• At the Hermitage Hotel's Capitol Grille (345-7116), Chef Tyler Brown delivers a tantalizing spread of smoked Niman Ranch steamship ham with house-made apple butter and cider glaze; Ashley Farms Heritage Breed turkey with giblet gravy, cranberry and kumquat preserve; and a Tennessee wagyu beef steamship with horseradish crème fraiche and red wine jus. Sides include macaroni and Tennessee cheddar cheese, roasted sweet potatoes and red onion crumble, and brioche stuffing with foraged mushroom, leeks and bacon. $46.50 per adult for brunch, $26.50 per child under 12.
• At the other end of the dining spectrum — our end — Cracker Barrel serves up Thanksgiving dinner for $8.99 per person ($4.69 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 $54.99 — just make sure you give 24 hours' notice.
• Tennessee bourbon scallops and roasted pear bisque — beats grazing on maize, eh? Give the tryptophans a rest at the Hutton Hotel's 1808 Grille (340-0012) in favor of entrees such as bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with apple brandy reduction ($25), lamb meatballs ($25), and spiced Moroccan halibut ($23).
• Ellendale's (2739 Old Elm Hill Pike, 884-0171) will have its Thanksgiving buffet available 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., but 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is already booked solid. 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 $32.95 plus beverage.
• The downtown Hilton (121 Fourth Ave. N., 620-2178) provides a buffet of roasted turkey with cornbread dressing, Pitt ham with mustard whiskey glaze, chicken breasts with balsamic cream, macadamia-encrusted grouper, a seafood station with smoked salmon and jumbo shrimp, and a "special children's buffet." Adults $39, children 7-12 $9.95; children under 6 eat free. Reservations recommended.
• Sick to death of seasonal fare? Kiss turkey goodbye at the Indian buffets at Bombay Palace (2912 West End, 321-6140), Sitar (116 21st Ave. N., 321-8889) or their vegetarian counterpart Woodlands (3415 West End, 463-3005).
• Or opt for a hearty Italian meal at Buca di Beppo (1722 Galleria Blvd., 778-1321) or Maggiano's Little Italy (3106 West End, 514-0270) — which will both have turkey as backup just in case.
• 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 1-9 p.m., where patrons can peruse a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes organic turkey, pork osso bucco, shrimp and grits or 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. Seniors $24.99, 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 $21.98 per person. Ages 4 to10 are $10.98, while 3 and under eat free. (Gallatin will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
• From noon-6 p.m. at the Opryland Hotel, you've got at least three options: the Old Hickory Steakhouse (458-6848), offering turkey, cranberry apple stuffing, country ham and more for $45; Ravello (458-6848), providing turkey along with its usual Southern Italian fare; or the Cascades Restaurant (458-6848), serving turkey and stuffing, country ham, potato-wrapped snapper and more for $48 ($17 for children). Whichever 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 Belle Meade (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). $26 for adults, $13 for children. Reservations strongly recommended.
• Thanksgiving at Ted's Montana Grill (2817 West End Ave., 329-3415) "begins with a choice of side salad, cup of creamy tomato soup or Karen's 'Flying-D' Bison Chili, followed by a feast of oven-roasted turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, country-style green beans, 'Aunt Fannie's' squash casserole and cranberry sauce. ... Ted's Traditional Roast Turkey meal, starting at $25 per person (prices may vary by restaurant), can also be ordered in a half-sized portion for kids, which includes the turkey and gravy with mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce and a made-from-scratch cookie for $12 (prices may vary). Other savory menu items will be available, including Bison Meatloaf, Cedar Plank Salmon, the Delmonico Ribeye and other classic favorites." As for dessert, Ted's website promises "the new seasonal Apple Berry Crisp, which features Granny Smith apples and berries baked in a caramel sauce, topped with a crispy oatmeal pecan crust and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream." Also: select wines by the glass for $6 or by the bottle for $20.
• Whole Foods Market in Green Hills and 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. As for liquor — well, if your favorite bar isn't open for post-familial commiseration, get a new favorite bar. Happy Thanksgiving!
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