Thanksgiving 2012

War and Peas: Six Places for Ordering Thanksgiving Sides

You’ve ordered the pie and picked out your turkey. Now it’s time to round out the meal.

By Brian Colella November 16, 2012

No Thanksgiving spread is complete without cranberry relish. Photo courtesy Pasta and Co.

There's more to Thanksgiving than pie and turkey—what spread is complete without cranberry relish and sage stuffing? Field all the sides essential to a full-on feast at these six restaurants and bakeries.

Belle Clementine
You have until the 18th to get in your order for organic chicken liver mousse ($18/lb), Asian pear chutney ($10/pint), cranberry relish (ditto), and pear butter ($8/pint), which would go quite nicely with the molasses-oat Gifford bread. Gravy? Belle’s got it, available in pints or quarts for $8 or $15, respectively. That chicken liver mousse is joined on the hors d’uoevres list by marinated olives, quince paste, and spiced nuts to rev your metabolism for the main course. Pick up orders on the 21st between 12:30 and 7pm, or ask about other arrangements. 5451 Leary Avenue NW; place orders by emailing [email protected] or fill out the form here.

Dahlia Bakery
In addition to pies, Dahlia has a stacked holiday menu—but your run-of-the-mill choices these aren’t. Find Tibetan hummus, carrot leek hand pies, three-seed breadsticks or pretzel sticks, spicy red pepper harissa, and more. Sage stuffing is about the only classic you’ll encounter, next to a bag of eight dinner buns for $7. See something you like but it’s not quite right or not enough? Dahlia will work with you to personalize the dish. Order online, in person, or by phone. 2001 Fourth Ave, 206-441-4540;

Grand Central Bakery
Being a bakery, pies shine here, but Grand Central has plenty of other pastry options, too. There’s cranberry pecan or pumpkin quick bread for $10.95. Hazelnut currant levain or rustic stuffing are great deals at under $5. Buttermilk, Como, rosemary, Grande Bolo, or peasant levain rolls are available by the dozen, half-dozen, or individually. Retrieve orders at any Grand Central location during regular hours through the 21st. 1616 Eastlake Ave E, 206-957-9505; 214 First Ave S, 206-622-3644;

Pasta and Co.
The place to go if you want the works. The “fail-proof Thanksgiving table” comes at $159 with a turkey and $99 without. If you choose the turkey, it’s a house-roasted breast (unfortunately, no drumsticks here). The rest of the spread promises accompaniments aplenty. Choose from two types of gravy, cranberry sauce with dried sour cherries and rum, and stuffing with sausage and apples. Or opt for seasoned mushrooms, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, and Brussels sprouts with garlic bread crumbs. And even more options: blanched broccoli, artisan rolls, and pumpkin cheesecake. Call before the 19th or drop in to order, and pick up before closing on the 21st. 4622 26th Ave NE, 206-523-8594; 10218 NE Eighth St, 425-453-8760;

Everyone’s favorite food truck–turned–diner invites you to “take sides, give thanks” this holiday season. Five of them come individually for $15 or as a package for $65. Choices include vegetarian wild rice stuffing with hazelnuts, cranberries, sage, and shiitakes; turkey gravy with sherry and sage; and homemade Parker House rolls. You might even convince the little ones to eat Brussels sprouts—these come roasted and with bacon jam. On the pie front there’s salted caramel apple, toasted hazelnut pumpkin, cornice pear with ginger and lemon, or coffee pecan for $25 each. Order online or by phone and pick up your side(s) between noon and 6:30 on the 20th or 21st. 6301 Fifth Ave S, 205-708-1588;

The Swinery
West Seattle's Temple of Porcine Love is a great place to get turkey or other meats for your main dish, but it's also serving up sides to go with it. If open-fire roasting is on your agenda, grab a handful of chestnuts, fresh from an orchard near Mt. Hood (limited quantities available). Then there's turkey gravy, stuffing, and cranberry relish, plus a roasted veggie medley and duck fat croutons and crostini. Pick up a fresh pie crust to get your dessert started and you'll be ready to go. 3207 California Ave SW, 206-932-4211; 

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