Ah, Thanksgiving. That time when we all come around a table and visit with people we might see every week or just once a year, right around this time.
While some may worry about conversations of politics or religion bringing down the vibe, others focus on the food. So if you’d rather focus your efforts on steering the conversations to happy places, you can always have someone else do the cooking — and there are plenty of places in town for that.
Here are some places in Dallas where you can order your entire meal or just a few parts to complement your homemade one:
18th and Vine BBQ
This Kansas City-style barbecue spot is taking orders for smoked turkey, whole brisket and ribs, as well as salad, mashed potatoes, jalapeño-cheese grits, vegetables, beans, macaroni and cheese, and cranberry sauce.
Order: Prices vary per person or by the pound. Place an order by Nov. 24 by calling 214-240-6020 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; pick up your order the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). 18thandvinebbq.com
Go fancy and have a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey, side dishes and pies from Al Biernat’s.
Order: Order by Nov. 27 by calling the Oak Lawn location at 214-209-2201 or the north location at 972-239-3400 or by visiting albiernats.com.
Downtown’s Bullion is catering pies and sides for Thanksgiving, a nice complement if you’re cooking the rest yourself. Black truffle gravy, stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes and Parker House rolls are available by the quart, among other sides. And traditional pumpkin or pecan pies can finish your meal.
Order: They’re only taking orders until Nov. 18, so hurry and order by calling 972-698-4250 or emailing email@example.com.
Eatzi’s Market and Bakery
Dallas’ go-to for to-go will have a special menu with classics such as oven-roasted turkey breast, orange-bourbon-vanilla-glazed ham and a whole lot of sides, including their great macaroni and cheese.
Take home a meal for four to eight people prepared by the hotel’s executive chef, James Phillips. Meals have an entree, sides and two desserts. If you get this “turkey to go” meal, you can also get 15% off a reservation for their Christmas brunch.
Order: Order by noon Nov. 23 by calling 214-720-5330 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK, this is in Fort Worth, but it’s really good. They’ll have “Heims’Giving” catering packages with all the trimmings: smoked turkey, pecan pie, etc.
Ida Claire is offering three flavors of house-made, 9-inch pies for the holidays: pumpkin, pecan or cranberry-Key lime pie.
Order: $35 each, order at least 24 hours in advance by calling 214-377-8227. ida-claire.com
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Maggiano’s is doing carryout with packages that serve approximately five people.
Order: Order by Nov. 25 online; pick up the day before Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day.
Get an avocado-chocolate cake that’s made with ancho-spiced chocolate and cinnamon meringue, chocolate-avocado mousse and ganache.
Order: $60 for a half sheet (serves 16-20), order at least 72 in advance by calling 972-943-0984. mexicansugarcocina.com
Go extra savory with smoked meats from Pecan Lodge. Choose from turkey, smoked ham with apricot-molasses glaze, beef tenderloin, whole brisket, ribs or sausage, then complete the meal with sides and peach cobbler for dessert (or one of their other holiday-inspired sides and desserts).
Rosé cheesecake is a swanky way to end a holiday meal, made with Vine Huggers rosé and a graham cracker crust.
Order: $55 for a whole cheesecake, ordering at least 48 hours in advance by calling 214-814-8463 for the Uptown location or 469-620-8463 for the Plano location. sixtyvines.com
This Richardson spot has a menu of family-style smoked meats, sides and desserts.
TJ’s Seafood Market
Opt for seafood this Thanksgiving at either the Preston-Royal or Oak Lawn Avenue locations of TJ’s. They have seafood platters, appetizers, ready-to-eat seafood, caviar jars, lobsters, beef tenderloin, sides and holiday desserts. The Preston-Royal spot has some more options, including citrus-glazed ham, turkey breast, macaroni and cheese with fried shallots, Sriracha-honey Brussels sprouts and more.
Two Sisters Catering
Get the “Thanksgiving feast in a box” and feed eight to 10 adults. You’ll get roasted turkey breast or braised short ribs with many sides such as sweet potatoes and green bean casserole and pumpkin or chocolate-pecan pie.
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Order: $325 for turkey, $365 for short ribs, order by calling 214-821-4343; pick up 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving. twosisterscatering.com
Get a 9x11-inch whiskey cake dessert made with bourbon anglaise, toffee sauce, spiced pecans and whipped cream.
Order: $59 each, ordered at least 48 hours in advance by calling 972-993-2253 for the Plano location or 469-941-2253 for the Las Colinas location. whiskeycake.com