The chaos of Thanksgiving Day often brings inevitable occurrences like an overcrowded oven or spilled gravy, which are sure to throw a wrinkle in holiday plans. Although we enjoy the age-old tradition of roasting a turkey and peeling potatoes, we’re throwing in the towel and letting the experts do what they’re good at!
If you are tempted to ditch the hours of prep and the dirty dishes like us, here are some options to consider, listed in alphabetical order, where you can pick up all or part of your Thanksgiving meal. Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is about the people surrounding you at the table, not the tears cried over dry turkey.
EDITOR’S NOTE: These spots are still finalizing their menus for the 2018 holiday season. Bookmark this page, and check back to find even more local options for getting your Thanksgiving dinner to-go. The information below was based on details from 2017.
605 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 256-4455
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a Nashville culinary staple that serves straight-up Southern classics. The beloved meat-and-three has all of your country favorites — green beans, corn pudding, mac ‘n’ cheese — as well as roast beef ($98.75-$189.50) and sugar-cured ham ($119.80). They are ready to make them in bulk to-go … straight to your Thanksgiving table. Arnold’s is a place where the sides take center stage, so dress up your turkey with these comfort dishes.
1232 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37069 • (615) 794-9533
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Barbara’s Home Cookin’ has a near cult-like following for their yeast rolls, which are basically bread nirvana. Order up a dozen of the famous rolls for a mere $7.50. This “just like Mama makes it” restaurant is a tiny gem that produces amazing Thanksgiving sides, like squash and sweet potato casserole, as well as roasted boneless turkey breast and roasted pork tenderloin. See all of their specials here.
3214 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 329-2626
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bro’s Cajun Cuisine has been saving people from the perils of frying their own turkeys for well over a decade. It is definitely a tasty alternative to the baked bird and will free up your oven, too. If you’re looking to branch out from the turkey tradition, try one of their fabulous hams, a rack of pork ribs or the Andouille sausage. In addition to tasty smoked meats, Bro’s has generous sides that are ready to heat and serve. This may be your last chance to enjoy a Bro’s fried turkey as they plan to shut their doors once their property sells.
1110 Hillsboro Road, Ste. B200, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 599-0338
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The quintessential meat-and-three, Cool Cafe has a full menu of Thanksgiving offerings. Order a whole bird (12 to 15 pounds), sliced or unsliced; or opt for a breast only (8 to 12 pounds). And select some sides like your Granny makes — pea salad, fried corn, mashed potatoes and more. Additional options include appetizers, specials like rolls and gravy and, of course, desserts, including pies, cobblers and banana pudding.
4004 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 383-7242
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Copper Kettle Cafe is a local favorite known for fine, home-cooked cuisine. They put together a fabulous Thanksgiving spread that includes crowd-pleasing classics like sweet potato casserole, Gouda mac and cheese, and turnip greens, as well as scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and desserts and, of course, a roasted turkey. Check online for updates about ordering.
850 Hillwood Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 352-0527
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Corner Market is a catering company prized for its gourmet flavors and high-quality ingredients. In addition to its standard catering options, The Corner Market offers a Thanksgiving dinner, which serves four to six, and includes two pounds of sliced turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, your choice of two sides, a dozen yeast rolls and your choice of pie. You may also order a la carte from their fabulous Thanksgiving specials, including roasted autumn vegetables, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pies and more (see here)!
850 Hillwood Blvd., Ste. 1, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 354-9555
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Leland Riggan, of Dessert Designs, is known for making some of the most talked-about wedding cakes in town. But our favorite of Leland’s creations is the utterly divine caramel cake, which is a fabulous ending to any holiday meal. Dessert Designs also has a great selection of cakes for chocolate lovers and vanilla loyalists, which can be found here. The caramel cake can be ordered online and can be picked up in-store.
516 Hagan St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 712-8150
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It wouldn’t be a true Thanksgiving feast without dessert. Dozen is an artisanal bakery that uses only the finest local and organic ingredients. And trust us – you can taste the difference between these handmade confections and your store-bought puff pastry (though we admit, Pillsbury has a time and place)! Their holiday menu is decorated with beautiful cranberry orange or apple galettes, pumpkin cranberry bread and pumpkin, buttermilk pear and chocolate silk pies.
717 Craighead St., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 321-8700
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dulce Desserts is another fabulous bakery that makes everything from stunning wedding cakes to seasonal cookies! Dulce has a great lineup of pies on their Thanksgiving menu that is sure to please even the pickiest of your guests. They offer classics, like pumpkin and pecan, but their signature item is a coconut cream pie that has a macadamia nut crust piled high with pastry cream and toasted coconut. They also offer a pecan pie cake, a hybrid that really hits it home!
5304 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 203-0433
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Sometimes it’s the side that can be the most time-consuming. EiO is here to save you some extra time by taking care of everything but the turkey. The choices included gluten-free mac and cheese, herb-roasted beets and sweet potato mash. Each dish serves four.
2211 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-4331 (ext. 3)
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Food Company in Green Hills is a treasured spot for lunch and a trusted place for gourmet meals to-go. They have a plethora of yummy holiday items for your table, like truffled corn pudding and citrus kale salad, all of which can be ordered a la carte. The Food Company offers a Thanksgiving special for $145 that generously feeds four to six guests.
Golden Roots is delivering gluten-free and dairy-free sides directly to your doorstep this year. They have you covered with roasted cranberry sauce and gravy, sweet potato casserole, stuffing and rolls, plus pumpkin pie and chocolate honey caramel tart. Just add turkey!
2023 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 340-6378
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Henley’s “Turkey Call” includes dinner for four. Roasted turkey, green bean casserole, oyster-sausage-cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, sweet potato rolls and a pumpkin or pecan pie are sure to keep you full and happy this holiday. Feed the family for $200.
1200 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 490-8042
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Henrietta Red is more than happy to take care of your Thanksgiving pies this year! Choose from mulled apple cider cheese pie, toffee pecan pie and brown butter pumpkin pie with pumpkin spiced latte marshmallows — or order all three. For $30 each, these pies are such to impress your holiday guests.
2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 • (615) 647-9407
Dedicate your Thanksgiving Day to tackling the turkey, and let Juniper Green handle the rest. This year, their Thanksgiving menu features snack boards; sides, such as roasted Brussels, caramelized beets, potato parsnip mash and rosemary roasted mushroom gravy; and dessert. Choose from four pies, maple sweet potato, honey pecan and salted caramel chocolate, or cookies for dessert. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options fill the menu!
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Kroger allows you to choose from five dinner options for your Thanksgiving meal. Starting at $44.99, the dinners feed 6 to 8 people and include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy and rolls (pumpkin pie, cranberry celebration, additional sides and larger portions are available for an added cost). You can also choose from a la carte sides (such as bread pudding, butternut squash, turkey gravy and old-fashioned stuffing).
8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221 • (615) 646-9700 (ext. 3)
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Loveless Cafe is known for its Southern fare and love of Southern traditions – including Thanksgiving. Order a Loveless Thanksgiving meal pack, which includes turkey, gravy, cranberry relish, cornbread dressing, buttery biscuits, preserves and three homemade side dishes, plus optional add-ons, such as their homemade pies. Order enough to feed six people for just $109.99. Find the full menu here.
3078 Maddux Way Franklin, TN 37069 • (615) 591-4104
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mack + Kate’s is offering three options for this year’s holiday meal: the classic turkey package, the deluxe turkey and ham meal and the traditional ham package. Each options includes deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, yeast rolls and pie, plus one or both meats. Serve 10-12 people for $279.95 to $329.95.
1000 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 262-1111
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Although Marché can make just about anything you need, they specialize in Thanksgiving breakfast, dessert, bread and pastries. Start your day with croissant French toast casserole, quiche or savory breakfast pudding. With everything from pumpkin cheesecake and apple spice cake to bread pudding and autumn holiday cookies, these sweets will be the perfect way to end your meal. The menu includes holiday cookies (with gluten-free options), pumpkin pie, cranberry linzer tart and chocolate pumpkin mousse tart. Order cranberry pecan bread, pumpkin loaf, focaccia, brioche and dinner rolls as Thanksgiving sides or breakfast treats.
4410 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 269-9406
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.)
McCabe Pub is all about the sides this Thanksgiving. Consider squash, broccoli and sweet potato casseroles. These recipes have been family treasures for years, available for your family this year, as well! End the meal with something sweet, such as apple crunch pumpkin pie or red velvet cake. And if you truly don’t want anyone to know you picked it up, just bring your own dish, and McCabe will use it to prepare your take-home casserole. We won’t tell!
A local food delivery service, MEEL also has a Marketplace stock with local goodies. This time of year, the Marketplace is stocked with holiday essentials. Order a bundle of sides, a Hippo Hallow Farms turkey, pies, rolls, bread basket and more!
2176 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37069 • (615) 599-5313
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
While you can’t get the turkey at this gourmet to-go site located inside a great, locally owned grocery, you can get everything else you need for your Thanksgiving meal. Miss Daisy’s Kitchen even lets you bring your own casserole dishes to be filled with tempting sides, like squash casserole, cornbread dressing and cinnamon-pecan cranberry sauce. The traditional holiday menu features dips (crab, artichoke, black bean, etc.), seasonal sides, side salads, cakes and pies.
903 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 829-6023
Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Peg Leg Porker is best known for their barbecue, smoked by pitmaster Carey Bringle. This year for Thanksgiving, they are adding turkey to their roster of smoked meats. Pair your smoked turkey (a 12- to 14-pound bird) with traditional sides and pies for a well-rounded holiday meal.
500 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 770-2772
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant offers all of the great down-home essentials for Thanksgiving. Order your turkey roasted, smoked or fried, and pair it with sides, such as cornbread dressing and squash casserole. For dessert, try one of the homemade pies or cobblers (we have our eye on the maple pecan pie).
937 Locklayer St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 780-9900
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Let Silver Sands whip up a Southern-style feast this Thanksgiving! Feed 8-10 people with their Holiday Special Dinner: one meat (ham, turkey or chicken), two sides, dressing, giblet gravy, bread and cranberry sauce. Add a cake, cobbler or chess squares to round out the meal! The special is sticking around until Christmas, so circle back then to place a second order!
1109 Davenport Blvd, Franklin, TN 37069 • (615) 794-9989
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bring a Southwest-flair to your holiday table, with the help of Sopapilla’s. Surprise your guests with tamales, New Mexican street corn, grilled vegetables, rice and refried or black beans. If there is something else you are looking for, they are happy to take custom orders!
2725 Clifton Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 329-4418
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Swett’s is an old favorite in Nashville and has been a go-to for Thanksgiving dinner for years. Their dinner, which rings in at $129, serves 10-12 people with oven-roasted turkey, dressing with giblet gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes and rolls. For $25 each you can add additional side items including creamed potatoes, turnip greens and macaroni and cheese.
816 51st Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 454-5250
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment
Tinwings is making a fresh to-go dinner with all of the fixins. The menu includes a baby arugula and spinach salad, pumpkin tomato bisque, cornbread dressing, homemade gravy, Brussels sprouts pumpkin bread and additional market favorites. For those hunting for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or nut-free options, the menu is clearly marked. They are leaving the bird but have plenty of sides to go around!
Vivek Surti is the mastermind behind VEA Supper Club. During his dinners, he brings people together to tell stories and experience an adventure of delicious food. This year, you can take his creative dishes to your table. Order sides, such as cornbread dressing with sausage, apple, celery and sage; sweet potato casserole with tahini, preserved lemon, almond, chili and mint; cranberry relish with grapefruit, picked fresno chilies and mint; and turkey gravy with black pepper and bay leaf. Click here for the full menu.
4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 440-5100
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you want lots of options for sides and such without having to commit to a complete order, Whole Foods is a great option. They always have a large selection of freshly made, chef-prepared items. Or if you’d rather order the whole meal with one swipe, check out their online ordering form and choose from a list of seasonal items, including gorgeous flower arrangements! If you are looking for items for folks with dietary restrictions, check out their list of vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free items, such as holiday stuffing, cheesecake tarts and cider sorbetto.
Bon appetit, Nashville! May your Thanksgiving be filled with good flavors and great company!
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