Asheville has a great supply of unique and tantalizing restaurants, offering lots of delicious cuisine during your trip to the mountains. Don't let irregular hours put a damper on your restaurant experience during Thanksgiving - there are some great local spots that are open on the big day.

A great resource is the Asheville Independent Restaurants website. Every year, they submit an updated list of restaurants and what to expect their Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Years hours will be. This is an invaluable resource when trying to find a bite to eat on a major holiday. Here is a summary of what is available on Thursday. NOTE: Reservations will be STRONGLY recommended (if not required) for these Thanksgiving dinners.

*Blackbird: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, set menu. This downtown spot has a special Thanksgiving menu, and a wonderful farm-fresh take on the the holiday standards.

*Carmel's: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, set menu. Also located downtown. Offering a special menu for Thanksgiving, you can dine on the classics like turkey or ham, or more nontraditional fare like jumbo lump crab cakes or eggplant parmesan.

*Sovereign Remedies: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM. This hip watering hole will offer some light food options. This is a perfect spot to relax after the big meal and have an expertly crafted cocktail. 

*Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This fine dining chain will offer a three-course turkey dinner, or, sides you can order ahead and take home.

If you do prefer to pick up and take home, consider visiting the Fresh Market grocery store located just two miles from Willow Winds. They will be open on Thanksgiving day from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, if you need any grocery items last minute. Ingles Grocery will run on regular hours on turkey day, as well.

We will be closed on Thursday, so we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!