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November 13, 2020
Austin Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Takeout Specials
What to order this Thanksgiving if you don’t want to cook.

This Thanksgiving, if you’d rather spend the day sipping (spiked) apple cider through a straw while curled up in the fetal position instead of wet-brining a turkey, we understand. But somebody has to cook the bird, mash the potatoes, and bake the pumpkin pie, right? That’s why we can all be thankful that so many Austin restaurants are offering takeout specials, from mix-and-match a la carte menus to complete ready-to-eat dinners for you and your household. Oh, and if you’re interested in going out for a traditional dinner, we’ve got some great spots doing dine-in, too.

We’ll be updating this list often as more restaurants release their Thanksgiving specials, so check back. If you know a place that should be included, please send an email to austin@theinfatuation.com

The Spots

  • At Stiles Switch BBQ you’ll be able to grab a whole brisket or smoked turkey breast, and corn casserole by the half-pan. Orders can be placed online with pickup available on 11/24 or 11/25 from their North Lamar or Cedar Park locations.

  • Hoover’s Cooking, the East Side restaurant that fuses Southern comfort food, Tex-Mex, Cajun, and barbecue, is offering set menus for $119 that feed 6-8 people (choose either a 14-16 lb roasted turkey or a ham steak). They also offer catering or takeout by the plate, as well as a la carte options, including whole turkeys (either roasted, fried, or smoked) for $70. The menu is online - call (512) 479-5006 to order. They’re also open for dine-in on Thanksgiving day for $22/person.

  • If you’re the type to pass on the turkey and load up on the sides, Olamaie’s “Everything but the Turkey” dinner kit might be right up your alley. Each kit feeds six, and comes filled with classic sides like broccoli and cheese casserole and cornbread sage stuffing. Of course, each kit also comes with their famous biscuits, and everything you’ll need to make some next-morning cinnamon rolls. Orders can be placed online.

  • There’s a whole menu of smoked and cured meats available at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, with everything from mesquite smoked brisket and Iberico ham, to smoked turkey breast and even smoked gravy. Orders can be placed on their website for pickup on 11/25.

  • Dai Due, the butcher shop/restaurant in East Austin, is taking preorders for Thanksgiving with dishes like brined organic turkeys, smoked ham, turducken sausage, brined quail, and sides like wild game dirty rice dressing and mashed sweet potatoes. They also have pies, pie dough, kolaches, and a breakfast casserole. Call (512) 524-0688 to order.

  • The North Austin restaurant and grocery Stuffed Cajun Meat Market has a full-size turducken or a half-size turducken roll, and it comes with a dressing of your choice, like dirty rice, cornbread, boudin, or jambalaya. Call 512-918-1600, email info@stuffedcajun.com, or buy it online.

  • Chez Zee, the American bistro in Northwest Hills, has a big selection of holiday pies, including German chocolate pecan, pumpkin cheesecake, and key lime pie. Order online.

Bradley Robinson // Leroy & Lewis
  • The “new school barbecue” specialists at Leroy & Lewis will be offering smoked turkeys (whole or half birds), turkey breasts, whole briskets, turkey and pork sausages, sides, and desserts for pickup on 11/25. Preorders can be placed online until 11/19.

  • The Mexican spot Fresa’s is offering turkey breast meals that serve 4-6 people and whole turkey meals that serve 8-10 (both include a citrus-serrano cranberry sauce and chorizo stuffing). You can also get add-ons like poblano spinach gratin and roasted brussels sprouts. Preorder online by November 23rd and pick up at their South 1st location on Wednesday, November 25th.

  • Despite the name, you won’t find any turkey at Ovenbird, but you will find a wide selection of pastries and desserts, which are arguably the most important part of a Thanksgiving meal. Here you’ll find everything from the classic pumpkin or chocolate pecan pie, all the way to stroopwafel cheesecakes and Russian honey cakes. You can place orders on their website until 11/20, with pickups taking place 11/23-11/25.

  • Abby Jane Bakeshop has a number of baked goods for preorder, with pickup times available from 11/23-11/25. On the menu you’ll find things like brioche loaves and Parker House spud rolls, as well as a buttermilk grits pie and a sweet potato pie made with homemade marshmallow toppings. Orders can be placed online until 11/20.

  • If you’re keeping things small, Hestia has Thanksgiving kits for two or four, with mains like roast chicken, glazed ham, and prime rib. Each kit comes with a few sides as well, including Hestia-takes on classics, like sourdough stuffing, mashed kennebec potatoes with fermented butter, roasted acorn squash. Make sure to get an add-on order of their Parker House rolls. Order online, with pickups taking place on 11/25 out of their sister restaurant, Emmer & Rye.

  • TLV is offering up a Middle Eastern Thanksgiving feast, with kits feeding 2-4 people. Dishes include things like turkey shawarma and smoked green beans with tahini ranch. Orders can be placed online for pickup on 11/25.

  • Slab BBQ is one of the most affordable options for ordering a whole turkey, at just $55 for a whole pecan smoked turkey. They also have most of your classic Thanksgiving side dishes available. Orders can be placed on their website for pickup at their north or south locations.

  • Comedor’s Thanksgiving meal kit will be delivered by General Assembly - their current partner for takeout operations. These kits involve a bit of, well, assembly, but that just allows you to recreate some of the Thanksgiving-day kitchen excitement without worrying about the HEB rush that accompanies it. The flavors here are inspired by Mexican flavors, so you can expect to see things like adobo-cured turkey and piloncillo pasilla pecan pie. Kits come in varying sizes that can feed anywhere from 2-12, and include a vegan option. The customizable kits can be ordered online. Additionally, each purchase benefits The Central Texas Food Bank.

Easy Tiger
  • If you’re looking for the most flexible of date options, the Thanksgiving kits at Easy Tiger will be available for pickup or delivery from 11/21-11/29. There are a wide range of options, from meat-and-cheese grazing platters, to a full Thanksgiving feast to feed 4-6 people. They also have a stuffing kit, rolls, and a few pies to round out the meal. Orders can be placed on their website with free delivery, or pickup at their north or south locations.

  • Popular biscuit sandwich shop Bird Bird Biscuit will have at least one of those things available for pickup on 11/25 and 11/26. Biscuits can be ordered by the half-dozen - with preorders placed online.

  • Swedish Hill Bakery will be offering a full menu of Thanksgiving classics, with everything from whole roasted turkeys to sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes. And being a bakery, of course, they’ll have a lot of desserts available, so you can finish off the night with a bourbon chocolate pecan pie or some salted caramel gelato. Orders can be placed online for pickup on 11/25.

  • Arlo Grey at the LINE Austin will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu available for dine-in on 11/26 from 3-10pm. The menu will mostly consist of unique takes on Thanksgiving classics, with things like confit turkey and Texas pecan caramel tarts with pumpkin ice cream. Reservations can be made online.

Contigo
  • Contigo is offering a Thanksgiving prix fixe menu for pickup or delivery - with or without a turkey - that feeds eight. You can also throw in all sorts of add-ons, from kumquat and pepper marmalade to hard cider gravy. Orders can be placed online

  • The north Austin barbecue spot Interstellar will have whole brined and smoked turkeys for $65, pineapple and sage-glazed boneless shoulder hams, and whole smoked prime briskets. Order online.

  • 24 Diner will be open for dine-in on Thanksgiving - no reservations required - and they’ll also have family meal packs to go that feed 4-6 people. It comes with gravy, cranberry relish, and dinner rolls, and you can pick three sides, including sausage and cornbread dressing, braised collards, and green bean casserole. Place your order online.

  • The South Austin trailer JNL Barbecue is taking preorders for their smoked Cajun butter turkey breasts. Order online by November 23rd.

  • Cajun Skillet, the newish Cajun/Creole restaurant in Cedar Park, is offering different sized family dinners for 5, 12-15, and 20-30. All have a deep-fried turkey, sides, and a dessert, and you can get half pans or full pans of sides like Creole dressing, five-cheese macaroni, fried catfish, and chicken sausage gumbo. Call (512) 243-5290 or email cajunskillet@gmail.com.

  • The Hill Country fine-dining restaurant Apis is doing Thanksgiving to go, with a $325 meal that feeds 10, including things like a cider-brined turkey, giblet gravy, a turkey leg hash, dashi-braised winter greens with smoked bacon, and pumpkin pie, Order by November 20 by emailing cheftaylorhall@gmail.com.

Cristina Fisher // The Peacock
  • Downtown Mediterranean restaurant The Peacock will be offering a Thanksgiving menu for pickup on 11/25, with preorders taking place online through the 20th. The menu here mostly focuses on Thanksgiving classics, like whole turkeys, turkey breast, sourdough stuffing, and green bean casserole. They’ll also have baklava available if you want to add a little Mediterranean twist to round out your meal.

  • East Side barbecue spot Micklethwait Craft Meats is offering Thanksgiving kits featuring a whole smoked turkey or brisket along with choices of side that include green bean casserole, stuffing, and jalapeño cheese grits. Or you can just get a turkey on its own for $65 or a brisket for $125. Email catering@craftmeatsaustin.com to order.

  • The farmers market barbecue/deli stand Mum Foods has a Thanksgiving menu that includes half and whole smoked turkeys, wagyu brisket, pastrami, pie, and sides like smoked sausage cornbread stuffing, collard greens, and mac and cheese. Order online. Place your orders before November 18th, and pick it up at area farmers markets.

La Condesa
  • The downtown Mexican restaurant La Condesa is offering a Thanksgiving meal kit that feeds 6-8 people for $185, and it includes confit chicken, tamales, brussels sprouts, and cornbread stuffing. There is the option to add on a bottle or two of wine. Preorder online through November 17.

  • There are a couple of options for Thanksgiving at Mattie’s - with curbside pickup packages as well as a special prix fixe, family-style, dine-in menu. The curbside package orders need to be placed by 11/19. Each kit feeds four, and will be available for pickup on 11/25. In-house dining reservations and curbside pickup orders can be placed by email or by phone at (512) 444-1888.

  • All three locations of Lucy’s Fried Chicken are offering Thanksgiving to-go, with dinner packages for 5, 10, 15, or 20 people that include a fried turkey and sides like chorizo cornbread stuffing, cinnamon marshmallow sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy, and rolls. You can also just order a fried turkey and gravy for $100. Email catering@lucysfriedchicken.com or call (512) 297-2423.

  • The butcher shop/restaurant/grocery Salt & Time has a huge menu of Thanksgiving items you can preorder. Beyond the traditional turkey and sides like cranberry sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, and cornbread and pastrami stuffing, they’ve got more meat options like rib roasts, mini porchetta, and leg of lamb. Order online.

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