A long, long time ago, a group of pilgrims crossed the Atlantic Ocean because they were really hungry for pumpkin pie and stuffing. Or something like that. Either way, we celebrate that fateful day by stuffing our gullets with the finest America can offer and then count our blessings while in a tryptophan coma. Don’t repeat the hassles our forefathers by slaving in the kitchen during this holiday — make someone else do it. Here’s a roundup of where you can dine on some turkey and Charleston favorites.
Anson is preparing a special three-course Thanksgiving meal for $50 on November 28th. First course choices include their famous she crab soup or shrimp and grits, or more adventurous options like their roasted bone marrow or butternut squash agnolotti. Choosing a main dish will prove to be difficult with options including a turkey dinner, filet mingnon, or roasted leg of lamb. Make sure you leave room for dessert though, because their pumpkin white chocolate bread pudding or warm cinnamon rolls served with sweet potato ice cream will be what we’re thankful for this year.
Peninsula Grill’s four-course Thanksgiving meal is available for $60 per person this holiday. This classic meal will consist of sweet potato bisque, local field greens and spiced pumpkin seeds, turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing, and a pumpkin tart for dessert. Call to make reservations and keep a lookout for their Christmas menu soon.
McCrady’s will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which leaves enough time for you to get back home and catch the game after dinner. Their three-course meal is offered for $65 per guest. The menu will be posted online during the week of Thanksgiving, so check their website for a list of their options.
If you’re not too stuffed after dinner, you can head to cupcake for their special turkey-decorated cupcakes and pumpkin flavored cupcakes. Or if your sweet tooth is larger than your turkey dinner, their Mega cupcakes are available as well. You can call to request large orders if you want to treat your family and friends. Cupcake is also available for delivery.
Swamp Fox will cater to all your Thanksgiving needs. A Turkey Day buffet will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and consists of entrée items, accompaniments, salad, desserts, and a complimentary mimosa. An adult buffet is $35 and children 12 and under are $13. Food from local farms including Joseph Fields, Thackeray Farms, and Owls Nest Plantation will be featured. Call for reservations.
Blu is offering their Thanksgiving buffet for $32.95, and kids ages 4-12 for $14.95. The buffet s available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will offer things like butternut squash soup, a cold food bar, chilled seafood, entrees, carved meats, and plenty of desserts. Some of the anticipated foods include pimento cheese cracker salad, cocktail crab claws, fall vegetables, turkey leg confit with cranberry chutney, and cherry cobbler. Reservations are required.
Tristan invites you to share their three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $75 from 2 p.m. to 8 pm. Children 12 and under will be $25. Options for appetizers include smoked beet pastrami, New England scallops, and more. For an entrée, you can choose from local white fish, roasted turkey, Fruit de Mare Bolognese, or a beef rib loin. Tristan has plenty of desserts to choose from including plum sorbet, a pumpkin roll, or hazelnut financier. For an extra $15 you can receive wine pairings with your dinner.
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High Cotton’s Thanksgiving dinner includes an appetizer and main course for $47, or $52 if you add dessert. High Cotton will be using many local farms and sources including Grow Food Carolina, Green Grocer Farm, and Ambrose Family Farm. Appetizer options include she crab soup, poached egg grits, and shrimp cocktail. Main courses all come with fixings and include a free range turkey dinner from Keegan-Filion Farm, crab-stuffed flounder, or bacon-wrapped stuffed rabbit loin. Dessert will be worth the extra $5, as they offer peppermint molten chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, fried apple pie, a caramel cashew candy bar, and lemon sorbet with cookies. This menu will be available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 28. Call to make a reservation.
This Thanksgiving menu could be one of the best choices you’ll make this holiday, next to deciding to stay home for Black Friday. Their menu ($38 per person) includes a starter and a chef specialty. A kid’s menu is provided if you’re bringing the whole family along. You can add dessert for an extra $7 and there will be a “fall favorites” drink menu to order from as well. Options for starters include a poached pear salad or fried calamari. For a main course, you can choose from a turkey dinner, pan seared New Bedford scallops, Angus beef prime rib, or pan seared flounder. A selection of pies is available for dessert. And even though you aren’t cooking at home, you can still have leftovers — a turkey sand which to go is available for $9. Call to make reservations.
Hall’s Chophouse’s Thanksgiving menu will be available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the bar will remain open until 2 a.m. You can get local oysters or lobster and smoked corn chowder to start and the entrees include roasted turkey with fixings and roasted rack of pork. Entrees range from $34-$42, but items on the regular menu will be available as well.
S.N.O.B.’s Thanksgiving menu will be available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and includes an appetizer and main course for $42, or $47 with dessert included. Appetizers include beet crudo, house smoked salmon with toast, or oyster stew. Main courses include turkey from Keegan Filion Farm, pan seared North Carolina flounder, or Maverick shrimp and grits. A special drink menu will be available and desserts include assorted pies, ice creams, and sorbets.
If you want to be a part of Charleston Grill’s Thanksgiving dinner, you’d better hurry because reservations are running out. Each dinner is a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $85 plus tax and 20% gratuity. Appetizers include leek and parsnip soup, foie gras torchon, or oyster Rockefeller. Entrees vary from roasted turkey breast and braised leg, kurobuta pork chop, or duck breast. For dessert, you can choose from pecan pie cake, pumpkin cheesecake, or chocolate pot du crème.
You can join Blossom’s Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their menu has plenty of options for appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, sides, and delicious desserts. From fried green tomatoes to pecan crusted flounder to chocolate chip pecan pie, you will leave Blossom with a long list of things to be thankful for.
Add a new tradition to your Thanksgiving meal with 82 Queen from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with crispy parmesan oysters, she crab soup, and bbq shrimp and grits with bacon. Not feeling adventurous? They’ll also have the more traditional roasted turkey, gravy, cranberry chutney, and autumn squash salad.
For $39.95, or $19.95 for those under 10, you can feast on an appetizer, entree, and dessert from Poogan’s Porch. Poogan’s will let you pick your own sides from a well groomed list of candied yams, whipped potatoes, herbed stuffing, and more. Can’t decide between turkey and ham? Choose both or skip them totally and have duck confit, short ribs, or grouper instead.
Sometimes you just want a new spin on the old classic. Make a reservation at Eli’s Table from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a three-course meal starring butternut squash soup or a kale salad, turkey with some fancy fixin’s like turkey confit and cranberry sauce (or opt for the gouda mac & cheese), and then finish with pie, cheesecake, or a tart. You’ll be reminded why these foods are traditional.