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Thanksgiving in Durham: Where to Dine & Pick Up the Goods

Yeah, we don't feel like cooking, either. Don't worry ... we rounded up a list of restaurants where you can dine out on Thanksgiving and pick up takeout with all the trimmings.

'Tis the season for mouthwatering turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie with extra whip cream, and all the mystery casseroles you can imagine. (Pineapple and cheese casserole, anyone?)

Thanksgiving is an exciting (and filling) holiday, but if you want to skip cooking this year, we've got the scoop on where to dine out and pick up your turkey or tofurkey day meals.

Bull City Burger & Brewery, Bull City Solera & Taproom, & Pompieri Pizza

We bet you'll be extra thankful when you wake up to the smell of pre-made warm cinnamon buns, buttermilk biscuits, gruyere and sausage egg cassatta (casserole meets frittata) with hot chocolate or mimosas prepared by the chefs at Bull City Burger & Brewery, Bull City Solera & Taproom, and Pompieri Pizza. Their Thanksgiving brunch packages are available to pre-order online!


107 W. Main Street

Kick off your Thanksgiving feast with a charcuterie platter from COPA that will wow your guests and look gorgeous on your Thanksgiving table. Enjoy a selection of Spanish 17-month aged jamón serrano, chorizo, manchego, olives, and a loaf of housemade Cuban bread.

Counting House at the 21c Museum Hotel Durham

111 Corcoran Street

If you’re looking to avoid the kitchen altogether this year, you can dine at Counting House on Thanksgiving Day and feast on butter rolls, sides, and yes, perfectly seasoned slices of turkey. Prefer to enjoy your meal from the comfort of your home? Place an order for their Thanksgiving take-home meals!

For the month of November, Counting House is teaming up with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. If you would like to give back to the community, you can make a donation on your bill!

Foster's Market

Foster’s Market, a gourmet market and cafe that focuses on scratch-made sandwiches, salads and baked goods, has prepared a Thanksgiving dinner menu for four with hors d’oeuvres, main courses, accompaniments, sides and dessert. Don't forget that you can also add a bottle of wine to your order!

Locals Oysters Bar

530 Foster Street

Where can you pick up a pound of steamed shrimp with lemons and cocktail sauce ready to eat? Locals Oysters Bar, located in the Durham Food Hall, has your Thanksgiving seafood needs covered! Get ready for take-and-bake dishes like smoked oysters, roasted oyster kits, cheesy crab potatoes, milk bread rolls, and much more.

Lula & Sadie's

530 Foster Street, Suite #1

Herb-crusted cornish game hens, black truffle dusted pork loins, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and a slice of Mama Dip's pie – is your mouth watering yet? Just sit back, relax, and enjoy a Southern, family-style Thanksgiving meal from Lula & Sadie's.


345 Blackwell Street

NanaSteak can’t wait to be a part of your holiday season! Indulge in marinated turkey breast, bacon-wrapped filets, prime rib, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and toasted honey apple crisp from the professionals at NanaSteak! Email info@nanasteak.com to place your order, and they'll do the rest.


2200 W. Main Street

The Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) has a decades-long history of having a large vegan Thanksgiving – the largest in the country since 2004. This year, they are returning to an in-person Thanksgiving Day feast at Parizade, a restaurant that serves Mediterranean fare with vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. Make a reservation for the whole family to join the Thanksgiving Day festivities!

Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar

501 Washington Street

Whether you reserve a table inside on Thanksgiving or pre-order a meal for pick up on the big day, Plum is prepping an unforgettable feast for you, your friends and your family. Get ready for smoked turkey with gravy, green bean casserole, housemade cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, and so much more.

Refectory Cafe

2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

Give Refectory Cafe a call to make your traditional family-style Thanksgiving dreams happen. They’ll have your meal of roasted turkey breast, macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, and dessert bagged and beautiful for you before turkey day. (Just in time to tell your visitors that you made it.)

Sage & Swift

2505 Whilden Drive

Go ahead and place an order – even if it’s just for the homemade side you’re supposed to bring to your in-laws. Sage and Swift is offering all kinds of delicious meal packages to save you some stress on Thanksgiving.

The Durham Hotel

315 E. Chapel Hill Street

When The Durham Hotel is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner, highlighting North Carolina’s bounty – roasted pasture-raised turkeys, seasonal vegetables from a host of local farmers, and decadent desserts – it's probably better than going to your cousin's house. Reservations are still available at $75 per person!

The Pit Durham

321 W. Geer Street

The Pit wants to do all the cooking for you and your family! They are offering three ways to make Thanksgiving easy for you this year - dine in family-style, pick up a full package with all the fixins', or order a la carte with meats, sides and desserts.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

3001 Cameron Blvd.

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner for overnight hotel guests at the award-winning Fairview Dining Room. Book your overnight stay and then make a reservation for dinner.

4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Suite 26

Experience Thanksgiving from the comfort of your home with a reheatable, pre-packaged meal from Zweli's. The entrees of slow-roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, bourbon barbecue ribs, piri piri grilled chicken or tofu are enough to make you drool. And don't even get us started on the curry stir-fried cabbage, dovi collards, and sweet potato crumble, and other sides. Also, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the LIFE Skills Foundation!

Save Room for Pie.

No table is complete without pies, tarts, and something sweet. Durham’s fortunate to be home to many distinguished local bakers. We're eyeing holiday selections from Guglhupf, Rose’s Noodles Dumplings & Sweets, Bean Traders and Loaf, and there are quite a few other options out there as well.

Make those reservations early! Many, if not all, need to be reserved in the next few days for pick up next week.

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