By the time Thanksgiving arrives to the Outer Banks, the hectic pace of summer and the demands of visitors has dwindled. Locals are in a more laid back grove with more time to visit friends, attend events and appreciate all the abundance our “slice of heaven” bestows on us. Thanksgiving is a traditional time to give our thanks out loud in front of family and friends.
Many families enjoy spending Thanksgiving (and Christmas) in the Outer Banks. I think it is getting closer to nature, the smell of the ocean and the beautiful sunsets that make Thanksgiving special on the Outer Banks. I can recall one Thanksgiving that was so warm, a dip in the ocean was needed and a welcome respite.
While many folks can’t conceive of any alternative other than cooking the traditional turkey with all of the fixings. For the adventurous among you, or just the ones who don’t want leftovers or to clean up after the meal that takes 10 hours to cook and 10 minutes to enjoy, here are restaurants for you to enjoy while visiting the Outer Banks this Thanksgiving.
I must admit I never would have considered dining out for Thanksgiving until my kitchen was being remodeled. At the time I had two small children and enjoyed one of the best meals and family diners EVER!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Eillu!
Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day
Located at the Sanderling resort, Thanksgiving Day meal is served from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. The four course meal has traditional fare as well as something to please every palate. From the first course featuring shrimp and grits or a Carolina crab cake, moving to the second course of Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Infused Crème Fraiche or a salad of mixed greens, to the main course of Roasted Turkey with all the fixings or Grilled Ribeye with maple sweet potato puree, roasted root vegetable and truffle butter. Patrons should leave room for desert of a flourless chocolate torte, pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream or a pecan tartlet. Check out the full Thanksgiving day menu $55 per adult.
The award winning Red Sky Café is featuring a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The buffet lineup can be viewed here. The menu has everything for the traditionalist as well as selections for seafood and beef lovers. The meal is not complete without tasting the assortment of oysters. Adults can enjoy the buffet at $24.95 and reservations are strongly recommended.
Sunset Grill is also offering a buffet for Thanksgiving at $24.95 per adult. The waterfront location of this restaurant is one of the best spots for viewing the fall sunset over the sound. You are sure to enjoy the traditional favorites as well as some specialties that spice things up. The buffet is being served from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Ocean Boulevard, an upscale favorite serving the Outer Banks for over 20 years, features a 4 course meal from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. Adult meals are $60 and a special 3 course children’s meal is available for $20. The menu can be reviewed here. It features, turkey, lamb, seafood and beef with a twist on traditional favorites.
Kill Devil Hills:
Located in the Sea Ranch hotel, the Beachside Bistro is set so diners can enjoy the oceanfront view while enjoying their meal. Thanksgiving Day meal is being served from 11:30am to 6:00pm. Menu selections and soup and salad bar are priced separately.
Captain George’s is known for the seafood buffet they feature year round and is in the top 12 “all you can eat seafood buffets in America”. Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more. The meal is being served from 11:30am to 9:00pm and adults cost $32.99. The restaurant has gluten free selections.
Mako Mikes is serving a plated meal with turkey, ham, and all the traditional side dishes from 12:00 to 8:00pm as well as the regular menu being available to guests. Thanksgiving Day meal adults prices are $15.95 with children served for $6.95.
Located in the Ramada Plaza hotel on the oceanfront, the restaurant will be serving plated meals from 11:00am to 6pm.
An Outer Banks icon since 1996 is serving from 10:30am to 6:00pm a buffet of local seafood, ham, prime rib, pork tenderloin, turkey and traditional sides. Adults are $34 and children are $17.
Kelly’s serves a wonderful thanksgiving buffet as well as items from the regular dinner menu and the children’s menu from 10:30am to 7:30pm. Adult meals are $34 with senior citizens at $28 and children at $13.
Mulligans is serving a Thanksgiving buffet meal until 6:00pm; adults can eat for $28 and children $14. A traditional Thanksgiving plate with all the trimmings is $15.
Billed as a Thanksgiving buffet and oyster festival, Pamlico Jack’s puts on a spread. Featuring seasonal soups and seafood as well as the traditional fare, you will not leave hungry. Adults cost $34 with children at $16.95.
The Outer Banks is lovely to visit this time of year. There are many attractions open with no crowds, lots of quaint shops for gift buying and window shopping and sumptuous restaurants for every appetite. The holidays are a great time for visiting and quality family time. Let Eillu show you real estate to purchase your very own vacation home, permanent residence or investment property and enjoy the Outer Banks for many seasons to come.