Your guide to what’s open on Thanksgiving in Birmingham 2021

people eating in uptown restaurant
Head to Texas de Brazil for an experience everyone will love. Photo via Texas de Brazil

Burnt out on turkey and cranberries? It’s okay we’re craving a different meal, too—probably from attending one too many Friendsgiving events. Keep reading to find out what’s open in Birmingham on Thanksgiving Day.

Fresh Market

I know we promised no turkey, but just in case you botched a dish or two, Fresh Market is open for business. Pick up pre-made dishes on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Address: 549 Brookwood Village Homewood, AL 35209 | 4700 US-280, Ste 6, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Thanksgiving Hours: 7AM-3PM
  • Contact: Homewood – 205.414.0017 | Hwy 280 – 205.991.0294


Buc-ee's thanksgiving 2021
Buc-ee’s mural at Leeds. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Craving beaver nuggets on Thanksgiving Day? Well, you don’t have to worry about not getting any because Buc-ee’s is open all day. You might even be able to get some early Christmas shopping.

If you haven’t gone to Buc-ee’s yet, now is your time to go.

  • Location: 6900 Buc-ee’s Blvd, Leeds, AL 35094
  • Thanksgiving Hours: All day on Thanksgiving
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Bass Pro Shops

Tired of staying indoors? Get a taste of the outdoors at Bass Pro Shops. They’re open on Thanksgiving AND their holiday sale is already happening. Don’t forget to stop by to shop and hang out!

  • Location: 5000 Bass Pro Blvd, Leeds, AL 
  • Thanksgiving Hours: 9AM-9PM
  • Website

Texas de Brazil

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Go ahead and reserve your table at Texas de Brazil this Thanksgiving. Photo via Texas de Brazil

Experience the meat hub that is Texas de Brazil. Thankfully, this steakhouse is open on Thanksgiving, so you won’t have to wait for Black Friday to go.

You can choose from all types of gaucho-cooked meats. Basically, the meat is cooked over an open flame with natural wood. Oh, and there’s more than just turkey, you can pick from ribs, lamb picanha, lamb chops, pork lion and many more.

  • Location: 2301 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL
  • Thanksgiving Hours: 5-9PM
  • Website

Metro Diner

Metro Diner, Thanksgiving 2021
Try Turkey and waffles, the Thanksgiving alternative to chicken and waffles. Photo via Metro Diner

At Metro Diner, Thanksgiving is made easy. I know I’m not a chef, but I love eating good food that’s not burnt. So to avoid catastrophe, Metro Diner has all the classics you love. Try their chicken and waffles, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Location: 2050 Gadsden Hwy Birmingham, AL 35235 | 180 Inverness Plaza Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Thanksgiving Hours: 8AM-2:30PM
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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Birmingham, Ruth's Chris open on thanksgiving
P-con or p-can? Photo via Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Ruth Chris is also open on Thanksgiving. Reserve your full dinner—for 4 or more—so you can enjoy the meal without the hassle of cooking. Order ahead for curbside or carryout. Place your order here.

  • Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 2300 Woodcrest Pl, Birmingham, AL
  • Thanksgiving Hours: 12-9:30PM
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CVS, Rite Aid + Walgreens

Meds are essential. Photo via CVS Pharmacy’s Facebook

Did your cousin throw a rock at your head on Thanksgiving? Oh, wait that happened to me. Anyways, if your family is chaotic as mine, you’ll probably need a first aid kit. National drug stores stay open for your tiny emergencies.

Check the websites to see if one near you is open.


Oak Mountain State Park
Peavine Falls Rd in Oak Mountain State Park. Photo via Bham Now

Want to take pics of the fam? We gathered all the open parks around town. Now go take those pretty fall pics!

  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Address: 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
  • Hours: 7AM-6PM
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  • Red Mountain Park
  • Address: 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211
  • Hours: 7AM-5PM
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  • Veterans Park
  • Address: 4800 Valleydale Rd, Meadowbrook, AL 35242
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Website


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One turkey—I mean ticket. Photo via Bham Now

The best post-meal activity is watching a film at the movie theaters. Check out what will be playing at theaters near you.

  • AMC Patton Creek 15
  • Address: 4450 Creekside Ave, Birmingham, AL 35244
  • Contact: 205.982.4778
  • Website
  • AMC DINE-IN Vestavia Hills 10
  • Address: 1911 Kentucky Ave, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Contact: 205.978.3720
  • Website
  • AMC CLASSIC Lee Branch 15
  • Address: 801 Doug Baker Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Contact: 205.408.0526
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  • AMC CLASSIC Marktplatz 10
  • Address: 1950 Market Platz Center SW, Cullman, AL 35055
  • Contact: 256.739.8073
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