Holidays

20 North Texas Spots for Great Thanksgiving Takeout

Crossbuck in Farmers Branch is smoking lots of meats for the holidays.
Crossbuck in Farmers Branch is smoking lots of meats for the holidays. Crossbuck BBQ and Smokehouse
For those who have previously attempted to make a full Thanksgiving spread from scratch, you know first-hand how much work goes into it. Planning takes weeks, shopping takes hours and preparation takes days — only to watch as everyone gets into position for an afternoon nap and some football within 45 minutes of the meal being served.

Here we've gathered together 20 great places around Dallas willing to do it all so you can simply heat, eat and enjoy.

If you decide to go this route, be sure to place your order early. Also plan to pay a little more if a turkey is going to be the centerpiece of your festivities. As we previously mentioned, there is a turkey shortage and many places have been forced to either raise the price substantially or not even offer turkey as an option.

Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ

3317 Inwood Road (Love Field/Lemmon Ave.)
Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ has proudly offered Thanksgiving take-home meals for decades, and this year is no exception. Big Al’s will be offering all the holiday favorites, along with some alternative menus, but supplies will be limited. We recommend ordering early. Customers can purchase an entire feast ($110–$175) or order single seasonal items. Orders can be placed on the website. For the first time, Big Al’s will open its regular house on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will make a limited amount of hot-and-ready meals available from 10 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day for $30 each.

Blue Mesa Grill

Various Locations (Addison, Ft. Worth, Plano)
Blue Mesa Grill is offering $175 family packs to go that serve six people with Latin roasted marinated turkey in a 13-spice rub with cranberry-jalapeño relish, Southwest stuffing, turkey gravy, cheese enchiladas,  mashed potatoes, green beans, cinnamon roasted butternut squash, sweet corn cake, salad, dinner rolls and a choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. Plus chips and salsa, of course. Pick up your heat and serve meal or get it delivered (limited area) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, or Wednesday, Nov. 23. To order, click on ORDER TO GO on the website.

Central Market

Various Locations (Dallas, Plano, Southlake and Fort Worth)
All Central Market stores are offering prepared holiday meals for pickup, and if you order by Monday, Nov.7, you'll get a $10 coupon to use for your next in-store purchase. CM's chefs have curated an assortment of complete meals, plus the store's best-selling mains, sides and desserts. Holiday meals are available to reserve for pickup Monday, Nov. 21, to Thursday, Nov. 24. Visit the website, select holiday meals and your preferred location, and order away. Orders are being accepted until 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, and there's a $50 minimum.

Cooper’s Meat Market & Steakhouse

778 Fort Worth Ave. (Oak Cliff)
Cooper’s has a range of offerings from appetizer trays of miniature beef Wellingtons, smoked salmon and tamales to full meals that include two sides, rolls and choice of pie. While traditional turkey is obviously on the menu, you can also get meats like prime roasted beef tenderloin, smoked ham, crown roast of pork, turducken, fried turkey and prime boneless rib roast. And don’t forget dessert with a variety of cakes, pies, cheesecakes and bread pudding available. You can place your order online.

Crossbuck BBQ & Smokehouse

4400 Spring Valley Road, Farmers Branch
Crossbuck BBQ is smoking turkeys, briskets, hams and prime rib for Thanksgiving. Sides include homestyle green bean casserole, scalloped and cheese potato casserole, roasted and smoked potatoes, Vermont cheddar mac and cheese, and creamy hominy along with fluffy house rolls. You can preorder through the website, in-store or by calling 214-765-4019. Food will be ready for pick up Nov. 21–23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dinners by Doro at La Casita Bakeshop

580 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Dinners by Doro, which operates out of La Casita Bakeshop, has a Thanksgiving charcuterie board for $80, two different types of quiches (mushroom or ham, Swiss and herb) for $30 each, and a full Thanksgiving dinner ($180–$350) that comes with turkey, sides and dessert. Pick up noon – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Use the website to order.

DIVE Coastal Cuisine

3404 Rankin St., University Park
With pickup orders from DIVE, you can start your holiday meal with charcuterie boards, mini crab cakes or quinoa goat cheese croquettes, then move on to an entrée of herb-brined turkey or seared beef tenderloin. Complete the meal with all the standard sides and desserts. Everything is offered a la carte, and all the dishes stay true to the health-conscious focus of the restaurant. Use the holiday page to order.

Eataly

8687 N. Central Expressway (Northpark Mall)
Eataly Dallas is making it easy to host Thanksgiving this year with high-quality ingredients and chef-inspired dishes. From local heritage turkeys to hearty sides, artisanal handmade pasta and other seasonal favorites, pre-order all your Thanksgiving essentials. The holiday menu includes platters of artisanal salumi and formaggi, a variety of chef-crafted seasonal contorni (sides), house-made desserts, freshly baked bread and more. Full Thanksgiving meals for four or eight people come with reheating instructions. Pickup is Monday, Nov. 21 – Wednesday, Nov. 23. All Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 18, by emailing [email protected] or reach out to Eataly’s Guest Relations team at 469-759-2800. For more information, visit the website.

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery

3403 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn); 5600 W. Lovers Lane (North Dallas); 6025 Royal Lane (North Dallas) with additional locations in Fort Worth, Grapevine and Plano
Eatzi’s offerings will include orange bourbon vanilla glazed ham, oven-roasted turkey breast, chipotle bacon glazed turkey legs and Rosewood Ranch smoked wagyu prime rib roast. For sides, choose from the traditional fare of butter-whipped potatoes, caramel and brown sugar smashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows and pecans, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole or cranberry Brussels sprouts. And of course, don’t forget your carbs and desserts such as cornbread or sausage stuffing, dinner rolls and pumpkin or pecan pie. The last day to place online orders is Tuesday, Nov. 22. Orders can be picked up between Thursday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 23. Items are available in all markets beginning Thursday, Nov. 17.

KEESH

Delivery Only
If you are fortunate enough to live in the East Dallas ZIP codes of 75206, 75214, 75218, 75223, 75228 or 75238, do yourself a favor and place a delivery order with KEESH. This cottage kitchen has East-Side Pumpkin Pie, savory turkey KEESH (quiche), White Rock Apple Pecan Pie, East-Side Dinner Rolls, cranberry sauce, turkey bone broth and cornbread madeleines. KEESH will deliver between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. from Sunday, Nov 20, to Tuesday, Nov 22, for a $4 delivery fee. Order by Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St. (Bishop Arts District), 1026 E. 15th St., Plano, and 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington
Lockhart Smokehouse is smokin’ this Thanksgiving with family-style portions including fully smoked hams, turkeys, brisket and prime rib served alongside green bean casseroles, mac and cheese, and s’mores bread pudding and peach cobbler for dessert ($38–$215). Meals will be served cold and vacuum sealed with instructions for reheating. Side dishes will be in aluminum half pans. Hams, prime rib, savory sides and desserts feed six to eight people. Deadline to order is Friday, Nov. 18, for pickup between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23. For more information and to order online, go to the website.

Norma’s Cafe

Various Locations
Norma’s Café will offer a carryout family meal that you can order either online or by stopping by your nearest location and completing a holiday order form. The meal feeds six to eight people and you get your meat of choice with all the sides and pumpkin pie for $129.99. Meals must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Oak’d Handcrafted BBQ

5500 Greenville Ave. (Lover’s/Greenville)
Oak'd Handcrafted BBQ has secured a large quantity of birds for diners to enjoy and is ready to take the hassle out of your holiday by preparing your Thanksgiving feast. Locally sourced sides include roasted Brussels sprouts and barbecued sweet potatoes. Homemade pies and sweet treats — recognized by Texas Monthly as the “Best in Dallas” – are baked by the in-house pastry chef. Oak’d has created two packages that each serve 10–12 people for customers to choose from; reheating instructions will be included.

Package A ($265) has a 10.5–12-pound smoked turkey with two sides, cranberry relish, turkey gravy, a dozen brioche rolls and one dessert. Package B ($385) also comes with a 10.5–12-pound smoked turkey along with a 6-pound smoked spiral ham, four sides, cranberry relish, turkey gravy, a dozen brioche rolls and two desserts, which you get to pick from their menu. Orders can be placed online or by calling 214-242-8671. Thanksgiving catering orders must be placed by 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19.

One90 Smoked Meats

10240 E. Northwest Highway (Lake Highlands)
Pick up your bird, pork or beef already smoked at One90 Smoked Meats. A large turkey (22–24 lbs.) is $99.99, while a small turkey (12–14 lbs.) is $64.99. A spiral-sliced smoked ham is $70. A half brisket is $95 and a whole is $180. One90 is also offering smoked salmon, beef tenderloin and prime rib. Holiday side options include potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, mac and cheese and green beans. All sides are served in half- or full-pan options. Orders can be placed on the website.

Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
Pecan Lodge will be accepting online orders for pickup at its catering facility at 1618 W. Commerce St. Orders can be picked up 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Each meal comes fully cooked and ready to reheat and serve. You can also order whole briskets, tamales, sliced turkey, smoked meats and sides from the Express Line at the Pecan Lodge Deep Ellum location anytime it's open. You can preorder your meal via the website.

Sloane's Corner

2001 Ross Ave. (Downtown)
Dakota's Steakhouse's sister restaurant, Sloane's Corner, has $150 dinner for two people and $60 for each additional serving after that. Entrée options include petit prime filet, cedar plank salmon or turkey. Sides include cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts, delicata squash with rosemary honey and mashed potatoes with a choice of bourbon pecan pie, caramelized Pink Lady apple pie or dulce de leche pumpkin pie.

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking

1820 W. Mockingbird Lane (Northwest Dallas)
Smokey John's will have fried birds for $99.95 and smoked ones for $89.95. You should just go ahead and get the large family meal for $189.95, which serves 12, or a smaller one for $159.95, which serves six.

Ten50 BBQ

1050 N. Central Expressway, Richardson
The popular Richardson barbecue spot, Ten50 BBQ, is offering a Thanksgiving menu with family-style smoked meats, sides by the gallon and house-made desserts. Pre-orders are available through Saturday, Nov. 19. To place an order, call 1-855-QUE-1050 or email [email protected]

TJ’s Seafood Market

6025 Royal Lane (North Dallas) and 4212 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn)
TJ’s Seafood will offer a Thanksgiving to-go menu including holiday platters, shrimp, smoked salmon, oysters, gumbo and more at both locations. Order by Tuesday, Nov. 22, for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 23. You can place orders on the website or by calling Preston Royal at 214-691-2369 or Oak Lawn at 214-219-3474.

Urban Crust

1006 E. 15th St., Plano
Urban Crust, in downtown Plano, will offer a family-style Thanksgiving to-go menu that serves eight to 10 people and includes roasted turkey with gravy, chestnut polenta stuffing with Jimmy’s Italian sausage, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup and a choice of dessert for $256. A la carte items are available for an additional cost. Online ordering is available, and orders must be picked up between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
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Angie Quebedeaux is a freelance food writer for the Observer. A "ragin' Cajun" from Lafayette, she's been in Dallas since 2002. She is an HR director by day and loves to “laissez les bon temps rouler.”

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