By: Ezra Wheeler
While Thanksgiving has many things in its favor (reuniting with friends and family, throwing dietary concerns to the wind, drinking wine at noon), it also comes with plenty of headaches, especially when it comes to the grueling cooking schedule and even more burdensome after-meal cleaning. With that in mind, there are plenty of Memphis restaurants who are willing to do the dirty work for you.
So whether you’re looking for comfort food or something a little fancier, here are seven of our favorite local restaurants that you can rely on this holiday season, leaving you more time to focus on the things that really matter (like arguing with your drunk uncle about canned versus homemade cranberry sauce).
*Be warned, you’ll need to plan ahead, so be sure to check out each restaurant’s deadline for reservations or placing pick-up orders.
545 S. Main St. (Inside Central Station)
If you’re a foodie residing in Memphis, it’s almost inevitable that you’ve eaten at one of Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s many excellent restaurants. Their newest venture, a trendy French Brasserie called Bishop inside Central Station, proves once again that the men might be the Bluff City’s most talented restaurateurs. This year, Bishop will be open on Thanksgiving day and offering a special holiday menu for both brunch and dinner.
149 Union Ave. (Inside The Peabody)
Known as one of Memphis’ finest steakhouses, the Capriccio Grill at the Peabody will be serving a special three-course meal between noon and 10pm on Thanksgiving day. While we generally prefer a medium rare steak over turkey, we are more than a little bit intrigued by their Ghost River beer brined bird.
While Corky’s will not be serving a holiday menu within their restaurants, they are offering some absolutely mouth watering options for pick-up. If you’re familiar with their regular offerings of pulled pork and ribs, then you know that the team is skilled in the art of cooking up some pig, so you probably can’t go wrong with their honey glazed ham. If you’re feeling a bit more traditional, then Corky’s is also offering hickory smoked turkey, as well as sides ranging from cornbread dressing to sweet potato casserole to mac & cheese.
The Complicated Pilgrim
21 S. Cooper Street (Inside The Memphian)
If we were basing our Thanksgiving meal location based on name alone, then it would be hard to find a more fitting restaurant than the Complicated Pilgrim, the beautiful new restaurant located in Midtown’s The Memphian hotel. The restaurant will be offering a specialty four course meal from noon to 8pm on Thanksgiving Day, with offerings ranging from brown sugar braised pork loin to pumpkin cheesecake.
Main Street, between Monroe & Madison Ave.
Few restaurants are able to blend Southern comfort food with fine dining better than Felicia Suzanne’s, which makes them an ideal source for an elegant yet familiar Thanksgiving dinner. Their annual “Operation Turkey Day” menu is back yet again, featuring delectable twists on traditional favorites such as gulf oyster dressing and deviled eggs topped with salmon, caviar and bacon.
288 S 4th St
Lunchbox Eats, an eclectic (and delicious) little sandwich shop located in the shadow of FedEx Forum, is undoubtedly one of the city’s finest hidden gems, but did you know they also have a catering arm? This year they are offering a Thanksgiving menu that features the best of your traditional Southern holiday meal, including smoked turkey, garlic sweet potatoes, collard greens, and much more.
50 Harbor Town Square
For nearly 50 years, Paulette’s has been one of Memphis’ most celebrated fine dining restaurants, garnering a stellar reputation for their service, food, and atmosphere. If you’re feeling a bit bougie this year, then head to Harbor Town and treat yourself with a three-course meal that includes options such as lobster bisque, filet mignon, or the tried-and-true turkey and dressing.