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Order up! Thanksgiving is Nov. 26 and local eateries are here to make it stress-free

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be completely stressful; local restaurants are offering takeout and dine-in menus for a traditional meal without the hassle of cooking. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON—Thanksgiving is 20 days away. Figured out a plan yet? 

Having it catered or cooking? Dining outdoors or indoors? At home or in a restaurant? Family games and fire pits, or football and naps?

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However you choose to do Turkey Day 2020, plenty of local eateries in Wilmington are offering takeout and dine-in options to help alleviate the stress of the holiday. And, well, if there’s anything we can all agree on nowadays, it’s enjoying a little less stress. 

Below is a list of Thanksgiving menus we have culled so far, ahead of the big feast, Thursday, Nov. 26. 

Want to be added to our list? Email shea@localdailymedia.com.

Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Dine-in or takeout, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. • $27 per adult

Bluewater Waterfront Grill will have limited seating available at only 50% capacity indoors and outdoors, with tables spaced 6 feet apart.

Thanksgiving plates will come with a choice of turkey or ham, served with mashed potatoes and gravy, collards, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, glazed carrots and cornbread. It will be finished off with a slice of pecan or sweet potato pie.

Bone & Bean
Takeout • 10-12 lb turkey: $69 • Meal package: $139

Smoked turkeys for everyone! Bone & Bean is taking pre-orders for their birds, weighing in at 10 to 12 pounds, seasoned and served with a quart of gravy.

Or get the whole meal deal from the restaurant, which comes with the bird, plus housemade cranberry relish and 2.5 quarts each of mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and cornbread stuffing. The restaurant also will include reheating instructions. 

Limited supply is available so call before Nov. 20, noon, to place an order: 910-769-1059. 

Cast Iron Kitchen
Takeout • Dinner for 2: $70 • 4-6: $160 • 6-10: $225 • 10-14: $300 • 14-20: $475 (a la carte pricing also available)

Though Cast Iron Kitchen will be closed on Thanksgiving, Chef Josh Petty will be cooking up plenty of dinner options for you and the fam. 

Orders come with either oven-roasted turkey breast or slow-cooked pork shoulder, and with a choice of three sides: sausage stuffing, sweet potato casserole, braised collards with pork, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and hashbrown casserole, plus gravy and cranberry sauce. 

Add-ons also are available, like shrimp and grits or desserts, including banana pudding, Southern pecan pie, pumpkin pie, buttermilk pie, and double chocolate-chip cookies. 

All orders need to be placed by Nov. 19, with pickup Nov. 24-25, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the restaurant.

Front Street Brewery
Dine-in or takeout, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. • $9.99 per adult 

Front Street Brewery will be serving up traditional plates, including sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce. All three floors of the downtown brewery will be open, with room for large parties and social distancing.

They’re also offering family-style carryout options, which need a 48-hour notice. Call 910-251-1935 to place orders. 

Dine-in or takeout • $25 per adult 

Henry’s will be serving diners from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 26, with Thanksgiving plates offered for $25, in addition to their regular menu.

There will be two protein options — ham or turkey — served with cornbread stuffing, baked macaroni and cheese, and mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with turkey gravy, finished off with a holiday dessert of seasonal pumpkin pie or bourbon apple crisp.

If interested in ordering a Thanksgiving plate to-go, please, call the restaurant in advance at 910-793-2929. Pick up times will be 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.

Hops Supply Co.
Dine-in or takeout • Family meals for 4: $79.99

Hops Supply Co. will be open Thanksgiving Day for diners, but they’re also offering family meals to-go for up to four people for $79.99. Folks can choose from ham, turkey or a combination of both, as well as gravy, apple-sausage stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed or sweet potatoes, collards, dinner rolls and dessert for four.

Family meals are available two weeks prior to Nov. 26 and must be arranged for pickup at the restaurant between 11:30 a.m and 4 p.m.

Diners who wish to enjoy their meal in the restaurant will be offered the same menu items as above. Though reservations aren’t necessary, they’re encouraged: 910-833-8867.

Junction 421
Takeout, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Dinner for 4: $65

Junction 421 won’t be serving dinner in their restaurant but they are scheduling time for folks to pick up their Thanksgiving dinner for four. Roasted turkey and baked ham will be served with three sides, including sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, cornbread dressing, glazed carrots and apple crumble. 

Orders must be reserved and arranged for pickup between 11 a.m and 2 p.m. on Nov. 26: 910-392-3490.

Michael’s on the Waterfront
Dine-in, noon – 6 p.m. • $33 per adult

Located on Water Street near the visitor’s center, Michael’s is offering two options for Thanksgiving dinner. The first is traditionally served with turkey, salad, Mississippi cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and asparagus with Hollandaise. The second comes with ham, salad, Mississippi cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, brown-sugar sweet-potato mash, and roasted Brussels sprouts with Asian marmalade vinaigrette. Each also includes dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. 

There are three seatings available at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. with reservations at (910) 769-4252; all checks will include an automatic 20% gratuity.

Takeout • A la carte items, $4-$32

NOMA is offering many to-go items to build the perfect meal, from turkey breast by the pound ($14) to pies aplenty ($22-$35). But the sides are really where it’s at: roasted butternut squash soup, smoked gouda-tomato mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet potato casserole, cheddar and chive biscuits, loaded steakhouse potatoes, corn soufflé, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy and collards.

Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 and can be picked up Nov. 24-25. Call 910-686-9343.

Pumpkin pie, a Thanksgiving staple, can be purchased at Sweet n Savory, NOMA and Savor. (Port City Daily/File)

Dine-in, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. • $28 per adult, $9.99 per kid

Oceanic at Wrightsville Beach will serve turkey with an ocean view come Nov. 26. The meal will include lemon-brined turkey and giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole. A choice of dessert will be served as well: pecan pie, honey-almond cheesecake and layered chocolate cake.

Reservations can be made by calling 910-256-5551. 

Panacea Brewing Company 
Takeout • Adult plate: $24 • Main dishes (feeds 6-8): $22-28 • Side dishes (feeds 6-8): $16-$20

Panacea’s “Very Vegan Thanksgiving” is making sure omnivore palates are happily satisfied on the feastiest day of the year. The kombucha brewing company will offer a single meal, featuring a lentil loaf with three sides, a dinner roll and refillable pint of kombucha for $24. 

They’ll also be offering the lentil loaf a la carte as a main dish, along with Shepherd’s Pie, chick’n pot pie and vegetable pot pie. Separate sides can be purchased, too, including mashed potatoes and gravy, oyster mushroom stuffing, mac ‘n’ cheese, braised super greens, roasted maple-glazed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, Southern slaw, potato salad and creamed Brussels sprouts. 

Desserts range from $18 to $50 and include chocolate-brownie peanut-butter cheesecake, apple-cinnamon cheesecake, purple sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and bourbon-chocolate pecan pie. 

Pine Valley Market
Takeout • Adult plate: $25 • A la carte items to feed 2-12, $5-$135

The gourmet store and catering company offers all the eats to make Thanksgiving a success —and without having to sweat over a stove. Their butcher shop is offering the whole bird from Koch Farms for $135, fully cooked, served with homestyle gravy — or cooked turkey breast for $12 a pound. 

All the fixin’s are offered as small (feeds 2-4), medium (feeds 6-8) and large (feeds 8-12): sweet potato soufflé, corn soufflé, green bean casserole, collards, mac ‘n’ cheese, roasted root veggies, mashed potatoes, cider-glazed Brussels sprouts, apple-cranberry crisp, cranberry relish, breads, and made-from-scratch sides and biscuits.

Orders must be placed by noon on Nov. 20 and pickup days are Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 (by noon).

Pinpoint Restaurant 
Dine-in, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Dinner: $65 per person (includes gratuity and sales tax, not beverages) 

Downtown’s upscale dining spot is opening its doors again to serve a family-style meal. Last year’s dinner sold out, so the earlier the reservations, the better.

On the menu will be a starter of carrot soup and sorghum and sweet potato rolls. Following will be smoked turkey and satsuma-glazed ham, alongside cornbread and oyster dressing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, cauliflower casserole, and cranberry, satsuma, pomegranate and cashew salad. Dessert will be pecan pie and caramel-apple sticky buns. 

Any diners with dietary restrictions should notify the restaurant at the time of booking a reservation.

Takeout • Dinner for 6-8: $149.99 • 8-12: $219.95 (a la carte pricing also available)

The name says it all at this Carolina Beach Road hot spot. 

Savor will serve turkey and traditional gravy or ham, sweet potato biscuits, cranberry chutney and a choice of four sides, including stuffing, mashed potatoes (sweet or regular), collards, squash casserole and mac ‘n ‘cheese. Savor also will have $20 homemade pies: pumpkin, apple, pecan or chocolate-pecan-bourbon. 

Don’t want the whole shebang? No prob — a la carte pricing is available.

All orders need to be placed by noon on Nov. 23 and picked up by 3 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Seaview Crab Company Kitchen
Takeout, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. • A la carte items $2.95 – $37.95

Seaview Crab Company’s Kitchen on Marstellar Street is offering lots of sides and fun accoutrements to add a different flair to Thanksgiving dinner, like a pickle jar or Cajun crawfish deviled eggs, pimiento cheese and corn muffins and oyster bread pudding, lobster, bacon and gouda mac and chopped clam dirty rice. They’re even selling Terra Vita hot sauce and remoulade, and apple-cider mignonette and garlic herb butter to help amp up every bite. 

All orders must be placed by Nov. 20. 

Takeout • A la carte menu, prices vary

Spoonfed is covering all Thanksgiving Day bases, starting with breakfast. They’ll have quiches ($24 each), tea breads ($6.95 each) and seasonal scones ($2.75 each) up for grabs. They also have appetizers (cheeseballs galore!) and Thanksgiving sides ($18-$70, depending on serving size) — mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, mac ‘n’ cheese, traditional and cornbread stuffing, marmalade-roasted Brussels sprouts, and more.

Vegetarians will find entrees available for only $7.50, including a farro bowl and stuffed acorn squash. 

Desserts will include cheesecake bars, cookies, brownies and pies ($2.50-$30), and Spoonfed will have bottles of wine for sale to accompany every bite.

Customers must place orders by Nov. 21, 3 p.m., and pick up the orders Nov. 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dine-in, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. • $38 per person  

Steam will be opened at Embassy Suites in downtown Wilmington on Thanksgiving Day. 

They’ll have a buffet, separated across the restaurant in three areas, and manned by employees who will wear masks and serve all guests. A carving station will have prime rib and turkey, while sides will include creamed corn, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, garlic-parm mashed potatoes, sweet potato-pecan casserole, mac ‘n’ cheese and house cranberry sauce. Local oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab-stuffed devilled eggs, plus a chef’s selection of desserts will be available.

Reservations are being accepted at 910-726-9226.

Sweet n Savory
Dine-in or takeout, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. • $55 for family of 4 (includes taxes and gratuity)

Sweet ‘n’ Savory is offering an all-in-one deal for four people, which includes the basics: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and choice of apple cobbler, pumpkin-pie or pecan bars ($5 upcharge).

Folks can buy additional portions that feed four, including specialty items, like broccoli/cauliflower gratin, mac ‘n’ cheese, and ham with maple brown sugar glaze.

Reservations can be made by calling 910-256-0115.

Send tips and comments to Shea Carver at shea@localdailymedia.com

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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