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Thanksgiving in Nashville, TN

Thanksgiving brings warm, homey thoughts of lavish dinners, family and friends and football. And cooking, testing, serving, and washing. Thankfully forgo hours spent thawing the turkey, and join family and friends in Nashville's diverse culinary scene.

Whether the crew wants a down home meal, or a fine dining experience, there's an option for everyone. Try the annual Thanksgiving Buffet at Commerce Street Grille, in the Renaissance Hotel. Cracker Barrell blends a comfortable atmosphere with a variety of country cooking options. Fans of Southern foods will want to check out Donelson Park Café (a Meat N Three). For a close-to-Mom's dinner, try Monells, with its home-style setting and traditional meal.

Experience Merchants' unique dining in the 100-year old hotel, located on Lower Broad. A variety of options can be had at The Opryland Hotel, including choice between the rib-sticking heartiness of the Old Hickory Steakhouse or the romance of the Cascades.

For those who prefer home, but not the hassle of the kitchen, Nashville provides options for take out. Health-conscious diners have vegetarian and health-food choices at Wild Oats Market. For others, Hog Heaven and Jack's Bar-B-Que lend a different twist on the holiday menu. Order early for Honey Baked Ham, which also offers a dinner of turkey breast, green bean casserole and potatoes au gratin.

After the feast, take in the Nashville Chamber Orchestra's annual Thanksgiving Celebration, usually held on Friday and Saturday nights after Thanksgiving.

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