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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Outer Banks

14 Nov 2018
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Thanksgiving is almost here. It's turkey day, or rather oyster day, as we like to think of it here at the Outer Banks.  And if you're staying in a large home with all your family, it can be overwhelming to have to cook Thanksgiving dinner in an unfamiliar kitchen.

Thankfully, since we're talking about Thanksgiving, there are plenty of places on the Outer Banks where you can have Thanksgiving Dinner.  This article features the highlights. To see the offerings in more detail, visit the individual websites.

Thanksgiving Buffets

Thanksgiving is simultaneous with 'all you can eat'. That's why so many restaurants offer buffets with hams, turkeys, and plenty of oysters. Check out these buffets.

Lone Cedar Café

Hungry? This restaurant opens as early as 10:30 with their full buffet, including shrimp and grits, oven roasted turkey, pan blackened local catch, fried jumbo green tailed shrimp and more. It's a Thanksgiving like no other.

Mulligans

Looking for oyster stuffing? Mulligan's has that. They also have a lot of other great things on their buffet too such as Oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, and oh yes, turkey too. It's all you can eat with an assortment you'll love.

Pamlico Jacks

It's time for Pamlico Jacks' annual Thanksgiving and oyster feast. This buffet opens at 10am so you can even have Thanksgiving dinner for breakfast, giving you the rest of the day to play.

Argyles

This restaurant features over 25 things on their menu, including prime rib, Shrimp Daniel and many more favorites.

Red Sky

Turkey, prime rib, topped oysters, and bacon and red blissed potato soup are just a few of the tempting treats that await you at Red Sky's buffet. They fill up fast, so reserve early.

Captain George's

Already famous for its seafood buffet, on Thanksgiving, this restaurant goes all out. It features a traditional Thanksgiving buffet and all the trimmings along with their famed crab legs, shrimp and more.

 

Special Menus

 

If you're looking to avoid all the hassle that comes with a buffet, than these restaurants might be just the thing to please your family rather than a buffet, they offer a special menu, crafted with care. 

Lifesaving Station

This classic Outer Banks restaurant in Duck is serving a four course plated meal in an upscale atmosphere. Choices include turkey, blue crab baked brie, scallops and more. 

Ocean Boulevard

This restaurant is offering a four course plated meal with lots of seafood and some Outer Banks favorites such as hunters stew (hearty stew with duck) sea scallops, oyster chowder, panko crusted turkey and even chocolate pot de crem with toasted marshmallow.  And that's just the beginning.

Take Out

If you'd rather have Thanksgiving at the house you rented, there are also plenty of places that do Thanksgiving take out.

Tommy's Natural Foods Market 

An upscale grocery in Duck, Tommy's offers a variety of either fully cooked or ready to cook items. This way you can have dinner at that beautiful home you rented.

Currituck BBQ

More than just barbeque, you can also get fried and smoked turkeys and hams to go. Orders must be made in advance, so order early.

Grocery Stores

Many of the Outer Banks grocery stores offer premade or ready to make meals that you can order in advance. Some popular stores include the Publix, the Food Lion, The Harris Teeters, and the Fresh Market.

Coastal Provisions

Even though this restaurant is closed the day of Thanksgiving so the employees can be with their families, you can pick the food the day before Thanksgiving.  They offer a premade holiday feast for 6 for only $99. It includes oven ready turkey with stuffing, cranberry orange relish, rolls, green been casserole and more.  It’s a perfect way to have a no fuss no muss Thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving doesn't have to be stressful. When you rent a home at the Outer Banks you don't have to worry about where to put everyone, because the home is plenty big. And by utilizing some of these options, you don't even have to stress about cooking. All you have to do is have a Happy Thanksgiving.