Sunday, November 27, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022: Where to feast this holiday

Plenty of restaurants in the Cape Fear are welcoming diners on Thanksgiving or offering to-go meals and other components to build a meal. (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — If stuffing a bird for 20 people and baking pies for days isn’t your idea of enjoying Thanksgiving, then put down the baster and pick up the phone.

We have located quite a few restaurants around town taking reservations for Thursday, Nov. 24. And plenty of others are offering take-and-bake meals for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home, if you’d rather enjoy the football games on TV, while noshing.

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More than 20 restaurants below are taking reservations or pre-orders now. 

Best part? There are no pre-feast aprons or post-feast gloves needed to clean up afterward.

Blockade Runner

275 Waynick Blvd. • blockade-runner.com

Thanksgiving can be enjoyed by the waterfront at Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, with a traditional buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $85 for adults and $35 for kids.

The buffet includes a traditional carving station (turkey, roasted salmon, spiral ham), as well as a seafood station (cold crab claws, NC oysters, scallops, poke salmon). Plus, there will be salads, sides (including vegan and vegetarian items) and desserts.

For reservations, call 877-684-8009.

Bluewater Waterfront Grill

4 Marina St. • bluewaterdining.com

Starting at 11 a.m., Bluewater will open for diners to enjoy the holiday overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served for $30 a person or $15 a child, featuring house-brined turkey and gravy or black forest baked ham, with sides including collard greens, sausage and apple stuffing, mashed regular or sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, cornbread, and choice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake.

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

For those who wish to order a takeaway meal to enjoy at home, Bluewater is offering a Thanksgiving feast for four — $30 a person, $15 per for children — to be pre-ordered. Pick-up times will be on Thanksgiving Day, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Bridge Tender

1414 Airlie Road • thebridgetender.com

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bridge Tender will offer Thanksgiving also on the Intracoastal Waterway for $39 per adult and $17 for kids 12 and under.

The meal will kick off with a table starter of marinated olives, fried green tomatoes, and bread and butter. 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 (add $8), or baked salmon.

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

Reservations are recommended: 910-256-4519. 

Casey’s Buffet

5559 Oleander Drive • caseysbuffet.com

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

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

Cast Iron Kitchen

8024 Market St. • castiron-kitchen.com

Cast Iron Kitchen will accept orders through Thursday, Nov. 18, with packages that include one protein, three sides, gravy, cranberry sauce, all served in reheated containers and with proper instructions. It’s $80 to feed two people, $170 for four to six, $250 for six to 10, $325 for 10 to 14, and $500 for 14 to 20.

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

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

Pickup is Tuesday or Wednesday, Nov. 22 or 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 910-821-8461 to place orders. 

CraftGrown Market

603 Castle St. • craftgrownmarket.com

Castle Street’s latest gourmet market (read more here) is taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving pies and bread, made locally by Hampstead Treasure Farms.

The grocer is stocking pull-apart rolls, brioche bread, cheddar bay biscuits, pumpkin and zucchini breads, as well as pumpkin, apple, pecan, cherry, sweet potato, chocolate meringue and lemon meringue pies. 

Prices range from $7 to $24, and orders can be made by calling 910-398-5887.

Front Street Brewery

9 N. Front St. • frontstreetbrewery.com

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 $12.99 plates of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

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

The Green House

106 Military Cutoff Road• thegreenrestaurant.com

Vegans are not left in the lurch this Thanksgiving, thanks to The Green House. The restaurant is offering pre-orders to pick up beginning Nov. 23. Five courses are $150 or order individually, ranging from $22 to $42. There will be mains, like smoked cauliflower and green bean casserole, $25 to $30, oyster mushroom pecan stuffing, root vegetable gratin and sweet potato pie.

All orders can be placed by Nov. 20, with pickup offered Nov. 23, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Order here

Hops Supply Co.

5400 Oleander Drive • hopssupplyco.com

Meals to go or dine in — make your choice.

All day on Thanksgiving, Hops will be churning out $24.99 Thanksgiving Day plates ($12.99 per child), featuring roasted turkey, glazed ham, choice of regular or sweet potato mash, apple-sausage stuffing with white gravy and cranberry relish, collards and rolls. The meal is complete with a slice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake.

For those who prefer the feast to go, it will cost $100 for 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.

Pick-up 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. Call 910-833-8867 to place orders.

Junction 421

5104 S. College Road • junction421.com

The Monkey Junction restaurant will have meals for four to pick up from 10 a.m. to 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, baked broccoli casserole, and pumpkin creme brulée).

Pickup is Thursday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 910-392-3490 or email junction421@ec.rr.com

K&W Cafeteria

3501 Oleander Drive • kwcafeterias.com

K&W will be open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For $9.99, diners will enjoy roasted turkey and dressing or baked ham, served with two sides and fresh bread. It can be ordered as dine-in or to-go.

The cafeteria also has catering options available. Family feasts run from $69 to $179, serving from six to 20 people, including turkey and dressing, sides and rolls. Whole pies and cakes are $12.99 to $21.99. 

Call 910-762-7011 and give a 24-hour notice.

Little Loaf Bakery and Schoolhouse

3410 Wrightsville Ave. • littleloafbakeryilm.com

Wilmington’s newest old-world European bakery on Wrightsville Avenue has bread and sweets covered this holiday.

Owner Julia Castellano is baking a dozen or more items, including a “Cinnamon Girl” pumpkin and butternut squash pie, made with local gourds from Red Beard Farms. A vegan miso sweet potato pie and a gluten-free-spiced apple crumble is offered. A limited quantity of pies also come with a handmade pie dish from Pineapple Studios.

Other sweets include mini bourbon-brown butter pecan pies, cornbread cookies, cranberry crumble bars and mini honey biscuits.

Breads include blue corn sourdough, pumpkin dinner rolls (shaped like pumpkins) challah dinner rolls, Spanish-style sesame baguettes, mini sourdough focaccia and gluten-free rosemary focaccia.

Pre-orders are cut off Nov. 20, 3 p.m.; all orders must be picked up on Nov. 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 910-399-6061 for prices.

NOMA

8207-F Market St. • noma8207.com

NOMA can make Thanksgiving a breeze with many options of take-and-bake breakfast items, breads, sides and desserts.

The Porters Neck market is offering sausage and pimiento cheese biscuits, breakfast casserole, and quiches ($9.50 to $40), as well as tomato pie, collard greens, turkey gravy ($5 and up), and turkey breast ($19 per pound). Don’t forget the pie: pumpkin, Key Lime, coconut, chocolate chess ($22-$35).

Plenty of side items will complete the feast, including corn souffle, smoked gouda mac-and-cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes.

Orders need to be placed and prepaid by Wednesday, Nov. 16, and picked up Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Oceanic

703 S. Lumina Ave. • oceanicrestaurant.com

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. 24, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Oceanic also will serve from its regular menu for those who prefer classic seafood items. Its traditional Thanksgiving meal will be $29 (a kid’s turkey plate is $10).

The traditional meal will come with herb-roasted turkey breast in a lemon brine with gravy, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, Jack Daniels cranberry sauce and shaved Brussels sprouts. Dessert is an additional $8, including pecan pie, Key Lime pie, flourless chocolate torte and pumpkin pie.

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

Panacea Brewing Company and Kitchen

4107-H Oleander Drive panaceabrewingcompany.com

Panacea has a vegan takeout Thanksgiving Menu. The restaurant is accepting orders until Nov. 20. Main dishes include a lentil loaf with gravy ($23) and tofu quiche ($26).

Sides also are available: smashed potatoes and gravy ($25), sweet potato casserole ($25), vegan mac and cheese ($25), braised super greens ($25), local mushroom dressing ($25), and green bean casserole ($25).

Add-ons include citrus-cranberry relish ($7.50), garlic-basted brioche bread ($12), and homestyle gravy ($7.50).

Lots of desserts are on the menu including pumpkin pie ($24), chocolate pecan pie ($26), and pumpkin bread ($18).

Check out the full menu here and make reservations by calling 910-769-5591.

PinPoint Restaurant

114 Market St. • pinpointrestaurant.com

PinPoint will be opened for Thanksgiving on Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will include Joyce Farms roasted turkey breast, dark meat confit and gravy, persimmon-apple-glazed ham, stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, collards, mac and cheese, fried Brussels, roasted root vegetables, fall salad, and a surprise dessert.

Cost is $77 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Make a reservation by calling 910-769-2972.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

301 N. Water St. • ruthschris-wilmington.com

Located inside Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington, Ruth’s Chris will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will come with a starter (lobster bisque, steak house or Caesar salad), a roasted turkey breast entree, served with sausage-and-herb stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry relish, plus one side: garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, or green beans with roasted garlic. Pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream will top off the meal.

Prices are $44 for adults and $17 for kids. 

The same Thanksgiving dinner is offered as to-go packages, starting at $175 for four people. Sides can be ordered separately starting at $28, to serve four to six, including creamed spinach, sweet potato casserole, au gratin potatoes, Caesar salad, steak house, green beans with garlic, and sausage-and-herb stuffing. 

Pickup is available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 22 and noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Orders can be made here.

Seawitch Cafe and Tiki Bar

227 Carolina Beach Ave. N. • seawitchtikibar.com

The Carolina Beach tiki bar has an entire turkey meal — complete with reheating instructions — to go for six to eight people for $129.99. It includes a 10- to 14-pound turkey, a dozen dinner rolls, gravy, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie.

All orders must be placed and paid for by Sunday, Nov. 20. Orders can be placed here.

Spoonfed Kitchen and Bake Shop

1930 Eastwood Road • shop-spoonfed.com

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

Quiches, granola bags, 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, $8.50 and up.

The Thanksgiving menu offers homemade sausage-and-thyme stuffing (a gluten-free stuffing is also available), sweet potato puree, buttermilk mash, green bean casserole, five-cheese mac, among other items ranging from $18 to $70. There is also a vegetarian offering of stuffed acorn squash ($9.50).

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

Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23. Orders can be placed online

Steam Restaurant and Bar

9 Estell Lee Place • steamilm.com

Located in the Embassy downtown, overlooking the Cape Fear River, Steam will host a Thanksgiving brunch, 11 a.m. 10 4 p.m. A buffet will be set up with starters including local oysters, shrimp cocktail and Johnny cakes, as well as a carving station with the traditional bird, apple-cider brined, and prime rib, as well as sides — poblano creamed corn, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, creamy mac and cheese and more — and desserts.

Prices are $44 for adults, $22 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 • sweetnsavory.cafe

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.

Mains include roasted turkey and homemade gravy, ham with brown sugar glaze, lasagna, and pulled pork. Sides consist of whipped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, creamed corn, green bean casserole, broccoli gratin, yeast rolls, with a variety of desserts: pecan pie, pumpkin pie, flourless chocolate torte, and more.

It’s $49 per adult, $39 for seniors and youth 9-13, $24 for kids 5-8, and free for kids 4 and under. Nonalcoholic beverages are included; alcoholic ones sold separately.Must make reservations: 910-256-0115.


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Shea Carver
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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