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Where to dine-in or carry-out in the Triangle this Thanksgiving

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Is it safe to say the Halloween stash has been successfully consumed? (We know ours has.) Now it’s time to start thinking about filling our bellies again with all the glorious fixings of Thanksgiving. With just three more weeks to go, we know it might be daunting to think of all the things you’ve yet to buy, prep, or freeze for the big day — and we’re right there with you

Preparing an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for your family might sound like fun, but sometimes things that sound fun become less fun in practice. The turkey burns up, you add salt to the pumpkin pie instead of sugar, Aunt Jenny insists on talking politics… things happen. To relieve some of that pressure, maybe let somebody else do the cooking this year (and no, we don’t mean your sister-in-law). 

Here are 14+ restaurants that will cook Thanksgiving dinner for you, so you can eat, drink + be much more merry. You decide if you want to dine-in or carry out — and if we missed your favorite, be sure to let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page.

Photo via Mandolin

Where to dine-in for Thanksgiving: 

🍗 Acme Food & Beverage Company | 110 E. Main Street, Carrboro | Thursday, November 26, 12–8 p.m. | $45 per person. | The three-course, prix-fixe menu features several options to choose from. TryThis: Curried mountain apple soup, fried Carolina turkey, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Reservations are required.

🍗 Talullas | 456 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill | $35 per person + $16 for optional wine pairings | Choose from Turkish dishes featured on the three-course, prix-fixe menu — including sigara boregi, tavuk iskender, and baklava cheesecake.

🍗 The Carolina Inn | 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill | Thursday, November 26, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | $85 per person. | This Thanksgiving day buffet features a selection of salads, corn pudding, classic stuffing, seared Mahi Mahi, NY strip + various desserts. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

🍗 The Pit | 328 W. Davie Street | Wednesday, November 25 + Thursday, November 26 | $34.99 per adult, $19.99 per child under 12. | The menu features fried pimento cheese bites, ham, turkey, whole hog barbecue, cranberry chutney, pumpkin pie, and other classic side dishes. ProTip: Order by Friday, November 20 if you’d rather carry-out. Reservations are required to dine-in.

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Where to carry-out food for your holiday:

🥧 AC Restaurants | 1519 Brookside Drive | Pre-cooked meals available for pick-up or delivery Tuesday, November 24 + Wednesday, November 25. Order by Monday, November 16. | Priced per item. | Mix and match everything from a roasted tomato pie and green bean casserole to Poole’s pimento cheese and baked apple sangria mix. Turkeys are sold out, but you can literally order everything but the bird. 

🥧 Angus Barn | 9401 Glenwood Avenue | Pre-cooked meals available for pick-up Wednesday, November 25 or Thursday, November 26. | Meals start at $159 to serve four people.The package includes all the holiday favorites and fixings, such as honey glazed ham, sage and cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and your choice of pie.

🥧 Donovan’s Dish | 800 W. Williams Street, Apex | Pre-cooked meals available for pick-up or delivery Tuesday, November 24 + Wednesday, November 25. Order by midnight, Sunday, November 22. | Meals start at $180 to serve six people. | Choose between white and dark meat + a selection of pies. TryThis: Ham sandwiches and Italian meatballs are among the list of optional add-ons.

🥧 Fig’s Market | 2319 Laurelbrook Street | Pre-cooked meals and a la carte sides available for pick-up or delivery Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 25. Order by Friday, November 20. | Full dinner bundles start at $179 to serve six people. | In addition to traditional meats, sides, and pies, the menu offers specialty desserts like pumpkin macarons + spiced pumpkin mousse.

🥧 Il Palio | 1505 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill | Pre-cooked 3-course meal available for curbside pick-up Nov., 26 10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. | $75 per person | Patrons can build their multiple-course meal from a variety of options including caramelized mushroom torta, butternut squash lasagna, and pumpkin cheesecake. 

🥧 Irregardless | 901 W. Morgan Street | Pre-cooked meals available for pick-up Wednesday, November 25, 4–8 p.m. + Thursday, November 26, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Order by Monday, November 23. | Meals start at $125 to serve four people. | Choose from a selection of entrees, sides, and desserts, including vegetable Wellington and a pear-cranberry crisp. ProTip: If you pick up on Thanksgiving day, no reheating is needed.

🥧 kō•än | 2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary | Chef-prepared dinner kits and a la carte menu items available for pick-up Wednesday, November 25. | Meals start at $145 for a family of four, other dishes priced per item. | Build your own Thanksgiving from a menu featuring classic meats and sides, as well as some surprises. TryThis: Herb roasted turkey breast, white cheddar mac and cheese, and ginger ice cream.

🥧 Locals Oyster Bar | 500 E. Davie Street, inside Transfer Co. Food Hall | Catering platters available for pick-up Tuesday, November 24 + Wednesday, November 25. | Priced per item. | Choose from a selection of items, including all the fixings for a Lowcountry boil, oyster stuffing, crab dip + roasted oysters on the half shell.

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🥧 Mandolin | 2519 Fairview Road | Prepared meals available for pick-up Wednesday, November 25, 12–5 p.m. | Meals start at $139 to serve 4 or 8 people. | The menu includes roasted turkey, apple and leek bread pudding, cranberry sauce, and your choice of dessert. Our pick: sweet potato pie.

🥧 Plates Neighborhood Kitchen | 301 Glenwood Avenue | Pre-cooked meals available for pickup Wednesday, November 25 + Thursday, November 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Order by Monday, November 23 at 5 p.m. | $129 per package, serves six to eight people. | The menu includes roasted turkey breast, leg confit, sweet potato hash, cranberry sauce and your choice of pecan pie or figgy pudding. Bonus: 100% of proceeds go toward providing meals in our local community.

🥧 Rocky Top Catering | 5000 Departure Drive | Take-and-bake meals available for pick-up Wednesday, November 25, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Pre-cooked meals available for pick-up or delivery Thursday, November 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Meals start at $150 for a family of four. | The menu features one pound each of ham, turkey, and beef brisket + traditional sides, sweet potato biscuits, and your choice of pie. Bonus: for every meal purchased, the company will donate one to a local family in need. 

🥧 Salt & Lime Cabo Grill | 6006 Falls of Neuse Road | Pre-cooked meals available for pick-up Wednesday, November 25. Reheating instructions included. | Order by Wednesday, November 18. | Meals start at $150 and serve a family of six. | In addition to house-spiced turkey breast and jalapeño cornbread, choose from a variety of sides and desserts, including chipotle mac and cheese, caramelized mango salad + pumpkin bread pudding.

🥧 Tastefully Served | 2161 South Wilmington Street | Pre-prepared meals delivered to Raleigh, Cary, Apex, RTP, and Wake Forest on Tuesdays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Order by Thurs., Nov. 19 | Meals start at $80 for a family of four | Chef Meredith and her small team of culinary experts are offering up a traditional turkey dinner of stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and—of course—turkey with gravy. They even have