Restaurant and pre-prepared Thanksgiving dinner options

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Thanksgiving doesn’t mean having to spend the last Thursday of November slaving over a hot stove. It turns out there are a number of options for East Tennesseans who either want to bring a pre-made feast back to their home or enjoy the holiday by going out to eat.

"Some people don't like to cook,” said Jess Bersin, general manager of the Calhoun’s on Kingston Pike at the Pellissippi. “They have got a lot of family in and don't like to cook, so we're glad to do it."

Every Calhoun’s will be open on Thanksgiving from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. They’ll also serve a traditional holiday plate which includes smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, cranberry sauce and either pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake. The total cost for a family of four will be about $50.

The East Tennessee chain of restaurants isn’t alone. Many Shoney’s restaurants will also cater to families on the holiday who are looking to eat out.

"We're open on Thanksgiving so we can serve the community and have a great meal for everybody around,” said David Love, manager of the Shoney’s on Western Avenue.

The Western Avenue location’s holiday buffet will include turkey and dressing, ham, prime rib, fried chicken, mac and cheese, peas, pinto beans, corn on the cob and pie. It’ll be open from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and feed a family of four for under $30.

For families who want to eat at home but do less work, Kroger has a turkey meal with all the trimmings. It’ll serve a family of seven for about $40 and family of 11 for $60.

Food City has the same deal, but throws in green beans for about $39. They also offer a ham dinner and sides for $44.

Fresh Market offers a complete Thanksgiving dinner to feed seven people at a cost of $80. They also offer a complete turkey and ham dinner with all the fixings for about $130.

So whether you're going out to eat, cooking at home, or accidentally ruin your home cooked meal, there are options for you this Thanksgiving.

"If something goes wrong with your turkey,” Bersin said, “we are here for you."

Knoxville restaurants open on Thanksgiving:

Big Fattys, 5005 Kingston Pike, 865-219-8317
All Calhoun's Locations
Chandler's Deli, 3101 Magnolia Avenue, 865-595-0212
Copper Cellar, 7316 Kingston Pike, 865-673-3422
All Cracker Barrell Locations
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, 865-522-2600
Mandarin House, 314 Merchants Drive, 865-689-4800
Mimi's Café, 10945 Parkside Drive, 865-675-1365
Iron Skillet, 722 North Watt Road, 865-690-6194
Northshore Brasserie, 9430 Northshore Drive, 865-539-5188
All Ruby Tuesday Locations
All Shoney's Locations

Gatlinburg Restaurants

Here's a list of some Thanksgiving Day (and post-Thanksgiving Day) attractions in Gatlinburg:

November 27 & 28 – The Nutcracker “Sweet” – Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for info and reservations.

November 24 to 28 – Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees – Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. Event benefits Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Visit for more details. (GSE) (800) 568-4748

November 25 to December 6 – Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show – Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. For more information, visit or call (800) 568-4748.

November 27 & 28 – Winter Magic Tunes & Tales tm – Through the holiday season, visitors can meet whimsical elves and enjoy storytelling and caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this third annual event! (GSE) (800) 568-4748

November 4 to 30 ­– Gatlinburg Winter Magic tm – The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

November 4 to 30 – Gatlinburg Winter Magic tm Trolley Ride of Lights – Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley’s Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. (GSE) (865) 436-0535 ($)

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