Maybe you're considering doing the "dining out' thing for Thanksgiving dinner.

It has its advantages, truthfully. No relatives starting arguments with each other about the changing political scene, no dirty dishes to clean up, no need to straighten up the house for visitors and the price is not necessarily as outrageous as you might think.

With that in mind, here's a list of the restaurants in the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln area that should be open this coming Thursday. As always we strongly you recommend you call ahead just to be sure.

Buffalo Wild Wings - Wings for Thanksgiving? Why not...

Ruby Tuesday - Best salad bar in tow. Call ahead for hours.

Cracker Barrel - generally their busiest day of the year, so phone ahead to make sure you can get in.

Denny's - it's a satisfying meal at a reasonable price.

Applebees - Offering its full regular menu plus a Thanksgiving entree.

Perkins - Both Bismarck locations open with limited menus.

THE FOLLOWING ARE CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING: China Star, Hong Kong both Kroll's locations.

We expect to add to the list later in the week as Thursday approaches.

Remember, phone ahead just to be sure. Happy Thanksgiving!

[Sources: Today Show, The Daily Meal]