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Restaurants offer Thanksgiving menus, meals to go

Posted November 19, 2013
Updated November 21, 2013

— Let's be honest – Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work. After cooking all day, the meal seems to be over in just a few minutes. This year, why not get a Thanksgiving meal to go, or head out to eat at one of our local restaurants?


Jimmy V's Osteria & Bar – Traditional Italian on Thanksgiving means a sumptuous family-style meal. Enjoy favorites such as turkey and stuffing and some other choices like apple cobbler and caramel gelato. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices: Adults $24, children 12 and under $12 (can also eat free with a donation of canned goods). Call 919-256-1451.

Plates – This new restaurant is hosting their first Charity Thanksgiving Feast. Their gourmet Thanksgiving dinner is available as eat-in or take-out and includes your choice of two meats, two sides and dessert, as well as other extras. Proceeds benefit Stop Hunger Now. Reservations are available from 1-6 p.m. Prices: $39 per person. Call 919-828-0018.

Irregardless Cafe – Their carry out menu includes roast turkey and all the fixings, and must be ordered before Monday, Nov. 25 (call 919-610-6001). The meal will feed six to eight people. You can also eat at the restaurant. Their Thanksgiving menu features some nontraditional items as well as the classics. As always, they have many gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. Reservations available 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prices are per dish. Call 919-833-8898 ext. 0.

Tir na nOg – The Irish pub's Thanksgiving buffet is affordable, the bar is open until midnight and they will be showing Thanksgiving movies and football on the big screens. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices: Adults $19.99, children $9.99, children 5 and under are free. Call 919-833-7795.

Flights at The Renaissance – A family-style meal with entree options of roasted turkey or spinach corn lasagna. Reservations are available from 1 to 8 p.m. Prices: Adults $30, children 12 and under $15. Call 919-278-1478.

Mia Francesca Trattoria – An Italian lunch and dinner buffet. Menu choices include antipasti, salmon con porri, turkey, tiramisu and more. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices: Adults $39.95, seniors $30.95, children 12 and udner $16.95, children under 5 free. Call 919-278-1525.


Washington Duke Inn's Fairview Restaurant – Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah together with a buffet in the elegant Presidents Ballroom to the tune of classical piano music. Reservations are available at 12, 3 and 6 p.m. Prices: Adults $69, children 6-12 $25, children 6 and under free. Call 919-493-6699.

Four Square Restaurant – This three-course meal is perfect to share with friends and family. Reservations are available from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Prices: $60 per person. Call 919-401-9877.


Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar – Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet with classic favorites as well as some of Dean's signature dishes. There will be turkey, ham and roast beef carving stations in addition to oysters, shrimp, salmon and more seafood plates. Prices: Adults $39.95, children 10 and under $14.95. Call 919-459-5875.

Chef's Palette – A traditional Thanksgiving buffet the whole family will enjoy. Reservations available from 1 to 6 p.m. Prices: Adults $26, children $15. Call 919-267-6011.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen – They'll be serving dishes from their usual dinner menu, as well as some traditional favorites. Reservations available from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 919-233-1632.

Chapel Hill

The Carolina Inn's Crossroads Restaurant – With options for Thanksgiving brunch or dinner, Carolina Crossroads has something for everyone. Meal options include cold salads and antipasti, a carving station, classic sides like whipped potatoes and collards and apple pie. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for brunch and 5:30 to 8 p.m. for dinner. Brunch prices: Adults $55.95, seniors $50.95, children 7-12 $22.95, children 6 and under free. Dinner prices are $60 per person. Call 919-918-2735.

Il Palio – Celebrate the good harvest with a four-course meal influenced by Italian and American classics. Reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices: $49.95 per person. Call 919-918-2545.

Talulla's – It's a Turkish Thanksgiving at Talulla's with a three-course prix fixe menu. Dishes include kebabs, musakka, baklava and more. Reservations are available from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Prices: $30 per person. Optional $15 wine pairing available. Call 919-933-1177.

City Kitchen – Start the day off with a Thanksgiving brunch buffet. There will be breakfast items, salads, a carving station and other sides like potato puree and roasted veggies. Reservations are available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices: Adults $35, children under 12 $15, children under 3 free. Call 919-928-8200.


Peak City Grill – A Thanksgiving buffet with carving and pasta stations, as well as items like shrimp and grits, two different kinds of stuffing, casseroles and more. Reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices: Adults $29.95, children $16.95, children 4 and under $6.95. Call 919-303-8001.


Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant – Enjoy an elegant Thanksgiving meal at Fearrington Village. Menu choices include poached shrimp, pork cheek and turkey with apricot and rosemary stuffing. Reservations are available from 12 to 4 p.m. Prices: $89 per person. Call 919-542-2121.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you cooking at home or going out to eat?


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