Give Thanks – Without Dirtying Dishes

Picture a table full of turkey and all the trimmings — salivating yet?

Everyone loves to enjoy the flavors of an all-out Thanksgiving spread … but not everyone loves to cook it. Thankfully, several local restaurants offer their take on turkey day. Make reservations now to ensure availability.

Sparians bowling boutique & bistro at North Hills will feature a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Honey glazed ham with pineapple chutney, pan-roasted salmon with orange cranberry marmalade and herb-seared pork loin with plum glaze will bolster the traditional slow-cooked turkey breast with garlic-shallot pan gravy.

Soups, sides and desserts — brown butter sweet potatoes, sage stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake, to name a few — complete the meal. Adults are $19.95, children ages 4 to 12 are $10.95, and anyone 3 and younger eats free. Make reservations here

The Irregardless Café in Raleigh will be serving all day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traditionalists can find comfort in a turkey dinner plate with oven-roasted turkey with pan gravy, sage cornbread stuffing, fresh cranberry orange ginger chutney, vegetable de jour and sweet potatoes. Also on the menu are standout selections like rack of lamb, local pan-seared flounder, and plenty of vegan options like seven-bean cassoulet and shepherds’ pie.

Reservations are required. 

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen will dish up Southern goodness from noon to 8 p.m. Daily specials will include smoked turkey breast, cranberry chutney, sausage spoonbread, tasso ham gravy, collard greens, sweet potatoes, parsnip soup and pumpkin pie. The restaurant’s full dinner menu will also be available. Reservations can be made by calling (919) 233-1632 or via OpenTable.

Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham is making Cajun fried turkeys to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. A bird by itself runs $40, or a full meal with dressing, cranberry relish, candied yams, green beans, gravy, buttermilk pie, rolls and sweet tea for $120 makes planning extra easy. Order by Nov. 19 for pickup on Nov. 22 or 23. 

The Fearrington House Restaurant will offer a four-course luncheon on Thanksgiving from noon to 4 p.m. for $69 per person, and The Fearrington Granary will offer a four-course luncheon for $55 per person. Both restaurants are now accepting reservations at (919) 542-2121.

Those looking to make the holiday a getaway can enjoy a two-night stay Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday, with three-course dinner for two at The Fearrington House, four-course Thanksgiving Lunch at The Fearrington House, and a light buffet in Garden House for dinner on Thursday, along with afternoon tea and full breakfast. Contact Fearrington House for details.


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