Thanksgiving is all about friends and family, so the less time you have to devote to food preparation, the more time you get to spend with loved ones. Here are 11 spots that are doing the prep work to make your Thanksgiving stress-free. Order the whole meal, just the bird or your favorite sides. Pick and choose what makes your life easier — and don’t forget dessert!
11 Memphis Spots for Thanksgiving Takeout (+ an Easy Bonus Recipe!)
5130 Wheelis Drive, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 761-0287
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrating its 10th year in business, Curb Side Casseroles is a great place to go for help with your holiday meals. They have everything you will need for your special Thanksgiving feast, from their house-smoked boneless turkey breasts to scrumptious sides, salads and yummy local Beneva Mayweather yeast rolls. They also offer delicious desserts, like their signature strawberry cake and their ooey-gooey pumpkin bars. And if you’re having family and friends for the entire holiday weekend, let them help you plan for that also. They have wonderful breakfast casseroles, cheese grits, sausage loaves and cinnamon rolls, as well as ready-made dips and spreads that are great for game-day snacks.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To guarantee availability, pre-order at the store or call (901) 761-0287. Order deadline is noon on Tuesday, November 14, and pickup is available Saturday, November 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, November 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1291 Tully St., Memphis, TN 38107 • (901) 522-WILD
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Once again this year, Ernie Mellor and his team at Hog Wild and A Moveable Feast Catering Companies will be cooking everything you will need for your Thanksgiving feast. “Our true Thanksgiving specialty is the smoked turkeys, in particular the smoked turkey breasts, but ya’ know our ham rocks too,” says Ernie. “I will also say that our side dishes, in particular the homemade cornbread dressing, are some of the best I’ve eaten.” On the menu are whole smoked turkeys, spiral-sliced hams and smoked turkey breasts, as well as smoked salmon and beef tenderloins. Plus, they will have all the sides to go along with them.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (901) 522-9453. Order deadline is 2 p.m. on Friday, November 17. Pick your order up downtown at 1291 Tully Street on Tuesday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, November 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or pick it up in East Memphis at 695 South White Station Road on Wednesday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2877 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 672-7000
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tucked away in the corner of Chickasaw Crossing strip mall, Le Jardin is a small family-owned shop offering gourmet to-go meals. Le Jardin is the place to go for your Thanksgiving appetizers and side dishes, as they offer some unique items to complement your turkey. Their spin on stuffing, wild mushroom savory bread pudding with Gruyère cheese and fresh thyme, will be a delicious accompaniment to your meal. For starters, grab a savory goat cheese and Parmesan seafood cheesecake. Featuring crab, shrimp and crawfish, this dish feeds a crowd and will make a great appetizer spread for your guests to enjoy while they wait for the main event. “My personal favorite is our oysters Rockefeller casserole,” says owner John Matthews. “What is not to love about that?! Fresh spinach, fresh Gulf oysters and soft cheeses blend into something magical. Bring it on!”
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (901) 672-7000. Order deadline is Wednesday, November 15T for pickup or delivery by Wednesday, November 22.
Holiday Deli & Ham Co.
East Memphis: 585 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 763-4499
Midtown: 2087 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 881-6433
Hacks Cross: 3750 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125 • (901) 624-4848
Germantown: 7652 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN 38138 • (901) 869-6650
Hours vary based on location.
Pimentos Kitchen + Market
6450 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 602-5488
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Deli & Ham Co. has been offering Thanksgiving meal essentials for over 20 years. “We have hand-crafted, honey-glazed, spiral-sliced hams and turkeys, along with ready-to-bake casseroles, fresh desserts and even gifts for the host and hostess,” explains Marketing Director Andie Ray. Under the same ownership, both Holiday Deli and Pimentos share the same Turkey Day to-go offerings. Whether feeding a crowd or having a smaller gathering, Holiday Deli and Pimentos have you covered as they offer casseroles in both large and small sizes as well as ham and turkey slices by the pound.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (855) 442-6669 or order online at holidaydeli.com. This year they are offering home and office delivery. For delivery: Order deadline is 48 hours in advance. The last delivery will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23. For pickup: To guarantee availability, call in advance, but you can call as late as 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, to reserve your order for pickup by 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.
6300 Poplar Ave., Ste. #110, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 509-8675
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In her East Memphis restaurant, Chef Julles Bhupesh creates globally inspired, clean gourmet meals for dine-in or takeout. Her menu includes gluten-free and dairy-free choices along with many vegetarian and vegan options. And just because her dishes are on the healthy side doesn’t mean they aren’t divine. For Thanksgiving, Julles is offering everything you will need for the whole meal. “Turkey, salad, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberries and pies — everything that brings out the spirit of the holiday season,” Julles explains. Their entire Thanksgiving menu is available at jullesposh.com.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (901) 509-8675. Order deadline is Saturday, November 18. Orders must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
9056 Poplar Pike, #109, Germantown, TN 38138 • (901) 754-8444
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Katie Oelke and her team at Katie’s Kitchen are in the business of cooking up tasty dishes for your entire family that are ready to pop in the oven. Katie says, “Order your Thanksgiving dishes from us, because it’s going to taste just like your mother made it, but without all the work. That way you will have more time to spend with your family and plan your Black Friday shopping strategy!” We like that idea. Every Thanksgiving, they sell more cornbread dressing than any other item on their menu, and everyone comments that it tastes just like their mother’s. It is a traditional cornbread dressing with just the right amount of sage. Katie’s personal favorite is the sweet potato casserole. “We bake and peel at least 100 pounds of sweet potatoes and whip them with butter, sugar and seasoning and then cover them with a mixture of brown sugar, pecans and coconut,” she explains. Yum!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (901) 754-8444. Order deadline is Friday, November 17. Orders will be available for pickup Monday, November 20, through Wednesday, November 22.
80 Monroe Ave., Ste. L1, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 523-0877
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Chef Felicia Willett wants to stay behind the scenes when it comes to your Thanksgiving meal. “I started cooking for several friends’ Thanksgiving dinners several years back. My one stipulation was that they take all the credit. If they let anyone know it’s my food then they did not get to order for the next year,” she explains with a grin. She has the same wish for her current customers. You can even drop off your dishes, and she will bake the pies and bread pudding in your serving dishes. Sounds like a win-win for all! Felicia has all the classic Southern sides from Creole oyster dressing to her famous cooked greens, but her personal favorites are the sausage and cornbread dressing and the giblet pan gravy. “We also season turkeys for people too. We call it ‘Get to Know Your Turkey!’ We season them mild or spicy, which is a turkey stuffed with Flo’s pickled jalapeños.”
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (901) 523-0877. Order deadline is Friday, November 17. Pickup is Wednesday, November 22, from noon to 4 p.m.
This one requires some cooking, but all the shopping is done for you! Think: Blue Apron, but with ingredients sent directly from local farmers! Arkansas-based online farmers’ market SingBean is bringing Thanksgiving to your home for the holidays. From pasture-raised turkeys to the makings for cornbread stuffing, roasted veggies, cranberry sauce and more, SingBean will deliver the ingredients of a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings directly to your door. Each Thanksgiving dinner kit includes recipes to make your holiday a home run. “All of the ingredients included in our kits are nutrient-dense and from the best local farms in the Memphis area,” says SingBean owner Adam Weeks. “Everyone raises their produce in a living soil, meaning they don’t use chemical fertilizer. And all of our meat is pasture raised.” So you’ll not only be scoring a killer meal, but you’ll also be supporting local farmers AND a greener planet while doing it. It doesn’t get better than that!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order online at singbean.com. The order deadline is Saturday, November 18, or while supplies last. Delivery will be on Tuesday, November 21. No pickup is available.
East Memphis: 5259 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 685-9744
Cordova: 1740 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova, TN 38018 • (901) 737-1988
Collierville: 743 W. Poplar, Collierville, TN 38017 • (901) 405-4999
Olive Branch: 6434 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654 • (662) 893-3663
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Corky’s is known for barbecue, but during the holidays, they cook some mighty good smoked turkeys and hams. “Our most popular holiday item is the smoked whole turkey,” says owner Barry Pelz. “Each turkey is rubbed with our special seasonings and then slow-cooked in our pits over hickory logs.” Order a la carte or opt for their “Holiday Feast,” which includes your bird (or ham), two sides and giblet gravy. Pickup is available at all their locations. And if you use the drive-thru, you don’t even have to get out of the car!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call your neighborhood location or order online at corkysbbq.com. Order by Friday, November 17, for the discount. Pickup is available Tuesday, November 21, and Wednesday, November 22.
East Memphis: 5101 Sanderlin, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 683 8844
Midtown: 585 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 443-4144
Hours vary based on location.
The “gnomies” at Muddy’s Bake Shop will be busy all Thanksgiving week baking so that you don’t have to! All their popular cupcakes, full-size cakes, cookies and bars will be available to order as well as their full line of pies. The “Cocoa Chanel” chocolate chess pie is one we can’t resist, but, at the holidays, their pecan pie is the most-ordered dessert. “Every year our ‘Shady Wake’ pecan pie is the hands-down most popular item! Not only is pecan pie already such a fabulous Thanksgiving tradition, but ours is truly outstanding,” says Kat Gordon of Muddy’s Bake Shop, adding, “It’s crazy good. So good that it’s been featured in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, AND Southern Living!” Loaded with toasted pecans, it really is a pecan pie like no other. We recommend serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call your preferred pickup shop: Midtown at (901) 443-4144 or East Memphis at (901) 683-8844. Or order online at muddysbakeshop.com. Final pickup is Wednesday, November 22, at 6 p.m.
Lastly, we would be remiss to not mention the convenient option of ordering holiday specials from neighborhood grocery stores like Whole Foods, Kroger and Fresh Market.
Thanksgiving Bonus Recipe
Kat Gordon of Muddy’s Bake Shop wanted to share with us the perfect topper for a slice o’ pie! Enjoy!
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (use pure, not imitation)
- 1 teaspoon bourbon
- Combine in a bowl and beat, using a mixer or whisk, vigorously for several minutes until soft peaks form.
- Spoon a dollop onto your dessert of choice!
- Pro tip: Use a glass or metal bowl and wipe down with a paper towel sprinkled with lemon juice or vinegar to remove any oily residue. Any residue will deflate your whipped cream.
Have a happy Thanksgiving full of great eats and even better company!
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