The No-DIY Thanksgiving

More eating, less working

photo by John Anderson

If your idea of Thanksgiving is being grateful for not doing all the cooking, the following folks are willing to help. We've located a cornucopia of breads, meats, side dishes, whole meals, and sweets – even turduckens. All you have to do is just order ahead and enjoy.


Easy Tiger Bake Shop (709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972; Pre-order a Thanksgiving bread assortment, croutons for stuffing, pull-apart rolls, and breakfast pastries by Tuesday, Nov. 25 for pick-up in the bakeshop through Thursday, Nov. 27.

Annie’s Café & Bar (319 Congress, 512/472-1884; Order pies and signature rum cakes through Nov. 26. Full meals to take out need to be ordered by Friday, Nov. 21 for pick-up Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Threadgill’s (6416 N. Lamar, 512/451-5440; 301 W. Riverside, 512/472-9304; Take the family to eat in or order turkey and dressing with all the fixings (including pie) to take out.

Hoover’s Cooking (2002 Manor Rd., 512/479-5006; Take the family to eat in or order complete holiday feasts, turkey plates, or birds roasted, fried, or smoked to take home. Make orders by Monday, Nov. 24 for pick-up Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 26-27.

Central Market (4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000; 4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-4300; Order everything from the bird, ham, or tenderloin with exotic stuffings, sides, cranberries, and dinner rolls to take home.

Whole Foods Market (multiple locations; Order anything and everything you’ll need for the holiday meal.

Wheatsville Co-op (3101 Guadalupe, 512/478-2667; 4001 S. Lamar, 512/814-2888; The delis offers a banquet of vegetarian and vegan options for the holiday meal, including a "Holiday Helper" bag ($59.99) with seven side dish items that will feed 4-6 people; pre-roasted or deep-chilled natural and/or organic turkeys; and five different kinds of pie.

Mr. Natural (1901 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/477-5228; 2414-A S. Lamar, 512/916-9223; Enjoy a vegan holiday feast to eat in or take out, plus pies. Order holiday tamales by Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Spirited Food Co. (1208 W. Fourth, 512/844-1833; Everything from holiday brunch dishes to meats and sides to desserts. Pre-order via email at or by phone by midnight Saturday, Nov. 22 for delivery (small fee) or pick-up at the kitchen by Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Lee’s Meat Market (1601 W. 38th #12, 512/467-6700; Cooked holiday meats, raw meats, and holiday meat gift boxes, plus a full menu of appetizers, holiday dinners, platters, side dishes, and desserts through Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Pok-e-Jo’s Catering (multiple locations, 512/388-7578; Pre-order smoked turkeys with all the trimmings for families or groups of any size through Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q (multiple locations; Order smoked turkeys with or without their signature sauce to pick up at your favorite Rudy's by 8:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse (300 Colorado, 512/495-6504; Order side dishes in three different sizes beginning on Thursday, Nov. 20 for pick-up at the restaurant on Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 25-26, 11:30am-11pm

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (6610 N. Lamar, 512/380-9199; Pre-order and pay for dinner packages in two sizes, smoked turkeys, sides, or chocolate banana pudding pie through Sunday, Nov. 22 for pick-up at the restaurant through 6pm Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill South (4521 Westgate Blvd., 512/899-2700; Pre-order now from a limited number of Cajun deep-fried turkeys that come with reheating instructions to be picked up at this location only Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 25-26.

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon (915 N. Lamar, 512/428-5082; Order á la carte or full meals with Richardson Farms turkeys and all the trimmings, or a next-day posole kit by Friday, Nov. 21 by phone or via email at for pick-up at the restaurant after 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Dai Due Butcher Shop (2410 Manor Rd., 512/524-0688; Order now – they've got everything from brined, heritage turkeys suitable for roasting to smoked turkeys, porchetta, standing rib roasts, mincemeat, mincemeat and pumpkin pies, and Parker House rolls to be picked up in the shop Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 24-26.

Salt & Time (1912 E. Seventh; 512/524-1383; No turkeys here, but locally-sourced Waygu dry-aged roasts, Violet Crown toasts, Hams de Tejas, Pork Orloff roasts, leg of lamb, stuffed lamb shoulders, crown roasts or racks of lamb, whole Muscovy ducks, and charcuterie platters. Pre-order through the website or the store for pick-up in the store by Wednesday, Nov. 26.

MimI's Cafe (12613 Galleria Circle, Bee Cave, 512/263-­9731; Mimi's has partnered with The Children's Hunger Fund. Order the feast here for herb-­butter basted turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied pecan sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, pumpkin muffins with brown sugar on top, and pumpkin pie. $89.99, $42.99 for just the sides, please. Serves 6-­8.


Bear in mind that if you are buying a frozen bird, it will need three days to thaw in the fridge before cooking.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market (12226 RR. 620, 512/918-1600; 5207 Brodie #125, 512/918-1600; Pre-order turkeys frozen, fresh, or smoked, plus turduckens and side dishes for pick-up in the stores through Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken (5408 Burnet Rd., 512/514-0664; Lucy’s is taking orders for 20 lb. turduckens with chorizo cornbread stuffing through Saturday, Nov. 22. $125 for frozen birds to be picked up in the restaurant by Wednesday, Nov. 26th, with cooking instructions and gravy.

Central Market (Lamar holiday hotline, 512/206-1044; Westgate, 512/899-4332) The frozen turduckens here offer choices: the bone-in, whole variety ($89.99) and the breast-only roll variety ($49.99) with a choice of 5 different stuffings: dirty rice, jalapeño cornbread, shrimp and sausage, wild rice pecan, and crawfish. Pick up uncooked birds with cooking instructions in the store by Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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