Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner to Go in the Sacramento Area
It comes as no surprise that the holiday season will look a little different this year. Due to COVID-19, large family gatherings area discouraged, and many families are instead choosing to celebrate on their own. What hasn’t changed is the need to indulge in a bit of tradition, including a Thanksgiving Day feast! But who wants to do all that cooking for just a few people? Luckily there are many restaurants and grocery stores that are offering ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals, so you can indulge in turkey, stuffing and pie minus all the chopping, dicing and basting. And as much as we all love leftovers, some spots are even offering smaller meals this year, knowing the celebrations will be low-key. So hang up your apron and check out the following spots that are serving pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals for 2020!
Camden Spit & Larder | Downtown
This English-themed eatery knows how to do Thanksgiving right! They’re offering a free-range Mary’s turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, and braised pork and chestnut stuffing that feeds at least 10, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers. Order now for pickup on Nov. 24 or Nov. 25.
Allora | East Sacramento
Allora is a refined Italian restaurant in East Sacramento that has somewhat of a cult following with its upscale takeout. For Thanksgiving, you can pre-order a feast consisting of turkey breast Florentine, stuffed whole branzino or vegetarian lasagna. They come with antipasti charcuterie, choice of salad, sides like potato gratin or bread pudding stuffing, and dessert. You can even add wine pairings. Order by Nov. 23 for pickup on Nov. 26.
Urban Roots Smokehouse | Sacramento
Craving a bit of barbecue this holiday season? Head to Urban Roots, where you can pick up a whole smoked turkey, smoked ribs, tri-tip, pork shoulder or brisket along with candied yams, collard greens, cornbread stuffing or mac and cheese. You can even donate a turkey to the Sacramento Food Bank along with your order. Order by Nov. 17 for pickup on the 26th.
Corti Brothers | East Sacramento
Corti Brothers has been dishing out gourmet deli items since 1947. Their holiday menu is no different, and features all the Thanksgiving staples, including herbed turkey breast, roasted chestnut or sausage stuffing, Madeira gravy, cranberry conserve and butternut squash soup. Everything is made in house with no preservatives. Order ahead of time for pickup on Nov. 24 or 25, or pick up in their grab-and-go case.
Localis | Midtown
Localis is a farm-to-table eatery that is offering a refined Thanksgiving takeout menu with or without bottle pairing. Meals include duck confit, wild mushroom rice pilaf, Brussels sprouts hash and pomegranate gastrique, plus pumpkin cheesecake with maple whipped cream and candied pumpkin seeds for dessert. You can add on a bottle of champagne or a Thanksgiving cocktail made from black coffee liqueur, pumpkin spice vodka and brown sugar simple syrup. Order now for pickup on Nov. 25!
Hawks | Granite Bay
Looking for classic Thanksgiving dishes with an upscale twist? The menu at Hawk’s includes a brined, free-range, Pitman Family Farm turkey, caramelized jewel yams, country bread stuffing with house-marinated olives, Yukon potato puree, Brussels sprouts and more! Plus, for dessert, you can order a pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream or traditional apple pie. Order by Nov. 19 for pickup on Nov. 25.
Selland’s | East Sacramento, Broadway/Land Park, El Dorado Hills
This friendly neighborhood eatery specializes in hearty comfort food takeout, and their Thanksgiving dinner to go is one of the most popular in town. Choose from all the classics, such as a ready-to-roast herb and lemon boneless turkey, sausage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. You can even build your own meal with selections like ham, potato gratin or roasted butternut squash — plus a pumpkin or apple pie, of course. Order by Nov. 19 for pickup on Nov. 25.
Nugget Market | Multiple Locations
With locations throughout the greater Sacramento area, Nugget offers ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals that are a step above traditional supermarket meals. You can choose a standard meal with turkey or ham and all the sides, or a vegan meal with a plant-based roast, mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes whipped with coconut cream.
Whole Foods | Roseville, Folsom & Arden Arcade
From turkey to ham to prime rib, Whole Foods has a Thanksgiving meal that will suit every taste. Available sides include all the traditional dishes as well as roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage and creamed spinach and kale. Choose the traditional apple, pumpkin or pecan pie, or try the honey chess pie with spiced brown butter custard. Order by Nov. 22 for pickup by the holiday!
Mimi’s Café | Multiple Locations
The take-home feast offered by Mimi’s Café means you’ll have a hassle-free holiday! You can choose from a whole turkey, sliced turkey or ham, paired with your choice of side, such as cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole or spinach and strawberry salad. You can also order a la carte items or individual meals if you’re not feeding a crowd. Don’t feel like hosting? Mimi’s is open on Thanksgiving Day if you’d rather go out. Pickup beginning Nov. 20.
Marie Calendars | South Land Park
Marie Calendars is best known for their pies, but they also serve up a delicious Thanksgiving meal to take home. Choose from a whole turkey, turkey breast or ham and add sides such as fire-roasted yams with cranberry streusel topping, apple-sage stuffing or fresh baked cornbread. Of course, you have to take home a dessert (or two) as well, so why not try the pumpkin cream cheese pie, French apple pie or caramel apple cheesecake? Order online for pickup Nov. 25.
Sprouts Farmers Market | Multiple Locations
Sprouts is another good choice for ordering pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals. In addition to a fully-cooked turkey, you’ll get mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. There are even vegan options available featuring a soy-based roast stuffed with cranberry wild rice stuffing. Take home a pie or two and you’ll be set!