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Eating Out in Raleigh for Thanksgiving

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Trying to find a place serving traditional Thanksgiving spread in Raleigh. Greg Cox has a list over at N&O blogs, but is a little heavy on Durham and west and light on Raleigh.

One possibility is the "Top of the Tower" at the former Holiday Inn turned Clarion on Hillsborough Street. I'm a little hesitant because the last time I ate there (admittedly years ago) it was fairly mediocre hotel restaurant food. It also got an "89" sanitation rating the last two times it has been inspected (the most recent report complimenting them on making "great strides" since the last inspection :shok: ).

Irregardless is also open, but anyone know if Arthur is doing a big T-giving spread, or the usual (but very good) Irregardless menu?

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I recall that Arthur does a special Tday dinner....check out his website for a menu. I have always heard great things about both his Tday and his Christmas (holiday?) dinner.

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We had Thanksgiving at Irregardless about five years ago. It was Thanksgiving with an Irregardless twist. They couldn't let cranberry sauce be cranberry sauce, it was a slightly spicy chutney. The turkey itself was seasoned as well, instead of just basting in its own juices, and the vegetables were fancied up a little as well. As expected, there was a vegetarian option as well. I liked it, but my my sister's in-laws from west of Hickory wanted a more "traditoinal" meal.

After that, we went the Golden Corral route for a couple of years, and now have a "traditional" at-home dinner.

One of the best Thanksgivings I've had was about 8-10 years ago at the Plantation Inn on Capitol Blvd, on the corner where Circuit City/Mimi's/On the Border/BJs/etc. are now. I don't know any place that offers a buffet above GC quality. :dontknow:

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^Thats a good summary of Irregardless which I had TG at about 4 years ago. My fairly traditional mother liked it.

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We had Thanksgiving at Irregardless about five years ago. It was Thanksgiving with an Irregardless twist. They couldn't let cranberry sauce be cranberry sauce, it was a slightly spicy chutney. The turkey itself was seasoned as well, instead of just basting in its own juices, and the vegetables were fancied up a little as well. As expected, there was a vegetarian option as well. I liked it, but my my sister's in-laws from west of Hickory wanted a more "traditoinal" meal.

After that, we went the Golden Corral route for a couple of years, and now have a "traditional" at-home dinner.

One of the best Thanksgivings I've had was about 8-10 years ago at the Plantation Inn on Capitol Blvd, on the corner where Circuit City/Mimi's/On the Border/BJs/etc. are now. I don't know any place that offers a buffet above GC quality. :dontknow:

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Yancey's was open last year but looks like they're closed this year. It was decent - buffet type setup with some traditional things, some of his usual fare.

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FYI, we did the safe thing and went to the Capital Room at the Ramada on Blue Ridge. Fairly mediocre, though they have great chicken salad and carrot salad, as those who remember them from the downtown Belks know...

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