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What’s open for Thanksgiving? More than 20 restaurants are ready to serve Cape Fear diners this holiday

Don’t want to cook this Thanksgiving? Numerous restaurants in the Cape Fear region will be open to serve you and your family. (Courtesy Pexels)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The most delicious holiday of the year is days away. For those who want to step away from the stove and instead enjoy quality time with friends and family, restaurants in the Cape Fear region are making it easy to do so.

Numerous restaurants from downtown Wilmington to Wrighstville Beach to Carolina Beach are ensuring no one misses the traditional turkey and dressing. Some are even stepping outside of the holiday box and serving up non-traditional meals as well.

Port City Daily culled below list of restaurants that are either open or are taking pre-orders for takeaway meals come Thanksgiving Day. Reservations may be required, so call ahead to ensure space is still available.

Happy holidays!

Black Sea Grill

118 S. Front St. •

Looking for something more Mediterranean this holiday? Downtown’s Black Sea Grill will offer curbside service from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. Costing $58, four people will enjoy hummus and pita, eight pieces of char-grilled chicken kebabs and eight pieces of char-grilled beef kebabs, Jasmine rice, house salad, and baklava.

All orders must be placed by by calling 910-254-9990 by Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m.

Blockade Runner

275 Waynick Blvd. •

Thanksgiving can be enjoyed by the waterfront at Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach this year, as their buffet opens from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $80 for adults and $32 for kids.

There will be a seafood station (cold crab claws, NC oysters, bacon-wrapped scallops, smoked fish dip), a carving station (smoked turkey, roasted whole turkey, deep fried turkey, roasted salmon, spiral ham), plus salads, sides (including vegan and vegetarian items) and desserts galore.

For reservations, call 877-684-8009.

Bluewater Waterfront Grill

4 Marina St. •

Starting at 11 a.m., Bluewater will open for diners who wish to enjoy the holiday overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served for $30 a person or $15 a child, featuring herb-buttered roasted turkey breast or brown-sugar baked ham, with sides including sweet cinnamon-glazed baby carrots, honey-stung Brussels sprouts, Yukon gold mash, and chorizo and sage stuffing, with gravy and cranberry sauce.

Bluewater will also be serving from its regular menu of seafood classics and favorites.

Reservations can be made by calling 910-256-8500.

Bridge Tender

1414 Airlie Rd. •

From 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bridgetender will offer Thanksgiving on the Intracoastal Waterway for $32 per adult and $16 for kids 12 and under.

A table starter of marinated olives, herbed goat cheese, and white English cheddar, served with bread and butter will kick off the meal. Following will be a soup (New England chowder or butternut squash bisque) or salad course (Lumina greens or gorgonzola walnut). Diners can choose between four entrees: oven-roasted turkey, glazed honey ham, Angus prime rib, or baked salmon.

Dessert will be housemade brownie or apple-caramel crumb cake.

Reservations are recommended: 910-256-4519.

Bridgewater Wines + Dines

1132 New Pointe Blvd #5, Leland • 178 Porters Neck Rd. •

Both locations in Leland and Porters Neck are offering pickup for a three-course Thanksgiving dinner, $35 per person. The meals come with a salad appetizer, an entrée of sliced roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, haricot verts, and cranberry sauce, plus a slice of apple pie for dessert.

All meals are fully cooked and only will need to be reheated. Pick up will be Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. only.

Orders are due Friday, Nov. 19; place them here.


Mayfaire location • Facebook

Brunchgiving will make your morning easier at Brunches in Mayfaire Town Center. There will be mimosa flights and all of Brunches top flavor bombs, including omelets and bowls, French toast and waffles.

Plus, the restaurant will give away gift cards to 10 random people. It’s open 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Buzz’s Roost at the Beach

8 Pavilion Ave., Carolina Beach • Facebook

In Carolina Beach, the owners of Buzz’s Roost are serving Thanksgiving dinner on the house to anyone in need.

Buzz’s Roost will have pork tenderloins, ham, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy and all other goodies from noon – 9 p.m.

Casey’s Buffet

5559 Oleander Dr. •

Wilmington’s favorite Southern buffet will be loaded with a Thanksgiving feast and then some — from turkey, ham and fried chicken, to squash casserole, turnip greens, sweet potato souffle, finished off with your choice of pie or banana pudding. The buffet opens from 11 a.m. to. 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, first come, first serve.

It will be available as dine-in and takeout; to-go orders can be placed online. Adult buffet is $16.99, seniors (62 and older), $15.99, and children 4-12, $8.99.

Cast Iron Kitchen

8024 Market St. •

Cast Iron Kitchen will accept orders through Saturday, Nov. 20, with packages that include one protein, three sides, cranberry sauce, all served in reheated containers and with proper instructions. It’s $75 to feed two people, $165 for four to six, $230 for six to10, $305 for 10 to 14, and $480 for 14 to 20.

Proteins include turkey or slow-cooked pork shoulder, with choice of sausage stuffing, sweet potato casserole, braised collards, mac and cheese, classic green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes and gravy.

Add-ons are also available, including shrimp and grits ($20/serving).

Pick up is Tuesday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., or Nov. 24, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (910) 821-8461 with questions.

Front Street Brewery

9 N. Front St. •

Annually, Wilmington’s first brewery opens its door for Thanksgiving, serving up its regular menu, plus an economical Thanksgiving meal that leaves more room in the wallet to enjoy FSB’s handcrafted beer.

The restaurant offers $11.99 plates of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It’s also introducing a new dessert: pumpkin-spice dough bites with caramel drizzle.

The brewery is open 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Green House

106 Military Cutoff Rd.•

Wilmington’s newest vegan restaurant is offering pre-orders to pick up beginning Nov. 23. The Green House offers mains, like whole roasted cauliflower and butternut squash for $25 to $30, side dishes ranging from a “cheese” board to braised collards, scalloped potatoes to stuffing and mac and cheese ($12 to $75), plus desserts. Whole cakes and pies, plus cookies will be for sale for $16 to $60.

All orders can be placed online.

Harp Authentic Irish Fine Food and Drink

1423 S. 3rd St. •

Located in the South Front District, The Harp will feature a Thanksgiving Day buffet for $19.99 a person. It will consist of all the traditional proteins and fixings.

Reservations can be made by calling 910-763-1607.

Henry’s Restaurant and Bar

5400 Oleander Dr. •

Henry’s will be serving Thanksgiving all day beginning at 11 a.m.

Diners will choose from a roasted turkey or baked ham dinner for $27. Each meal is served with collards, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and choice of sweet potato or Yukon mash with turkey gravy.

Dessert will come in a slice of pecan or sweet potato pie.

Henry’s is also offering a feast at home, wherein diners can pre-order takeaway meals. There are two time slots to pick up the orders on Thanksgiving Day: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Place orders or make reservations by calling 910-793-2929.

Hops Supply Co.

5400 Oleander Dr. •

All day on Thanksgiving, Hops will be churning out $21.99 Thanksgiving Day plates, featuring turkey breast, choice of regular or sweet potato mash, apple-sausage stuffing with white gravy and cranberry relish, collards and rolls. It will be completed with a slice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin-pie cheesecake.

A kids meal will be served for $9.99.

Hops is also doing family meals to go for $90 which includes: 2 pounds of turkey or ham (or 1 pound of each), regular or sweet potato mash, collards, stuffing, white gravy, cranberry relish, rolls, and a whole pumpkin pie.

Pickup is on Thanksgiving at 11:30 a.m., noon or 12:30 p.m. for lunch, or dinner at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Imaginary Cakes Thanksgiving Sale

5202 Carolina Beach Rd. Unit 12 •

Not looking to dine out completely this holiday but need some help with desserts? No problem. Imaginary Cake is taking orders through Sunday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. The bakery will have two pies for $25 up for grabs — pumpkin cheesecake mousse and sweet potato white chocolate mousse — as well as two “pie-brids” (a pie baked in a cake, essentially) for $50: sweet potato pie-brid and pumpkin pie-brid.

Email to place orders, which can be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Junction 421

5104 S. College Rd. •

The Monkey Junction restaurant will have meals for four to pick up from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Dubbed “Turkey to Trot,” Junction 421 has customers choose one protein (ham or turkey) and three sides (sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing, autumn salad, mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin creme brulée, to complete their feast.

Cost is $80 and it feeds four people. Call 910-392-3490 or email

K&W Cafeteria

3501 Oleander Dr. •

K&W will be open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For $10.99, diners will enjoy roasted turkey and dressing or baked ham, served with two sides and fresh bread. It also comes with dessert and a beverage, and can be ordered as dine-in or to-go.

The cafeteria also has “Feast & Gather” catering options available. The same Thanksgiving Day meal can be ordered for groups of six to 20 for as little as $8 per person. Call 910-762-7011 and give a 24-hour notice.

The turkey and ham meals are being offered throughout the month at the restaurant as well.


703 S. Lumina Ave. •

A Thanksgiving with views of the Atlantic isn’t a bad way to enjoy a meal with friends and family this holiday. Oceanic will have its dining rooms and pier open on Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Like its sister restaurant, Bluewater, Oceanic also will serve from its regular menu for those who prefer classic seafood items. Its traditional Thanksgiving meal will be $28 (a kids turkey place is $9.99).

The traditional meal will come with herb-encrusted turkey breast in a lemon brine, with giblet gravy, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. Included is a dessert of choice: pecan pie, honey-almond cheesecake, layered chocolate cake and pumpkin pie.

Reservations aren’t needed but suggested: 910-256-5551.

Panacea Brewing Company and Kitchen

1988 Eastwood Rd. •

Panacea has all vegan diets covered in its “Very Vegan Thanksgiving Menu.” The restaurant is accepting orders until Nov. 20, 11:30 p.m., for main dishes like “chicken” or vegetable pot pie ($30), lentil loaf with sweet-spicy glaze ($26), and Shepherd’s pie ($30).

Sides also are available: mashed potatoes and gravy ($19), oyster mushroom dressing with gravy ($22), green bean casserole ($18), vegan mac and cheese ($20), braised super greens ($16), Southern-style slaw ($16), potato salad ($16), and roasted maple-glazed sweet potatoes ($18).

Lots of desserts are on the menu, too, including purple sweet-potato pie ($18), bourbon chocolate pecan pie ($18), brownies ($20) and more.

Check out the full menu here. Pickup is the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pilot House

2 Ann St. •

The Pilot House on the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington will be serving Thanksgiving dinner for $35 for adults and $16 for children under 12.

Dinner includes choice of soup, salad, entree with three sides, and dessert. There are also vegetarian options available.

Soup choices include Carolina bisque or butternut squash, with salads including mixed greens with apple, Roquefort, seasoned croutons and sherry vinaigrette — or a Ceasar option. Entrees include oven roasted turkey with giblet gravy or spiced smoked ham with maple glaze and choice of candied yams, mashed potatoes, collards, French green beans, and sausage and cornbread stuffing.

Dessert choice is pumpkin pie, Southern pecan pie, or apple pie.

Reservations can be made by calling 910-343-0200.

PinPoint Restaurant

114 Market St. •

PinPoint will be opened for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25, noon – 7 p.m.

The menu will include roasted pumpkin soup, rolls and cornbread, Heritage smoked turkey and gravy, Changin’ Ways glazed ham, ciabatta stuffing, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, sweet potato gratin with bruléed marshmallow, fried Brussels with bacon vinaigrette, green bean casserole with cream of mushroom and fried onions, roasted root vegetables, fall salad, and cranberry sauce.

A maple pecan pie will be served for dessert.

Cost is $65 per person, and the meal is served family-style. Beverages are not included. Reservations can be made by calling 910-769-2972.

Primal BBQ

1988 Eastwood Rd. •

Primal BBQ has a variety of meats available for pre-order, including USDA Prime Brisket ($139.99-$219.99), Heritage Farms Cheshire pork butt ($59.99-$89.99), and whole smoked turkey (gravy included, $54.99-$89.99). There are also a limited number of MS9 Wagyu briskets starting at $379.99.

Pans of Thanksgiving sides ($24.99 and up) will be for sale, too: mashed potatoes, baked beans, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, collards with ham hock, coleslaw, mac and cheese. Various pies, cookies and other desserts can be purchased starting at $14.99.

Orders can be placed here. Pickup is Thanksgiving Day.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

301 N. Water St. •

Located inside Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington, Ruth’s Chris will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. It will come with a starter (seafood gumbo, steak house or Caesar salad), a roasted turkey breast entree, served with sausage and herb stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry relish, plus one side: mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, green beans with roasted garlic. Pumpkin cheesecake will top off the meal.

Prices are $46.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids. Reservations can be made by calling 910-343-1818.

To-go Thanksgiving packages are also offered, starting at $184.95 for four people. There is also a beef package, served with 28 ounces of tenderloin for $219.95 for four people.

Diners can order a package of sides only for $114.95 for four people — or place orders individually for sides and salads, $39.95-$44.95. All to-go orders will be accepted through Nov. 24, 4 p.m.

Spoonfed Kitchen and Bake Shop

1930 Eastwood Rd. •

Spoonfed isn’t serving dinner onsite but it does offer takeaway options — for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.

Quiches, granola bag, tea breads and scones range from $3 to $25 to start off the day. A small cheese and charcuterie platter, pimento cheese spread or poached jumbo shrimp are offered as starters, among other items, priced $8.50-$95.

The Thanskgiving menu offers homemade sausage and thyme stuffing, sweet potato puree, buttermilk mash, green bean casserole, five-cheese mac, among other items ranging from $18-$70. There is also a vegan menu available with a farro bowl ($9.50) and stuffed acorn squash ($9.50).

Desserts include pies (buttermilk, pecan, chocolate creme, apple streusel, whoopie), bars (pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake) and other items from $3-$30.

Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 24. Orders can be placed online.

Steam Restaurant and Bar

9 Estell Lee Place •

Located in the Embassy downtown, Steam will host a Thanksgiving Extravaganza on Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Various stations will be set up serving a multitude of items, such as local oysters, shrimp cocktail and Johnny cakes for starters, a carving station with the traditional bird and prime rib, as well as sides — creamed corn, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, creamy mac and cheese and more — and desserts.

Prices are $39 for adults, $18 for kids 7-12, and $9 for kids 6 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 910-726-9226.

Sweet n Savory

1611 Pavilion Place •

Sweet n Savory will be serving Thanksgiving family-style. All food is served on platters to be passed and shared. It’s an all-you-can-eat affair, with servers replenishing the plates until customers say stop.

Items include slow-roasted hand-carved turkey and homemade gravy, ham with brown sugar glaze, creamy mash, sweet potato casserole, creamed corn, green bean casserole, crispy Brussels, yeast rolls, shrimp boil, apple cobbler, flourless chocolate torte, and more.

It’s $50 per adult, $40 for seniors and youth 10-15, $25 for kids 4-9 and free for kids under 4. Nonalcoholic beverages are included; alcoholic ones sold separately.

Sweet n Savory accepts reservations only for Thanksgiving: 910-256-0115.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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