From fine dining to casual service, there are various options for non-chefs and their families to enjoy Thanksgiving at Triangle area restaurants. Several dozen local restaurants are accepting reservations, but they’re filling up quickly.
Several high-end restaurants will offer buffet-style service on Thanksgiving. Angus Barn in Raleigh will serve its annual Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 6pm. The price per person is $46 plus tax and gratuity, although there are concessions for children and senior citizens.
Over in Chapel Hill, Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn will feature a brunch buffet from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Relatively new (though highly experienced) Executive Chef James Clark and his team will cook a Southern-influenced meal that includes honey apple French toast and sweet potato bisque with cinnamon crème fraiche. Traditional turkey and related fare will also be served.
Elegant Heron’s restaurant at the Umstead Hotel in Cary will also offer a Thanksgiving buffet. At $80 per adult, this meal is one of the pricier options in the Triangle. Buffet offerings will include lobster and sun choke chowder, organic turkey and bourbon chocolate pecan tarts, among many other choices.
Fearrington House Inn & Restaurant, the luxurious Relais & Chateaux-affiliated hotel, will serve a prix fixe menu from noon to 4pm. Executive Chef Colin Bedford, who hails from England, is recognized as one of the premier farm-to-table chefs in the South.
Lucky 32 in Cary will offer a more casual three-course prix fixe menu for $27. Guests will dine on creamy parsnip soup, traditional turkey will Southern-influenced sides and pumpkin pie.
The Triangle Vegetarian Society will host its annual Thanksgiving feast at Durham’s Café Parizade from 11:30am to 2:30pm on the holiday. The meal will include vegan choices like pumpkin leek soup and macadamia nut blackened Cajun tempeh. In addition, the society is hosting a pre-Thanksgiving meal at the Washington Duke Inn on Sunday, November 18. Tickets to both events are $23.50 for adult members of the society, and $27 for adult non-members. Reservations are a must.
Of course, some non-cooks may prefer to lounge at home on Thanksgiving. Raleigh’s Irregardless Café is also offering a takeout menu for the holiday. The traditional turkey meal serves six to eight people and costs $90, plus tax. The last day to reserve a turkey dinner is Monday, November 19.