Thank these restaurants for holiday dining in and takeout

by Tallahassee Table

Find turkey, ham, even quail on these menu lists

 Thanksgiving is bound to be different for most of us this year but we’re trying to salvage the spirit of the holiday while staying safe.. 

 We may not be able to have that big family gathering, but there are still options for celebrating.

  If you don’t want to cook — and who would blame you — some restaurants will be open for the holiday. And because it’s 2020, many will be offering takeout with curbside options instead. 

You can pick up a whole bird with all the classic sides or find creative options to add something special. Just be sure to make reservations, or place orders, as soon as possible. 

  This year, we’re especially thankful to all the people in the restaurant industry who have worked so hard to overcome many hardships and yet are still turning out delicious food.

 We’ll update this list if we learn of more options so to submit a place, please email [email protected]

  Happy Holiday!

Dining in 

Aaru’s: You’ll find an array of global dishes, primarily Indochinese and South Indian, at this friendly restaurant. Dishes include dosas, sambar, Indian curries, Tandoor specialties, Thai Curries, Biryani rice and vegan options. Outdoor patio and deck seating available. 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. 1108 S. Magnolia Dr.; 850-350-0129.

Chow Time Grill & Buffet: The new restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving its . all-you-can-eat selection at a set price. Due to the pandemic, the restaurant will ask customers to wear disposable gloves (supplied) while handling spoons. The restaurant will also offer food by the pound for takeout. 1849 Capital Circle NE; 850-765-2961.

The Edison: Overlooking Cascades Park, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining. Family-style meals will feature roasted turkey and ham, several sides and apple and pecan pie. It’s $50 for adults, $25 for kids (includes tax, gratuity and leftovers togo). 470 Suwannee St.; 850-765-9771.

Essence of India: For an exotic option to the traditional turkey dinner, this Indian restaurant will be serving its long list of dishes including samosa, tandoori, curries, sizzling plates, noodles, fried rice, popular breads and dessert. Open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. 1105 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-656-7200

Georgio’s Fine Food and Spirits: This local institution is open for dining in on Thanksgiving from 1 to 7 p.m. with reservations accepted from 1 to 6 p.m. The menu will feature traditional dinners of roast turkey or smoked ham with a cherry bourbon glaze with sides and soup or salad for $28, along with some of their regular items. For takeout, Georgio’s will also be offering individual meals as well as pans of turkey and ham dinners to feed a family of four, available for pick-up between 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and on Thanksgiving Day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Family pans need to be ordered the day before pickup and are $80 each. To reserve your family pan, call 850-877-3211 or email georgiostallahassee@gmail. 2971 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-877-3211. 

Little Paris: The French restaurant is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal available for dining in or takeout. Chefs Herve and Loic Alcesilas are preparing a pumpkin velouté topped with exotic mushroom ravioli and bacon emulsion and turkey stuffed with Bradley’s smoked sausage, mushrooms and Armagnac brandy served with mashed purple sweet potatoes, corn crepes and chef’s cranberry sauce. For dessert, there are French pastries. The cost is $39 per person. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1355 Market St.; 850-765-7457.

Mayuri Indian Restaurant: At lunch, stop by for Mayuri’s popular buffet, and at dinner, order from the menu. The longtime restaurant features dishes such as dosas, curries, vindaloo, tandoor items and vegetarian meals on a long list of favorites. The lunch buffet is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is from 5:30 to 9:30. 1324 Simpson Ave.; 850-402-9993.

Reangthai: Add an exotic touch to the holidays with Thai food from this classic restaurant. You can customize your meal from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. You get an appetizer of crab cheese and spring roll with your choice of entree from the extensive selection and homemade ice cream for $24.99 per person. 2470 Capital Circle NE; 850-386-7898.

Ted’s Montana Grill: The steakhouse chain is serving its Thanksgiving menu for dining in or takeout: roast turkey and gravy with “Aunt Fannie’s” squash casserole and other sides plus Apple Pecan Crisp for $29 per person. There will also be a limited menu of other selections. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 1954 Village Green Way; 850-561-8337.

Other restaurants open on Thanksgiving include Boston Market, Denny’s and Cracker Barrel.

Take Out

Au Péché Mignon French Pastry Shop: Add some lovely French pasties and breads for the holidays from Au Péché Mignon. Choices include pumpkin, pecan and apple pies, macarons, holiday cookies, sweet and savory breads and lunch options. They’re open Nov. 25 for walk-ins or picking up preorders. 220 N. Duval St.; 850-668-5533.

The Bark: You’ll find vegan holiday dishes including veggie herb stuffing, baked “mac ‘n cheez,” seitan (made from wheat gluten) and assorted pies available a la carte or as a meal kit. Order by 5 p.m. Nov 22. Pickup between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 25 or 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 26. 507 All Saints Street; 850-900-5936.

Black Fig: The catering service, with gourmet meals to go, is cooking up holiday fare: Get a whole roasted turkey or turkey breast, sweet potato casserole with maple pecan crisp topping and pumpkin cheesecake.  Place your order pronto because the deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Pick up is between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. Visit for details. 1400 Village Square Blvd.;  850-727-0016.

Blu Halo: The upscale restaurant is offering a holiday menu with a four-person minimum. You have a choice of starters and entrees of either brined turkey or spiral ham with a mango chutney glaze. You also pick three of six options for sides plus either pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. $30 per person. Call 850-999-1696 to place an order by 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Pick up is between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26. 3431 Bannerman Rd.; 850-999-1696.

Coosh’s Bayou Rouge: Coosh’s is offering its Thanksgiving Cookie Kit. Email [email protected] to place your orders. Pick ups will be between Nov. 23 and Nov. 25. You can pay in advance through Venmo: @cooshsnorth. Coosh’s is also taking orders for desserts and sides at its location at 6267 Old Water Oak Rd.; 850-894-4110. Also located in College Town at 705 S. Woodward Ave.; 850-597-9505.

Food Glorious Food:   FGF is presenting three options for a take-out feast that feeds four to six. You can pick four holiday sides for $45: roasted garlic and thyme mashed potatoes, sweet potato souffle with housemade marshmallows, green bean casserole and butternut squash and Andouille sausage stuffing. A whole, roasted bird is $130 and a full Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey, sides and a loaf of French bread is $200. Pickup is Nov. 25. 1950 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-9974.

Grove Market Cafe:Chef/owners David and Elizabeth Gwynn (Cypress Restaurant, Vertigo), are preparing the whole Thanksgiving shebang. Most items either serve four to six or 10 to 12. The a la carte lineup features roasted, herb-brined whole turkey, quail stuffed with butternut squash and sausage or cider-brined pork loin, several sides, sauces, desserts and breads. Place your order by 2 p.m. Nov. 21. Pick up is between 11 a.m.and 3 p.m. Nov. 25. 1370 Market St.; 850-894-5060. 

The Hawthorn Bistro & Bakery:  You can complement your home dinner with pies, half and whole quiches, brioche or milk bread dinner rolls, pastries and cookies. To order, visit or call 850-354-8275. Orders accepted until Nov. 22. Pickup is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25. 1307 N. Monroe St.

Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: This cozy nook is offering their popular holiday sides, such as spicy pimento cheese and crackers, smoked apple grits and bacon jam collards. You can order now and pick up dishes between 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 25th. 1123 Thomasville Rd.;  850-385-7268.

KitchenAble Cooking School and Catering: Chef/owner Jessica Bright McMullen has a lineup of holiday togo dishes including pies, cornbread, casseroles and cranberry relish. Order in advance for pickup on Nov. 25. For more info, visit Cottages on Lake Ella, 1635 N. Monroe St.; 850-264-2308.

Lucilla: Chef/co-owner Joe Richardson is offering a dinner of roasted turkey breast and pork tenderloin plus sides and black pepper tarragon gravy for $58 per couple. A la carte extras are salad, cranberry and tangerine relish, white chocolate pumpkin bread pudding and sangria. Pick-up is from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26. 1241 E. Lafayette St.; 850-900-5117.

Orchard Pond Organics: The farm, which also operates a small store, has Thanksgiving sides and desserts for takeout. Choices include oysters, glazed root veggies, exotic mushroom stuffing and apple and cranberry cobbler. You can order before Nov. 25, with pickup and delivery on Nov. 25. 400 Cedar Hill Rd.; 850-894-0154. 

RedEye Coffee: Here’s a treat for Thanksgiving morning. The coffee shop’s Breakfast Club will be offering their iced brew and freshly baked cinnamon rolls or muffins. Each package includes your choice of: six muffins (three blueberry and three pistachio) or six freshly baked cinnamon rolls (traditional only) and one half-gallon jug of Cold Brew (regular or vanilla cream) or one half-gallon jug of Iced Latte (plain, vanilla, or mocha) for $30. Hurry because the order deadline is noon Nov. 23. All orders will be ready for pickup between 1 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. Order here. For the holidays, it’s pickup only at 1196 Capital Circle NE; 850-999-8278. For questions, you can also email: [email protected].

Riccardo’s Restaurant: If you’re interested in Italian food for the holidays or looking for meals to feed family during the long weekend, the homey venue offers full and half trays of lasagna and also their “take and bake” pizzas. The lasagna pans would need to be ordered by Nov. 24 but the take and bake meals can be ordered anytime. Riccardo’s will be open on Nov. 25. 1950 Thomasville Rd.; 850-386-3988.

Sage: Chef Terry White offers togo holiday menu items for four to six people. There’s a choice of nearly a dozen sides such as potato gratin, leek bread pudding, cornbread and sausage dressing; desserts of peanut butter pretzel pie or apple cake with butter streusel; and curbside cocktails. The last day to order is Nov. 19, with pick up on Nov. 25. 3534 Maclay Blvd S., 850-270-9396. 

Social Catering: Thanksgiving for two is $45 with a main course of turkey roulade with classic stuffing and gravy. The family package feeds six to eight adults for $150 with main courses of a spiral ham or turkey roulade. Both dinners include yeast dinner rolls and several sides. Order at Pickup is at SoDough Baking Company, 1306 Thomasville Rd. between 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25. You can add wine pairings, brunch casserole and dessert.  850-800-7267.

Tally Mac Shack: The mac ‘n cheese specialists are preparing half and full takeout pans of six of your favorite Tally Mack Shack dish for $20 to $30 each. They call it “Wake ‘N Bake” because “all you have do is wake up on the morning of, put it in the oven and serve – then stand back and be the envy of everyone…’ ” Choices are: Praise Cheesus (Classic mac); Clucking Ranch (Buffalo Chicken & Ranch mac); Florida Boil (Cajun Smoked Sausage mac); Snortin’ Norton (Smoked pulled pork & smoked gouda cheese mac); Pepper Pete (Lightly blackened shrimp and pepper mac) and Down By The Bayou (Crawfish & Cajun Mac). The half pans serve 10-14 people and the full pans serve 20-26.You can order starting now, and pickup starts at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 24th at Happy Motoring. 1215 S. Adams; 850-570-6858.

Tastebudz Catering and Takeout: You’ll find a full meal or a la carte items at this catering service and togo shop. A complete meal includes sliced white and dark meat turkey, four sides, bread and pie for $15.99 per person. A prime rib dinner  is $19.99 per person. A la carte options come in small, medium and large portions. Order until 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Pickup times are 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24.  2655 Capital Circle NE; 850-309-7348.

Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods: Take home cranberry pecan brie en croute, hashbrown casserole or even a cherry pie, along with other sides and desserts at Treva’s. Order by 6 p.m. Nov. 20 with pickup on Nov. 25. 2766 Capital Circle NE; 850-765-0811 

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