25 November, 2015

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.



Sail away along the Tennessee River on the Star of Knoxville in Knoxville and the Southern Belle in Chattanooga. Both offer Thanksgiving Day cruises. Enjoy the scenery while dining on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner coupled with live music and entertainment. The two-hour cruise along the Southern Belle includes a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey or carved ham, traditional sides and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.


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 pricesvary depending on location but you can get a great meal for $12.95 to $15.95. 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 ranges from $39.95 to $41.95 depending on restaurant location and $12.95 for children under 12.


Savor creamy butternut squash bisque, hand-carved free range turkey dinner with roasted root vegetables, bourbon sweet potatoes, herbed sausage stuffing, and calvados gravy. Finish your meal with pumpkin creme brulee or roasted pear currant brioche bread pudding. 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.

Chez Philippe, Memphis, provided by Kelly Earnest

The up-scale Chez Philippe at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis is serving up Thanksgiving with Southern sophistication that will leave you feeling warm and nostalgic for the holiday season. The three-course meal (and dessert, of course) starts with a butternut squash and spiced creme fraîche, then a salad of frisee, arugula, mushrooms, bacon, and honey-roasted pecans in a champagne vinaigrette. Roasted turkey is next with a sweet potato tian or prosciutto wrapped in brined pork loin. Top off the night with the “Southern Hummingbird Cake,” cream cheese crémeux and bourbon gastrique buttermilk ice cream. The meal will be served from 3-8 p.m. and is $75 per person. For reservations, call 901-529-4188.

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