PUCKETT’S RESTAURANTS TO PROVIDE THANKSGIVING BUFFET, HOLIDAY TO-GO DINNERS
Puckett’s & Puckett’s Boat House All-Inclusive Thanksgiving Meals Mean More Family Time
MIDDLE TENNESSEE—Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House locations in Franklin and Nashville are helping to take out the stress of preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal and giving customers back time spent with family by offering extensive dine-in and take-out options this holiday season.
Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations will be open Thanksgiving Day—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Franklin and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nashville—for families to enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with the traditional fixings: sliced turkey, honey smoked ham, fried chicken and pulled pork, and all of Puckett’s famous sides with fresh-baked pie to top it all off.
Plus, Puckett’s Boat House in downtown Franklin will keep its doors open to host its first Thanksgiving supper, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Southern-inspired eatery on East Main Street, also owned by the Marshall family, will also offer traditional fixings and a similar spread, with Boat House twists—think roasted turkey, spiral-sliced ham, Cajun fried chicken, shrimp cocktail, oyster dressing and cornbread dressing, among other items. A dessert buffet is also included in the fixed ticket price.
Owner Andy Marshall said that the restaurants stay open on the national holiday in keeping with Puckett’s spirit of community.
“This time of year is about spending time with family, and we consider our neighbors and customers an extension of that,” Marshall said. “Thanksgiving is a holiday we look forward to each year to share a home-cooked meal with our loved ones, and we’re excited to continue the tradition for another season.
“Most of these dishes have been served on the Marshall family Thanksgiving table for years. It made sense that we would share them on the Puckett’s table as well.”
In addition to the eat-in options, customers can also order from both Puckett’s and Puckett’s Boat House’s extensive holiday to-go menus.
Puckett’s Grocery options include whole turkeys roasted, smoked or fried; smoked buffet hams slow-cooked in the Puckett’s smoker; cherry-smoked pulled pork; smoked racks of baby back ribs; and more.
The Southern-style sides are just as likely to be the center of attention on the Thanksgiving table as the turkey, with Puckett’s specialties like cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, giblet gravy, yeast rolls and more. To sweeten the deal, Puckett’s is also offering their famous homemade pies and cobblers.
At Puckett’s Boat House, customers can also expect the same made-from-scratch dishes from the packed-to-go dinners that they find at the eatery, and offerings that reflect the restaurant’s Gulf-inspired specialties. A variety of items from its well-loved menu are included, from seafood gumbo and peel and eat shrimp to oyster dressing and chicken & sausage jambalaya—not to mention a smattering of handmade desserts from its bakery.
The varying meal packages are able to feed anywhere from six people to nearly 30 guests. To see full menus or to place to-go orders, go to www.puckettsgro.com/holiday or www.puckettsboathouse.com. The deadline to place orders is Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. All to-go menus are fully cooked, but should be heated before serving.
When Puckett’s Grocery first opened, Marshall would wake up each morning before the sun to slow smoke his award-winning barbecue. Come Thanksgiving, whole turkeys would take the place of barbecue in the smoker and the whole Marshall family would pitch in.
“We’ve opened our doors and invited our guests in for a full ‘turkey with all the trimmings’ dinner since our first season with Puckett’s. Our family has some great memories all pitching in to prepare the holiday orders, and it’s become a tradition for us,” he said. “Thanksgiving’s not about wasting hours in a kitchen cooking the holiday meal; it’s about spending time with family and appreciating each other. We want to give people back that time.”