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.
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.
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 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.