Readers often contact us this time of year to find Waco-area restaurants that are open Thanksgiving Day.

We called more than 20 non fast-food eateries and found these will be open.

Included are also some places that are closed Thanksgiving, but which will cook Thanksgiving dinner or desserts in advance.


614 N. Valley Mills Drive

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.


The Backyard

511 S. Eighth St.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Brown House Cafe

9110 Jordan Lane, Woodway

Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Cracker Barrel

4725 N. Interstate 35

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Catered packages available to order.

Denny’s Restaurant

709 N. Interstate 35 and

2409 S. New Road

Hours: open 24 hours

867-1000 or 752-0743

The Eatery

821 Clifton Street

Closed Thanksgiving Day


Deadline for ordering ham or turkey dinners with dressing and sides is Monday.

Golden Corral

618 N. Valley Mills Drive

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


International House of Pancakes

1000 S. Fourth St. and

4109 S. Jack Kultgen Freeway

Hours: open 24 hours

754-3001 and 757-1133

Luby’s Cafeteria

951 N. Loop 340, Bellmead

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Catered packages available to order (at least two days before Thanksgiving).

Parks Family Buffet

4318 Bellmead Drive

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Secret Chef

7723 Central Park Drive, Woodway

Closed Thanksgiving Day


Full Thanksgiving dinners (turkey, ham, pork or beef tenderloin) in small, medium and large sizes can be ordered in advance by Monday for pickup on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pie Peddlers

300 S. Sixth St.

Closed Thanksgiving Day


Pie orders for Thanksgiving accepted until Monday.

Waco Hippodrome

724 Austin Ave.

Hours: 4-9 p.m.

Regular menu with movie showings at 6 and 9 p.m.