This Thanksgiving, we're thankful that restaurateurs are meeting us where we are.
More than ever, diners in the United States are ordering food to their homes. Financial services firm UBS published a report that estimates that food delivery sales could go up 20 percent per year worldwide, turning to-go food and grocery delivery into a $365 billion industry by 2030. So it makes sense, then, that Dallas restaurants seem to be offering catering and to-go options more than in years' past.
We're also thankful that some restaurants are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), offering a warm place to let a talented chef take over for people who are traveling or busy or just don't want to cook.
If you're looking for a restaurant open on Thanksgiving Day in North Texas, click here.
Otherwise, here's a long list of places who will do the cooking for you. Call or check the websites for pricing or additional information. Pick the one that'll make you say, "thanks."
Thanksgiving, to go
Al Biernat's, both the original restaurant in Dallas and the new one in the Addison area, is selling whole turkeys and sides like asparagus, baby carrots, and mushroom or lobster risotto. Desserts like cheesecake, pecan pie, carrot cake and more are also available. Order by Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. and pick up on Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 5251 Spring Valley Road or 4217 Oak Lawn Ave., both in Dallas. Call 972-239-3400 (Addison) or 214-219-2201 (Dallas) to order.
French brasserie Bullion is selling pumpkin and pecan pies. Order by Nov. 17 and pick up on Nov. 20 or 21 at 400 S. Record St., Dallas. Call 972-698-4250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Miss the deadline? Some pies will be available to purchase on Nov. 21. Call ahead to ask.
Cantina Laredo is selling chicken and beef tamales by the dozen at its five North Texas locations. Available starting Nov. 8. Order by phone, and give at least six hours notice. All restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Go to cantinalaredo.com/locations.
The Commissary, a coffee shop and lunch spot in downtown Dallas, is selling traditional Thanksgiving dinner, such as small or large roasted turkeys with choose-your-own fixins: gravy, whipped potatoes, sausage stuffing, cranberry relish, rolls and more. Pumpkin and apple pies are also available. Order by Nov. 17 and pick up on Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1217 Main St., Dallas. See catering menu on commissarydallas.com. Call 214-827-2927 or email email@example.com.
Cotton Patch Cafe's Thanksgiving menu includes roasted turkey with gravy and cranberries, baked squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, and desserts. Order by Nov. 18 and pick up on Nov. 21. There are 20 restaurants near D-FW; find a restaurant here.
Cowboy Chicken is selling wood-fired rotisserie chickens that feed eight to 10 people. Optional sides include twice-baked potatoes, stuffing, dinner rolls and peach or apple cobbler. 13 restaurants near D-FW; find a restaurant here. Give 48 hours' notice before pick-up.
This Thanksgiving, Eatzi's six gourmet shops offer a wide array of options on this list. The menu, at eatzis.com/thanksgiving, includes eight side dishes (plus the option of two stuffings, gravy and cranberry sauce). There are three kinds of turkey, one option for ham, and five kinds of breads or rolls. And five pies. Even if your Thanksgiving diners are choosy, there's likely to be something here for everyone. Order online by Nov. 20. Orders can be picked up at the six locations during business hours Nov. 15 through 21.
El Rincon Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar, located in downtown Carrollton, is selling pulled-pork or brisket tamales by the dozen. Order by calling 214-225-0527 by noon on Nov. 20 and pick up by Nov. 21 at 1114 S. Elm St., Carrollton.
Empire Baking Co., a bakery that supplies bread to dozens of high-end restaurants and hotels in the Dallas area, is selling sweet potato rolls, cranberry walnut bread, pecan and pumpkin pies, and more. Order by Nov. 19 by calling 214-350-0007 and pick up by Nov. 21 at 5450 W Lovers Lane, Dallas.
The Grape, a longtime restaurant on Dallas' Greenville Avenue, is offering Thanksgiving feasts, to go, cooked by chef/owner Brian Luscher. Smoked turkeys come in two sizes, feeding either four to six people or 10 to 15, and can be accompanied by sides such as sour cream and chive mashed potatoes; sage, raisin and mushroom bread stuffing; or the Grape's beloved mushroom soup. (You can find the mushroom soup recipe here if you'd rather try it yourself.) Luscher is also making brown-sugar-maple glazed ham. Desserts include pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple crisp. Order by Nov. 17 and pick up on Nov. 21 between 2 and 5 p.m at 2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Call 214-828-1981 for details.
You've never seen so many options for Thanksgiving bread. Highland Park Cafeteria is selling white rolls, wheat rolls, cornbread rolls, zucchini muffins, zucchini bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread and lemon pound cake. The nearly 100-year-old restaurant is also selling turkey and ham, all the traditional sides, and more than two-dozen pies, cakes and cookies. Order by Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. and pick up Nov. 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Nov. 22 from 8-10 a.m. at 1200 N. Buckner Road, Dallas. Call 214-324-5000 or oder at highlandparkcafeteria.com.
The chef behind a new Southern restaurant in Lakewood called Jack's Kitchen offers down-home options this Thanksgiving like poblano corn pudding, collard greens and five-cheese macaroni. Note that Jack's Kitchen is not smoking turkeys. Order by Nov. 19 and pick up by 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at 6041 Oram St., Dallas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-685-6753.
Marie Gabrielle, a restaurant in a Dallas neighborhood called the Harwood District, is selling Thanksgiving food for groups of up to 10 people. Options include turkey, gravy, rolls, and sides like spinach Gruyere au gratin and glazed sweet potatoes. Order by Nov. 19 at marie-gabrielle.com/mgthanksgiving or via email at email@example.com. Pick up Nov. 20 or 21 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 2728 N. Harwood St., Dallas.
Mimi's Cafe's Thanksgiving feast feeds eight to 10 people and includes a turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied pecan sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, apple-cranberry-orange relish, gravy, two carrot nut loaves, a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. Customers can also order sides only for about half the price. Also, brunch items like croissants, muffins and quiche, are available. Order by Nov. 21 and pick up anytime, including on Thanksgiving Day. Mimi's Cafes are located at 301 E. Interstate 20 Highway, Arlington (817-466-3212); and 5858 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth (817-731-9644).
Skip the turkey at Nature's Plate and consider vegetarian options this Thanksgiving. Items include acorn squash with quinoa wild rice stuffing; cheesy broccoli rice casserole; and baked sweet potatoes with apples. Pies are available, too. Order by Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and pick up on Nov. 20 from noon to 7 p.m. or Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick-ups available at 10233 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 432 (near Ferndale Road), Dallas; or at 11811 Preston Road, Suite 101 (near Forest Lane), Dallas. See menu at naturesplate.com and call 469-307-4217 or 469-515-2474.
All five Norma's Cafe restaurants in North Texas are selling Thanksgiving turkeys and sides that can feed eight to 10 people. Anyone who places an order by Nov. 11 gets a free gallon of tea. Order forms are available at normascafe.com and at the restaurants. Order by Nov. 16 and pick up Nov. 21 before 3 p.m. Go to normascafe.com/locations/ to find a restaurant.
If your guests want to taste a Cajun fried turkey, Razzoo's Cajun Cafe is selling birds that feed 10 to 12 people. Sides, which come by the pint, quart, half-pan or full pan, include dirty rice, green beans and bread pudding. Order "early," says a spokeswoman, and pick up by Nov. 21. Available at all 12 Razzoo's restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth. Go to razzoos.com/find-us.
Do your guests fancy a nontraditional Thanksgiving? Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill is selling appetizers like smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail and shucked oysters. For dessert, customers can choose a pumpkin spice crème brûlée or a fruit cobbler with apples, dried cranberries, brandy and nutmeg, served with cinnamon-flavored ice cream from Henry's Homemade Ice Cream in Plano. Order by Nov. 16 by calling 972-473-2722. Pick up on Nov. 21 at 4017 Preston Road, Suite 530 (near W. Spring Creek Parkway), Plano.
For friends or family members who are tired of turkey, Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar is now selling party platters. Nothing here is going to taste like a textbook Thanksgiving: It's chips, salsa, queso and guac; and trays of club sandwiches, cheeseburger sliders, chicken strips and the like. For more healthful options, Snuffer's is selling large chicken caesar salads, chicken strip salads and chef salads. Order at least 24 hours in advance; call 972-388-5424 for details. Available at 12 restaurants in North Texas. Go to snuffers.com/locations.
TJ's Seafood Market & Grill, with two Dallas restaurant at Preston-Royal and on Oak Lawn Avenue, says "it's not the holidays without TJ's shrimp." Offers include cocktail shrimp platters, smoked salmon platters, caviar platters and even lobster roll platters. Customers can also order appetizers such as baked brie with fruit and nuts, seafood by the pound and desserts such as chocolate Frangelico bread pudding. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 16 and pick up at 6025 Royal Lane or 4212 Oak Lawn Ave., both in Dallas.
True Food Kitchen is offering just one Thanksgiving dish to go: a squash pie. It's similar to a traditional pumpkin pie and is made from a recipe from restaurant co-founder Dr. Andrew Weil — and restaurant investor Oprah Winfrey has said she likes it. The $25 pie is vegan and gluten-free. Order by Nov. 18 by calling 214-377-3333 (Dallas location) or 214-291-9591 (Plano location). Pick up on Nov. 20 and 21 at 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Suite 100, Dallas; or 7601 Windrose Ave., Suite F100, Plano.
Interested in ordering barbecue this Thanksgiving? We have 6 options:
18th & Vine in Dallas is selling turkey, brisket and ribs this Thanksgiving. Customers can add salad, jalapeño cheese grits, pit beans and more. Order by Nov. 18 and pick up by Nov. 21 at 4100 Maple Ave., Dallas. Call 214-808-6685 or email email@example.com.
- Good Union Urban BBQ in Richardson is selling 15-pound smoked turkeys or the option of an "urban feast": a bird, sweet potato casserole, cornbread muffins and cornbread dressing. It feeds four to six people. Customers can add mashed potatoes, green beans, potato salad and brownies. Order by Nov. 18 and pick up no later than Nov. 21 at 1150 State St., Richardson. Call 469-913-4890 to order.
- Thanksgiving from One90 Smoked Meats comes with a side of celebrity: Guy Fieri featured the barbecue joint on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network in early 2018. Thanksgiving options include brisket, prime rib, turkey, beef tenderloin or ham. Notably, the hams and briskets are available in whole or half size. Family-sized servings of potato salad and mac and cheese are also available. Order by Nov. 5 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 214-346-3287. Pick up by Nov. 21 at 10240 E. Northwest Highway (near Ferndale Road), Dallas.
- Deep Ellum barbecue joint Pecan Lodge is again selling smoked meats and sides for a truly Texan Thanksgiving feast. Order turkeys, hams, beef tenderloins, racks of ribs, sausage links or brisket. Sides include cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese topped with green chiles and bacon, and more. Grab a dozen pulled pork or brisket tamales to feed guests through the weekend. Order by Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. at shop.pecanlodge.com, or email email@example.com. Orders must be picked up on Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1618 W. Commerce St., Dallas.
- Thanksgiving takeout at Soulman's Bar-B-Que comes with the option of smoked turkeys or hams. Sides include cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and cranberry sauce. Order at least 36 hours in advance and pick up by 6 p.m. Nov. 21. Find more than a dozen locations in D-FW here.
- Ten50 BBQ in Richardson is pricing its brisket and turkey by the pound. It's also selling whole glazed ham, bone-in pork loin and beef tenderloin. Sides are familiar barbecue options, such as brisket-baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw. Chocolate and Key lime pies, which are customer favorites, are also offered. Order at least 48 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 855-783-1050. Orders can be picked up at 1050 N. Central Expressway, Richardson.