Believe it or not, Memorial Day is almost here. It felt like winter would never leave, but here we are at the end of May, getting ready for the unofficial kick-off to summer.

It’s important to remember that Memorial Day isn’t just about soaking up the sunshine and gorging on grilled meats — it’s so much more than that. It’s a day to honor those who selflessly gave their lives servings our country.

Of course, the annual Monday federal holiday does give just about everyone a long three-day weekend, but while many will choose to cookout at home and finish their meal with patriotic desserts, many others want to enjoy a stress-free. Thankfully, a handful of restaurants will be open to cater to those not wanting to cook — but also those whose backyard barbecue didn’t go according to plan.

Here are some eating establishments ready for your business on Monday, May 27:

Bahama Breeze

If you can’t get away to the beach this Memorial Day, perhaps you’ll indulge with some tastes of the tropics and island-inspired cocktails.

Bob Evans

If you don’t want to make a Memorial Day meal at home, Bob Evans serves all the classic American favorites to help you celebrate. The restaurant will be open normal business hours.

Boston Market

“Feed the whole family” with a rotisserie chicken, half-rack of ribs, four sides, and four pieces of cornbread for $34.99. Offer available May 24 through May 27.

Buffalo wild Wings

When your grill breaks down and you still have a hankering for wings, head over to Buffalo Wild Wings. BWWs will operate normal business hours.

Cracker Barrel

Celebrate Memorial Day with some homestyle cooking. Whether you’re taking the first road trip of the year or staying close to home, it’s good to know all restaurants will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The chain is offering a Southern fried chicken picnic box in honor of the holiday. Feed the family with fried chicken, two country sides, and buttermilk biscuit for just $33.99.


Is there a holiday that Denny’s isn’t there for you? Many locations will be open 24/7.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Veterans and active service members dine for free when a guest orders an entrée of equal or greater value.


IHOP will be open normal business hours through Memorial Day weekend.

McCormick & Schmick’s

Veterans, active military, and Gold Star parents get a free entrée for lunch or dinner on May 27. Choose from salmon rigatoni, buttermilk fried shrimp, or beef medallions.

Noodle & Company

All restaurants will be open, but hours may vary. Service members receive 15% off on Memorial Day — any every other day of the year, too!

P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Changes will be open normal business hours.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

All veterans and active military can score a free sandwich, salad, or “pick-your-pair” as a BOGO deal in honor of Memorial Day. Offer runs May 26 through May 27. Must show ID.

Red Lobster

Savor seafood this holiday even if you can’t make it to the shore. Red Lobster will be open normal business hours.

Sonic Drive-In

If you’re heading out on the road, you’re going to want to fill up on delicious food _ you don’t even have to get out of the car. All locations will be open, but hours may vary.


Because your coffee addiction doesn’t take a break simply because it’s a holiday. Hours will vary by location.

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse will remain open on Memorial Day, but hours may vary.

TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s will be open all Memorial Day weekend long. Hours may vary. The chain is offering discounted Family Meal Boxes (appetizers, entrées, sides, and sales) to feed four to six people. Call your local restaurant for details.

See also, For more Red, White, and Blue fun, make this mouthwatering Midwest favorite, mixed berry jello pretzel salad.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.