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TURKEY APLENTY: Where to avoid doing the dishes come Thanksgiving Day

For those who don’t want to slave over a stove all day in preparation (or do the dishes afterward), here are a few places to enjoy the feast!

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And the day of feasting is almost upon us. Turkey, dressing, cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac ‘n’ cheese, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie …

Thanksgiving looks different for every family, but it almost always has a few staples of eats and drinks among gatherings, and maybe a football game or two, of course after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For those who don’t want to slave over a stove all day in preparation (or do the dishes afterward), here are a few places to enjoy the feast!

Steam Restaurant and Bar
Embassy Suites • 9 Estell Lee Pl.
11 a.m. – 4p.m.
$38 adults, $16 kids under 12, $6 kids under 5 • 910-726-9226
Let Steam do the cooking and dishes on Thanksgiving! Local oysters on the half shell or shrimp kick off the meal. Then, enjoy apple cider-brined turkey with pan gravy, and Dijon-and-herb-crusted prime rib for the main course. Traditional Thanksgiving sides, such as green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cornbread, will be served, too! Save room for an abundance of seasonal and local sweet treats! Full bar will be available.

Reservations are required.

Hotel Ballast
301 N Water St.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$30.95 adults, $24.50 seniors, $17.95 kids 5-11, free kids 4 and under
910-763-5900, 2222
Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet this year in the grand ballroom of Hotel Ballast. Diners can expect a traditional feast, complete with all the classic dishes. Enjoy the local sounds of Sotherly Radio while noshing on that holiday stuffing. Reservations are required.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
301 N Water St.
Seating at noon
Three-course meal: $39.95
910-343-1818
Carve out some time for family (and turkey) at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse this Thanksgiving! Enjoy the chef’s traditional 3-course meal, complete with soup or salad to start, hand-carved turkey with sausage and herb stuffing for the meat, and a dessert duo to round out the meal.

Over the whole turkey thing? Have no fear! The restaurant’s full dinner menu will be available for a customizable holiday experience. Reservations are recommended.

Sweet ‘n’ Savory
1611 Pavilion Pl.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$32, adult; $25, elders 75 and up;
$20, kids, 9-12; $12, kids 5-8;
free, kids 5 and under
910-256-0115
Prepare to be more stuffed than the turkey this Thanksgiving! Sweet n Savory is cooking up a storm. Meals will be served family style on common platters and the food is all you can eat! The restaurant will have all the traditional favorites—turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc.—as well as a few non-traditional holiday treats, such as shrimp ‘n’ grits and jerked pork loin with mango chutney over red beans and rice. For any vegetarians, they will have veggie lasagna available upon request, so no need to fill up on dinner rolls like Thanksgivings past. Reservations are required.

Bluewater Waterfront Grill
4 Marina St.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$19.95 per person
910-256-8500
Why not start a new family tradition and enjoy Thanksgiving by the sea this year? Bluewater will have all the Thanksgiving classics, like turkey, sweet potato casserole, collard greens, pie … you name it! In addition, the restaurant will also be offering their dinner menu, which includes a variety of seafood options. No mess, no stress! Reservations are encouraged.

Henry’s
2508 Independence Blvd.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$21.99 – $24.49
910-793-2929
Spend more time with family this Thanksgiving, and less time in the kitchen. Henry’s is offering up three different dinner menus guaranteed to make your mouth water. For $21.99, diners can enjoy the Roast Turkey Plate or the Ham Plate, both served with collards, green bean casserole, stuffing, choice of sweet potato or mashed potatoes, and a slice of either pecan or pumpkin pie. For $25.49, folks can enjoy a combo platter, with a little bit of everything included! If you’re over the whole “turkey dinner” thing, Henry’s will also be serving their delicious dinner menu all day long. Reservations are encouraged.

The Pilot House
2 Ann St.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
$28 per adults; $14, children under 12
910-343-0200
Reserve a table at The Pilot House this Thanksgiving and enjoy a three-course meal of Thanksgiving favorites! Each dinner includes choice of a soup or salad, entrée (oven roasted turkey with giblet gravy or smoked ham with maple glaze), three classic Thanksgiving sides, and a slice of pecan, pumpkin, or apple pie. Vegetarian options will also be available for any herbivores in attendance. Reservations are highly recommended.

Front St. Brewery
9 N. Front St.
11 a.m. – midnight
Plates: $8.99
910-251-1935
Come and enjoy Thanksgiving with the Front Street Brewery family! A local tradition in the ILM community, the restaurant will offer their full menu, along with traditional turkey plates, piled with smoked sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce. And of course, don’t forget about the pie!

Other restaurants open include: Casey’s Buffet, Sawmill Restaurant, Carolina Ale House, and Hops Supply Co.

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