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Thanksgiving in Asheville NC

Dkirk1 Aug 4, 2009 02:22 PM

Will be visiting Asheville the week of Thanksgiving (3 adults in our party).
I've read several posts and have collected the names of several restaurants that sound good and will investigate them further to try to decide where to go (Tupelo Honey, Zambra, Nova, 12 Bones. Fig)

One item of concern for me is where to eat on Thanksgiving Day. I'm probably looking for the info too early, but so far the only internet info I've found for a T-Day meal has been a mention of a buffet at the Grove Park Inn.

If there are any Asheville area locals who are familiar with restaurants that typically have a nice Thanksgiving day menu or buffet, I would appreciate the info. If advance reservations are usually needed I'd appreciate that info also.

This will be my first visit to Asheville (and I'm new to Chowhound also), so any dining suggestions are welcome. We are renting a fully furnished home so will be able to prepare breakfast, but will eat out for lunch and most dinners while we are sightseeing. We certainly would like to do one or two nice dinners but are also interested in moderately priced places.

We enjoy a wide range of foods , are fond of Tapas, and love trying new things, so no limits on what we are looking for.

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    pilches RE: Dkirk1 Aug 5, 2009 10:48 AM

    I don't know about Thanksgiving, but I think you would have to check individual restaurants to see what's open and what they're offering. As far as other suggestions, there are really too many to list. I suggest doing a search on Asheville favorites and narrow down your choices by what looks most interesting to you. The food scene in Asheville is really very special and there's lots to choose from. Have a great time!

    1. meatn3 RE: Dkirk1 Aug 5, 2009 12:05 PM

      In years past the Asheville Independent Restaurant Assoc. has put out a list. It isn't up yet, but perhaps as things get closer to November.


      Grove Park & Biltmore usually have several options. Many of the smaller indie places close for the holiday.

      Since you will have a kitchen another option is to order a dinner package. I have had the prepared Thanksgiving items from Earth Fare and they were very good. I suspect Greenlife and Fresh Market offer similar options.

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        Dkirk1 RE: meatn3 Aug 8, 2009 05:29 AM

        Thanks for the link. I will definately keep an eye on that website closer to Nov. to find out what options there are. The dinner package is something I had not thought of, so thank you for that idea also.

        Any tips on a great pizza place in Asheville?

      2. leanpig RE: Dkirk1 Aug 9, 2009 09:27 AM

        We ate at Fiore's Cottonwood downtown in 2007 for Thanksgiving. It was a plate full of Thanksgiving fair including some new items that were all perfectly prepared. They also had other items. It was a fabulous meal.

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          Dkirk1 RE: leanpig Aug 10, 2009 07:04 AM

          Thanks, I'll look for info for them as it gets closer to T-giving.

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            Leepa RE: Dkirk1 Nov 18, 2009 06:03 PM

            Today's newspaper had an article about what places are going to be open on Thanksgiving.


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              Dkirk1 RE: Leepa Nov 20, 2009 05:19 AM

              Thanks Leepa, but I made reservations for the buffet at the Grove Park Inn.

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                sluggrock RE: Dkirk1 Nov 20, 2009 09:08 AM

                Cancel the buffet reservations. Fiore's Ristorante Toscana (as it's now called) is open for Turkey Day every year and puts out a great feast.

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                  stephw1 RE: sluggrock Nov 20, 2009 01:34 PM

                  What does Fiore's typically serve for Thanksgiving?

        2. carolinadawg RE: Dkirk1 Nov 23, 2009 04:43 AM

          If you like tapas, then absolutely go to Zambra. Excellent!

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            Dkirk1 RE: carolinadawg Nov 26, 2009 01:48 PM

            We went to Zambras on Tues Night (instead of going to Fig as originally planned) and we enjoyed it. It was perfect for us as we were not super hungry having eaten at the Stable Cafe at Biltmore for lunch.

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