Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything in your life for which you are grateful, which on that Thursday in November often includes (in no particular order) delicious food, football, Black Friday sales and, of course, friends and family. It’s hard to give thanks for all the work required, though, for that annual feast. Holiday dinners are a big job, after all, and sometimes it’s better to forgo the work and instead spend time with your family throwing a football, watching the big game and sipping on cider instead of slaving over a hot stove all day. For those of you who want to outsource your Thanksgiving this year, be it just the desserts or sides or even the whole meal, we have Charlotte’s finest options for Thanksgiving takeout and turkey day dining-out options. So whether you plan to pick it up and bring it home or go out for the whole meal, we’ve got you covered.
235 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 342-1193
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.to 10 p.m.
The Asbury, best known for it’s brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, is a Charlotte favorite in the heart of Uptown. With dishes that are locally sourced by small family farms, The Asbury offers dishes that they describe as “uniquely Carolinian.” From the atmosphere to the menu, The Asbury is an all encompassing establishment of Southern hospitality. For Thanksgiving this year, they are offering both dining-in and pick-up options. The Asbury’s Thanksgiving menu includes Southern favorites with a three course meal, including family-size sides. Some food to look forward to includes first course starters such as pork and beans and roasted parsnip salad, second course entrees like like herb-stuffed turkey with a bourbon panned gravy, and family style sides such as pimento cheese corn bread pudding, whipped potatoes, braised collard greens and cranberry chutney. The third course is a family-style dessert sampler with sweet treats like salted bourbon caramel pecan bars covered with dark chocolate, plus much more! And if you’d rather eat your supper at home, you can have the same menu option for pick up. To dine in there will be two seatings: the first from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and the second, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. To make a reservation call (704) 342-1193. To place an order for pick up, order by November 22 and plan to pick up on November 24 between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Learn more about pricing and ordering here.
Myers Park: 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209 • (704) 377-1312
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
South Park: 4331 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209 • (704) 377-7686
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reid’s is another Charlotte favorite, and of course they have your back for Thanksgiving dinner. Apart from their yummy breakfast, lunch, dessert and wine options (an SB favorite), they also cater events, which yes, includes holidays. Reid’s doesn’t have packages for their online ordering, and all of their options are a la carte, which is great if you come from a family with different food preferences. You’ll find all the classics like cooked turkeys, traditional sides, rolls and desserts along with other “unconventional” Thanksgiving dinner choices, like enchiladas or lasagna. Order by Sunday, November 20, at 5 p.m. and plan to pick up on November 22 or 23 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Learn more here.
1322 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 • (704) 333-4646
Hours: Monday closed; Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
In the heart of Plaza Midwood on the corner of a strip mall lies Bistro La Bon, where you can find an upscale atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re right at home with their delicious, European-inspired menu and a fabulous brunch on the weekends. For Thanksgiving, they serve up an all-you-can-eat buffet with roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Scottish salmon, Swedish meatballs, salads, pastries and more. Bistro La Bon will be open on Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To learn more, give them at call at (704) 333-4646 or make a reservation through their website here.
8140 Providence Road, Ste. 300, Charlotte, NC 28277 • (704) 541-9990
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in the Arboretum, you will find New South Kitchen & Bar, a casual eatery influenced by Southern style that is dedicated to locally sourced seasonal ingredients and sustainable and natural farming methods. For Thanksgiving, New South is cooking up options for dining in and take-out. If you plan on dining in, you’ll enjoy a buffet with fare such as deep-fried turkey, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, squash casserole, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sausage cornbread dressing, Southern green beans and, of course, rolls and dessert options. Take-out options are similar to those on the buffet, with a few extras available, such as a pimento cheese dip appetizer, jalapeño cheddar corn muffins and various desserts. (SB TIP: Try the bourbon soaked bread pudding, and thank us later.) New South Kitchen & Bar will be open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To place a take-out order, do so the week before Thanksgiving. For more information or to make a reservation, call (704) 541-1163 or visit them online here.
16637 Lancaster Hwy., Charlotte, NC 28277 • (704) 544-0313
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Big View Diner has the perfect mix of two of our favorite things: Greek cuisine and diner food (not to mention they also have an in-house bakery with cakes, cookies and various desserts). With all of the home cooking on their menu, it’s not surprising that they would offer a take-out option for the holidays. For Turkey Day, Big View is cooking up all the classic favorites including a whole roasted turkey, corn bread, sausage and sage stuffing, whipped potatoes, turkey pan gravy, roasted fall vegetables with herb butter, sweet potato casserole with pecans and brown sugar, house-made cranberry sauce, organic greens salad with white balsamic vinaigrette, fresh baked poppy seed rolls, spiced pumpkin pie and apple crumb pie. Want just dessert? You can also order various yummy desserts for pick up such as chocolate bourbon pecan pie, cranberry hand pies, pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate silk pie and pumpkin cupcakes with spiced cream cheese icing. Order by Monday, November 21, and plan to pick up (hot and ready food) on Thursday, November 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you would like to skip the hassle of picking up, Big View will deliver it to your house for $50. Learn more here.
110 N. College St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 972-4380
Hours: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
BLT Steak, located in the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, is best known for their prime cut steaks, fresh seafood and Southern flavors and ingredients, not to mention their exquisite wine list. For Thanksgiving dinner, they are offering a prix fixe menu, where you can select one appetizer, a main course and a dessert while the sides are served family style. Some items you can expect to see on their menu include butternut squash soup, turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry-grenadine sauce and rosemary gravy, glazed carrots, Brussels sprouts and desserts like pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla bourbon ice cream or warm apple crisp with oatmeal streusel and cinnamon ice cream. To view BLT Steak’s full Thanksgiving menu, click here. BLT Steak will be open for Thanksgiving dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and their prix fixe three-course meal costs $75 per person. To make a reservation, call (704) 972-4380.
139 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 601-4141
Hours: Monday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chima is a Charlotte favorite when it comes to Brazilian steakhouses, and they’re serving up their usual fare in addition to a Thanksgiving menu this year. For Thanksgiving dinner, you can expect turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and all of you other favorite traditional fixings along with their usual gauchos roaming the dining room with delicious rotisserie meats including top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish. And don’t forget the delicious salad bar and superb wine list — we’re thankful for those too! Chima Brazilian Steakhouse will be open for Thanksgiving dinner from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. To make a reservation give them a call at 704-601-4141. For more information click here.
222 E. Third St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 331-4360
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to midnight
Located inside the Hilton Charlotte Center City is Coastal Kitchen & Bar, which offers a menu blending Chilean cuisine and Carolina fare. For Thanksgiving, Coastal Kitchen & Bar will be taking to-go orders with options of the Uptown — sliced turkey breast, two sides and one dessert for $60, which serves 4-6 people; the Charlotte — whole roasted turkey, four sides and one dessert for $80, which serves 8-10 people; and the Mecklenburg — a whole roasted turkey, six sides and two desserts for $100, which serves 12-15 people. Side options include candied yams, Waldorf apple salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and green bean casserole. Dessert choices include pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie, and all packages include cornbread dressing, turkey gravy and freshly baked rolls. To learn more check out their full menu here. Order by Tuesday, November 22, and plan to pick up on Thursday, November 24, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
9816 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 • (980) 262-4564
Hours: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The Liberty is best known for their delicious burgers and extensive beer list. If you don’t feel like cooking for Thanksgiving this year, they would love for you and the whole family to join them for their three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. Some yummy things to look forward to include crispy fried blue point oyster salad, roasted pumpkin gnocchi, slow-roasted prime rib served with creamed baby spinach, roasted fingerling potatoes, horseradish cream, caramelized onion gravy and gruyere herb popovers, cedar plank-roasted wild salmon served with honey-mustard glaze, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and cream, sweet potato farro and balsamic onion marmalade. For dessert, options include salted caramel bundino with chocolate cookie crust and whipped cream, and pecan pie bread pudding with sweet potato caramel sauce. To view The Liberty’s full Thanksgiving menu, click here. The Liberty will be open for Thanksgiving dinner from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The prix fixe menu is $35 per adult and $12 per child (10 and under). To make a reservation click here or call (704) 332-8830.
4223 Providence Road, #8, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 364-0402
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
8712 Lindholm Drive, Charlotte, NC 28078 • (704) 892-9999
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Red Rocks is another great Thanksgiving option with two locations — one in Birkdale Village and the other in South Park. Both locations offer Thanksgiving dinner (with different menus) featuring a prix fixe menu. At the Birkdale location, select from entrées like lemon dill Atlantic salmon, quattro formaggio pasta and fried chicken, with sides like corn broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce, garlic smashed potatoes and sweet potatoes; dessert options include pumpkin pie, mini cakes and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. At the South Park location, you’ll find starters like pumpkin butternut bisque, a Thanksgiving platter with carved turkey breast, spiral cut ham, cornbread dressing, candied yams, green bean casserole and giblet gravy, and desserts like pumpkin praline cheesecake, warm deep-dish apple pie and warm peach cobbler. To view the full Thanksgiving dinner menu for Red Rocks Café Birkdale, click here. Thanksgiving dinner at Red Rocks Café Birkdale is $31 per adult and $13 for children under 12. To make reservations at Red Rocks Café Birkdale call (704) 892-9999. To view the full Thanksgiving dinner menu for Red Rocks Café South Park, click here. Thanksgiving dinner at Red Rocks Café South Park is $35 per person, which includes one non-alcoholic beverage per person. To make reservations at Red Rocks Café South Park call (704) 364-0402.
100 W. Trade St. Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 353-6005
Hours: Monday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday through Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Stoke, one of uptown Charlotte’s newest hotspots for seasonal wood-fired American cooking, is serving up Thanksgiving for the Queen City this year with family-style starters, sides and desserts, with each guest choosing their own second and third course at $50 per person. To start, guests will share Mom’s Deviled Eggs with bread and butter pickles and smoked aji dulce, Heritage Cornbread and Crafted Pickle Jars. The second course offers a choice of Mushroom and Carolina Gold Rice Bisque; Frisee Salad with bacon, avocado, soft-boiled egg and blue cheese or Green Salad with fennel, orange, almonds and pomegranate. For the main event, Wood-Finished Smoked Turkey will be served with herbed turkey gravy or guests can opt for Sorghum and Chili Glazed Country Ham accompanied by pineapple and currant chutney or Sunburst Trout drizzled with pecan gremolata instead. A spread of sides for the table will make any grandma proud with roasted sweet potatoes, brioche and mushroom bread pudding, green bean casserole and charred shaved Brussel sprouts. Dessert is a special take on Stoke’s signature one-pound doughnut that’s inspired by holiday pies – the Thanksgiving version will be topped with pumpkin diplomat cream, spiced pecans and cinnamon sugar. To view the full Thanksgiving dinner menu, click here. Seatings are available at 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. To make a reservation call (704) 353-6005.
May your bellies be full of yummy food, your glasses be filled with champagne, and your dinner table — wherever that may be — be surrounded by family and friends!
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