Family gatherings are so much better when there’s a great spread of food to eat. Still, busy work schedules or daily commitments can often hamper our ability to put a stunning meal on the table, especially during the holidays. Fear not, for once again, we’ve come to the rescue to showcase several restaurants and caterers in Louisville and Southern Indiana that offer either carry out of dine-in options for your Thanksgiving feast. Let’s dig in and discover what’s on the menu!
Louisville Thanksgiving Takeout Options
Farm to Fork Catering & Cafe
2425 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40212 • (502) 365-3276
Café Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Catering Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; closed Saturday and Sunday
Farm to Fork Catering & Café in Louisville has it all — from main dishes to to-die-for desserts. Dinner options include a locally sourced free-range whole turkey or boneless turkey breast, with turkey gravy, cornbread dressing, cranberry chutney, dinner rolls and a classic pumpkin pie. For sides, you have an option of country-style beans or roasted brown butter Brussels sprouts, as well as sweet potato casserole with pecan topping or classic buttery mashed potatoes. This dinner serves 12-14, for $395. You can also feed 8-10 of your loved ones for $295. Pick up some à la carte items to round out the meal, including a simple green salad made with local greens, carrot ribbons and shaved radishes, or their wheat berry salad with wheat berries, cranberries, apples, mint and citrus vinaigrette. Delicious homemade desserts include maple pumpkin pie or bourbon orange pecan pie. You can go to farmtoforkfood.com for a complete menu.
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Meals are available for both pickup and delivery, but delivery rates apply. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 18, for pick up on Friday, November 22, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For Thanksgiving week, orders placed by Friday, November 22, can be picked up Monday, November 25, or Tuesday, November 26, anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Wednesday, November 27, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Heitzman Traditional Bakery & Deli
9426 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 426-7736
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Heitzman Traditional Bakery & Deli has been a mainstay in Louisville for 120 years, so they are at the top of their game when it comes to providing all the fixings for your Thanksgiving feast. The list is quite extensive, so we’ll hit on some beloved items that make for a great holiday meal. Main dishes include prime rib, honey-baked ham, baked turkey and dressing, and fried chicken. For those who want to mix it up and stray from tradition, they even have chicken and vegetable lasagnas. Side dishes include stuffed potatoes, glazed carrots, broccoli with cheese, au gratin potatoes, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes with marshmallows. A delightful medley of salads round out the sides options, including tossed salad, German potato salad, carrot and raisin salad or Caesar salad with croutons. Are you ready for dessert? Let’s hope so! Heitzman specializes in baked goods, so they can whip up any sweet treat you desire, including pies, cakes and their famous holiday cookie platter.
2019 DEADLINE & PICK UP: To order, check out their menu at heitzmanbakery.com then call (502) 426-7736 (option 1). The last day to order is Monday, November 25, and pickup is Wednesday, November 27, by 1 p.m. They also deliver throughout Louisville for a fee of $15.
Annie May’s Sweet Café
3110 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 384-2667
Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some have limitations as to what they can eat due to food allergies, so when the holidays roll around, it makes it especially tough to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Fortunately, there are great places like Annie May’s Sweet Café in Louisville. They make a wide variety of items that cater to those who need to steer clear of wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, sesame and soy. Their goal is to make allergen-free baked goods that look and taste as good as ‘regular’ baked products. They carry a variety of breads, including focaccia, baguettes, biscuits, dinner rolls and stuffing cubes. On the sweeter side, try their coffee cakes or toaster treats in blueberry, cinnamon, carrot, pumpkin, orange cranberry, peach and cherry. Pies come in flavors such as peach, apple, blueberry and cherry. They also have seasonal cookies and cakes, decorated sugar cookies, pineapple upside-down cake, orange spice cupcakes and pumpkin spice cupcakes. All of their treats are so tasty, you’ll forget they’re allergen-free.
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order, check out their menu at anniemayssweetcafe.com. Thursday, November 21, is the last day to order any item for the week of November 25. The store will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and Friday, November 29.
309 Wallace Ave, Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 896-0666
With off-holiday menu meal options that include classic, vegetarian, Paleo and Keto dinners, Home Cuisine is whipping up a Thanksgiving feast with both traditional and healthy fare. For $30 per person (minimum 4 people is required), you can satisfy your sweet tooth and your savory side with an herb-brined turkey dinner, complete with all the fixings. Some of the delicious sides include cornbread stuffing with turkey sausage, fresh cranberry sauce with orange and cinnamon, roasted sweet potato casserole and spinach gratin. While Home Cuisine isn’t able to accommodate allergy exclusions for this holiday meal, there are plenty of options to choose from!
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: The final day to order is Friday, November 22, and delivery or pick up takes place on November 27. If you are located within the delivery area, home delivery is an additional $15.
Louisville Thanksgiving Dine-In Options
Mary M. Miller Riverboat
401 River Road, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 574-2992
Thanksgiving Cruise Hours: Boarding begins on November 28 at 12:30 p.m., and the cruise departs at 1 p.m., returning at 3 p.m. Tickets for the riverboat cruise and buffet-style meal are $47 for adults, $47 seniors and $31 for children, without taxes and port fees.
The Mary M. Miller is the newest riverboat to grace the dock, and they do it up quite nicely for Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy all of the traditional foods of the season — served buffet style — including ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans and warm rolls. And enjoy all of it while cruising down the beautiful Ohio River! Desserts, coffee, tea and water are included in the price of your meal, and music is provided on board by a DJ. You can find out more about it at belleoflouisville.org.
700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208 • (502) 636-4400
Hours: The gates open at 10 a.m. and the last race is scheduled for 4:50 p.m.
General admission tickets are $5, reserved seating is $12 and reserved dining is $57.
This Thanksgiving, you can head to the track to cheer on the ponies, while dining on a meal fit for a Triple Crown winner. Delectable salads, side dishes, entrées and desserts await you. Salads include a cranberry, almond and broccoli salad with citrus poppy seed dressing and an apple cheddar salad with field greens, cheddar cheese, and toasted walnuts served with cider vinaigrette. The carved meats station offers sorghum-glazed ham with bourbon-peach chutney and herb-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and sage gravy. Your side dishes include roasted fall harvest vegetables, green bean casserole, herb country bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, and warm rolls and butter. Top off your meal with their marvelous seasonal desserts and pies. Thanksgiving dinner is open to the public, and it’s served in all dining rooms on site. To find out more, visit churchilldowns.com.
Derby Dinner Playhouse
525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129 • (812) 288-8281
Hours: Doors & buffet open at 11:45 a.m., and buffet closes at 12:55 p.m.
Pre-show entertainment at 1 p.m., show begins at 1:30 p.m.
If you’d like a little entertainment with your dinner, the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville presents the Thanksgiving matinee Elf the Musical. The entire family can dine on a buffet serving carved turkey, carved ham, Derby fried fish, Derby fried chicken, dumplings, Southern green beans, corn pudding, sweet potato soufflé, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy and salads from the salad bar, including a fresh lettuce/spinach blend, cranberry salad and broccoli salad. What would Thanksgiving be without desserts? Dig into a slice or two of seasonal pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate cream pie or apple pie. Coffee, tea and water are included with the buffet. The price per person is $44. Learn more at derbydinner.com.
157 East Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150 • (502) 548-9114
Thanksgiving Hours: noon to 5 p.m.
Just down the road from Clarksville, is the quaint town of New Albany — a great place to escape the hustle of downtown Louisville. It’s also home to Cafe 157, which is a great place to be if you’re looking for something a little more low-key for your holiday celebration. Reservations are required. All of the traditional fixings will be available, including turkey or ham, fluffy mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole or corn pudding. Top off your meal with a slice of tangy apple pie or traditional pumpkin pie. Meals are $15 each, without tax and tip. Learn more at cafe157.chestnutsandpearls.com.
Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant
2421 Engel Road, Borden, IN 47106 • (812) 923-5255
Hours: Thanksgiving Buffet, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; restaurant service: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Head northwest from New Albany, and you’ll find the popular Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant. They serve their Thanksgiving menu every day during November, but the buffet option is only available on the actual Thanksgiving holiday. Start with mouth-watering oven-roasted turkey, with sides of homemade dressing and real mashed potatoes with gravy. Other sides include green beans, corn, chicken and dumplings, fried biscuits with apple butter, country slaw and Waldorf salad. If you have room, finish up your meal with one of their homemade fruit cobblers. The best part? It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet! The price is $21.99 per adult 12 years and older, $12.99 per child ages 4-11, and 3 and younger are free. Learn more at joehubers.com.
We hope this will give you a head start on planning your holiday weekend, and that you’ll find plenty of down-home fixings to feast on for Thanksgiving!
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