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Suggestions for Thanksgiving in Nashville?

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Hi everyone -

DC Chowhound here, looking for help. We'll be spending Thanksgiving in Nashville with my in-laws, and well...no one cooks. There will be 8-10 of us, including an 11 month old. I've heard recommendations for:

Ellendale's
Merchant's
Monell's

Does anyone have any thoughts on these or any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!!

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Ellendale's Restaurant
2739 Old Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

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  1. If money is not an object, I would highly recommend the Capitol Grille in the beautiful Hermitage Hotel.

    http://www.thehermitagehotel.com/site...

    1. First I don't have any idea what restaurants might serve Thanksgiving dinner and which might not. So, recs are based on "if they do T'giving, it's probably good" assumption.

      Merchant's is under new ownership, with renovated space and new menu/chef/etc. So, it might be fabulous if they are open on T'giving, but won't be the same as it has been in the past.

      Ellendale's has its fans but I've never thought it was unusually special. Monell's is family-style southern food, so that would be a great option if that appeals to you. Another restaurant you might look into is The Standard -- southern, but a little fancier than Monell's.

      In addition to Capital Grille, other hotel restaurants worth looking into would be 1808 Grill or The Palm.

      You could also consider ordering from Whole Foods if you have a kitchen where you could reheat & serve.

      1. Thank you for the suggestions and feedback!

        Alas, money is an object. I am a huge fan of The Capital Grille, especially since the original is only a few blocks from my office and is the scene of many a memorable happy hour, but it's a bit steep for us to be taking a whole crowd out for Thanksgiving.

        I'm only a Southerner by marriage, so the family-style Southern meal is very appealing to me since I didn't grow up with that kind of food. I'll make the suggestion of Merchant's or Monell's and see what my mother-in-law says.

        Thank you again!