The calendar year may have changed, but your love for brunch certainly hasn’t. After living it up at the best New Year’s Eve parties the night before, there’s a good chance that you’re not in the mood to cook a meal for your loved ones on January 1. No matter if you’re looking for a quick (and quiet) bite in the morning or a three-course dinner to start 2020 off on hearty note, these family-friendly restaurants and fast food chains are worth the stop. And even if you’re just in the mood for a pick-me-up (read: coffee), we’ve included the New Year’s Day hours of several grab-and-go coffee places like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Before you head out, take a look at this list to see which restaurants are open on New Year’s in 2020 because it’s important to kickoff the new year — well, decade — with a delicious bite. As always, remember to call your local restaurant to confirm hours since they vary by location.
Sip on Applebee’s‘ Neighborhood Drink of the Month to celebrate the first day of the year — many Applebee’s restaurants will stay open for New Year’s Day, though hours vary upon location, so be sure to call ahead.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Start off the New Year in the best way you know how: A chicken wing in one hand and a glass of beer in the other. As reported by Newsweek, this popular restaurant was open during its regular hours last year. Hours will vary upon location, so be sure to check with the location you plan on visiting.
If you’re craving a plate of onion rings or maybe some “crisscut” fries, Carl’s Jr. locations will be open on January 1, though holiday hours will vary by location.
Get your chips and salsa fix at Chili’s — most locations should be open on New Year’s Day, though hours may vary depending on location (so make sure to call ahead!). What pairs well with salsa? Their Margarita of the Month, which will be unveiled that day.
Dave & Buster’s
Keep the party going at Dave & Buster’s, the family-friendly arcade and restaurant. Most locations are open on January 1 and should have regular hours, but call your nearest location for specific hours as they may vary.
You can also count on Denny’s to deliver a Grand Slam after a wild night out on New Year’s Eve. The chain is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
If you believe that your first meal of 2020 should be an indulgent one, then order a pizza from your local Domino’s and call it a day. Opt for delivery if you’re feeling too lazy to drive.
The best way to start 2020 is with coffee — and lots of it. Most Dunkin’ Donuts locations will be open on New Year’s Day, so stop by for your morning brew and Munchkins before you hit the gym. Hours may vary depending on location, though, so be sure to check ahead before going your local Dunkin’ run.
This popular fast food chain should be open for New Year’s, but be sure to check before you go for a biscuit in the morning — since holiday hours are decided upon by the franchise owners.
Celebrate all that the new year brings with a massive stack of fresh pancakes, since most IHOP locations will be open on the first day of 2020. Psst, if you join the restaurant’s eclub, you can start the year with free pancakes!
Want to start 2020 off by finally trying out the new fried chicken sandwich? Head to KFC for some finger lickin’ good food on New Year’s. The majority of KFC locations generally stay open for the first of January — but reduced hours may apply for the holiday, so be sure to check your local listings.
Whether you prefer spaghetti or meatballs (or both!), visit this Italian-American restaurant for lunch or dinner, as most locations should be open for New Year’s. Hours may vary depending on location, so be sure to check with your local restaurant.
First comes New Year’s Eve parties. Then comes the post-party McFlurry. Most McDonald’s locations across the U.S. keep their doors open on New Years Day, but as always, give your local chain a call before you hop in the car.
Cheers to the new year with a glass of bubbly and decadent steak dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse. This popular steak spot is open on New Year’s Day — but tables will fill up quickly, so reserve your spot ASAP!
Let the family time continue at Olive Garden, where you can fill up on unlimited salad and breadsticks. Our favorite Italian spot will be open for regular hours on New Year’s Day. Plus, if you sign up for the e-club, you can score a free appetizer or dessert when you buy two entrees.
Chinese food on New Year’s Day? Sounds like a plan. Make a trip to your nearest Panda Express, which operates on normal restaurant hours, to fill up on fried rice, lo mein, and all your other favorite Chinese dishes.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Most locations stay open for regular hours on New Year’s Day (and all holidays, for that matter) — because nothing should stand in the way between you and your steak. Make sure to reserve your table here!
This drive-in restaurant should have many of its locations open for January 1. Many locations are franchised and do not have a set holiday schedule, however, so be sure to check your local drive-in before you swing by for a hot dog.
Peppermint mocha season only lasts so long. You know what that means: Head to your local Starbucks for your caffeine fix. Starbucks’ hours will vary by location.
The Cheesecake Factory
If you’re craving a slice of Vanilla Bean (or maybe an Ultimate Red Velvet) to start off 2020, good news — Cheesecake Factory locations will be open on New Year’s Day.
Because potato skins aren’t going to eat themselves. Some TGI Fridays locations will be open as it was last year, though hours will vary as holiday openings will be determined by the franchise owners, so be sure to check your local listing.
When in doubt, go to Waffle House. All 2,100 locations are open 365 days a year, so you can ring in the new year with a mouthwatering stack of chocolate chip (or peanut butter!) waffles.
This restaurant will be open for New Year’s Day, so you can start your year off on the right foot, aka with a delicious gourmet burger in your mouth. Plus, you can snag some free tots when you join the Wahlburgers rewards program.
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