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Where to Find Great Thanksgiving Takeout Around DC

Skip the hassle and let top chefs make your turkey to-go
Where to Find Great Thanksgiving Takeout Around DC
A Thanksgiving spread from Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna. Photograph by Greg Powers.

There’s a delicious middle ground between going out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving, and making the whole feast from scratch. A variety of restaurants and markets offer Thanksgiving dishes to-go, whether you’re looking to round out a meal with a few sides, or cater the whole spread. Here are some of the best options in the DC area:

Bayou Bakery

901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington

The homespun Southern spot is offering sides like cornbread muffins, buttermilk biscuits, and savory bread pudding. Chef David Guas is also baking a big batch of his popular pies.

Details: Order $50 or more worth of food by November 17 to get 10% off and a free pint of cranberry preserves. Pick up by 1 pm on November 23.

Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St., NW

Get a taste of fine dining at home from the Park Hyatt’s lauded restaurant, which puts together an “all-American feast”: a whole turkey, cornbread stuffing, crispy brussels sprouts, and pumpkin pie.

Details: The spread feeds six to eight people and costs $400; a cheese-and-charcuterie board can be added for an additional $50. Order by November 16 and pick up on either November 23 or November 24.

Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley, NW

The stylish CityCenterDC restaurant is departing from its usual Italian fare for Thanksgiving. To-go items include cider-brined turkey, sage stuffing, and pumpkin spice pie.

Details: Order by November 21; pick up on November 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm or on Thanksgiving Day from 8:30 am to 1 pm.

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Del Campo

777 I St., NW

The restaurant is putting a South American spin on Thanksgiving classics, with offerings like ready-to-cook Peruvian-style turkey, pumpkin risotto, and chorizo-and-chapa-bread stuffing.

Details: Order by 8 pm on November 20; pick up on November 23 by 10 pm or on Thanksgiving Day from 8 am to 11 am.

Glen’s Garden Market

2001 S St., NW

The star of this market’s catering menu is the roasted turkey platter, which comes in three sizes. But the menu is also filled with sides like whole roasted acorn squash, whipped sweet potatoes, and sage sausage stuffing.

Details: Order at least 48 hours in advance; sign up for either pickup or delivery.

Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna

2201 14th St. NW; 4000 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA

Chef Mike Isabella and team are giving Thanksgiving a Greek makeover at his tavernas in DC and Ballston, with options like Greek spit-roasted turkey with lemon-thyme gravy, and macaroni and cheese with feta and dill.

Details: Order by November 20; pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 10 am and noon.

Maketto

1351 H St., NE; 1924 8th St., NW

If you’re looking for less traditional Thanksgiving fare, order chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Southeast Asian offerings. Instead of turkey, the restaurant is supplying curried lamb shoulder and its signature fried chicken with five-spice caramel as main courses. Also available are wok-fried gravy, curried pumpkin soup, and sesame cream pie.

Details: Sign up online to pick up on November 23 between 10 am and 2:30 pm, or November 24 between 8 am and 11 am.

Red Apron Butchery

1309 Fifth St., NE; 709 D St., NW; 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax

Chef Nate Anda is putting together an array of savory sides, his own charcuterie, and the main event: ready-to-cook turkey, which is brined in a mixture of sugar, coriander, thyme, black pepper, bay leaf, chili flakes, citrus, and salt.

Details: Order by noon on November 21.

Sticky Fingers

1370 Park Rd., NW

The vegan café and bakery is creating a meat-free Thanksgiving dinner that includes hazelnut “cutlets,” roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cornbread, and roasted brussels sprouts with cranberries and toasted almonds.

Details: The dinner serves four people. Order by November 16; pick up between November 20 and November 24. (The Thanksgiving Day hours are 8 am to 1 pm.)

Texas Jack’s Barbecue

2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington

The smoked meat joint is giving Thanksgiving a barbecue makeover. Along with a smoked turkey, its Thanksgiving to-go packages are bursting with sides like coleslaw, collard greens, and porky pinto beans.

Details: The first package costs $175 and feeds five to nine people; the second package costs $250 and feeds 10 to 12 people. Order by November 19 and pick up on November 23 or November 24 between 11 am and 10 pm.

Via Umbria

1525 Wisconsin Ave., NW

The Thanksgiving to-go menu of this Italian market features bourbon vanilla cranberry sauce, butternut squash cider soup, cheese-and-charcuterie boards, and mini apple-cinnamon crostatas.

Details: Order and put down a $40 deposit by November 17. Pick up on November 22 between 10 am and 2 pm or on November 23 between 3 pm and 7 pm.

Woodward Takeout Food

1426 H St., NW

The takeout portion of Woodward Table dishes up a “Thanksgiving takeout feast,” which includes a roasted turkey, giblet gravy, Parker house rolls, and pie. Customers can also pick between four holiday sides, like apple-and-fennel stuffing and citrus-maple-glazed sweet potatoes.

Details: The feast costs $195 and feeds four to six people. Order and prepay by November 18; pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 11 am and 4 pm.


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