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Thanksgiving in Asheville NC

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.
Thanks!

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  1. 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. 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.

      http://airasheville.org/

      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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      1. re: meatn3

        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. 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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        1. re: leanpig

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

          1. re: Dkirk1

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

            http://www.citizen-times.com/article/...

            1. re: Leepa

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

              1. re: Dkirk1

                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.

                1. re: sluggrock

                  What does Fiore's typically serve for Thanksgiving?

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

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          1. re: carolinadawg

            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.