23 Fast Food Chains And Restaurants Open On New Year's Day This Year

Just in case you happen to need the grease.

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Ready to ring in the new year with some of your absolute favorite foods? We certainly are. Here's what's open on January 1, 2022, if you need a quick recovery meal after your New Year's Eve festivities or just want to start off the year with your favorite chicken sandwich, tacos, waffle fries, and more. Of course, we always encourage you to go ahead and give your local restaurant a call to confirm their holiday hours, since some of those restaurants might be privately-owned franchises. We'd never want to leave you astray and leave you disappointed, especially on the first day of the new year.

With that being said, let's make sure your 2022 starts off on the right foot, with all the chips and salsa, waffles, or donuts your little heart could desire. There's something for everyone on this list, so you might even be able to plan out a full day of takeout or dine-in at your favorite places, or you can just wait for what craving hits you on the morning of January 1. You never know what it may be, but just in case you have predictions, you should know places like KFC, Waffle House, Chili's, Cracker Barrel, and Olive Garden will all be on the list. For a fancier option (maybe you played it chill on NYE and want to hit the town to start the year? IDK your life!!) you can choose from places like Morton's Steakhouse or Fogo de Chão. You do you.

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1 Buffalo Wild Wings
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Yes, BWW enthusiasts—most locations are open on New Year's Day. Might that have something to do with football? Who can really say.

2 Carl's Jr.

Openings will vary from location to location, but for the most part, you'll be able to go forth and enjoy your Carl's.

3 The Cheesecake Factory
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Not only is The Cheesecake Factory open on New Year's Day, but it'll also be open on New Year's Eve. You know what that means. (It means you should stock up on cheesecake to bring in the new year right.)

4 Chick-fil-A

Hours may vary from location to location, but your local Chick-fil-A will most likely be open.

5 Chili's
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Most Chili's will be open regular hours on the first of the year. Will you feel god in them, though? TBD.

6 Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel is back at it again as soon as Christmas is over. That means you can expect normal hours at most locations come New Year's.

7 Denny's
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Thank goodness, honestly.

8 Domino's
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This is definitely a call-ahead-and-double-check situation, but a lot of Domino's restaurants will be open on January 1.

9 Dunkin'
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Definitely check the DD app for your local store's hours before heading out, but most Dunkin' locations will be ready to give you as many donuts as your heart desires on January 1.

10 Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão restaurants across the country will be open as usual on New Year's Day.

11 Hardee's
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This is another mostly franchised restaurant, so double check your local Hardee's hours, but you'll likely be able to feast there on January 1.

12 KFC
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KFC is generally open throughout the New Year's holidays, so if you wake up craving a bucket of fried chicken, you should be good to go.

13 Krispy Kreme
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Though a good chunk of Krispy Kreme locations are independently operated, many will be open on January 1. Call ahead to be sure!

14 Olive Garden
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We know you missed them on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but fear not: You can get your soup, salad, and breadsticks come the new year.

15 Morton's The Steakhouse
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Call ahead and ask your local restaurant what their hours will be like, as their dining options are varied across the country right now.

16 Noodles & Company
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Depending on the location, your local Noodles & Company location should be open this New Year's Day!

17 Panda Express
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Not only is Panda Express open everywhere on New Year's Day, but you can expect it'll be operating on regular hours, too.

18 Panera
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Fulfill all your post-New Year's carby desires at your local Panera.

19 Sonic
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Some might argue Sonic is the perfect day-after-New-Year's-drinking food. Luckily for all of us, they'll mostly be open.

20 Starbucks
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Thankfully, most Starbucks locations will be up and running on New Year's Day, though hours will vary from store to store. That said, you're probably good to get your daily 7 a.m. espresso. I'm sure you'll be feeling up to it ;)

21 Taco Bell
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Hmm, is that a hangover you've got over there? Might we suggest a quick trip to the Taco Bell nearest to you? That should help.

22 Texas Roadhouse
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Good news for all peanut obsessives: Most locations will be open on January 1.

23 Waffle House
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As advertised—24/7, 365.

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