Side Orders: Here's a list of Chattanooga restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Turkey is the star of Puckett's Thanksgiving buffet Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. / Puckett's Photo

Where will you be spending Thanksgiving Day? At home enjoying a meal you've labored over for days? Or are you planning on letting someone else do the cooking this year?

According to 2018 figures from the National Restaurant Association, one in 10 adults surveyed said they planned to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal in a restaurant, while many of those who said they planned to eat at home added they would be supplementing their meal with dishes - or ordering the entire meal - to go from a restaurant in their town. And those figures are expected to rise.

Here are a number of restaurants opening their doors - letting you get stuffed without the stress of cooking the meal. Call as soon as you can - tables fill quickly! And just so you'll know, you may not get the time you want if you want to eat between 1 and 3 p.m. and don't call as early as possible. According to, a website filled with consumer statistics, almost half - 42 percent of those responding to a 2018 survey - said those are the hours they planned to eat.

* Ruth's Chris, 2321 Lifestyle Way. This popular steakhouse will be serving a full Thanksgiving meal on Turkey Day, complete with many side dishes you've come to love, including your choice of sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach or mashed potatoes, along with roasted garlic green beans and cornbread stuffing served family-style. The Thanksgiving menu is a three-course meal that includes your choice of soup or salad; hand-carved turkey with made-from-scratch gravy, plus all those yummy sides and cranberry relish. The meal also includes pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Thanksgiving dinner is $41.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. Seating times are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Reservations: 423-602-5900.

* The Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. From chilled seafood and an array of salads, to roasted turkey, baked ham, roasted pork tenderloin and brown-sugar roasted salmon, plus all the sides you could ever desire and a separate buffet overflowing with decadent desserts, the buffet at The Read House will make you truly thankful. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: $51.95 adults, $25.95 children ages 4-12. Reservations: 423-266-4121.

* Bluff View Art District, 411 E. Second St. The culinary arts come alive for the annual Thanksgiving buffet at Back Inn Cafe. This year's menu includes many of the traditional offerings, from turkey and dressing, prime rib and sour-cream mashed potatoes to green bean casserole. You'll find the unexpected, too, such as lobster mac and cheese; grilled ginger sesame chicken chopped salad; challah French toast and assorted quiches. A wide assortment of savory breads, sweet pastries and house-made desserts also will be served. Price: $36.95 adults, $19.95 children 12 and younger. Prices do not include tax, gratuity or alcohol. A full bar is available, but soft drinks, tea, coffee and orange juice are included. Hours: 11 a.m-4 p.m. Reservations: 423-265-5033, ext. 4.

* The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad St. From a traditional meal to one that offers something different from turkey and dressing, The Chattanoogan's Thanksgiving buffet is bursting at the seams with mouthwatering selections. The buffet spreads across the ballroom to include numerous salads, such as Caesar and grilled vegetable antipasto. Entrees and sides this year include cedar-planked salmon and whiskey-glazed pork tenderloin. You'll find the turkey, along with hand-carved prime rib, on the carving action station. Sides include dressing, green bean casserole, buttermilk mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, slow-cooked collard greens and white-cheddar mac and cheese. For dessert, take a spin around the pie a la mode station and pick up a slice of S'mores Pie - one of several choices - topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Cost is $45 for adults, $22 children ages 5-12, free for younger children. Buffet hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations: 423-424-3700.

* Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, 2 W. Aquarium Way. The Southern decor in this popular downtown eatery is the perfect setting for a down-home Thanksgiving buffet featuring smoked turkey and ham, fried chicken and pulled pork, along with sides such as corn pudding, mashed potatoes, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. For dessert? Pumpkin and pecan pies, along with seasonal cobblers. Cost: $26.99 adults, $13.99 for kids 12 and younger. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations: 423-708-8505.

* Food Works, 205 Manufacturers Road, will open its doors Thanksgiving morning for a tremendous feast of soups and salads; prime rib; roasted turkey; spiral ham; and all the sides and delicious desserts you'd expect to find on the Turkey Day buffet. There will be three seatings for the Thanksgiving buffet - 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. - at a cost of $37 per adult and $17 for children under 12. Reservations: 423-752-7487.

* Beast + Barrel Gastro Smokehouse, 16 Frazier Ave. Thanksgiving will feature a bountiful buffet of traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Cost: $39.95 adults; $18.95 for kids, and free for children 5 and younger. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Reservations: 423-805-4599.

* Herman's Soul Food, 3821 Brainerd Road, will open on Turkey Day offering a special meat-and-three menu with lots of choices ranging in price from $12.99 to $15.99. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Reservations: 423-624-5715.

* Sticky Fingers (Hamilton Place). One of Chattanooga's favorite places for 'cue will change course just a bit on Turkey Day, offering a buffet with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. But if you want a change of pace from tradition, order some barbecue or ribs for your Thanksgiving Day meal. Sticky Fingers also will be offering its regular menu. Price: $20 (adults), $10 (children ages 12 and under). Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 423-899-7427.


If you plan to dine at home this Thanksgiving but need a little help with the cooking, here are some restaurants to help augment your meal with a slew of delicious choices.

* Mike's Smokehouse, 3147 Broad St. Have a smokin' Thanksgiving this year with a smoked turkey from Mike's. The turkeys range in size from 12 to 14 pounds, enough to feed a crowd, and are $39.95 each. In addition, pick up some sides, such as mac and cheese, hash brown casserole, green beans, greens, pinto beans and broccoli casserole ($7.99 per quart). Deadline for placing orders is Monday, Nov. 25. Call 423-668-8341.

* Cafe on the Corner, 826 Scenic Highway, on Lookout Mountain, will prepare take-home sides and desserts to help you along. Sides serve 8 to 10 people. Among the choices: Southern cornbread dressing ($30), squash casserole ($26), collard greens ($18 per quart), Southern fried creamed corn ($28) and sweet potato casserole, with or without marshmallows ($32). Desserts include pecan pie ($20), pumpkin pie ($18) and apple pie ($20) as well as a luscious triple chocolate Kahlua cake ($40). The full menu is online at Orders need to be placed no later than Monday, Nov. 25. Call 423-825-5005.

* Bluff View Art District, 411 E. Second St., will take orders from the "Dinner Is Done" menu through Monday, Nov. 25. Order the entire meal or just pieces of it. A 3-pound turkey breast that serves eight is $35, and sour cream mashed potatoes and cornbread dressing, serving 12 to 15, are $20 each. Breads, such as the cranberry-walnut rolls ($5.50/dozen) and desserts, like the Italian cream cake ($45) are also available. For a complete list or to order, call 423-265-5033, ext. 4.

* Ruth's Chris, 2321 Lifestyle Way, has select, signature "Sides To Go" for your Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant is offering its popular creamed spinach, velvety roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with roasted garlic and the classic sweet potato casserole topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust. Each side dish is $34.95 and serves 10 to 12. Sides must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance and need to be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 27. Orders can be placed online at, or by calling the restaurant directly, 423-602-5900.

* Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, 2 W. Aquarium Way, will accept to-go holiday catering orders through Sunday, Nov. 24, at 9 p.m.. In addition to all the traditional turkey and side-dish offerings, the takeout menu also features smoked or fried turkey, smoked spiral ham, cherry-wood-smoked pulled pork, slow-smoked beef brisket, smoked baby back ribs and numerous desserts. The full menu is online at Orders can be placed by phone at 423-708-8505 or in person.

* The Acropolis Grill, 2213 Hamilton Place Blvd., has several offerings available for pickup through Wednesday, Nov. 28. A full dinner with turkey and three sides, such as sweet potato casserole, dressing and mashed potatoes ranges from $125 to $170, depending on whether you want a 14-pound or 20-pound turkey. Also available are spiral ham (6 pounds, $50); assorted sides ($18-$25); and a bevy of dessert choices, including the restaurant's popular strawberry cake, cheesecake, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and baklava to bring your Thanksgiving dinner to a deliciously sweet finish. To order, call 423-899-5341.

* Main Street Meats, 217 E. Main St. Order your turkey brined and ready to take home and roast yourself, or let the the experts smoke it for you. Prices range from $4.99 to $13.99 per pound depending on size, type of turkey ordered and whether you want it smoked or raw to roast yourself at home. Side dishes, serving up to 12 and ranging in price from $40 to $45, also may be ordered. This year's menu features broccolini with roasted garlic, Allepo pepper and parmesan; potato salad with bacon; and bacon-cornbread dressing with sausage gravy. To finish the feast: bacon-chocolate chip cookies for $24 per dozen. The deadline for ordering is Monday, Nov. 25. Call 423-602-9568.

* Herman's Soul Food, 3821 Brainerd Road. Herman's will be offering turkey and ham with all the sides, including mac and cheese, broccoli casserole, turnip greens, broccoli salad and dressing, but it will also be offering a half pan of Herman's famous turkey and dressing for $115 (feeds 15 to 20) or a full pan for $155 (feeds 40 to 50). And don't forget dessert, such as a sweet potato pie ($15), Key Lime cake ($45) or a red velvet cake ($48). The deadline for ordering is Monday, Nov. 25. For orders, call 423-624-5715.

* The Chef and His Wife, 6849 Prestige Lane, Hixson, will offer both Thanksgiving and Christmas menus of family-size, carry-out foods that feed eight to 10 people, including whole-roasted turkeys ($55-$65, depending on size) and all the trimmings ($7 to $28) and dessert pies ($12 to $15). The deadline to order is Friday, Nov. 22. Individual turkey dinners are $18 per person, and orders over $100 receive a free pumpkin pie. To order, call 423-508-5823.


* Terminal Brewhouse, 1464 Market St. While the popular brew house will not be serving a special Thanksgiving menu, it will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. So if you want to celebrate Turkey Day with a burger, pizza or other tavern fare alongside a good craft beer, here's the place to find them.

* Hair of the Dog Pub, 334 Market St. Burgers, soups, chili, meatloaf, steaks, fried chicken and more are on the menu at Hair of the Dog on Thanksgiving Day. Hours: 6 p.m.-3 a.m.

* The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Parkway. A mix of traditional Irish fare such as fish and chips and shepherd's pie are on the menu along with burgers, fish tacos and wings. Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

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