When in North Carolina for Thanksgiving, consider dining out 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.
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.
The Millennium Hotel features a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet with a large selection of delicious choices starting at noon. As with many of the establishments in and around Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, Thanksgiving reservations sell out weeks in advance.
The traditional Thanksgiving buffet at the Fairview in Durham is very popular. Meals are served in the hotel's large and luxurious ballroom. Every year, seats are claimed quickly, so try to make your reservation as early as September, when they open, if you want to secure your plates.
If you're looking for vegan and vegetarian options for your Thanksgiving meal, Irregardless Café in Raleigh offers dine-in and take out options. There are also standard Thanksgiving staples, so meat-eaters won't have to give up their traditional turkey dinner.
Herons at the Umstead in Cary is a luxury hotel with a well-known and attended Thanksgiving buffet. They are famous for their traditional dishes along with the flavor-pushing favorites like roasted pears, truffle macaroni and cheese, beef short rib, and butternut squash soup.