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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in East Tennessee

An estimated 10% of Americans eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. Whether you eat at a restaurant every year or would like to start some new traditions, find out what restaurants are open on Thanksgiving near Knoxville TN this year below.

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What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving near Knoxville TN?


Note – The times, prices, and information listed on this post are subject to change and some of these restaurants may sell out before Thanksgiving. Please make sure to call ahead and make reservations and orders before finalizing your Thanksgiving dinner plans.


Five Restaurant

Five Restaurant in Knoxville gives back to the local community each working day by donating 1% of each total bill to local charities. They also operate a food truck that delivers food to local residents in need every week. Since 2012, Five Restaurant has used that same generous mentality to offer Thanksgiving lunch to anyone who walks through the doors during select Thanksgiving hours free of charge. To confirm times for the event for 2017, visit five-bar.com.

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A traditional Thanksgiving meal serving on a plateBig Fatty’s

Big Fatty’s, operated by Executive Chef Lisa Jean, will be open for Thanksgiving from 12:00 – 4:00 offering a buffet filled with traditional turkey dinner items and southern classics like shrimp and grits. They will also be offering The Big Turkey Feed – a take-and-heat Thanksgiving dinner option that is enough to feed eight hungry men. The Big Turkey Feed must be ordered no later than Friday, November 17th and picked up by 2:00 on Wednesday, November 22nd. Find more information, visit their Facebook page and website at Lisa Jean’s Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen and bigfattyscatering.com.

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel has been serving up Thanksgiving dinner to happy patrons for years. This year, they will be adding to their dine-in experience with take-home options for families who would like to skip the cooking but still celebrate at home. Cracker Barrels Heat N’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go is available for order now and can be ready straight from your oven in two hours or less. One meal serves up to 10 people. Find more information on their website, www.crackerbarrel.com.

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Mimi’s Café

Mimi’s Café is offering two options for hungry guests on Thanksgiving including a take-and-bake Thanksgiving dinner and a dine-in option featuring a 3-course meal. The take-home option will feed eight to ten hungry people and requires reheating and the 3-course meal comes with a soup or salad, main course, and dessert. Find the menus for each option listed on their website, mimiscafe.com.