TAMPA, Fla. — 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, offers.com 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. Also, some of these chain restaurants may be run by franchises, so some locations may not be open. So, if you're unsure about the hours of your favorite place to dine, the best thing to do is call.

You can also head to OpenTable, the restaurant reservation website, to find a reservation at a higher-end restaurant, such as Shula's, Seasons 52, Ruth's Chris Steak House and more, but if you want a reservation you'd better book it fast, they're filling up. 

Amazon: The online retail will deliver Whole Foods groceries to you in as little as one hour (until 2 p.m. local time) on Thanksgiving. 

Bahama Breeze: Some locations will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving menu inspired by the islands.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Chain to serve a special menu on Thanksgiving Day.

Bob Evans: Open for dine-in customers on Thanksgiving (check closing hours with your location). 

Bojangles: Preorder a seasoned fried turkey, fully prepared and ready to heat and serve. 

Boston Market: Most locations are open for dine-in, but check hours. Boston Market will be serving plated traditional meal on Thanksgiving Day. See the Thanksgiving menu options.

Cracker Barrel: Open regular hours. Cracker Barrel will be serving a Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal all day. Heat n’ Serve holiday family meals also available to take home between Nov. 17 to 25 (24-hour notice recommended).

Denny’s: Many locations will be open regular hours, offering traditional Thanksgiving and fall menu items.

Fleming’s: Restaurant serving a three-course Thanksgiving feast.

Hooter’s: Many Hooter’s locations will be open on Thanksgiving afternoon. Call your location for hours. 

Macaroni Grill: Many locations will be open (check your location’s hours). Restaurant to serve a three-course Thanksgiving dinner. Check your location’s hours.

McDonald’s: Many McDonald’s locations will remain open, but double check the hours.

Morton’s The Steakhouse: Certain locations are open on Thanksgiving. Reservations required.

Old Country Buffet: Get a take-home pie (pumpkin or pecan) for $8.99 at participating locations.

Ruby Tuesday: Many locations will be open on Thanksgiving and serving the regular menu.

Starbucks: Many Starbucks locations to remain open on Thanksgiving (hours may be different than usual). 

TGI Friday’s: Many locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day, but hours will vary. Check your nearest location. 

Waffle House: In keeping with its tradition, Waffle House will be open on Thanksgiving.