NATIONAL -- For the fan of food, Thanksgiving is an ideal holiday. However, not everyone has the time and patience to prepare a Thanksgiving feast all on their own.

Luckily, has compiled a list of restaurants that are opening their doors to guests for Thanksgiving.

A surprising number of restaurants have opted to open on Thursday, but many do have altered hours. So, if you're unsure about the hours of your favorite place to dine, the best thing to do is call.

Applebees: Open, but hours may vary.

Bob Evans: Open

Boston Market: Open, but hours may vary.

Burger King: Open

Cracker Barrel: Open

Denny's: Open

Eddie V's: Closing early.

Golden Corral: Open

Hometown Buffet: Closing early. 

Hooters: Some open.

IHOP: Open, but hours may vary.

K&W Cafeteria: Open

Macaroni Grill: Open, but hours may vary.

Maggiano's: Open

Marie Callender's: Open

McDonald's: Most open

Mimi's Cafe: Open

Morton's Steakhouse: Open, but hours may vary.

Old Country Buffet: Closing early.

Ruby Tuesday: Some open

Ryan's: Closing early.

Shoney's: Open

Sizzler: Some open

Starbucks: Open

T.G.I.Fridays: Some open

Waffle House: Open