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Several local restaurants offer Thanksgiving dinner

Posted: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. I’m not too concerned for two reasons. One, I’ve done it before. I recall the year the turkey wasn’t completed defrosted when I was ready to put it in the oven. Indeed, the sight of a stressed woman standing in the kitchen attempting to thaw a turkey with a hair dryer is quite a sight! Lesson learned.

But I’m also not concerned because we approach Thanksgiving potluck style. My in-laws are travelling from Raleigh, and will be bringing some side dishes and pumpkin pie. So there are a few items to cross off my list.

Some like to skip the meal preparation all together. Makes sense. I remember the Thanksgiving my husband and I and his family ate at a restaurant. At first I was suspicious: Holiday dinners are supposed to be in your own home! But after enjoying a wonderful meal – that someone else prepared – and leaving the dishes on the table, I was a fan of this approach to the fall feast!

If this idea sounds appealing, you can dine at a couple of Lake Norman restaurants on Thursday. Red Rock’s Café in Birkdale Village will be offering their Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. All of the traditional favorites will be served at this buffet that costs $24.95 for adults and $11.95 for children. Call 704-892-9999.

The North Harbor Club in Davidson also presents its Thanksgiving Feast sit down dinner. The first course offers some wonderful starters, including brie spring rolls, squash soup, crab cakes, shrimp and salad. The main course offers your choice of turkey, roasted ham, top round or pork loin, with all of the traditional side dish favorites. Call 704-896-5559.

If you’d like to host festivities at your house minus the kitchen prep, check out the Mooresville’s Epic Chophouse for their Thanksgiving Take Out meal that serves eight to 10 people. You don’t even need to make the giblet gravy! But hurry: orders must be place by Monday November, 21.

Remember, it doesn’t matter what or where the Thanksgiving meal is. What’s important is those gathered around you and the blessings you’re celebrating!

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