Consider dining out for Thanksgiving or ordering take-out for some, if not all of your turkey day staples.
Some of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill's finest restaurants are open for Thanksgiving. Many, but not all of them, are hotel restaurants. Check out their menus online, and be sure to make your reservations early. And call ahead to check on current prices, which vary depending on the establishment.
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Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill has an upscale Thanksgiving buffet style brunch that includes a wide selection of foods including turkey, cured ham, stuffing and fancier dishes such as poached shrimp and crab claws, spiced pumpkin soup, fig cake and more. Brunch is $75 for adults, $70 for senior over 60, $40 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.
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The traditional Thanksgiving buffet at the Fairview in Durham is very popular. Reservations open in late September and are a must if you want a seat. They segment the dinner into three seatings, at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dinner is $82 per adults, $25 per child ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.
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Herons at the Umstead in Cary has a well-known and attended Thanksgiving buffet, which includes the traditional dishes along with roasted pears, baked macaroni and cheese, beef short rib and butternut squash soup. Reservations are available from noon to 6 p.m. The buffet is $89 per person and $25 per child ages 3 to 10.