You’re not cooking this year, you’re just not. So who will help you feed your horde? Who will help you offer great tastes? Who will help you thresh the wheat?
Oops; dropped into “The Little Red Hen” for a moment there – but it’s an instructive tone. Remember how all the animals said “Not I,” leaving the hen to struggle alone? Well, the following restaurants won’t let that happen to you.
Make reservations as soon as possible, of course, and, for the sake of all of us, review manners (and tipping policies) with your children, your spouse, your forgetful great aunt: Whoever needs that extra help to make the holiday pleasant for everyone.
The Liberty will do three courses for $31.95 ($12 for kids 10 and younger), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Among the offerings: butternut squash soup with caramelized pears and preserved duck; smoked trout and jumbo lump crab cake; Belle & Evans heritage bronze turkey; prime rib; wild salmon; salted caramel budino; pumpkin cheesecake; and more. 1812 South Blvd.; 704-332-8830.
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Blue plans brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $39.95 ($14.95 for children 6-12, and free for 5 and younger). On the menu: a carving station with spiral-sliced glazed ham and roasted turkey; Moroccan chicken salad; charmoula-marinated shrimp; chicken tagine; shrimp and grits; corned beef hash; crepes and omelets; pumpkin pie and seven-layer bars; and more. Hearst Tower at College and Fifth streets; 704-927-2583.
BLT Steak will open 3-6 p.m., serving a lineup including butternut squash soup, ricotta gnudi with braised veal cheek, roasted organic turkey, prime rib, seared Scottish salmon and more. $68 ($40 for kids). 110 N. College St. in the Ritz-Carlton; 704-972-4380.
Both Red Rocks Cafes will offer a buffet (and only the buffet) on Thanksgiving, with different items on the spread, and different time frames. The Birkdale Village location will begin serving at 10:30 a.m. and will have its last seating at 8 p.m.; Strawberry Hill’s will begin at 10:30 and do its last seating at 7. Birkdale Village in Huntersville: 704-892-9999; Strawberry Hill, 4223 Providence Road; 704-364-0402.
The Capital Grille will open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with its full menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey entree (which includes brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, mashed potatoes and cranberry pear chutney for $36; $15 for 12 and younger). Add pumpkin cheesecake for $10 (per person). 201 N. Tryon St.; 704-348-1400.
Siblings 5Church and Nan & Byron’s will both be open at 11 a.m., with a last seating at 9 p.m. Three courses at the first will be $40 ($15 for kids 12 and younger); at the second $30 ($14). 5Church: 127 N. Tryon St., 704-919-1322. Nan & Byron’s: 1714 South Blvd.; 980-224-7492.
Mimosa Grill plans a full spread, buffet-style, from turkey to prime rib, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $34.95 ($12.95 for 12 and younger). Also in the lineup: housemade charcuterie, cedar-plank-roasted salmon, creamed honey collards, Ashe County mac ’n’ cheese, chocolate pecan pie and more. 327 S. Tryon St.; 704-343-0700.
Sibling Harper’s at SouthPark will have turkey, ham and prime rib, with sides, for $25 ($10 for kids 12 and younger), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 6518 Fairview Road; 704-366-6688.
And Upstream will offer a buffet 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for $39.95 ($19.95 for kids), with sushi and other seafood to roasted turkey, prime rib and traditional sides. 6902 Phillips Place; 704-556-7730.
The Asbury, in The Dunhill hotel, plans a three-course menu with two seatings: 12:30 and 3 p.m. Cost is $55; $25 for children 6-10 and free for those younger than 5. (You can get takeout, too, if you order by 5 p.m. that Tuesday, and can pick up between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving.) Among the selections: cream of collard soup, sorghum- and herb-glazed ham, stuffed roasted turkey, spiced cranberry chutney, bacon and fig jam green beans, apple hand pie, dark chocolate cake and more. 235 N. Tryon St.; 704-342-1193.
Del Frisco’s, open for the first time in Charlotte for Thanksgiving, hosts a fixed-price turkey dinner from noon to 8 p.m. for $49. Among the choices: salad with goat cheese, sun-dried cranberries and warm bacon vinaigrette; butternut squash soup; turkey breast with apple-sage stuffing and assorted trimmings; pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie. 4725 Piedmont Row Drive; 704-552-5502.
Lulu will have main courses of sage- and Champagne-brined turkey and honey-and-five-spice-glazed spiral-cut ham, with an array of sides from cornbread dressing with foie gras gravy to pearl onions and beet chips for $40, served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with its regular menu. 1911 Central Ave.; 704-376-2242.
Passion8 plans three courses for $45 (free for children 10 and younger), from 2-8 p.m. Among the choices: lobster bisque, pumpkin cream gnocchi, Hickory Nut Gap pork loin, New Town Farm turkey, N.C. trout and sides such as truffle whipped potatoes and cranberry sauce. 1523 Elizabeth Ave.; 704-910-3161.
Villa Antonio will serve from 3 to 9 p.m., with a menu of turkey and ham and all the trimmings. 14825 Ballantyne Village Way; 704-369-5060.
Gallery at the Ballantyne Lodge will have a turkey special and its regular dinner menu, while the hotel will offer brunch noon-4 p.m. with displays of salads, carving stations and desserts, plus live entertainment: $75 ($35 for kids 5-13, free for 4 and younger). 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; 704-248-4100.
Mimi’s will offer Turkey Day meals for $18.99 ($8.99 for kids) (NOTE: The company changed this from $16.99, which ran in the print version of the Observer): choice of soup or salad; turkey with sides; pumpkin pie. 10224 Perimeter Parkway; 704-509-5911.
The Concord Cove near York, S.C., will offer a choice of entree (fried turkey, roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham or split of turkey and ham) plus choice of three sides, and dessert, for $18.95 ($9 for 12 and younger). 5303 Concord Road; 803-831-1036.
Golden Corral (multiple locations) will be open 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., offering a meal for $12.99.