dine-in specials, but a few others offer grab-and-go spreads that you could pass off as your own!

Here’s a look at some options in your neck of the woods.


Bob Evans

Dine in and carry out

Bob Evans is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every Thanksgiving day and this year they are offering their special homemade holiday dishes until 7pm on Turkey Day. You can order portions ranging from a single plate to a feast for up to 8 people.

Thanksgiving platters and family take-out meals can be ordered online. Each Farmhouse Feast takeout is served cold, so you’ll need to take a few hours to heat up your meal.

cracker barrel

Dine in and carry out

Nothing says classic comfort food like Cracker Barrel. The hugely popular chain is open all day for turkey dinners on Thanksgiving, but the real highlight is their wide range of grab-and-go options.

You can order spreads to reheat and serve that will feed up to 10 people, or you can order a la carte sides and desserts to add to your Thanksgiving feast.

And don’t forget the delicious cinnamon roll pie.


Dine in and carry out

The famous 24-hour diner is a popular spot for Thanksgiving meals. If you order a meal to go, you must heat it before serving.

Golden corral

Dine in and carry out

The Golden Corral’s ever-popular buffet is open on Thanksgiving and features turkey with all the trimmings. They’ve also held heat-and-serve festivals for those wanting to avoid crowds.



With locations across the state, the grocery chain offers complete Thanksgiving meals for just $65. Each bundle includes Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Kings Hawaiian Rolls, Dressing and Pumpkin Pie, among others.

You must order your meal in advance by November 22 by going online or by calling your local store’s deli department.

papa johns


Sometimes turkey just doesn’t sound good. But pizza…pizza never fails. Papa Johns and other chains like Domino’s can deliver and export to most Kentucky locations.


dining in

This southern buffet hosts an annual All You Care to Eat feast for Thanksgiving. Some locations offer take-out Thanksgiving meals, but you’ll need to check with each individual location.

white lock

Dine in, drive thru and carry out

We know what you’re thinking. “Who wants White Castle on Thanksgiving?” Apparently a lot of people since business is booming on the holiday. Whether you’re craving sliders or just need some quality hangover food, White Castle has you covered this year.


Buca di Beppo

Dine in and carry out

When you think of Thanksgiving, you might not think of an Italian restaurant, but Buca di Beppo is known in some circles for its Thanksgiving menu.

Thanksgiving Feasts To Go are available to pre-order anytime before Tuesday, November 22nd and will offer both hot and cold pickup options with detailed reheating instructions.

The restaurant also offers family-style turkey, potatoes and more. Reservations can be made online.

Joe’s Crab Shack

Dine in and carry out

Joe’s Crab Shack could essentially be renamed Joe’s Turkey Shack on Thanksgiving. In addition to their full menu, the restaurant offers a feast of roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, and a slice of cake to boot.

Metro Diner

Dine in and carry out

Stress-free feasting is the name of the game at Metro Diner. Whether you’re dining out or on the go, Thanksgiving options are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

When you dine there, you certainly won’t want to miss the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy on a waffle pressed from the filling. No reservations are required.

For those who want to dine at home, you can order a baked ham or roast turkey with four sides and buns. All takeaway dishes are served cold and prices vary based on portion size.


The Fresh Market


Prime rib, rack of lamb, and boneless turducken—if that sounds like a delicious Thanksgiving feast to you, the Fresh Market is the place to be.

Online orders are open until November 21 at 2:00pm EST. Entrees are priced per pound, and side dishes like mashed sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, and soft yeast buns are also available.

You can even order fully assembled holiday meals for up to 14 guests.

Proud Mary BBQ


Proud Mary BBQ is another restaurant where you can find Thanksgiving catering for large groups. Their $175 family meal, including smoked or roast turkey, can serve 10-12 people.

You can also drop some batter on a $325 prime rib and a variety of Thanksgiving side dishes.

whole food


Whole Foods is offering a whole range of holiday meal options this Thanksgiving. Their appetizer trays seat 8, and a variety of festive spreads cater for large groups. Whole Foods is a great place to start your feast if you’re looking for turkey substitutes like Beef Wellington, Braised Lamb, or Surf and Turf.

Holiday meal orders must be placed 48 hours before the collection time, so don’t wait if you’re thinking of ordering! The grocer also offers a la carte appetizers and sides.