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16 restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Forget to thaw the turkey? Traveling for work? Family 3,000 miles away? Whatever your reasons for not gorging on a home-cooked meal, rest assured that there are plenty of fast-food and sit down restaurants ready and waiting for you to stop by on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of some of them — just in case you need back-up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/?taken-by=applebees Applebee’s Call ahead just to confirm your specific location, but many Applebee’s locations will be open throughout the day and into the evening. They do have turkey options on the menu, so even if you just hate cooking, you may opt for Applebee’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuUqg7BpFl/?taken-by=bahamabreezeislandgrille Bahama Breeze Give your Thanksgiving Day a dose of Caribbean-style fun. Thanksgiving menu items will be served with a tropical twist. Then wash it all down with something fruity from the yummy cocktail menu. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpMzSdRgY3P/?taken-by=bobevansfarms Bob Evans If you want to avoid the hassle of…

9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A

A fast food chain with the word “Chick” in its name just doesn’t sound like a safe place for vegans. But inevitable road trips and late night sustenance requirements land folks of almost any diet at a take-out window now and again. It’s good to know where you can go when you’re in a pinch. Here are 9 items vegans can safely order at Chick-fil-A: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoMmvFolV4o/?taken-by=chickfila 1. Waffle Fries Yes, Chick-fil-A’s best selling menu item — the iconic waffle fries — are made with only three ingredients (potatoes, canola oil, and sea salt), making them undoubtedly vegan. You can even dunk them in the BBQ, Polynesian, or Sriracha sauces — all of which are also vegan, but is anything better than classic ketchup (also vegan)? https://www.instagram.com/p/BS_QZsCh906/?taken-by=chickfila 2. Hashbrowns Because morning rushes happen, too. You can pick up a box of these perfectly golden tots and pair them with ketchup and…

Here’s why hotel room service is going away

If having a $25 hamburger delivered to your hotel room isn’t your idea of a deal, you’re not alone. Hotels know their room service prices aren’t very appetizing, so they’re looking to reinvent the way in-room dining handled. Cost is the main deterrent of room service for both guests and hoteliers. While hotel room service menus have a reputation for being wildly overpriced, running in-house dining is expensive for the hotel. “[Hotels are] just not seeing the return on this anymore,” Alex Susskind, associate professor of food-and-beverage management at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is quoted as saying in the industry trade journal Restaurant Hospitality. “It’s expensive to maintain and the quality is hard to keep up. They are backing off, but not just deserting guests.” Instead, some hotels are taking advantage of many travelers’ desire to eat the local fare, so they’re teaming up with nearby restaurants for what…

10 Facts you never knew about Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the country today, but its history dates back to the 1940s when founder S. Truett Cathy invented the chicken sandwich at his original restaurant, the Dwarf House, in Hapeville, Georgia. It would be another two decades before he used that recipe and opened the first ever Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the restaurant is predicted to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the country — a feat that would have it surpassing Wendy’s, Burger King, and even Taco Bell. Here are 10 facts you never knew about everyone’s favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. 1. The “A” in the name is symbolic The “A” at the end of “Chick-fil-A” isn’t just a fun play on the word chicken “fillet.” It also refers to the Grade A quality meat served at the restaurants. 2. Only three states don’t have Chick-fil-A restaurants Since opening the first…

This is how many calories your drunk fast food stop is costing you, study shows

Anyone who has even stayed out late drinking knows that inevitably someone suggests a stop for greasy fast food on the ride home. There’s a reason why places like Taco Bell and Waffle House are open until the sun is practically up. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this kind of food isn’t doing your diet any favors, but it’s hard not to take a peek at just how extensive the damage. Rehabs.com is responsible for dropping this guilt bomb on your day. The educational website surveyed more than 5,900 people about their post-heavy drinking habits to gather data on national trends. Across the country, McDonald’s and Waffle House are two of the most well-loved, late night options. Denny’s, IHOP and Wendy’s are also top finishers. But the most popular post-heavy drinking food stop was none other than Taco Bell (did you really think it would be anywhere else?). Despite Taco Bell’s sizable healthy…

20 Restaurants that offer student discounts every college kid needs to know about

It’s the end of the semester for millions of college students across America, which means one thing — meal plans are running out. But the good news is that there are tons of restaurants offering killer deals for college kids. Lots of restaurants don’t advertise their deals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on the savings just for showing your student ID at the register. While 10 percent off, or a free drink might not sound like much, it all adds up — especially if you’re eating there anyway. And remember that other restaurants may have student discounts too, so wherever you’re eating, don’t be shy — just ask! The worst they’ll say is ‘no.’ Here are a few deals we found: *Discounts vary by location. Be sure to call ahead or check with your local restaurant to find out if they participate.  1. Chipotle Chipotle is king of college campuses,…

The most unhealthy Chinese takeout dishes you can order

When you want Chinese takeout, nothing else will do. The arrival of those duck pancakes, sesame chicken and hot and crispy egg rolls is practically ceremonial to a proper Saturday night staying in. But while we enjoy full chopstick after chopstick of these saucy specialities, we should consider what we’re actually putting in our bodies. Since Chinese takeout doesn’t come with nutrition information printed on the packaging, it’s easy to ignore the makeup of what’s inside. New information from watchdog group Action for Salt will, unfortunately, change that wonderful ignorance for us all. More than 150 Chinese dishes from six different London Chinatown restaurants were analyzed for the report, and the results were not good. The BBC reported that Action for Salt found 58% of the entree options contain about half of an the American Heart Association’s recommended maximum daily 2,300 milligrams (msg) for adults. (Ideally adults will limit intake to about 1,500 mg per day.)…

Baked Crab Rangoons with spicy apricot dipping sauce

If you’ve never had a crab rangoon, or if you’ve only had them fried, prepare for your next great obsession. Rangoon’s, or crab puffs, are typically made up of crab meat, cream cheese, and onions with any number of additions such as carrots, garlic or Worcestershire sauce. They are common appetizers nowadays, appearing on most Thai and Chinese food menus in the U.S. While their history is unclear, cream cheese is essentially nonexistent throughout Southeast Asia, so they are likely neither Thai nor Chinese in origin, and yet just another delicious deep-fried, cheesy American invention. When crab rangoons are on a menu, I’m blindsided. I no longer feel the pangs of culinary adventure. I couldn’t care less about the special entrees or appetizers on the menu that evening. My focus is set on those warm, cheesy, crab bites and what surprise sauce the restaurant might be serving with them. I decided if…