Forget Cooking: Where to Pick Up Your Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is coming in various shapes and sizes this year. Maybe you’re unable to go home this holiday season. Maybe it’s the opposite, and your family is unable to come to you. 

Regardless of your situation, Thanksgiving will most likely look a little different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, with all the chaos happening in the world right now, cooking a full-blown Thanksgiving meal should be the least of everyone’s worries. 

Therefore, a few Charlotte restaurants have “read the room” and are stepping in to help carry the burden. From a traditional turkey dinner to oyster stuffing, many local restaurants are doing the heavy lifting this Thanksgiving, so you can spend less time cooking and more time focusing on what you’re thankful for. 

If cooking is the last thing on your mind this holiday, here are a few places you should call for help this year: 

Dressler’s Metropolitan

Address: 1100 Metropolitan Ave #125

Dressler’s is known for its upscale steaks and other American offerings. For Thanksgiving this year, Dressler’s is preparing a feast for four priced at $150. The meal includes a roasted turkey breast, gravy, glazed carrots, cranberry relish, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. 

The restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving day, so all orders must be picked up the day before. To place your order, submit a request online or call the restaurant directly. Just make sure to do so before November 21!

The Good Year House

Address: 3032 N. Davidson St.

The best part of Thanksgiving dinner? The sides. Keeping this in mind, The Goodyear House has prepared a side menu (feeding 4-6 people) to complement your main dish this holiday. 

Get your hands on sides like a smoked cashew mac with chili breadcrumbs, brioche stuffing, and scalloped potatoes with a miso cheddar cream. The full Thanksgiving menu can be found on The Good Year House’s social media channels

Ordering is now available and must be submitted by 8 p.m. on November 22. To place your order, send an email to with your order details, using the subject line “TURKEY DAY ESSENTIALS”.  

Noble Smoke

Address: 2216 Freedom Drive

Noble Smoke does more than just barbecue. For Thanksgiving this year, Noble Smoke is offering a full spread; for $160, you can feed about four to six people. 

Get your hands on a 4-pound turkey breast, coleslaw or cranberry sauce, and three sides, such as mac and cheese, brussels sprouts, green beans, collard greens, succotash, field peas, stewed squash, or butterbeans.

Right up your alley? Make sure to place an order online before November 21.  


Address: 129 E 5th St.

Looking to switch things up a bit this year? Sealevel is offering an a la carte menu with a variety of non-traditional Thanksgiving options. 

Get your hands on either turkey confit, a Brasstown Beef Tenderloin, or your pick from the raw bar. Sides include items such as Maine Lobster Mash, Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, Oyster Stuffin’, and a few others. 

Protein selections vary between $24-$180, and sides are about $20-$55. All orders include a complimentary house-made cranberry jelly and $15 gift certificate. Make sure to get your orders in before November 22 for your November 25 pickup. 

Jennings Cool

Jennings was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. Her hobbies include writing, rock climbing, and, of course, eating. Although a cheeseburger may be her go-to guilty pleasure meal, sushi, pizza and sweet potato fries are also ranked pretty high on her favorite food list.