Don’t let the ghost of June Cleaver keep you from making wise choices. If it is simply too much for your schedule to create a picture-perfect Thanksgiving meal this year, order a tasty spread instead from one of the city’s reliable restaurants or catering businesses.
Here are a few respected establishments that offer the entire Thanksgiving meal to-go. From appetizers to desserts, complete your table with traditional holiday flavors and more. Put those haunting visions of cooking in your crisp white apron and pearls aside: Place the order, pick it up and take a load off. Easy peasy.
Note: All locations have varying deadlines for ordering and picking up for Thanksgiving. Please visit them online for complete menus, pricing and holiday hours.
1. Café Society, 212 N. Evergreen
Let Chef Cullen at Café Society prepare your Thanksgiving meal. The well-rounded holiday menu includes a 12-pound turkey with gravy ($60), Cullen’s Bolognaise (1 gallon, $35), sides including dressing, mashed potatoes, roasted root veggies and haricot verts amandine (enough for five people, $15 each), cranberry chutney ($7), cheesecake ($30) and pumpkin pie ($20). Learn more at cafesocietymemphis.com.
2. CurbSide Casseroles, 5130 Wheelis
Located in East Memphis, CurbSide Casseroles has a wonderful selection for your Thanksgiving table. And many items bring an original flavor to a traditional holiday meal. Options include Callie’s country ham and cocktail biscuits ($30 for 2 dozen), sweet pickles ($7), house-smoked salmon with caper dill sauce ($20 for one pound) or perhaps an order of smoky pumpkin soup ($12/quart). CurbSide’s spiral-sliced ham with brown sugar glaze is $6.95 per pound and the house-smoked boneless turkey breast is $9.95 per pound. Sides are offered in three sizes and range in price from $11 to $18. Learn more at curbsidecasseroles.com.
3. The Cupboard Restaurant, 1400 Union
This Memphis restaurant staple has been serving home cookin’-style food for more than 70 years, so it makes sense that they offer traditional Thanksgiving meals. Main dishes include a 10- to 12-pound turkey with dressing ($49.99), 8-pound, flame-glazed spiral sliced ham ($49.99) and a menu full of wonderful sides and desserts. A handy tip: The Cupboard is known for its dressing, eggplant casserole, Italian spinach, an extensive menu of fresh vegetable dishes and corn sticks. Learn more at thecupboardrestaurant.com.
4. The Germantown Commissary, 2290 South Germantown Rd.
This popular BBQ joint may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning Thanksgiving, but don’t be so sure! In fact, they have a menu of hickory-smoked turkeys and hams, as well as homemade corn bread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and more. The all-inclusive holiday dinner specials start at $9.95 per person. Learn more at commissarybbq.com.
5. Holiday Deli & Ham Co.
With many area locations, finding a Holiday Deli & Ham restaurant should be simple. For Thanksgiving, consider the honey-glazed turkeys and hams available in a range of sizes. Plus pop-in-the-oven casseroles of all sorts are available, including corn bread dressing, mac and cheese, and green beans. Their Papa’s Pimento Cheese or black bean and corn salad are easy dip-style appetizers for your guests to enjoy while you finish transferring those wonderful casseroles to your own serving dishes. (Shhhhh! Nobody needs to know!) Learn more at holidaydeli.com.
6. A Moveable Feast
This is the gourmet catering division of Hog Wild Catering, and their menu has a complete holiday feast. The meats include everything from smoked spiral sliced ham (eight-pound average, $55 each) and deep-fried whole turkeys (10-pound average, $55 each) to hickory-smoked pulled pork ($12 per pound) and baby-back ribs ($24 per slab). (BBQ can be a holiday meat, right? We are in Memphis!) They also have an extensive menu of sides and desserts that starts with sweet potato casserole ($26) and ends with pumpkin cake delight ($28), with everything in between. Learn more at amoveablefeastcatering.com.
A few more area businesses that offer key specials for the Thanksgiving meal are: The Silver Caboose and Katie’s Kitchen, both in Collierville; Central BBQ and Huey’s Midtown. And we would be remiss to not mention the convenient option of ordering holiday specials from The Fresh Market or Whole Foods in your neighborhood.
So many of Memphis’ favorite restaurants will, no doubt, accommodate your holiday needs. If we missed any, let us know and we can add them. With careful planning and a little help from our city’s finest, everyone — even the hostess with the mostest — will enjoy a delicious, relaxed Thanksgiving meal.
With all of the free time you will have by ordering your Thanksgiving meal to-go, why not make plans to enjoy one of Memphis’ local holiday events or your favorite boutique’s open house? Check out our ongoing Happenings, a curated list of up-to-date ideas for enjoying your city. If you have a Happening to submit, please do so at styleblueprint.com/happenings-submission.