My brother and his in-laws are meeting in Memphis for Thanksgiving. Does anyone know of a restaurant that is open (and good, of course) for their Thanksgiving Dinner? - not ritzy/expensive - just a good homey dinner!
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Thanksgiving dinner is a phone call away
November 16, 2005
You want to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner but you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen.
The following restaurants and caterers are offering takeout or dine-in for the holiday. If your favorite isn't on the list, call them to check on holiday hours and special offerings.
Alfred's: Opens at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 197 Beale; 525-3711.
Aunt Joyce's Restaurant & Catering: Turkey with dressing and gravy (10-12 lb. for $39.95; 18-20 lb. for $59.95); complete turkey dinner with all trimmings ($79.95); side dishes and desserts available. Pickup by 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at 5210 Pleasant View. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Call 387-1901.
Central BBQ: Smoked turkeys ($27.99 plus tax). Order by Sunday; available for pickup Monday through Wednesday. Closing at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 272-9377.
Chatterbox Restaurant: Deep-fried turkeys ($35); chocolate, caramel and coconut pies ($10), sheet cakes ($15) and layer cakes ($20). Orders placed by 10 a.m. Nov. 23 can be picked up by 5 p.m. that day. Closed Thanksgiving Day. 3443 Red Banks Road S. between Olive Branch and Byhalia off U.S. 78. Call (662) 838-3300.
The Cheesecake Place: Closed Thanksgiving Day but open until 6 p.m. Nov. 23 for pickup of cheesecake orders, including pumpkin cheesecake. 2200 N. Germantown Parkway; call 937-0264. memphischeesecake.com
Corky's: Hickory-smoked turkeys ($29.99 plus tax) and honey-glazed spiral-sliced hams ($39.99 plus tax). Side dishes available as well as two complete dinner packages ($59.99 for turkey with sides; $67.99 for ham with sides). Pickup Nov. 22 and 23 at the restaurants at 5259 Poplar, 685-9744; 743 W. Poplar in Collierville, 405-4999; 1740 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova, 737-1988; and 175 Peabody Place, 529-9191.
Cupboard Restaurant: Flame-glazed spiral-sliced ham ($39.99); turkey with homemade dressing ($38.95); side dishes by the gallon ($22.95). Call 276-8015 for 1400 Union restaurant; Pickup Nov. 23; restaurants closed Thanksgiving Day.
Delectable Catering: Cajun deep-fried turkeys and mesquite-smoked barbecue turkeys ($28.99 plus tax). Make it a meal with three side items ($49.99 plus tax). Desserts also available. Deadline for ordering is Friday; pickup date is Nov. 23. Limited delivery available. Call 283-6017; 2433 Lowell Ave.
Doubletree Hotel: 5069 Sanderlin. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Carving station with roast turkey, pork tenderloin and salmon; breakfast, salad and dessert stations; hot and cold buffet. Adults, $23.95; children 6-12, $16.95; children under 6, free. For reservations, call 767-6666.
Frank Grisanti's: Embassy Suites Hotel. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, serving traditional Thanksgiving meal. Limited a la carte menu. Reservations required. Call 761-9462. frankgrisanti.com
Germantown Commissary: Hickory-smoked turkey with dressing and gravy (10-12 lb. turkey, $35.95; 18-20 lb. turkey, $64.95); smoked hams; complete holiday dinners for minimum of 25 people with delivery available. Call 754-5540.
HOG WILD-Real Memphis BBQ: Smoked spiral-sliced hams ($42.50); deep-fried turkeys ($40); smoked whole turkeys ($35); smoked turkey breast ($7 per pound; 3-4 lb. average); smoked Atlantic salmon ($16.50 per pound; 21/2 -31/2 lb. average); baby-back ribs ($17 per slab); variety of side dishes and desserts. Order by 3 p.m. Friday. Pickup by 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 at 1291 Tully; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 5101 Sanderlin. Call 522-9453.
La Tourelle: 2146 Monroe. Open for special, three-course Thanksgiving Eve dinner. $40 not including tax and tip; wine not included. Serving between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Reservations: 726-5771.
Mantia's: Holiday menu available for appetizer trays, special party trays, dips and spreads, main courses and casseroles, side dishes and desserts. Requires 48-hour notice. 4856 Poplar; call 762-8560.
Marlowe's: Opens at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with a turkey dinner special for $8.95. Smoked, Cajun-fried and baked turkeys available to order ($40). Deadline for turkey orders 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Pickup at restaurant, 4381 Elvis Presley, between 2 p.m. and midnight every day until Nov. 23. Call 332-4159.
Neely's Bar-B-Que: Smoked turkeys ($29.99) and hickory-smoked hams ($49.99). Available for pickup at 670 Jefferson (call 521-9798) and 5700 Mt. Moriah (795-4177) between 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving Day, when the restaurants are closed
Neil's: 1835 Madison. Opens at 11 a.m Thanksgiving Day. Turkey and dressing dinner with all the trimmings available for $8.95. Call 274-8463.
Pig-N-Whistle: Smoked turkeys ($32.99); fried turkeys ($38.99). Gravy, dressing, other sides available. Available for pickup Thanksgiving week during business hours and from 8 to 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Restaurants closed to dine-in customers on Thanksgiving Day. Call 386-3300 for 2740 Bartlett Rd., 754-4400 for 7144 Winchester Rd., and 872-2455 for 6084 Kerr Rosemark Rd. locations.
Pinecrest Conference and Retreat Center: Traditional Thanksgiving meal with trimmings. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at center in LaGrange, Tenn. Bonfires and hayrides after lunch. $11 adults, $8 children ages 4-8. 21430 Tenn. 57. Reservations required. Call 878-1247 by Friday.
Vanelli's Deli: Handmade ravioli, handmade Italian sausage, meat and cheese trays. Order ravioli and sausage by Friday for pickup through Nov. 23. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Call 754-2246; 7873 Farmington at Exeter.
From the list Ike posted, it looks like Alfred's, The Doubletree Hotel, Frank Grisanti's, Marlowe's, and Neil's are all open in Memphis. Of those, Alfred's, Marlowe's and Neil's are likely to be the most inexpensive.
A little research on the web (checking for restaurants with music calendars) turns up an open Isaac Hayes, BB King's, and Brunch at the Peabody (their steakhouse is also open).
Or he can hit the casinos.