What’s for dinner: local options for Thanksgiving revelry

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Have family or guests coming to town but no time to cook? Why not order your Thanksgiving dinner to go? Several local restaurants will prepare complete dinners, or individual side dishes with enough for the whole family. Be sure to call ahead to place your order and arrange pick-up.

Laurey’s: complete meals $24.95 per person, or individual items available, order by Friday Nov. 22, pick up November 27, 828-252-1500

Homegrown: special holiday catering menu, 828-232-4340

Luella’s Bar-B-Que: order complete family meals or individual items, 828-606-9024 or order online www.luellasbbq.com

Frankie Bones: Thanksgiving-to-go $20 per person, 828-274-7111

Why not get a jump on the Thanksgiving holiday and head out the day before? Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Eve. Here are some special events happening Wednesday, Nov. 27:

Haywood Street Congregation will host a full Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, Nov. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., open to all members of the community. Three seatings: 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon. No reservations required.

Plant will serve Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m., $35/person, proceeds to benefit Animal Haven. Full menu: http://plantisfood.com/, 828-258-7500

Nothing compares to a feast on Thanksgiving Day — without any dishes to clean up! If you and your family plan to eat out on the holiday, it’s a good idea to make reservations as soon as possible. Here are a few suggestions:

Roux: 1–8 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet with many gluten free choices, $33 adults,  $15 children 12 and younger. Reservations: 828-209-2715.

Carmel’s Kitchen & Bar: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., special Thanksgiving menu. 828-252-8730

Strada Italiano: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Some regular menu items available and Thanksgiving Day specials menu. Reservations must be made by phone, 828-348-8448.

Pack’s Tavern: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet $24.99 per person, $12.99 Children ten and under. Regular menu items also available. Reservations 828-225-6944

The Blackbird: 2 – 8 p.m.,Thanksgiving menu, $55 per person, $10 Children. 828-254-2502

The Bier Garden: noon-2 a.m., Thanksgiving menu $24.95 per person, full menu also available, 828-285-0002

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: noon-10 p.m., Thanksgiving prix fixe menu, $36.95 per person, regular menu options available, 828-398-6200

OneFiftyOne Boutique Bar and Kitchen (inside Hotel Indigo), 2-9 p.m.,Thanksgiving prix fixe menu $65 per person, or order a la carte. 828-239-0239

Kathmandu Café: lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Himalayan Cuisine. 828-252-1080

Frankie Bones: noon-7 p.m., Thanksgiving Day menu, Children’s menu available, Reservations required 828-274-7111

Grovewood Café: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thanksgiving menu includes dessert buffet. By reservation only, 828-258-8956

Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro: 2-8 p.m. Thanksgiving prix fixe menu $35 per person, bar open 2 p.m.- midnight and serves food. Reservations 828-505-8560

Grove Park Inn Restaurants:
— The Grand Ballroom: 10:45 a.m.- 8:15 p.m., Thanksgiving Day Buffet $45 adults, $19 Children 6-12 years, Children 5 and younger free
— The Blue Ridge: noon – 8 p.m., Thanksgiving Day Buffet, $49 adults, $19 Children 6-12 years, Children 5 and younger free.
— Edison, Craft Ales + Kitchen: full menu plus a Thanksgiving Day special for lunch and dinner, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
— Horizons: features a limited Thanksgiving Day Menu, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended 800-438-5800

Grand Bohemian Hotel Restaurants:
— Red Stag Grill: from 11 a.m., Prix fixe Thanksgiving menu with vegetarian options available, $56 per person, $25 children 7-12, Children 6 and younger free. — Reservations: 828-398-5600
— Kessler Ballroom: from 11 a.m., Thanksgiving Feast, $45 per person, $25 children 7-12, children 6 and under free. Reservations: 828-398-5600

Biltmore Estate Restaurants: (Requires estate admission ticket or 12-month pass to dine)
— Deerpark: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thanksgiving buffet, $45/person, reservations required. 828-225-6260.
— Bistro: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Gourmet three-course prix fixe menu $55/person, plus limited a la carte. 828-225-6230. Reservations highly recommended.
— Stable Café: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.A la carte menu with blend of most popular lunch menu items, plus a number of holiday offerings. Best option if you tour Biltmore on — Thanksgiving and don’t have a reservation. 828-225-6370
— Cedric’s Tavern: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m : Regular lunch and dinner menus, plus three-course Thanksgiving menu. 828-225-1320

There are a couple benefits and community dinners taking place on Thanksgiving Day:

Fig Bistro: Thanksgiving Day Benefit, Nov. 28 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.. Diners will be encouraged to donate to the FIG Fund with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Homeward Bound’s Room in the Inn program, a community-driven initiative that partners with local faith communities to provide shelter for homeless women as they work towards securing permanent housing. Space is limited and reservations are required. 828-277-0889

Blue Mountain Pizza: Community Thanksgiving dinner, noon-3 p.m.. The whole Weaverville Community participates, even cooking the turkeys at home because they do not fit into the pizza ovens. Volunteers serve the buffet style meal, no reservations needed, free.

Of course there’s much to be said for hanging out at home and cooking family favorites. Whatever you decide to do, all of us here at Mountain Xpress wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are grateful to be part of this amazing community. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving season if you or someone you know are hungry or otherwise in need, Manna Foodbank recommends dialing United Way’s 2-1-1 “First Call For Help” for community health and human service resources in your area. A call to 2-1-1 is free, confidential, available all day, every day and in any language. There are many local organizations ready to help with food and other necessities and some even provide pet food. Find out more at www.NC211.org.

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Gina Smith is the Mountain Xpress Food-section editor/writer.

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