Creativity and a drive toward celebration run pretty strong on our side of town, so while we've had visions of traditional turkey dancing in our heads, we've been entertained by some of the Thanksgiving-angled and/or seasonally appropriate dishes popping up at Eastside eateries.
While most places in East Nashville (and around town, really) shutter on Thanksgiving Day, we still have today. So if you're looking to get in the T-Day mood -- or, y'know, beat the rush by enjoying your Thanksgiving eats on Wednesday instead -- here are a few fun neighborhood dishes that have been putting us in a Thanksgiving state of mind, plus some Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving happenings.
I Dream Of Weenie's Thanksgiving Feast Weenie
Head to the weenie hut (113 S 11th St.) Wednesday to snag a traditional T-Day meal on a dog bun: a charcoal-grilled turkey dog topped with homemade dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Complement with a side of sweet potato bisque, and bring a drunk uncle to complete the mood.
Mad Donna's' "Pilgrim" Burger
All month, the folks at Mad Donna's (1313 Woodland St.) have been serving up a Thanksgiving-appropriate "Pilgrim" burger: turkey and stuffing burger patty, cranberry mayo, gouda cheese, side o' sweet potato fries… (Photo above courtesy of Mad Donna's.) A low-key twist on tradition that deserves a big doff of the ol' pilgrim hat. Related, if you need to soothe some frayed post-Thanksgiving nerves, Mad Donna's hosts a holiday brunch Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there will be Bloody Marys, which in some cultures are considered medicinal.
Cherry cordial popcorn at Kernels Nashville
Bored of the ol' creamed corn? We all are. So we'll recommend that you put the requisite maize in your Thanksgiving week in popped form. Kernels (2501B Gallatin) released their holiday flavors recently, and one of those is cherry cordial flavored. Which we believe will make your football-watching snack binge a lot more classy. They're open 'til 7 p.m. today (Wednesday).
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' sweet potato with torched marshmallows
It's hard not to like the traditional candied yams with roasted 'mallows thing. It's impossible not to love Jeni's' (1892 Eastland Ave.) sweet potato with torched marshmallows ice cream. It's made with roasted sweet potatoes, cinnamon and hand-made/hand-torched marshmallows, and it turns those traditional flavors into something even more decadent, and even more awesome. Get the limited seasonal flavor while it's here. Seriously.
Growlers at Fat Bottom Brewing
Porters make nice cold-weather salves, and Fat Bottom's Java Jane brings sweetness, heft and Drew's Brews-derived coffee flavor that might perk you up enough for a Black Friday camp-out, if you're into that sorta thing. They're open from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for growler fills only, so get thee to 900 Main St.
Post-Thanksgiving tapas at Antica
The newly recast Antica, in the former Myridia space at 5th & Main, has a post-Thanksgiving gift: Drop by 507 Main during happy hour on Friday (4:30 to 7 p.m.) and snag free special tapas with a specialty cocktail or glass of wine. Far as seasonally inspired cocktails go, we'll point toward Antica's Flippin' Freezin' Over Here (scotch, egg, grenadine, grapefruit, orange bitters) or the belly-warming Fig + Fiddle (rye, Amaro, fig compote, orange zest).
Thanksgiving at The Fuselage
This isn't a dish, but a happening that embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving and East Nashville: New urban decor store/venue The Fuselage (521 Gallatin, Suite 1) will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone's welcome to hang, eat, serve and bring donations of blankets, food or clothes to help needy neighbors. Check The Fuselage Facebook page for more.
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