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Oct 27, 2009 07:59 AM

Raleigh Thanksgiving Options

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

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

        Angus Barn Restaurant
        9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

        1. 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

            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.

          2. 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

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

            2. 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

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