Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays of the year! It's a time of year when we all can be thankful for our blessings. Family, friends, and loved ones unite to give thanks-and watch FOOTBALL! Of course. Now that I'm a new mother, I understand that there are times when holiday cooking may not go as planned, or maybe you just want a break from being the noted family chef. Either way, here are my top five restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving dinner in Tyler this year. Enjoy!

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    An upscale setting, without the upscale prices!

    Why I love it: Delicious food, served in an upscale cafeteria-style setting, Traditions in Tyler is will be open this Thanksgiving. They even feature a holiday take-out menu on their website; perfect for busy moms! If you want a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in an upscale setting, but not wanting to pay the upscale prices, then Traditions Tyler is the place for you! Thanksgiving Hours 10:00 am until 2:30 pm (It's important to call ahead early due to their volume of business)
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    T.G.I. Friday's

    Delicious food that's not too serious!

    Why I love it: T.G.I. Friday's in Tyler not only has exceptionally good food, but their waitstaff, hosts, and managers are so friendly! If you're ready to break the traditional "turkey day" norm, then T.G.I. Friday's is the place to go this year for Thanksgiving dinner! Friday's features an array of food from all-American burgers, to mahi-mahi. Don't even get me started on their Ultimates (drinks)! Also, T.G.I. Friday's is open on ALL major holidays... some food for thought.

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    Yummy food no matter what time of day... or night!

    Why I love it: IHOP has so much to offer, and just in time for the holidays. Featuring a huge variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, IHOP is the place to go if you don't have a set holiday eating schedule. IHOP is also a perfect choice if you have to work this year on Thanksgiving, or will be traveling late. There is a dish for every desire at IHOP. Kids don't like turkey? I bet they will love to feast on chocolate pancakes this year! (Be prepared to wait)

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    Food, Folks, Fun!

    Why I love it: Not into cooking this year, and you have small kids? McDonald's in Tyler is your lifesaver! Not only do they have the beloved Happy Meal, but most locations have an awesome play-yard for kids to burn some off that restless energy -and give you a break! Plus, if you are into chatting, invite your friends that have young children to come too! What a perfect way to enjoy your Thanksgiving, eat, chat, and tire out those kiddos!

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    Tastes Just Like Grandma's Cooking!

    Why I love it: Luby's is delicious. Hands down! Luby's in Tyler features some of the best food that tastes just like grandma's cooking! Luby's is open Thanksgiving, offering homemade cooking from Turkey, to delicious dessert! If you call ahead, you can reserve a spot for your family this Thanksgiving, giving you a break- and another reason to be "thankful". Prices are also extremely reasonable! (Note that Luby's is extremely busy on Thanksgiving so be patient)

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