Love Thanksgiving but hate the hassle? We’ve researched the best places to eat out or take out this holiday, from lavish buffets to tasty desserts waiting to grace your table. 

If you do want to cook at home, you can’t miss taking advice from Jess Bentley of @sliceofjess. Here’s her 101 on cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey on her blog.

DINE OUT

5 Church

The scoop: Head to 5Church for a three-course, prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. $48 per person with optional two course wine pairing for $15, $20 for those 12 years and under.

What’s on the menu: Highlights include a sweet potato and bourbon bisque, brined and roasted turkey with stuffing and sides, smoked ham, filet mignon, sea scallops and s’mores trifle for dessert.

Make plans: Book your table online.

Mimosa Grill

The scoop: If you’re looking to celebrate in the heart of Uptown, Mimosa Grill has you covered. Their Southern Table buffet allows you and yours to indulge in a smorgasbord of classic Southern holiday fare from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. $48.95 for adults, $19.95 for children under 12.

What’s on the menu: On the buffet, expect starters like butternut squash and apple bisque, skillet cornbread with pecan apricot butter and selections from the raw bar. When it’s time for mains, find turkey, smoked ham with sorghum butter, country fair turkey legs and more. Leave room for a trip to the “grande ole potato bar” plus classic sides and an assortment of desserts including a skillet apple pie. 

Make plans: Call 704.343.0700 or reserve online.

The Asbury

The scoop: After the Uptown parade, head to The Asbury for a multi-course menu with family-style sides. Two seatings will be offered: 12 and 3 p.m. $55 per adult, $25 for kids ages 6 – 10 and complimentary for those five and under.

What’s on the menu: Your choice of spiced pumpkin soup or pear and apple salad, followed by ham, turkey or the local catch. Family-style sides include whipped potatoes, corn casserole, sausage and sage dressing, brussel sprouts, plus assorted desserts. View the full menu here.

Make plans: Call 704.342.1193 or reserve online: click here for the 12 p.m. seating and here for the 3 p.m. seating.

JP Charlotte

The scoop: The annual Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet at JP Charlotte is a perfect way to enjoy a family celebration without getting stuck on dish duty. Served 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What’s on the menu: Buffet items include chef-inspired omelets, brick oven flatbreads, glazed ham, free range turkey, a delicious dessert bar and more. Full menu available here.

Make plans: Call 704.335.2064 or reserve online.

BLT Steak

The scoop: BLT Steak Charlotte will serve a three-course menu on Thanksgiving from 12 – 8 p.m. for $82 per person ($40 for children under 12).

What’s on the menu: The menu features butternut squash soup with crispy garlic, crème fraîche and basil oil, roasted organic turkey with chestnut-sausage stuffing, cranberry chutney and rosemary gravy and prime rib. As for sides and sweets, savor brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, haricot vests and glazed carrots followed by your choice of chocolate tart or carrot cake.

Make plans: Reserve your table online.

Harper’s Restaurant – SouthPark

The scoop: Spend more time on what matters when you make your Thanksgiving reservations at Harper’s SouthPark. Their dine-in menu offers all the classics for $32 per person, children age 12 and under are $15.

What’s on the menu: Slow roasted turkey, brown sugar honey baked ham and prime rib for mains, with homemade classic sides. For dessert, indulge in options like souther pecan pie, apple crisp and pumpkin pie.

Make plans: Call 704.366.6688 to reserve for dine-in or Turkey on the Run orders, or book your table online.

Upstream Seafood

The scoop: Upstream’s family-style buffet boasts a mix of traditional and unexpected Thanksgiving flavors. Served 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $44.95 per adult, $22.95 for kids 12 and under.

What’s on the menu: Expect classic options like oven-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and sage gravy, fried turkey, prime rib and cider-braised pork belly, as well as a raw bar with sushi and shellfish. View the full menu here.

Make plans: Call 704.556.7730 or book online.

Gallery Restaurant

The scoop: Guests at The Gallery’s Thanksgiving celebration in Ballantyne will enjoy a chef-curated prix-fixe lunch for $69 plus tax.

What’s on the menu: An array of salads, plus cider and citrus brined turkey, lacquered duck confit, roasted fall vegetables and various desserts. View the full menu here.

Make plans: Call 704.248.4004 or book online.

ORDER TO-GO

Roots Catering

The scoop: cut off for orders this year is Thursday, November 21st. Pick up is available on Tuesday, November 26th from 8am-5pm. They include all the heating instructions and extra garnishes needed. You can even rent platters, china, flatware, and glassware from us to make it a one-stop-shop. Need some wine for the dinner? No problem! We can take care of that as well.

What’s on the menu: Traditional fare including turkey, ham and southern-style stuffing made with buttermilk cornbread. For sides, baked squash casserole, baked mac n’ cheese, smashed potatoes and more. Looking for sweets? Browse the pastry chef’s menu for after-dinner treats.

Make plans: Order at www.roots-catering.com.

The Duke Mansion

The scoop: Leave your Thanksgiving cooking to the chefs at The Duke Mansion. Their “Turkeys to Trot” menu includes a complete Thanksgiving Dinner for 8-10 people and dishes available a la carte. Members of the Colonnade Society and Preservation Society can order the meal at a discounted price of $250 (plus tax). Orders are due by November 21 at 5 p.m.

What’s on the menu: Highlights include butternut squash soup, herb-roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, potatoes au gratin, cornbread dressing and sweets including chocolate chess or bourbon chocolate pecan pie. View the full menu here.

Make plans: Order online here.

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Roasted baby carrots from Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

The scoop: Let Chef Alyssa cater the sides for your Thanksgiving feast with simple preorder and pickup. All items serve 6 – 8. They are accepting orders online, with no minimums, until Friday November 22nd. Guests may choose their pick up time, located at their lower South End kitchen space: Tuesday November 26th between 10 am and 8 pm; Wednesday November 27th between 10 am and 5 pm.

What’s on the menu: Sides include mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese, smoked cauliflower and butternut squash, classic stuffing, roasted baby carrots and sweets including pumpkin and pecan pie.

Make plans: Place your order online.

Harper’s SouthPark and Pineville

The scoop: All orders must be placed by November 24 for pick up Thanksgiving day from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What’s on the menu: Your choice of traditional southern roasted or cajun seasoned and deep-fried turkey, signature scratch sides that serve up to 12 people and classic pies for dessert. View the full menu here.

Make plans: Call 704.366.6688 for SouthPark pickup, and 704.541.5255 for Carolina Place.

Reid’s Fine Foods

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The scoop: The pros at Reid’s Fine Foods have got your Thanksgiving spread covered from main dishes to dessert. Primary pick-up dates are November 26 and 27. All orders placed after November 23 are subject to availability.

What’s on the menu: Hors d’oeuvres, cooked or uncooked turkey, beef tenderloin, spiral sliced honey ham, sides including sweet potato soufflé, classic herb stuffing, Brussel sprouts and more, plus tasty desserts like twelve layer caramel cake and an assortment of pies.

Make plans: Call SouthPark at 704.377.7686, Myers Park at 704.377.1312 or Uptown at 704.995.5123.

BLT Steak

The scoop: BLT Steak will also offer a pre-ordered meal, available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day (between 11:00am – 1:00pm). Two Menu package options, one that serves 4-6 people and a second that serves 8-12, with pricing can be found here. Pre-orders are due by November 18.

What’s on the menu: Both packages feature dishes including a 10 or 15-lb. turkey, cranberry relish, Brussel sprouts, sweet potato mash and stuffing, plus apple and pumpkin pies for dessert.

Make plans: Call 704.972.4380 to place your order.

Midwood Smokehouse

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The scoop: Leave the smokin’ to the pros by placing your Thanksgiving order with Midwood Smokehouse. All orders must be placed by Sunday November 24 and picked up by Wednesday November 27.

What’s on the menu: Various smoked meats including turkey, ham, beef brisket, chopped pork and BBQ chicken. Homemade sides are also available and range from classic mac and cheese to broccoli casserole. Start your feast off with hickory smoked wings and end on a sweet note with banana pudding, pecan cobbler or apple crisp pie.

Make plans: Call your nearest location, find all contact numbers and the full menu here.

DELEGATE DESSERT

Cupcrazed Cakery

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The scoop: Cupcrazed is your go-to for pies, cheesecakes and other holiday sweets for your Thanksgiving feast. Order by November 15th to secure early bird pricing.

What’s on the menu: Cupcake flavors ($25 per dozen) include pumpkin spice, apple pie, triple salted caramel, pecan pie and more. Pies ($15 each) include peanut butter, apple, pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato. Prefer cake? Choose from 6-inch ($25) or 8-inch ($35) pumpkin spice, caramel apple, chai spice or death by chocolate cakes. Cheesecakes ($35) include traditional, pumpkin spice and salted caramel. You can also get the day started with a morning pastry box ($25) including cinnamon rolls or scones.

Make plans: Call 803.396.7372 or email [email protected]

Andersons Pecan Pies

The scoop: A QC legend and landmark Andersons Restaurant may have closed but their pecan pies reign on.

What’s on the menu: Full catering, but the pecan pie is the thing. View the full menu and order form here.

Make plans: Call (704) 333-3491 or fill out the online form ~ don’t dally.

Renaissance Pâtisserie

The scoop: End your Thanksgiving meal on a sweet note with tasty treats to-go from Renaissance Pâtisserie.

What’s on the menu: Various flavors of cheesecakes, pies, tarts, bûche de Thanksgiving, plus gift boxes and baskets. View the full menu and order form here.

Make plans: Call 980.819.8771 or fill out the online form by November 21.