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GAME PLAN: Put on those stretchy pants and don’t lift a finger for T-Day 2019

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Front Street Brewery will be serving turkey dinners on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, for only $8.99. Courtesy photo, FSB



The holidays can present all kinds of pressure. Pressure to host, to cook, to clean, to get a haircut so Mom doesn’t nag, to lie about having a significant other so Gramma doesn’t get snarky—you know, normal stuff. Well, this year, pressure be damned! Why not let someone else cook and do the dishes? Hell, why not wear sweatpants and get takeout? There are plenty of Wilmington spots ready to do the work so you don’t have to. If only they could provide muzzles for unruly family comments…

Boca Bay
2025 Eastwood Rd.
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fans of Boca Bay’s famous Sunday brunch buffet, rejoice! They’re firing up the buffet complete with a prime rib carving station so that you can feed the whole fam. Diners can also get excited about the dessert station, which will be carefully curated and concocted by their in-house pastry chef.

Casey’s Buffet
5559 Oleander Dr.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

While the Wilmington-famous buffet doesn’t take reservations, diners should know that the crowds during Thanksgiving at Casey’s are massive.

Front St. Brewery
9 S. Front St.
11:30 a.m. – midnight

Wilmington’s original brewery will feature $8.99 Thanksgiving plates complete with turkey, stuffing and all the fixin’s. They’ll also will serve their regular menu (so dinners can get a side of pulled chicken nachos with their turkey), as well as their lineup of delicious, house-made brews and massive list of whiskeys. So even if folks find themselves fed at home, they can sneak out for a little something to take the edge off.

2508 Independence Blvd.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Choose between turkey or ham this year at Henry’s for just $23.99 each, or upgrade to ham and turkey for $26.49. They’re also offering Thanksgiving to-go with a traditional turkey day menu and their regular menu, available for pick-up Thanksgiving morning from 11-11:30 a.m.

Reservations: 910-793-2929




Hops Supply Company
5400 Oleander Dr.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hops Supply Co.’s website says it best—“Grab your stretchy pants—and make sure your Thanksgiving meal has a side of good beer.” Thanksgiving plates are $21.99 for adults and $9.99 for children under 12. Diners have a choice of turkey or ham and the rest of the plate is packed with sides. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin pie or granny smith apple crisp. They also will serve their dinner menu from open to close.

Reservations: 910-833-8867

703 S. Lumina Ave.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Oceanic will serve a two-course dinner ($25 per person, $9.99 kids turkey plate also available), as well as gorgeous views of the Atlantic this holiday. The first course is a turkey plate complete with all the usual suspects and diners can enjoy their choice of dessert for the second. The Wrightsville Beach staple will offer their entire menu for folks who feel like bucking tradition.

Reservations: 910-256-5551.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
301 N. Water St.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The popular downtown steakhouse located in Hotel Ballast is doing Thanksgiving so you don’t have to. Their three-course turkey dinner is $41.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. They’re also selling their famous sides to go ($24.95, feeds 6-8) and large $34.95, feeds 12-15). The choices offered include sweet potato casserole, Caesar salad, sausage and herb stuffing, creamed spinach, harvest salad, au gratin potatoes, and green beans.

Reservations: 910-343-1818

Steam Restaurant
9 Estell Lee Pl.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Steam is putting a North Carolina spin on their Thanksgiving dinner, which means that oysters on the half shell are making an appearance. Courses will also feature some Thanksgiving classics: green bean casserole with tobacco onions, creamed corn with roasted poblanos, and of course apple cider-brined turkey with pan gravy. Cost is $42 for adults, $16 for kids under 12, and $6 for kids under 5. A full bar will be available.

Reservations: 910-726-9226.

Sweet n Savory
1611 Pavilion Pl.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sweet n Savory is serving up a traditional Thanksgiving menu—and then some! Diners can look forward to jerk pork loin with mango chutney over wild rice, as well as their famous shrimp and grits, all served family style. Folks who still want to spend the holiday in the privacy of their own homes, but want to skip the fuss, can also phone in to pick up a to-go package.

Reservations: 910-256-0115

Pilot House
2 Ann St.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown’s riverfront restaurant will offer an entree with three sides, plus soup salad and dessert. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Items include traditional turkey and ham, as well as collards, yams, mashed potatoes, collards, green beans and sausage and cornbread stuffing. Carolina bisque, ham and collards, and butternut squash soups make great starters with Caesar or mixed greens salads. Finish it off with pie: apple, pumpkin or pecan!

Reservations: 910-343-0200.

Other restaurants open this Thursday for Thanksgiving: Pinpoint Restaurant; Holiday Inn at Wrightsville Beach; Village Cafe (Hampstead, NC); Stoked (Carolina Beach, NC); Seawitch Cafe (Carolina Beach, NC); Freddie’s (Kure Beach, NC); East at Blockade Runner (Wrightsville Beach, NC); The Bridge Tender (Wrightsville Beach, NC); Joe’s Oasis; Carolina Ale House; Niche Kitchen and Bar.

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