Where to eat on Thanksgiving: Asheville dine-out and pickup meal options

THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Western North Carolina restaurants are offering a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving dinner specials for those who don't want to spend their whole holiday in the kitchen.

While some may enjoy cooking a big holiday meal, others are just as happy to let someone else do the work. Here’s a list of local places that will be open for Thanksgiving or taking orders for pickup. Whether you’re looking for a complete meal or just need to grab a few Thanksgiving sides, you’ll find something here. We’ll continue updating this list as we get new information.

Dine-out Thanksgiving dinner


The Bier Garden
A Thanksgiving menu is available from 3-9 p.m., and then a limited bar menu will be available till midnight. Cost for Thanksgiving menu is $30 per person; $15 for children 12 and younger. The bar will stay open till 2 a.m. 46 Haywood St. http://ashevillebiergarden.com/

Bistro at the Biltmore Estate
A gourmet four-course prix fixe menu is available for $59 per person. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. A children’s menu is also available. Reservations are highly recommended. Acess requires an estate admission ticket or 12-month pass to dine. http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/1483-thanksgiving_2016_bistro_2.pdf

The Blackbird
Located in the bottom of the downtown hotel Aloft, a three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu is available from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Other items such as trout, prime rib, vegetarian Wellington and gluten-free options are available. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Prices: $65 for adults; $15 for kids 12 and younger. Gratuity added. 47 Biltmore Ave. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxQtL7geS8SlS2lrbEZIZlBRaVk/view

THE BLOCK off Biltmore
A vegan Thanksgiving potluck to benefit Animal Haven. Nov. 24 from 4-11 p.m. Bring your favorite vegan Thanksgiving dish. $10 suggested donation. http://theblockoffbiltmore.com/index.php/event/vegan-thanksgiving-potluck-benefiting-animal-haven/

Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse
Open with limited hours 4-9 p.m. Regular menu. Reservations suggested. 26 E. Walnut St. http://brasiliasteakhouse.com

Buffalo Nickel
Serving dinner from noon-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant will be offering a $30 prix fixe menu that includes choice of one appetizer, one entree and one dessert. Call for reservations: 575-2844. 747 Haywood Road.

Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar
Serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon-8 p.m. Starters feature butternut squash soup, roasted beet salad, tomato goat cheese bisque and Caesar salad. Entrée selections include turkey, ham, eggplant parmesan, steak and crab cakes. All entrees are paired with classic Thanksgiving sides. Desserts are also available. Entrée prices range from $19 to $30. 1 Page Ave. http://carmelsofasheville.com/carmels-thanksgiving-12-8pm/

Cedric’s Tavern at the Biltmore Estate
Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Regular lunch and dinner menus are available plus three-course Thanksgiving menu for $40 per person; $19 for children younger than 15. http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/1484-cedrics_thanksgiving_2016.pdf

Corner Stone Restaurant
This place will serve its regular menu all day in addition to running three Thanksgiving specials for $17.99: roast turkey and dressing, honey-baked ham with pineapple sauce and baked chicken with dressing. Steak and seafood specials will also be available. Each special comes with a choice of two sides and includes a dessert choice of pumpkin pie, apple pie or peach cobbler. No reservations required. Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner starts at 11 a.m. 102 Tunnel Road. http://cornerstonerest.com

Deerpark Restaurant at the Biltmore Estate
An extravagant Thanksgiving buffet wil be served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Access requires an estate admission ticket or 12-month pass to dine. $54 for adults, and $25 for children 6-12. Reservations are required (and book up quickly). http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/1485-deerpark_thanksgiving_2016.pdf

DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
A Thanksgiving Day buffet is available from 1:30-6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 274-1800. Prices: $39 for adults and $14 for children for 12 and younger. Seating availability is very limited. http://www.doubletreeasheville.com/dining.aspx

East Village Grille
Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The full menu is available plus specials such as a combination platter with turkey and ham and all the fixings for $17.99. 1177 Tunnel Road. http://eastvillagegrille.com

Edna’s of Asheville
Open from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., its regular menu will be available. Guests can also order a quick breakfast or lunch. 870 Merrimon Ave. http://ednasofasheville.com

Green Opportunities Kitchen Ready
A pre-Thanksgiving dinner will be served Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center. It’s free and open to the public.133 Livingston St. http://www.greenopportunities.org/3rd-annual-southside-community-thanksgiving-dinner-to-be-held-on-tuesday-november-22/

Isa’s Bistro
Guests can choose options from a three-course menu. Cost is $55 per person and seatings are noon-5 p.m.  A children’s menu will also be available. Reservations are required. One Battery Park Ave. www.isasbistro.com

Moose Café
Dine in or pick up. If you’re dining in, hours are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. An all-you-can-eat menu is $12.99; plated is $9.99; child’s plate is $6.99 and vegetarian plate is $7.99. Side items include country classics like cream-styled corn, baked macaroni and cheese and sweet potato souffle. All orders for pickup must be placed by Monday, Nov. 21. Orders can be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 23 between 1 and 6 p.m. or Thanksgiving Day between 9 and 11 a.m. An order form is available on the website: 570 Brevard Road. http://eatatthemoosecafe.com/

Omni Grove Park Inn
Several choices are available here: a traditional Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet  in the grand ballroom from 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m; innovative offerings for lunch  (11 a.m.-4 p.m) or dinner (4-11 p.m. ) at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen; an exclusive Thanksgiving menu at Vue 1913 from 1-9:30 p.m.; or Blue Ridge Thanksgiving Buffet. Reservations are required for all venues. 290 Macon Ave. https://www.omnihotels.com/-/media/images/hotels/gpirst/special-events/pdfs/gpirst-thanksgiving-soe-16.pdf?la=en

OneFIFTYOne Boutique Bar & Kitchen
Located inside Hotel Indigo, a limited bar menu will be available from noon-3 p.m. and a traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served from 3-9 p.m. Cost is $29.95 per person. Reservations are needed. 151 Haywood St. https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/asheville/avlin/hoteldetailhttps://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/asheville/avlin/hoteldetail

Pack’s Tavern
Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Two buffets will be served – one upstairs and one downstairs. $29.99 for adults and $14.99 for children younger than 10. Large groups are welcome. Reservations are encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. http://packstavern.com

Red Stag Grill
The Grand Bohemian Hotel offers two Thanksgiving dinner options — a four-course seated meal (with a vegetarian option) or a buffet. The seated meal runs 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and is $65 for adults, $25 for ages 6-12, and children 5 and younger eat for free. The buffet runs noon-12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Prices are $65 for adults, $25 for ages 6-12, and children ages 5 and younger eat for free. 11 Boston Way. Both menus can be found here: http://www.bohemianhotelasheville.com/dining/menus/

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Enjoy a three-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings for $39.95. A children’s menu is also available for $12.95. 6 All Souls Crescent. Opening at noon.  http://www.ruthschris.com/promotions/thanksgiving-dinner

Stable Café at Biltmore Estate
From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., a menu with popular lunch items plus a number of holiday offerings is available.  This is the best option for dining if you tour Biltmore Estate on Thanksgiving and don’t have a reservation. Access requires an estate admission ticket or 12-month pass to dine. http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/1486-thanksgiving_menu_stable_cafe_2016.pdf

Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
Taking reservations for seatings 2-8 p.m., and the bar is open till midnight. The restaurant is offering a three-course meal for $45 for adults. Menu choices range from a heritage turkey dinner with trimmings to beef, pork, fish and a vegetarian option. A children’s plate will also be available. Reservations are required. 125 S. Lexington Ave. http://stormrhumbar.com

A Thanksgiving meal will be available from 11 a.m.-8 p.m in addition to its full menu (minus sauté and grill portions). Vegan options are available. Specials are $19-$24 with a children’s portion for $14. Reservations are required. 27 Broadway. http://www.stradaasheville.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Strada_infographic_thanksgiving2016_v3-1.pdf

The Writer’s Bistro
Located in the Renaissance Hotel downtown, it will be open for a plated lunch 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and then serving a dinner buffet from 4-10 p.m. Cost is $26 per person. There are four entrees to choose from: rosemary roasted turkey, mustard and brown sugar-glazed ham, beef tenderloin or root vegetable Wellington. Reservations are recommended.
31 Woodfin St. http://www.marriott.com/hotelwebsites/us/a/avlbr/avlbr_pdf/thanksgiving.pdf

Black Mountain

Palate Restaurant at the Monte Vista Hotel
A seated dinner with choice of ham or turkey with all the trimmings is for $23 to $25 for adults or $15.95 for children younger than 12. Reservations are required. Seatings 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 308 W. State St. www.themontevistahotel.net

Flat Rock

Seasons at Highland Lake
A Thanksgiving buffet will be served from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Selections will feature roasted cauliflower bisque, house-smoked salmon, butter-roasted turkey breast, sugar-smoked North Carolina ham with apricot chutney, braised beef and tilapia with cherry lobster bisque. An array of holiday desserts will top it all off. $44.95 for adults, $22.50 for children 6-11, and free for 5 and younger. Reservations required. Seating is limited. http://hlinn.com/events-calendar/

Hot Springs

Mountain Magnolia Inn
A Thanksgiving Harvest Dinner is served in a historic inn from noon-7 p.m. A three-course prix fixe dinner is $60 per person; a five-course prix fixe is $70, children under 12 are $25, kids younger than 6 eat free. 204 Lawon St. http://www.mountainmagnoliainn.com/thanksgiving_menu.html


Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub
The restaurant and pub is hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner noon-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The dinner is served buffet-style and is free. 55 N. Main St. http://bluemountainpizza.com

Glass Onion
In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant will have specials on hand, including traditional turkey dinner, leg of lamb, scallops, filet au poivre and smoked Virginia ham for $25-$28. Seatings are 1-7 p.m. Reservations are required. 18 N. Main St. http://glassonionasheville.com

Prepared foods for pickup


Eddie’s Dog House
Get an entire Thanksgiving dinner to go, order a smoked turkey or bring your own for smoking. The classic dinner for 8-10 people is $99.99. If you just order a smoked turkey, it’s $50, and if you bring your own for smoking, it’s $20. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 21. 408 Old County Home Road. http://www.eatateddies.com/asheville-restaurant-blog/2016/11/13/order-thanksgiving-2016-dinners-today

Gypsy Queen Cuisine
Pies can be ordered up to 48 hours prior to Thanksgiving Day and will include sweet potato, chocolate silk, and apple for $30 and baklava cheesecake for $37. 807 Patton Ave. www.gypsyqueencuisine.com

Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Thankfully Complete feeds 12-14 people for $145 and includes a turkey, three sides, gravy, cranberry relish and a pumpkin pie. Other holiday menu items are available to go, too. 501 Merrimon Ave.  https://luellas.myshopify.com/

Moe’s Original Bar B Que (Biltmore Village and Woodfin)
Moe’s has put together a holiday catering menu. 12-14 pound turkeys are $50; 14-16 pound turkeys are $65. The cost includes a pint of giblet gravy or half a pint of cranberry sauce. Moe’s will even smoke it for you for an additional $3 per pound. Eight-pound spiral hams are also available for $60. Half-pans of sides (20-25 servings) are $27.50 and include cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, sqaush casserole, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens. Orders must be picked up by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at either 4 Sweeten Creek Road or 72 Weaverville Road. www.moesoriginalbbq.com/lo/asheville

Pomodoros Greek and Italian Café
Ten different holiday items are available. A 3-day advance notice is needed for orders. There is a minimum order of four people for $20 per person. 1070 Tunnel Road and 75 Long Shoals Road. http://pomodoroscafe.com

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack (West Asheville and South)
Order your Thanksgiving sides and desserts by Monday, Nov. 21. Pint, quart, half-pan and full-pan sizes are available. Holiday favorites such as corn pudding and green bean casserole are available. You can also pick up a pecan pie for $18 or a Coca-Cola cake for $30. Ready for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 23. 1455 Patton Ave. and 3749 Sweeten Creek Road. www.rockyshotchickenshack.com

Black Mountain

Artisan Gourmet Market/Coffee & Wine Bar
You can preorder a whole Thanksgiving meal in a to-go box for $15.95 per person or just get individual items. All items, except pies, are priced per pound. All turkeys are North Carolina-raised, fresh, hormone- and antibiotic-free. Turkeys are $3.69 per pound and traditional sides such as stuffing are $6.89 per pound. Pickup is no later than Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m., but people are encouraged to pick up by Tuesday, Nov. 22. 2 E. Market St., Black Mountain. www.artisangourmetmarket.com


Well-Bred Bakery & Café
Special orders are being taken at both locations (Weaverville and Biltmore Village). Preorder forms are at both counters, or people can call 645-9300. Orders need to be in by Sunday, Nov. 20. Side dishes and pies only. Prices are per serving. Orders can be picked up at both locations through Wednesday, Nov. 23, and then only in Weaverville on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 26 N. Main St. www.wellbredbakery.com



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