Get Your Thanksgiving Dinner or Desserts To-Go

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Forgo the Cooking Stress and get your Thanksgiving dinner turkey and trimmings to-go. Let one of DC’s best chefs do the cooking for you.

Thanksgiving To Go:

Acadiana: This Thanksgiving, Acadiana’s taking over your kitchen and doing all the preparation for you. For a “Thanksgiving Dinner for Eight,” ring Acadiana in Washington, DC to enjoy a complete feast of a 12 to 14 pound Cajun-style Turkey, choice of Giblet or Eggplant Gravyfour sides, a Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and Acadiana’s famous Biscuits with House-made Pepper Jelly.  This savory and sweet spread is available for $150, or simply the bird for $90. All items are also available à la carte starting at$10 with sides that include Sweet Potato PuréeMashed PotatoesOyster or Andouille Sausage StuffingCranberries, CornbreadCollard Greens, or a dozen Biscuits with House-made Pepper Jelly.To order, please call 202.408.8804 before 5PM on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Pickup is available at Acadiana between 11AM and 1PM on Thanksgiving Day.

Bar Pilar: Offering ‘Sides + Pies’ from 14th Street foodie spot Bar Pilar will be available via Chef Justin Bittner who is making sides for groups of two sizes: 5-7 people and 10-15 people; at $26 and $32 respectively. Sides include a Sage, Housemade Sausage and Apple Stuffing, a Broccoli Casserole with blue cheese béchamel and Candied Heirloom Sweet Potatoes. In terms of sweets, Bittner will sell a variety of pies for $28 including Apple CrumbBourbon Pecan and Heirloom Pumpkin. People can pre-order any ‘Sides + Pies’ through November 19th by calling 202-265-1751, with pick-up on Thanksgiving Eve, the 21st.

Bayou Bakery: New Orleans-native chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Virginia can fill your kitchen with an array of southern fixins’ that are the sides and bites that make Thanksgiving Day hassle-free. For quick nibbles, pick up some Candied Spiced Pecans tossed in house-made Creole seasoning for $12, or grab a pint-sized Mason jar full of Cranberry-Orange Preserves for $15 to serve with Cornbread Muffins$15 per dozen made from cornmeal ground by George Washington’s gristmill – a Bayou Bakery exclusive! To help round out your meal, choose from a variety of sides starting at $12, like Dirty RiceBraised Collards or Buttermilk Biscuits – available in petite or full-size, with or without hamDessert star, chef Guas, is known as the go-to guy when it comes to sweets, and his sought after pies are available starting at $20. Choose from Sweet Potato Pie, Classic Pecan, Bourbon Chocolate-Chip and Bacon & CayenneTo order, please call 703.243.2410 before Monday, November 19. Pickup is available all week until close of business on Wednesday, November 21.

Brabo/The Butcher’s Block: Take the stress out of cooking, and enjoy Chefs Robert Wiedmaier and Chris Watson, cook for you! Check out the incredible listing of pre-ordered menus available for pickup at the Butcher’s Block in Old Town, Alexandria. For Thanksgiving Dinner, there are a variety of entrees, sides and desserts to supplement or complete your meal. Patrons can order Murray’s Amish All Natural Turkeys available for $6.50 per pound raw. Round out your table with traditional sides: chestnut stuffing, serves six ($20); sweet potato purée, serves six ($20); cranberry relish, by the quart ($15); giblet gravy, by the quart ($12.50); assorted pies, serves 8-12 ($36). All orders must be in by Wednesday, November 14, for any of the above dishes. Be sure to pick your items up on Wednesday, November 21, between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call The Butcher’s Block for questions or details: 703.894.5253.

Skip the stress! Have someone else cook!

Carmine’s: This legendary Italian restaurant is temporarily forgoing their Southern Italian roots in favor of a menu that focuses on iconic American dishes for Thanksgiving. So instead of laboring all day over a hot stove to serve your family an amazing meal, just head to Carmine’s for a traditional Thanksgiving at its best available for take-out! Serve up the Family-Style Feast ($225) which can feed approx. 8 people. Roasted Turkey with giblet gravy and stuffing studded with sausage and sage. Enjoy seven side dishes that epitomize classic comfort food, including Sweet Potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and Brussels Sprouts with caramelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon. For dessert, diners get their choice of three wonderful autumn pies: pumpkin, apple or pecan. Mangia, American style! To place your order, please call 202.737.7770.

EPIC Smokehouse (1330 S Fern St  Arlington, VA) is offering a limited supply of turkey dinners for carryout that will feed up to 10 people. Pick up a 10-12 lb. turkey that can be cooked just the way you like it, either smoked or fried.  Turkey dinners cost $70 and includes gravy along with your choice of three out of four homemade sides.  Selections include mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and creamed corn.  If you can’t imagine Thanksgiving without all four items, an extra side can be purchased for an additional $10.  Orders must be placed to Joon Yang at 571.319.4001 by Sunday, November 18. They can be picked up at EPIC Smokehouse, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 8am to 11am.

Zero prep and zero clean time! No mess!

Hill Country BBQ is offering an incredibly scrumptious Take Out meal this Thanksgiving. Whether you want to order a full Thanksgiving feast for up to 12 people or simply supplement your meal with a few Hill Country favorites, the restaurant is taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving To Go now through November 16th. Pre-ordered turkeys, traditional sides and homemade desserts can be picked up from the restaurant from 9 am – noon on November 22nd. Full Thanksgiving feasts with all the fixin’s range from $195 – $275; a la carte dishes available. To order, call 202.556.2044 or email

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! (p.s. wear big pants!)


Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIssac and team are rolling out and cooking up a slew of seasonal, handmade pies like Double Crust Gala Apple, Sweet Potato, Mississippi Mud, Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan and Pumpkin, all available for pre-order now from Buzz Bakery.
For entertainers extraordinaire and pie lovers alike, opt for the Buzz Pie Bar. This year, they’ve matched up their favorite pies with indulgent toppings along the lines of Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Caramel Sauce and Pumpkin Ice Cream. Set up an impressive dessert table with our American Pie Bar complete with two pies plus housemade whipped cream, ice cream, sauce and candied cranberries. It’s all available for one nice, neat price and on your day of choice for pick-up in Alexandria or Arlington. Limited options available for Washington, DC pick-up from November 21 to November 23. Click here for full menu and ordering information.

Sprinkles Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Sprinkles cupcakes (3015 M St., NW) in Georgetown will be offering a special Thanksgiving EAT Box this month, filled with an assortment of seasonal cupcake flavors. EAT Box (Nov. 18-27) – Nothing completes a meal of turkey and stuffing like cranberry… cupcakes! Serve up a box of our unique fall flavors and all your guests will be thanking you. Orange cranberry, pumpkin, red velvet, and dark chocolate cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles turkey and maple leaf sugar decorations. Sealed with an EAT Turkey and Cupcakes sticker. Delivery or pickup is available. Order online.

Whisked!:  If you haven’t ordered Thanksgiving pies don’t worry! You can purchase pies at the Pike Central Holiday Market on Nov. 20, and they will also be dropping off pies on Tuesday morning by 11:00 am to Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan, for them to sell in the store. The market is at 11806 Rockville Pike, between Old Georgetown and Montrose Roads.

If you’re looking to dine out and enjoy a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner with zero prep and zero clean time, check out my post here.

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