If low-key and at-home is what’s on your family’s Thanksgiving menu, it doesn’t get any better than ordering your Turkey Day dinner for pick up. From complete chef-prepared meals to fresh and inventive mix-and-match menu options, these 14 local restaurants are busy preparing meals parents and kids will gobble up. Dig in!
Canlis continues to impress and evolve during this pandemic, and their latest iteration—Thanksgiving Kits—are just another example of their pivot prowess. Not only does it come with a link to an instructional turkey-cooking video, led by Chef Brady, it also has everything you need to host an at-home feast for four to six people. We’re talking cranberry and blood orange sauce, molasses candied yams and spiced pecans, brioche and black truffle stuffing, even pumpkin tart. You may not be a master chef in real life, but you sure can play one in your kitchen when you order this feast for the fam!
2576 Aurora Ave. N.
Pick-up: Nov. 24, 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 25, 1-7 p.m.
When it comes to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free Thanksgiving meals, Café Flora is hard to beat. And this year their family style, heat-and-serve meals are making it that much easier. Families can choose a full vegan Thanksgiving feast that includes fresh seasonal dishes—think: heirloom potato and celery root soup, braised kohlrabi and cabbage and cranberry apple chutney. Or opt for a vegetarian/gluten-free dinner instead where you can fill your tummy with pumpkin risotto cakes, rutabaga Yukon gold smash and lentil soup with cilantro crema. Add on a pastry for a sweet treat after you’re done. Our favorite part? In order to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe, Cafe Flora will be donating a portion of their Thanksgiving proceeds to Real Rent Duwamish.
Good to know: Orders can be placed until Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. or until they sell out, whichever comes first.
2901 E. Madison St.
Pick-up: Nov. 25, 1–7 p.m.
Cost: $85/per box, serves two
Bring home the good stuff when you order a Thanksgiving Feast To-Go from the Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons. The filling and totally customizable feast comes with rolls from Macrina, Pike Market salad and baked Washington stuffing to satisfy those traditional cravings. And entrée enhancements let you feed more adults, just in case. Kids can pick their favorite entrée and will dig the crudités, tater tots and Chef Danielle’s gooey cookies that add a special flair to their meal. This is an option that’s got something for everyone.
Good to know: If dine-in is what you’re looking for, the Goldfinch will be serving Thanksgiving Day brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner from 4-9 p.m.
99 Union St.
Cost: $98/adult (sold in sets of two); $45/kid (from kids’ menu)
Gather everyone around the Thanksgiving table to enjoy a Pacific Northwest-inspired meal from Hearth. This Eastside restaurant puts its signature on each creative dish so things taste familiar but excitingly different at the same time. The best part? The simple menu includes everything you need to serve a wholesome meal at home. They provide the food, you get to clean the dishes.
Good to know: Pre-order your meal for takeout by Nov. 24. Families can also dine at the restaurant by the cozy wood fire oven.
220 Kirkland Ave.
Cost: $50/person; $25/kid, ages 12 & under
You may not get the view, but you can still get a fresh chef-prepared meal from Ray’s Boathouse this Thanksgiving. Ray's three-course Thanksgiving meal lets families choose appetizers, entrées and desserts as part of a prix-fixe menu. Or you and the kids can mix and match favorites like mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy to go with your traditional turkey dinner from the a la carte menu. They even have pies whole or by the slice so you don’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen this year.
Good to know: Pre-orders for to-go Thanksgiving meals close Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m.
6049 Seaview Ave. N.W.
Pick-up: Nov. 26, 11:45 a.m.–8:30p.m.
Chef Makini Howell has been preparing vegan Thanksgiving dinner for 15 years and this year is no exception. Expect the same creativity and passion in this year’s feast that will include the classic maple glazed seitan roast, flavorful sides like harvest squash, cornbread stuffing, cranberry ginger pear sauce and everybody’s favorite (especially your kiddo’s) mac and yease. Families can order the full feast that serves six to eight or pick and choose favorites for your family meal.
Good to know: Need pie? Plum Bistro’s Pie Pop-Up will be selling pies by the slice or whole on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Order ahead to make it that much easier.
1429 12th Ave.
Pick-up: Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Eden Hill Provisions
For all the Thanksgiving fixins, plus a perfect bouquet of flowers, look no further than Eden Hill Provisions. Chef David and his team are ready to do all the work preparing a Thanksgiving Box feast to feed four. They’ll cook the bird, bake the rolls and prepare fresh cranberry sauce, gravy and veggies too. All you have to do is pick it up. Pie and wine add-ons make this complete feast a no-brainer for busy families.
Good to know: Orders will be accepted until November 23.
1935 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Pick-up: Nov. 25, 2-4 p.m.
The Copperleaf Restaurant isn’t calling this year’s menu the Thanksgiving Easy Feast for nothing. And if you ask us, it fits right in with the busy vibe we’re all facing on the daily. “Cooking” for the fam is as easy as heating up tasty dishes like rainbow chard stuffed squash, hazelnut stuffing and potato puree to accompany the free-range roasted turkey everyone waits for all year. Each order serves two people and includes a pumpkin tart for dessert. No dishes, full tummies—sounds good to us!
Good to know: Be sure to place your pre-order by Nov. 19. Families can also make reservations to dine at the restaurant (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) on Thanksgiving.
18525 36th Ave. S.
Pick-up: Nov. 24 & 25
Cost: $99, serves two
Whether it’s just you and the kids or a small group of guests, The Lakehouse’s Chef Jason Wilson and his team have the just-right takeout meal to make it easy for families. The Thanksgiving dinner they’re cooking includes mushroom, apple and Macrina sourdough stuffing, spiced grilled carrots and a medley of autumn greens with grilled pears, roasted squash and pomegranate. Your kids will love the individual pumpkin pies, while parents might like to add a to-go cocktail kit to top off their meal.
Good to know: Orders must be placed by Nov. 23.
10455 N.E. 5th Pl.
Pick-up: Nov. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Other Easy Options to Consider
If turkey prep is what you love, but taking time to make the sides isn’t where your heart is, consider ordering those (and desserts) from FrogLegs. They’ve got everything from cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, to brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes to complete your family feast. Addo is another à la carte option to consider. In addition to ready-to-heat turkey, duck and prime rib, you can pick up sides like Puerto Rican stuffing, cauliflower and black truffle gratin and vegetarian green bean casserole. There’s also The London Plane for mix-and-match options. Families can order a complete Thanksgiving turkey dinner, or simply stick with scrumptious sides like chicory salad and creamed kale when you place your order.
Take a Total Load Off
If sitting down to a meal is what you’re really looking forward to, let the Dining Room at Snoqualmie handle things. The three-course Thanksgiving meal fits every palate and size (their kids menu is spot-on!). Or reserve a table at either of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington’s two restaurants. Both Water’s Table and Dock & Drink will be serving delish meals at socially distanced tables overlooking the lake. Sit back and relax!
—Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy
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