If you want to host turkey day in the comfort of your own home without the stresses of preparing it all, here are twelve restaurants and bakeries to be thankful for this year.
Entrees and Sides...
The Georgetown roadhouse is one of Seattle Met’s Best New Restaurants this year, and its smoked turkey is not to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s just to be taken home. This central Texas–style bird is smoked low and slow over a mixture of mesquite and hickory wood. Free range, fresh, and raised in a co-op also probably votes democratic and brews its own kombucha, this twelve pound turkey will transform your Thanksgiving into a straight up hoedown. $79, 206-467-4038 or online, pick up Nov 26, 1-7pm.
As the name suggests, Tom Douglas's mercantile in Belltown has the cure to your Thanksgiving woes. Pre-order your dinner that includes an herb-brined turkey breast, Tom’s Northwest mushroom stuffing, sides, and the ever-faithful pumpkin pie. $40 per person, and other offerings a la carte, 206-812-8407. Pick up Nov 26, 8am-8pm.
Pasta and Co.
The reliable go-to for flavorful dishes on-the-go has you covered this year. With a house-roasted turkey breast, dried sour cherries and rum cranberry sauce, and broccoli with signature Flagship sauce, Thanksgiving at home has never felt so right. Serves 6-8 people, $159, $99 w/o turkey. 425-453-8760 (Bellevue), 206-523-8594 (University Village). Order by Mon, Nov 24, pick up Wed, Nov 26.
The London Plane
From floral arrangements on your table to the wine in your glass, Matt Dillon's dreamy Pioneer Square café and bar has your Thanksgiving handled. The Complete Dinner for eight: herb- and-spice rubbed turkey, cranberry and beet chutney, shredded Brussels sprouts with mustard seeds and caraway, and more. For dessert, choose from three seasonal confections such as pumpkin tart, apple cake, and cardamom cake. If you can’t choose—and who can blame you—then order a la carte, perhaps a Tuscan chicken liver pate with pickled sultanas? Also available: bottles of wine to complement Thanksgiving fare as well as arrangements, centerpieces, and host gifts at the London Plane Flower Shop (prices vary). $375 for 8 people, or a la carte, 206-624-1374. Order by Fri, Nov 21.
The Metropolitan Grill
Forego the typical turkey course and feast instead on a pre-seasoned prime rib roast from the Met. With sides, this dinner serves 8-10 guests ($299). Or, for a more intimate crowd, order the Holiday Chateau Dinner that includes a prime dry-aged Chateaubriand, sides, and a light sauce of dry mustard, au jus, Worcestershire, red wine, and butter (you had me at dry mustard). This serves two people and is $95. 206-957-3216, pick up time to be arranged.
Pies, Pies, Pies...
It’s all-things-are-flavored-pumpkin season, and Parfait’s popular pumpkin ice cream pies have returned for a welcomed twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple. Buttery graham crust, vanilla bean caramel sauce, pumpkin spice ice cream all topped with bruleed meringue, this pie serves eight to ten people (who will respect you for all times after eating this). $35/pie, 206-941-4679; taking orders through Wed, Nov 19 and pick up Wed, Nov 26.
A La Mode Pies and Bluebird Microcreamery
The pie and ice cream shops have collaborated on a limited-edition pumpkin ice cream pie. One establishment supplies the pumpkin ice cream, the other the gingersnap crust. It's topped with whipped cream, and candied pecans. [email protected]; taking orders through Monday, November 24.
Volunteer Park Cafe
This quintessential North Capitol Hill meeting place offers nothin’ but the hits this year: organic pumpkin pie, organic apple pie, and chocolate pecan pie for pre-order. $32/pie, 206-328-3155; taking orders through Thur, Nov 20 and pick up Tues, Nov 25 or Wed Nov 26.
This purveyor of things both sweet and savory is doing what it does best. Did I mention pie? Order a turkey potpie with apple sausage stuffing and roasted harvest veggie (available GF) as a savory choice. For something sweet, order the traditional pumpkin (also available GF), salted caramel apple, pecan, cranberry key lime, or Aunt Dot's sweet potato (only available at the Fremont store on Thanksgiving Day). Prices vary. 206-436-8590 taking orders through Mon, Nov 24 and pick up Nov 26 at either Seattle locations or food truck parked in Bellevue.
There are pies, tarts, and more via Tom Douglas’s Belltown bakery. Choices include pear tart with caramel sauce, double-crusted apple pie made with Washington apples, winter spices, and caramel, Prosser pumpkin pie, and a Kentucky bourbon pecan pie made southern-style with blackstrap molasses and Knob Creek bourbon. Seasonal goods abound, but signature triple coconut cream pie always a good move to shake things up this turkey day. Prices vary, order online or call 206-441-4140. Order by Mon, Nov 24 and pick up Nov 26, 7:30-4pm.
The new gluten-free kid on the Capitol Hill block, Nuflours has pies, stuffing, dinner rolls and more this Thanksgiving for gluten-free guests. Order the Thanksgiving Day package that includes one nine-inch pumpkin or apple pie, a dozen plain dinner rolls, and a pound of breadcrumbs ($50). Or choose from the pretty long list of a la carte options. $50, or a la carte. 206-395-4623 taking orders through Mon, Nov 24 or email.
High 5 Pie
Opt for the tried and true pumpkin or apple, or maybe a marionberry, sweet potato, caramel pecan, cherry almond, or salted caramel pear pie from Dani Cone's bakeshop at 12th and Madison. Prices vary, 206-695-2284; taking orders through Fri, Nov 21 and pick up between Nov 25-27.