Thanksgiving Dinner Options for Truckers on the Road

One of the toughest challenges for truck drivers is the work schedule that comes with it. Its demanding hours and weeks upon weeks of travel/time spent away from home make it difficult, especially if it means having to spend holidays on the road. Thanksgiving for truck drivers can be tough—but if you look in the right places, there are tons of great places on the road where you can get a great turkey dinner. It is easier than you think to celebrate Thanksgiving as a trucker who’s on the clock.

So if you happen to be on the road this Thanksgiving, check out these places to eat Thanksgiving dinner:

Best Specific Truck Stops for Truckers on Thanksgiving

  • Johnson’s Corner—if you will be heading through Colorado during the Thanksgiving weekend and are still not yet sure of where you will go for Turkey Day, check out Johnson’s Corner, located just north of Denver. Johnson’s Corner is one of the United States’ best truck stops and will be having a Thanksgiving special.
  • South of the Border—if you’re going to be in South Carolina, check out one of the six restaurants in this massive truck/travel stop and celebrate Thanksgiving with a Latin tinge.
  • Whiskey Pete’s—a massive facility, at this stop on the Nevada/California border, truckers can spend Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner and the slot machines, should they so desire.

Chain Restaurants for Truck Drivers on Thanksgiving

  • Cracker Barrel—with a very popular annual Thanksgiving Day meal, Cracker Barrel will make truckers feel at home.
  • Denny’s—they’ve also just released holiday flavored buttermilk pancakes—how does that sound for dessert after a nice turkey dinner?
  • Golden Corral—the Thanksgiving Day Buffet gives you all the classics, plus some steak and shrimp.
  • Ruby Tuesday—also keep them in mind for when it’s your birthday—free burgers for birthdays!
  • Bob Evans—Bob Evans boasts a full-blown Thanksgiving feast for $14.99.
  • Applebee’s—Applebee’s stays open for Thanksgiving, and in recent years has started to incorporate it into their menu.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s—order online ahead of time and ensure that your meal is ready as soon as you walk in the door.


Thanksgiving Dinner for truck drivers

If you can’t make it to one of the above locations, there is a group that delivers Thanksgiving meals to truckers. ‘Meals For 18 Wheels‘ have a network of volunteers that help deliver meals to truckers in need throughout the year, as well as during major holidays. On Nov. 23-24, the group’s volunteers will match up with drivers to bring them a Thanksgiving dinner plate.

Here’s how it works:

On Thanksgiving morning, the group will create a post on their Facebook page about the meal-sharing event. On that post, drivers who wish to receive a meal will comment their location and how long they expect to be at that location.

  • Meals for 18 Wheels will compare the information drivers provide to their volunteer information and coordinate available volunteers in that area who can drop off a plate of food.
  • The volunteer and driver will be put in contact with one another so the volunteer can deliver the food.

Information on how to volunteer is also available on the group’s Facebook page.

“We do this every year in hopes of bringing a little bit of home to drivers who are unable to go home to their families,” the group posted. “Everyone is welcome to participate even if we’ve recently helped you.”

We hope that you find this information helpful and that you have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving.