If you’re dashing around for the last ingredient tonight or tomorrow morning to add to the home-cooked menu or if you’re opting for a dinner away from your kitchen, check in with our Thanksgiving guide of who’s open when.

The Scenic City’s holiday meal plans range from white tablecloths to decadent buffets to down-home style. There’s even room to start your family’s very own idiosyncratic Thanksgiving tradition … Chinese food or Taco Bell, anyone?

Dining schedule


212 Market
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The a la carte menu has the all-time 212 favorites-Sequatchie Cove red angus burger topped with pimento cheese, filet mignon in a pinot noir shallot butter-priced between $12.50 and $31. Call-ahead seating only.

Broad Street Grille at The Chattanoogan Hotel
12-5 p.m.
This year, the worthy-of-multiple-plates buffet centers on the Tennessee Thanksgiving theme with traditional and nontraditional dishes to please any deep-fried and classic palate. $34.95 for adults/$18.95 children 7 to 12/free for children 6 and younger. Reservations are suggested.

City Cafe
12 a.m.-12 p.m.
423-634-9191 for the Carter Street location and 423-485-8222 for the Lee Highway location
The all-day, all-night diner is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks, with a side of meeting characters and staying away from your own family’s characters. The menu features more than 100 items and cuisines from around the globe, priced $4.75 to $19.95. No reservations required.

Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The annual holiday buffet nestled in the historic Chattanooga site features everything from roast turkey to bananas Foster flambe. $27.95 for adults/$23.95 for seniors/$13.95 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are suggested.

China Lee
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Who said Thanksgiving dinner had to involve turkey and mashed potatoes? Why not enjoy egg drop soup and sweet and sour chicken? Menu items for the Red Bank eatery range from $1.10 per egg roll to $54.99 for a family dinner for six. No reservations are required.

Cracker Barrel
6 a.m.-10 p.m.
The famous old country store and restaurant has enough Southern fixins and Southern charm to tide you over the holiday dinner and right into Christmas season. The Tiftonia location will have both its regular menu and a special turkey and dressing plate with dessert. $8.99 for everyone. No reservations are required.

Hair of the Dog
5 p.m.-3 a.m.
Chattanooga’s English pub is pulling out all the stops, offering the regular menu and blending local foods with an across-the-pond style: local bird, squash casserole, glazed carrots and amazing gravy with a few additional surprises. Roughly $10 a plate. No reservations are required.

Porter’s Steakhouse at the Sheraton Read House
12-8 p.m.
The regular menu at the storied, oaky restaurant will be supplemented by a special Thanksgiving feast of a la carte items, including Cajun bisque, oysters Rockefeller, prime rib and pumpkin risotto. Entree prices range from $24 to $30. Reservations are suggested.

Grocery store schedule

All Chattanooga locations open until midnight on Wednesday and open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

All Chattanooga locations open regular hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Black Friday begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

All Chattanooga locations open until 10 p.m. on Wednesday and closed on Thanksgiving.

Greenlife/Whole Foods
Open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Fresh Market
Open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and closed on Thanksgiving.

Earth Fare
Open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and closed on Thanksgiving.