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Best Restaurants In Charlotte Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

November 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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If you love Thanksgiving, but hate the mess and work that goes into making it happen, skip it. Let these restaurants do the cooking for you this holiday season. From traditional turkey and prix fixe menus to brunch, this list promises to satiate every craving and stuff the whole family without destroying your kitchen.

Passion 8 Bistro
3415 S. Carolina 51
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(803) 802-7455 across the border into Fort Mill, Passion 8 Bistro will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $48 (free for children 10 and younger), the menu offers soup or salad, a choice of entrée (unlimited), family style sides and dessert. Enjoy rutabaga soup, new town farm turkey, chorizo and cornbread stuffing as well as whipped pumpkin mousse-stuffed éclair, its guests will leave satisfied and returning next Thanksgiving.
Ember Grille
601 S. College Road
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 335-2064 in the Westin Charlotte, the American-style restaurant will serve a classic Thanksgiving meal this year. Ember provides a unique dining experience with floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of Uptown Charlotte. Enjoy a holiday-themed meal at a convenient perfect for just a meal out or private dinning for up to 200 guests, plus a terrace and contemporary bar perfect for throwing back a few with the in laws.
BLT Steak
110 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 972-4380 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Thanksgiving, BLT Steak will serve a prix fixe menu at $68. Named “Best of the Best” in Hotel Restaurants for 2012 by Charlotte Magazine, this holiday menu will be worth every penny. BLT, abbreviated for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, combines French culinary influence and American steakhouse dining. BLT Steak also holds events throughout the year such as wine dinners and cooking classes, making it ideal for get togethers with the grown ups in the family.
Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse
215 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 237-3246 in Stowe’s Corner of the historical Davidson community, Flatiron provides exquisite cuisine in a neighborhood atmosphere. Flatiron will serve a prix fixe brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For Thanksgiving menu details, visit the Flatiron website as it updates its menu. Awarded the Diners’ Choice, Flatiron also provides a beer tower with local brews and fresh ingredients.
Gallery Restaurant
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 248-4100 as a Forbes Four Star restaurant, Gallery serves desirable dishes all year round. The Thanksgiving brunch will be served from noon to 4 p.m. with showcased ice sculptures, a seafood buffet and breakfast delicacies. The restaurant will operate regular hours and serve breakfast at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Lunch ($15.95 per person) and dinner ($28 per person) will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 916-2300 Italian-style family restaurant will serve a traditional prix fixe menu from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at $36.95 for adults and $17.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 eat free. With locations nationwide and online ordering, Maggiano’s makes classic family dishes easily accessible. Maggiano also plays an active role in philanthropy, such as donations to “Feeding America” on its “National on the House Pasta Day” to give thanks to the communities it serves, making it ideal for teaching kids how to give thanks while they stuff their faces.Related: Best Autumn Desserts In Charlotte

McCormick and Schmick
4335 Barclay Downs Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 442-5522
200 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 377-0201 for normal operating hours, McCormick and Schmick offers a limited prix fixe menu for the holiday. The seafood restaurant is known nationwide for a people-focused environment that offers a signature “Fresh List” daily, seasonal menu selections and happy-hour specials. With more than 40 years of business using regional ingredients, McCormick and Schmick promises to make this Thanksgiving a memorable occasion.
Mimosa Grill
327 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 343-0700 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mimosa will offer a Thanksgiving buffet at $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. Part of Harper’s Restaurant Group, Mimosa’s menu features southern cuisine with a global influence perfect for diverse palates this holiday season. Voted as “Taste of the Nation: Best Hot Food” for 2011 and 2012, expect exquisite warm dishes at this local eatery.Related: 2012 Charlotte Holiday Theater Preview

Kate Heaton has literally lived up to her college mascot the Soaring Seahawk, as a flight attendant and graduate of UNC Wilmington, with a degree in Sociology and Communication Studies. When she is not soaring above clouds or at her base assignment in Roanoke, she resides in her hometown of Charlotte. Her work can be found at

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