Want to celebrate the day of thanks, but not planning on cooking a full dinner this year? Don’t quit Thanksgiving cold turkey — we’ve got you covered with where to dine in + carry out for Thanksgiving dinner. We are totally falling for these local options for mashed potatoes, yams, and pumpkin pie — plus, we break down where to get local ingredients for those rolling up their sleeves in the kitchen this holiday. What could be butter? (Sorry, are our puns too corny? 🌽)
Where to dine-in:
Rick’s Café Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail | By reservation
Grab a table with a view of Eagle Creek Reservoir at this west side restaurant. What’s on the menu? It’s a classic meal from the turkey all the way to the pumpkin pie.
Weber Grill Restaurant, 10 N. Illinois St. | Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Celebrate with a traditional three-course meal of salad or grilled butternut squash soup, smoked turkey with a side of sausage stuffing, fall veggies, and sweet potatoes or roasted garlic potatoes, finished off with desserts like pumpkin mousse tart and pie.
Where to carry-out:
Pots & Pans Pie Co., 4915 N. College Ave. | Orders can be placed any day through Thursday, Nov. 24 (8 a.m.-12 p.m. that day only) as supplies last
Choose from a vast selection of ready-to-eat sweet pies — like apple crumble, caramel pumpkin, sweet potato and maple pecan — and take-and-bake savory pot pies, including a six or nine-inch Thanksgiving dinner pie filled with turkey, potatoes, gravy, and stuffing.
Get your turkey raw or smoked along with all the fixings. Jazz it up with cornbread dressing or keep it simple with green bean casserole.
EMCC Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru, 2605 E. 25th St. | Orders can be placed and picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 5-7 p.m.
Those in need who are residents of Martindale-Brightwood and its surrounding communities can pick up a free meal to-go for the family, including a turkey dish, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, and pie while supplies last. Volunteers for day-of service and food donations are still needed — email for more information.
Where to shop local ingredients:
Smoking Goose Meatery’s Thanksgiving Prep Free Sampling + Holiday Shopping, 411 Dorman St. | Open Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shop charcuterie boards for Thanksgiving dinner and sample meats, cheeses, pickles, seafood, and preserves from local vendors.
Wildwood Market, 1015 Virginia Ave. | Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get fresh, local turkeys from Becker Farms and impress your friends + family with side dishes like cranberry sauce’s cousin — cranberry + blood orange chutney or glazed pecans with bourbon soaked dried fruit.