• At the other end of the dining spectrum — my end — Cracker Barrel serves up Thanksgiving dinner for $8.99 per person ($4.49 for kids) starting at 11 a.m. Choose from baked ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, your choice of vegetable, a beverage and made-from-scratch biscuits or corn muffins, with pumpkin-pecan streusel pie for dessert. Or serve up to six with Thanksgiving takeout for $49.99 — just make sure you give 24 hours' notice.
• Ellendale's (2739 Old Elm Hill Pike, 884-0171) will be taking reservations for its Thanksgiving buffet through 8:30 p.m. Featured items include honey roasted turkey, Granny Smith apple dressing, chicken piccata, baked ham with pineapple brandy and brown sugar glaze, almond green beans, buttered baby carrots, creamed peas, maple corn squash and garlic mashed potatoes. Cost is $32 plus beverage.
• The downtown Hilton (121 Fourth Ave. N., 620-2178) provides a buffet of roasted turkey with cornbread dressing, a carving station with baked ham, prime rib and pork tenderloin, a seafood station with smoked salmon and jumbo shrimp, and a "special children's buffet." Adults $37, children 7-12 $9.95; children under 6 eat free. Reservations recommended.
• Loveless Cafe (8400 Highway 100, 646-9700) offers its usual menu items as well as a Thanksgiving meal of roast turkey, dressing and homemade pies from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Merchants (401 Broadway, 254-1892) provides Thanksgiving fare at both its downstairs bistro (open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.) and upstairs from 1-7 p.m., where patrons can peruse a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes organic turkey, mountain trout or Niman Ranch beef short ribs for $38.
• Mere Bulles (5201 Maryland Way, 467-1945) gives thanks in Brentwood with entrée and dessert for $29.99 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with 50 percent off wine all day. (Now who's thankful?) Seniors $23.99, ages 5 to 12 $12.99.
• Monell's locations in Gallatin, Germantown and in the old New Orleans Manor on Murfreesboro Road will pass around the family-style platters of turkey, fried chicken and roast beef from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $21.95 per person. Ages 4-10 are $12, while 3 and under eat free.
• From noon-6 p.m. at the
Opryland Hotel, you've got at least two options: the Old Hickory Steakhouse (871-6848) offering turkey, cranberry apple stuffing, country ham and more for $45; or the Cascades Restaurant (871-6848) serving turkey and stuffing, country ham, potato-wrapped snapper and more for $48 ($17 for children). Either way, reservations required.
• The Puckett's Grocery locations both downtown (500 Church St., 770-2772) and in Franklin (120 Fourth Ave. S., 794-5527) will lay out a Thanksgiving buffet of smoked turkey, holiday ham and fried chicken. Call or make reservations online.
• That faithful fount of breakfast-buffet gluttony Shoney's has your steam-table Thanksgiving standing by at $10.99 for adults, $4.99 for kids.
• Nashville reliable Sperry's will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at both its west Nashville (5109 Harding Road, 353-0809) and Cool Springs (650 Frazier Dr., 778-5990) locations, serving items from its full menu as well as a Thanksgiving repast of turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes (and of course salad bar). $25.95 for adults, $12.95 for children. Reservations strongly recommended.
• Thanksgiving at Ted's Montana Grill "starts with a side salad or a cup of creamy tomato soup or Karen’s Flying-D Bison Chili, followed by oven-roasted turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, country-style green beans, Aunt Fannie’s squash casserole and cranberry sauce. The finale is Apple Pecan Crisp, a rich, fall-inspired dessert topped with Häagen-Dazs® ice cream. Ted’s Thanksgiving meal is $23 per person (prices may vary by restaurant). For the kids, restaurants will offer a more 'pint-sized' turkey and dressing meal for just $11 per child (prices may vary), which includes the same sides as the adult meal and a made-from-scratch cookie. And for those non-turkey eaters, the restaurants will be featuring many of Ted’s other classic favorites such as Ted’s Filet, Delmonico Ribeye, a Sirloin and Salmon combination, gourmet beef and bison burgers, Bison Meatloaf, Pot Roast, Cedar Plank Salmon, St. Phillip’s Island Crab Cakes, and a variety of appetizers, sides and desserts. Thanksgiving Day wine features include $5 glasses and half-priced bottles."
• Whole Foods Market in Green Hills and the six-month-old location on McEwen in Franklin will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The breakfast bar will dish out traditional breakfast items until 10:30 a.m., then the hot bar will be open until 2:45 p.m. with traditional Thanksgiving food items such as herb-rubbed turkey, gravies, stuffings, mashed potatoes, side dishes and more.
Let us hear if you try any of these. Happy Thanksgiving!