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Get Your Gobble Fix This Thanksgiving in Tennessee

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. People hustle and bustle on trains, planes and in cars for that one special Thursday each year to gather around the table piled high with turkey, ham and steaming mashed potatoes to give thanks for what we have. If you’re traveling this season or if you’re like me and microwaving popcorn is a challenge, let alone attempting to stuff and cook a 15-pound bird successfully, there are plenty of restaurants open on this holiday where you can get your tryptophan fix.

EAST

If you’re headed to Pigeon Forge, stop by The Partridge and Pear Restaurant at the Christmas Place. You’ll be surrounded by festive decorations and have a delectable menu. Choose from oven-roasted turkey, grilled pork tenderloin or slow-roasted roast beef seasoned with herbs. Each entrée comes with mashed potatoes and gravy, tomato and basil soup, green beans and cranberry-orange bread with pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. Adults are $24.99; children three to 12 years old are $11.99 and children two and under are free. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Just like its modern and cool name, RouXbarb in Knoxville is serving up a three-course, modern Thanksgiving meal which includes a curried butternut squash bisque with biscuit croutons and pimento cheese, bourbon sweet potatoes with ginger-glazed ham or smoked turkey and, for dessert, pumpkin bread pudding, cinnamon-apple cobbler and more. Sounds scrumptious! There are two seatings at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The price for this delicious meal is $60 and you can bring your own alcoholic beverage or choose from the wine menu, which features a butternut chardonnay that has peach and candied apple scents.

MIDDLE

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family while surrounded by Tennessee’s beautiful fall colors. Tennessee State Park restaurants are open for Thanksgiving Day dinner and are serving up a traditional turkey, dressing and sides and a too-good-to-be-true dessert selection beginning at 11 a.m. The meal prices vary depending on location but you can get a great meal for $12.95 to $15.95. The parks serving dinner are the Cumberland Mountain State Park, Henry Horton State Park and the Natchez Trace State Park to name a few. All you have to worry about is relaxing and enjoying the time spent with your loved ones.

High-quality and delicious Thanksgiving selections will be available at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Seafood gumbo, oven-roasted turkey with homemade gravy and sausage and herb stuffing with cranberry relish, garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole are just some of the yummy choices for the main course. Polish off this favorite food holiday with a one-two-punch dessert of pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream. The meal is $35.95 or $36.95 which varies by restaurant location and $12.95 for children under 12.

WEST

Savor creamy lobster bisque with a warm sherry garnish, hand-carved free range turkey dinner with corn bread dressing, green beans and brown sugar crusted sweet potatoes with a pumpkin cream cheese crepe with vanilla nutmeg whipped cream for dessert. Hungry yet? These are just some of the mouth-watering selections available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $54.95 at Paulette’s Restaurant in Memphis. The restaurant is part of the luxurious River Inn of Harbor Town so you can reserve a room if you’re too stuffed and want to sleep off your holiday indulgences before you drive or fly home.

The up-scale Capriccio Grill at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis is serving up Thanksgiving with a twist for those who enjoy the traditional food but want something a bit more daring on their palette. Start with a cranberry and bacon toast salad with rosemary berry vinaigrette. Go for the turkey bacon roulade with cranberry demi glaze and sweet potato gnocchi served with braised vegetables, roasted shallot mashed potatoes and a cheddar cheese corn soufflé. Finish the meal with a duo of pumpkin and pecan pie. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is $50 for adults, $20 for children five to 12. For reservations, call 901-529-4199.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you go out for Thanksgiving dinner or brave the kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!

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