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Raleigh Thanksgiving Options

DC Gal Oct 27, 2009 07:59 AM

Looks like we're going to be a party fo four this year for Thanksgiving and to me, that means eating out. If anyone has suggestions in the Raleigh/RTP area, I'd welcome them! Thanks in advance.

  1. meatn3 Nov 4, 2009 06:15 PM

    The News & Observer has posted their list for the year:


    1. wb247 Oct 29, 2009 05:32 PM

      I don't know if they still do it or not, but Margeaux's used to put on one of the most impressive holiday spreads I've ever seen, anywhere.


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      1. re: wb247
        bluemoon4515 Nov 5, 2009 04:53 AM

        When we lived in Raleigh my family always went to Margeaux's for Thanksgiving. Very good!

      2. c
        cervisiam Oct 29, 2009 10:03 AM

        not quite raleigh, but herons will be having a thanksgiving buffet:
        Thanksgiving Buffet Thursday, November 26th, 12pm – 6pm $65 per person, $18 per child under twelve

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        1. re: cervisiam
          Fu Dee Oct 29, 2009 03:37 PM

          $65?!! Hope it comes with a swedish massage.

        2. meatn3 Oct 29, 2009 09:25 AM

          I think we may be going out too. Not exactly in the Triangle, but Yancey House seems like a nice drive and their Louisiana based menu looks interesting:


          Yancey House Restaurant
          699 US Highway 158 W, Yanceyville, NC 27379

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          1. re: meatn3
            meatn3 Dec 1, 2009 10:25 AM

            A short report:
            It took a little over an hour from our friends home in Cary to drive there. It felt as if this may have been their first Thanksgiving service or it may be that much of the staff just works as needed for big events. Service was very pleasant, but with some odd bits. They asked for our entire order, including dessert, right off the bat. But they didn't address the wine list we had requested. We were able to order a bottle after the soup and oysters came. They also didn't inquire about preference of white or dark meat for the turkey.

            The highlight of the meal were the fried oysters. Lightly fried in a nice dusting of cornmeal and served with a cocktail sauce. I'm a tartar sauce fan, so I ate them un-sauced and they were perfect. Only downside was there were just three of them. Those who had the soup were pleased.

            The main meal had a very good squash casserole and the sweet potatoes had a crunchy topping that was a nice change from the very sweet gooey options often served.
            The pork and apples were very nice, as was the cranberry sauce. The turkey, gravy and the rest were just ok. They matched what my expectations would be if we were at K & S.

            Seconds were graciously offered. Drinks were refilled often. Staff was attentive and friendly. The owner visited tables and shared information about the house and area history.

            In the end it just didn't wow any of us. For $40/person + tax/tip plus the drive it felt like we paid too much. If I were in that area I might try them again. I would not make a special trip though.

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            chops Oct 28, 2009 08:03 AM

            I have been told that the Angus Barn Buffet is outstanding. It would seem like a festive atmosphere for Thanksgiving.

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            1. re: chops
              Suzy Q Oct 28, 2009 03:47 PM

              I'm a +1 on the Angus Barn - they have a fabulous buffet.

              Angus Barn Restaurant
              9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

              1. re: chops
                meatn3 Oct 29, 2009 09:29 AM

                Here is this years description/info:


              2. s
                sarahUNC Oct 27, 2009 06:07 PM

                If you're interested in a good buffet, you could try Michael Dean's. We went there last year and it was really good (though we were a bit worried about the buffet aspect of it.) Lots of options and a good mix of traditional foods and fancier options. I think it was about $25 pp.


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