The busy person’s guide to Thanksgiving in Charlotte (whether you want to skip cooking or hosting—or both)
By Jessica Bentley
November 14, 2018
Not every Thanksgiving has to involve 4 a.m. wake-up calls to prep the bird, spending a fortune on various ingredients for your favorite comfort foods or washing a massive stack of dishes.
Charlotte has a ton of great restaurants and bakeries that can help ease your holiday, so you might as well take advantage. Here’s our ultimate guide to enjoying Thanksgiving in Charlotte:
If you want to avoid cooking, but still want to host it at home:
Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
4001-C Yancey Rd.
So you’ve decided to cook the turkey but don’t want to deal with all the sides? Each side dish from Alyssa’s kitchen serves 6-8 people, perfect for your family’s get-together. Preorder online by November 16th at 12pm. Pick up times are Tuesday the 21 between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Wednesday the 22 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
City Barbeque smokes all their meats in-house, including smoked turkey for $13.99 per pound. You can order in-store or online, so make sure to call your local location to arrange your pick-up time. I highly recommend their Green Beans with Bacon and Corn Pudding as side items as well.
Coastal Kitchen & Bar
222 East 3rd St.
This uptown eatery is offering everything from appetizers to dessert togo. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 18 by calling 704-331-4360. Your meal will be available for pick-up on Thursday the 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pick up pre-made dinners for the whole crew (3-5 people $54.99, 8-10 people $79.99; and 12-14 people $149.99). Make sure to order by November 18 online or November 21 in-store by 2pm. Pickup is available on November 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11059 Carolina Place Pkwy.
The takeout menu includes a variety of traditional Thanksgiving fare, including turkey’s ($50), sides ($8-$20), and pies ($15). The deadline to order is November 20 with a pick-up between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on November 22. Order by calling 704-541-5255.
Note: You can also dine-in from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day ($28 for adults and $15 for 12 and under).
La Belle Helene
300 S. Tryon St.
Offering everything you need in one package that serves 6-8 guests for pickup only ($275). Rôtisserie Joyce Farms Heritage Black Turkey, Brioche Dinner Rolls, Haricot Verts Amondine, Pommes Purée, Cranberry & Orange Chutney, Brussels Sprouts Aux Lardons, Cornbread & Sage Stuffing, along with Pumpkin Charlotte and Pecan Caramel Tarts. Guests can call 704 969 2550 to order and pickup is on 11/21. They will be closed on 11/22.
Mert’s Heart and Soul
Queen City Q
Reid’s Fine Foods
Sweet Lew’s BBQ
923 Belmont Ave.
If you don’t feel like baking dessert, these sweet shacks have got you covered:
1617 Elizabeth Ave.
Call 704-333-3491 or jump online to order pies for yourself, your friends or clients. They are widely known for their pies, but they also offer a full catering menu as well.
Note: If you want to spread joy to your family outside of Charlotte, their Pecan ($25) and Chocolate Pecan Pies ($27) can be shipped anywhere in the US.
Amelie’s French Bakery
La Piccola Gabbia
224 E 7th St.
Their Patisserie menu has a scrumptious selection of pies, gourmet cakes, individual pastries and much more. Impress your guests with their seasonal fruit tarts and eclairs. Yum. Call 980-819-8771 to place your holiday orders.
A Smart Cookie
6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Order your holiday desserts online from this Charlotte-based cancer researcher turned baker. She offers bourbon pecan pies ($25), gooey pumpkin butter cakes ($35), carrot, pound and sweet potato cakes ($35 each). From my own personal experience… I have to mention that the bourbon pecan pies are D-E-L-I-S-H.
If you want to skip cleaning, decorating and hosting, dine out at these restaurants:
Bistro la Bon
1322 Central Ave.
BLT Steak at the Ritz-Carlton
Deets: Thanksgiving dinner includes Slow-Roasted Turkey with Brioche Stuffing, French Green Beans with Marcona Almonds and Cranberry Pear Chutney. Accompanied bySam’s Mashed Potatoes to share. Call 704-348-1400 for reservations.
Coco and The Director
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Harper’s South Park
327 S. Tryon St.
4744 Sharon Rd.
100 W. Trade St.
6902 Phillips Pl.