November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving on the Islands: What’s Open for Turkey Day


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and ‘tis the season to make a single big grocery store trip while consulting a detailed and carefully planned list, followed by running around like mad on Wednesday and Thursday to pick up the countless items that you somehow forgot anyways.  

But if you’re sticking close to home on Thanksgiving, then you’re in luck.

There are a number of Hatteras and Ocracoke island grocery stores that will be open with all the last minute fixings you need, (like wine), as well as several restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners for those who would prefer to concentrate on football instead of cooking.

Here’s a sample of where to go for last minute Thanksgiving-prep shopping, or where to eat if you would rather let someone else tackle the turkey.

Keep in mind that in addition to these spots that will still be rocking on Thanksgiving, there are plenty of additional stores, restaurants, and gift shops that might be closed on Thursday, but will be open all Thanksgiving week long. (Island-style Black Friday shopping, anyone?)

Hatteras Island Grocery/Convenient Stores

Connor’s Supermarket, Buxton
Open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesday
Open 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Frisco Rod and Gun, Frisco
Open 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesday
Open 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Island Convenience, Rodanthe
Serving Breakfast from 6 a.m.- 10 a.m. Thanksgiving
Store Open 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thanksgiving

Lee Robinson General Store, Hatteras
Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday
Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Burrus Red and White, Hatteras
Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday
Closed Thanksgiving Day

Food Lion, Avon
Open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Wednesday
Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Hatteras Island Restaurants

Café Pamlico, Buxton
Full Thanksgiving Buffet (See 2017’s menu here:
Seating is available at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Call in advance for reservations: 866-PAMLICO (726-5426)

Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Buxton
Thanksgiving dinner, as well as traditional menu available
Open and serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Ocracoke Island Grocery Stores

Ocracoke Variety Store
Open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday
Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving

The Community Store
Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday
Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Ocracoke Island Restaurants

Ocracoke Oyster Company
Serving full Thanksgiving Buffet. Reservations recommended: 252-938-0200
Open 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gaffer's Sports Pub
Open Thanksgiving Day

Editor’s Note: Are you a local business that will be open on Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Eve for last-minute prep items? Let us know and we will be happy to add you to the list!

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