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    Check out our 2016 guide to where to go for Thanksgiving!

    Buttery mashed potatoes, creamy gravy, cheesy broccoli casserole, caramel-glazed carrots, marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes and of course that slow-roasted turkey--Thanksgiving is undeniably the most delicious holiday. With the delicious task of devouring this traditional holiday meal at hand, it’s easy to overlook the hard work it takes to create it.

    So whether you’re too busy entertaining your visitors this holiday season, or you’re just not so good in the kitchen, don’t let the stress of cooking for your family ruin your Thanksgiving. Louisville is full of local restaurants that will cook and even cater your holiday meal this year, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best options.

    2106 Frankfort Avenue

    Chef John Varanese is offering a complete menu of Thanksgiving dishes available for takeout this year, including his scrumptious sweet potato casserole and divine cranberry chutney. And for those who love new traditions, Varanese is also including his classically prepared “Turducken” on the menu. A chicken stuffed inside of a duck stuffed inside of a turkey will give you plenty to be thankful for this year. Call to place your order by November 20.


    Bristol Bar & Grille
    1321 Bardstown Road, 502-456-1702
    614 West Main Street, 502582-1995 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
    300 North Hurstbourne Parkway, 502-426-0627
    6051 Timber Ridge Drive, Prospect, 502-292-2585
    700 West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, 812-218-1995

    This year, the Bristol Bar & Grille is offering a mouthwatering Thanksgiving buffet at four of its five locations. Complete with roasted turkey, classic stuffing and traditional pumpkin pie, this buffet is fully prepared with local ingredients. Call to make a reservation.


    Proof on Main
    702 West Main Street

    Chef Mike Wajda has created a full menu of southern-inspired Thanksgiving favorites that is sure to become one of Louisville’s most delicious holiday traditions. Deliciously roasted turkey breast and smoked legs will be available along with unique sage stuffing and maple ginger Brussels sprouts. Call to reserve your meal.

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    For those who enjoy an elegant holiday dining experience, you can’t go wrong with a meal at English Grill. This year’s holiday special includes an intricate appetizer buffet and a menu of traditional seasonal entrées. Call ahead to make a reservation.


    502-583-1234 Ext. 7225

    If you can’t decide on just one entrée at the Brown Hotel’s English Grill, try the full holiday buffet offered at the hotel’s J. Graham’s Café. Complete with unique citrus-herb turkey, maple-pineapple glazed ham and bourbon-smoked salmon, this Thanksgiving meal is unlike any you’ve ever had before. Call to make a reservation.


    Image: J. Graham's Cafe 


    Butchertown Grocery
    1076 E. Washington Street

    Chef Bobby Benjamin will be adding his own unique spin to several traditional holiday favorites in family-sized portions this year. We recommend an order of his one-of-a-kind sweet potato gnocchi. Call to make your reservation.

    350 W Chestnut Street
    For those who wish to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying family and friends, 8UP Drinkery & Kitchen offers up a new tradition – elevated Thanksgiving dinner atop Louisville. Enjoy Chef Jacob Coronado’s Thanksgiving features in addition to your favorite 8UP regular menu features including a turkey or ham plate, and Chef Bailey Atkinson is also offering up some seasonal desserts in addition her irresistible fall dessert menu including pumpkin spiced churros and Mexican hot chocolate. The restaurant is open 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and the lounge is open 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. For dinner reservations please call 502-631-4180.

    Ghyslain Bistro
    721 E. Market Street, 502-690-8645
    1215 Herr Lane, Suite 101, 502-690-6001

    No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a deliciously sweet dessert, and Ghyslain Bistro has just the thing. This restaurant’s seasonal chocolate favorites include chocolate pumpkin and acorn sculptures flavored with roasted pear cinnamon and pumpkin caramel, and cranberry orange macarons with orange white chocolate ganache. Call to place an order. 


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