The Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal

Don't spend turkey day in the kitchen

Photo by Stacy Spensley (CC BY 2.0)

So what if you've only got a week before Thanksgiving. There's no need to freak out. With plenty of traditional Thanksgiving options and some not-so traditional, Austin eateries have you covered with take-home Thanksgiving dinner, sides, and desserts that will impress even your most fussy aunt.


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Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
What more perfect way to get your main dish than ordering from a butcher shop? Dai Due is offering brined Smith & Smith Farm turkey, porchetta, turducken sausage, mincemeat, and ready-to-use pie crust. They’re also teaming up with Johnson’s Backyard Garden to offer a produce bundle filled with turnips, collard greens, and other seasonal favorites. Call the shop to order while supplies last. (The porchetta is already sold out, so act quickly.) Pickup is Nov. 21, 10am-5pm and Nov. 22-23, 10am-10pm.

Counter Culture
If you’re looking to keep Thanksgiving dinner healthy and plant-based, Counter Culture is offering individual meals in both regular or gluten-free options. The menu includes rice and quinoa rosemary stuffing, seitan mushroom loaf, and much more. Place an order on their website before Nov. 20, 6pm. Pickup date is Nov. 23, 11am-7pm.

From an all-out feast, the bird itself, or à la carte sides, Delicious can help make your life a little easier. Their traditional feast includes lemon/herb-brined turkey or turkey breasts served with a variety of sides including maple sweet potato purée, roasted root vegetables, and oyster dressing. Order by Nov. 16 to pick up on Nov. 23 or before noon on Thanksgiving Day.

We’re in Texas, y'all, and we can't have a family gathering without brisket. Freedmen’s is offering whole brisket (and rosemary rubbed turkey breast for traditionalists) to those who don’t feel like waiting hours to cook their food. Preorder by 10pm on Nov. 19 to ensure availability, pick up on Nov. 23.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken
Let's face it, just having a turkey was never enough. Lucy’s is now offering turduckens for order at any location until they sell out. All you gotta do is throw it in the oven and you’re set. They will be available for pickup, Nov. 18-Nov. 23. Please inform them which location you would like to pick up from, as well as what day.

Mongers Market + Kitchen
Looking to be adventurous this Thanksgiving? Mongers is offering a variety of seafood options to change things up. Start off with some gumbo or chowder, or snack on some house-smoked fish dip, shrimp cocktails, and crab cakes. Finish off with custom holiday seafood platters. 24-hour notice is required and is dependent on fish availability. For seafood platters, allow 48-hour notice.

Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Love all things barbecue? Rudy’s is selling whole smoked turkeys that you can have with or without the sauce. Place orders at any Rudy’s location now until they sell out. Pickup days are Nov. 21-23.


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Bribery Bakery
Impress your family by serving traditional holiday pies with a twist. “Pie-prietor” Jodi Elliott is baking over-the-top creations like brown butter pumpkin pie with candied ginger, pepita streusel, and salted caramel sauce on a gingerbread crust. If that didn’t make your mouth water, you can also order caramel apple blondie cheesecake, buttermilk pie, black bottom bourbon pecan pie, and dinner rolls for a salty touch. Order sooner than later for pickup on Nov. 22 or 23 at either location.

Dolce Neve
If you only think of pie when you think of Thanksgiving dessert, it's time for you to branch out. Bring something different to the table this year with a gelato cake from Dolce Neve. They're doing a Thanksgiving specialty pie made with sweet potato and cinnamon gelato, on a bourbon pecan shell and will be available for order until Nov. 20th. If you're craving another flavor give them a 48-hour notice and you can create your own dessert. Either way, impress the whole family on Thanksgiving.

Eastside Cafe

If you still want pie, but want something different than your dad's boring pumpkin, Eastside Cafe offers mini pies in bourbon buttermilk, ancho fudge, and chocolate pecan for pre-order by Nov. 22. Pickup is available during regular business hours.

Mañana If you’re in charge of dessert this year, but hate baking, Mañana lets you cheat with three different pies to please the palate. James Beard finalist and pie connoisseur Amanda Rockman is offering pumpkin, salted caramel apple, and chocolate bourbon pecan pies. Pre-order online through Nov. 19; orders can be picked up Nov. 21-23.

Trace at the W Hotel
It’s Thanksgiving Eve and you still don’t have any pies made. Take a deep breath! The Keep Austin Fed event at Trace in the W Hotel starting at 3pm is here to save the day. Local chefs Angel Begaye of W Austin, Emily Davis of Uchi, Philip Speer of Bonhomie, and many others have created a variety of pies for a good cause. Ranging from the classic pumpkin pie, pecan pie, Fat Elvis pie, and many more, these treats are proof that procrastination isn't always a bad thing.


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Walton’s Fancy and Staple
Why limit yourself to turkey when you can have a whole meat feast? From full birds and thyme-rubbed turkey breasts to horseradish & herb-crusted rib roast with porcini cream sauce, or grilled pork loin with a maple gastrique, or herb crusted prime beef tenderloin, to bone-in brown sugar glazed spiral sliced ham, Walton’s has got you covered. Don’t think it stops there – whipped Yukon potatoes & cauliflower and andouille & jalapeño corn bread stuffing are two of many side options. End the feast with a traditional pie, or go the extra mile with a spice bundt cake with maple cream cheese icing or a vanilla cheesecake with cherry topping. Call 512/391-9966 to place an order. 72-hour notice required for all dinner orders and 48-hour notice for all dessert orders.

Chez Zee
So you need a few desserts and your flaky sister says she couldn't bring a thing (again). Chez Zee saves the day with a variety of desserts and side dishes that are better than what she would have come up with anyway. Pre-order deadline is 5pm on Nov. 21. Pickup Nov. 23, 11am-10pm.

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon
In need of a whole dinner or something to supplement the main event? Fresa’s has roasted turkey, pan gravy, chorizo cornbread stuffing, citrus-serrano cranberry sauce, and a choice of three additional sides ranging from sweet potato mash to mac-n-cheese. Dessert options include caramel pumpkin pie and ice cream. Enough leftover turkey? Add it to their next day pozole kit in guajillo broth, with white hominy and a variety of garnishes. The online order deadline is Nov. 20 with pickup on Nov. 23.

Mimi’s Cafe
So you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and don’t feel like cooking at all. Mimi’s is offering the whole feast, just sides, brunch at home, or à la carte. With traditional dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, and of course a pumpkin pie, you can easily accomplish a turkey day miracle. Pickup is Nov. 21-24.

Spirited Food Co.
Chef Andrew Brooks is offering stress-free, ready-to-order options to feed the whole family. From turkey, rosemary-smoked rib roast, cornbread stuffing, to casserole, dessert, and more, you will have all the key fixins for a great dinner. For brunch the day after, order cinnamon roll bread pudding with orange glaze or breakfast quiche with mushrooms, bacon, and spinach. Email or call to order. Order deadline is Nov. 19 by midnight. Pick up your order on Nov. 23, noon-2pm. Delivery is also available.

VOX Table
Why have turkey when you can have a turducken or prime rib eye? Add a variety of sides including wild mushroom bread pudding, green beans, and a pumpkin cheesecake to finish off a great meal. Choose from a preset package of meats and sides, or order à la carte. Order deadline is Nov. 21; pickup on Nov. 24, 10am-4pm.

Wheatsville Food Co-op
The neighborhood co-op is offering a variety of turkeys and ham as well as a holiday helper bag that contains side dishes like roasted squash and garlic mashed potatoes to complement the main course. Order online form here.

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