Thanksgiving made easy: dining in or takeout

by Tallahassee Table
Options include international choices as well as traditional holiday fare.

We have a lot of options for our holiday meal this year. You can find at least 20 restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving. But if you prefer to eat at home without all the cooking, there are several places that are offering takeout dinners that you can serve at your own table.

There’s lots to choose from, whether you want a full dinner with all the fixins’, baked goods, creative sides, vegan choices or even a turducken. Check with your favorite bakeries for breads, pies and pastries to complement your feast.

Whatever you decide, place orders or make reservations, as soon as possible. A few restaurants are already booked. To be safe, we recommend calling in advance to check on hours.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dining In

347 Grill By Coach Shula at Hotel Duval: The steak and seafood restaurant will be offering a traditional holiday meal but there will be other choices, like steak, for those who don’t want turkey. The venue is currently booked but the restaurant is adding names to a waiting list. Call to check availability. It’s open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 24. 415 N. Monroe St.; 850-224-6005. 

Find a range of international dishes at Aaru’s. Photo provided.

Aaru’s: The menu features Indian, Indochinese, Thai and Indian-Mexican dishes along with vegan and vegetarian options plus indoor and outdoor dining. At lunch, Aaru’s offers its buffet and at dinner, its regular menu. Hours are 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. 1108 S. Magnolia Dr.; 850-350-0129. 

Azu Lucy Ho’s Restaurant: The longtime venue will be offering its menu of Chinese, Japanese, Sushi and Asian cuisine on Thanksgiving. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m.; call to check closing time. 3220 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-893-4112.

Casa Tapas & Cantina: This new branch of Casa Grande focuses on Spanish and Mediterranean fare and will be serving its full tapas menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3212 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-402-0733. (Casa Grande Midtown will be closed for Thanksgiving.)

Dao: From the same owners as Azu, Dao will be serving its Asian and Japanese fusion fare and sushi for Thanksgiving. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bannerman Crossings shopping center, 3425 Bannerman Rd.; 850-999-1482. 

The EdisonOpen for Thanksgiving with traditional fare. Hours: 2-9 p.m. In Cascades Park, 470 Suwannee St. Contact: [email protected]; 850-765-9771.

Essence of India:  The restaurant features fine Indian dining, specializing in the cuisine of Northern India, especially meats, bread and vegetables cooked in the tandoor oven. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. 1105 Apalachee Pkwy; 850-656-7200. 

Glory Days Grill: The sports bar will feature its regular menu along with a Thanksgiving platter of turkey, gravy, green beans, mash potatoes, stuffing, cranberries and a roll from 3 to 11 p.m. 1926 Capital Circle NE; 850-919-3779.

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton will be the headliner at the House of Music on Thanksgiving. And yes, expect gumbo, at least a sample. Photo / Bill Wharton

House of Music: Formerly Junction at Monroe, the entertainment space will feature Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton, who will be performing and making turkey gumbo with samples on the main stage from 7 to 9 p.m. The venue will serve a prime rib dinner with sides and dessert from 6 to 9 p.m. There’s dine-in karaoke in the bar from about 10 p.m. to midnight. Visit houseofmusictally.com/ for tickets

Juicy Blue Tapas Bar & Bistro: The restaurant at Four Points by Sheraton will be open for Thanksgiving; call for menu updates and hours.  316 W. Tennessee St.; 850-422-0071. 

For a French twist on Thanksgiving, celebrate at Little Paris with a three-course dinner or take home a meal instead.

Little Paris: Executive chef/owner Herve Alcesilas and his brother, chef Loic, will be presenting a three-course dinner with a French twist, available inside, on the patio or for takeout from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The courses are pumpkin veloute topped with exotic mushroom, ravioli and bacon emulsion; turkey stuffed with Bradley’s smoked sausage and mushrooms, with goat cheese flan, asparagus; and dessert. Food only: $42; $70 with wine pairings. 1355 Market St.; 850-765-7457. 

You can order a buffet at lunch or order your favorite Indian dishes off the menu for dinner at Mayuri. Photo / Tallahassee Table

Mayuri Indian RestaurantYou have a choice of the buffet for lunch or order from the regular menu at dinner with a selection of curries, dosas, vindaloos, tandoor items and vegan and vegetarian entrees. Outside dining available. The lunch buffet is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 1324 Simpson Ave.; 850-402-9993.

Persis Indian Grill: The restaurant will be serving its extensive list of Indian classics at lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Lafayette Place, 3111 Mahan Dr; 850-877-8899. 

Savor Thai cuisine at Reangthai Restaurant on Thanksgiving. Photo / Reangthai

Reangthai Restaurant: Chef/owner Donna Tong will be open for Thanksgiving this year, serving her classic menu of Thai cuisine, offering a complimentary appetizer, beverage and dessert. Hours 4 to 8 p.m. 2740 Capital Circle NE; 850-386-7898.

Tastee Turkey Leg: Chow down on smothered turkey legs and other Southern-style fare at the casual restaurant. Call for details and holiday hours.  2810 Sharer Rd.; 850-765-1975.

Zingales Billiards & Sports Bar:  The full menu will be available at the pub, which will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 1147 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-629-4343.

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

Carry Out

You can order a take-home vegan meal from The Bark. Photo / Tallahassee Table.

The Bark: The vegan/vegetarian restaurant is accepting orders for take-home Thanksgiving meals, which feature a seitan roast roulade, choice of sides and desert. Order by phone or in person by 5 p.m. Nov. 20. There are three sizes to choose from. 507 All Saints Street; 850-900-5936. 

Black Fig: The catering service, which also serves togo fare in its storefront, is offering several options, including a whole roasted turkey or turkey breast, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, Brussels sprouts, gravy and a choice of three pies. Orders must be in by 4 p.m. Nov. 17.  Pick up by 5 p.m. Nov. 23. 1400 Village Square Blvd.;  850-727-0016.

Bring your guests a four-course fine dining feast from Blu Halo. Photo / Blu Halo

Blu Halo: The fine dining restaurant is presenting a four-course meal to-go. The entree is either a brined turkey with stuffing and gravy or a spiral ham with a mango chutney glaze plus soup or salad, three sides and dessert. Cost: $38 per person, with a four-person minimum. Call 850-999-1696 between 10 and 6 p.m. to place an order by Nov. 20. Pickup is between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Bannerman Crossings, 3431 Bannerman Rd.; 850-999-1696.

Coosh’s Bayou Rouge: Add a Louisiana-style flair to your holiday with carry-out orders of fried turkeys, turducken (a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck stuffed into a deboned turkey), dressing and sides from owners Durand “Coosh” Willis and his wife Margaret. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 18 with pickups from Nov. 20 to 23 at 6267 Old Water Oak Rd. (this location only); 850-894-4110. Coosh’s College Town location is at 705 S. Woodward Ave.; 850-597-9505.

Giorgio’s is closed for dining in this year but you can order the restaurant’s classic fare to go. Photo / Tallahassee Table

Giorgio’s Fine Food & Spirits: Bring home classic Greek, Mediterranean and American dishes for your at-home Thanksgiving meal. A full Thanksgiving menu brings oven-roasted turkey breast, sides, gravy and dessert for $299, for 6 to 8 adults (with reheating directions). You can also order Thanksgiving items a la carte, including turkey breast, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and Kentucky Derby pie. Order as soon as possible. Pickup times are 4 or 5 p.m. Nov. 22 or 4, 5, or 6 p.m. Nov. 23. 2971 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-877-3211.

Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: You make the turkey and enhance your meal with sides from Jeri’s, such as shrimp and grits, Southern-style green bean casserole, smoked gouda grits with apple butter, relish and desserts. A half pan serves 8 to 10 and a full pan 12 to 18. Order in advance at jerismidtowncafe.com with pickup between 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 23. 1123 Thomasville Rd.;  850-385-7268. 

Little Paris: The three-course dinner from Little Paris is available for takeout from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The courses are pumpkin veloute topped with exotic mushroom, ravioli and bacon emulsion; turkey stuffed with Bradley’s smoked sausage and mushrooms, with goat cheese flan, asparagus; and dessert. Food only: $42; $70 with wine pairings. 1355 Market St.; 850-765-7457. 

Lively Café at St. John’s: Liven up your holiday table with dishes from Chef Fran, whose catering menu offers appetizers, holiday sides, and desserts, with popular items like smoked salmon, deviled eggs and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Order now for pickup between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Check out the menu at livelycafe-holiday-catering.square.site  211 N. Monroe St.; 850-222-2636.

Take home classic fare with flair from Lucilla. Photo / Tallahassee Table

Lucilla: You can enjoy the fine cuisine of chef/co-owner Joseph Richardson at home. Order a dinner for two, with herb-roasted turkey breast and pork tenderloin plus haricots vert, fingerling potatoes, souffle sausage pecan dressing and other sides for $85. A la carte items are available as well. All items are fully cooked, cold with reheating directions. Reserve now and pick up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 1241 E. Lafayette St.; 850-900-5117; [email protected]

Railroad Square Craft House: Jazz up your dinner with a charcuterie board (in different sizes) or sides, including loaded mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and roasted Brussels sprouts with prosciutto, from the restaurant and bar. Pick up is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 23. To order email [email protected] 620-1 Railroad Square, 850-296-3496.

RedEye Coffee is offering special beverages (coquito above) and lots of baked goods to serve for a holiday breakfast. Photo / RedEye Coffee

RedEye Coffee:  We talk a lot about holiday dinners, but how about breakfast? RedEye is offering breakfast packages available for Nov. 23 (by 1 p.m. pickup). Choices include muffins; cinnamon rolls; grazing boards; the coconut drink, coquito; cold brew, mimosa and sangria kits (21+) plus sweets and iced latte jugs. These same packages will be available each weekend in December (with special cocoa bombs for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.) Call or order at redeyecoffee.com. RedEye is located in Midtown, Capital Circle and Capital Center Regional Medical Center. For more info, contact 850- 425-5701 or 850-999-8278.

Chef Shac offers a lineup of homemade Southern-style fare from her Soulful Cafe for Thanksgiving. Photo / Chef Shac

Soulful by Chef Shac: Chef Shac LLC is doing holiday takeout: Fried Turkey, Roasted Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Ham,  Cornbread Dressing, Gravy, Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Souffle, Nana Puddin’ and so much more! Send your request to [email protected] or call 850-739-0503.

Tastebudz Catering and Takeout cooks up traditional fare, including entrees, sides, bread and dessert. Photo / Tastebudz

Tastebudz Catering and Takeout: The catering service offers a complete holiday meal with turkey and gravy or ham (or both) or ribs of beef au jus with creamed horseradish, plus three sides, rolls and pie, or sides and la carte items. Orders taken until Nov. 21. Pickup times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.  2655 Capital Circle NE; 850-309-7348.

Pumpkin pie is one of several pies you can order at Treva’s Pastries and Fine Food, along with sides. Photo / Treva’s

Treva’s Pastries and Fine Food: Spice up your holiday meal with sides and desserts from chef/baker Treva Pasquarelli with choices such as cranberry chutney, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole and a selection of nine pies. Order by 6 p.m. Nov. 18. Call or email orders to receive your pickup time on Nov. 22 or 23. 2766 Capital Circle NE; 850-765-0811 or [email protected]

Find You can find quiche, dinner rolls, pies and this pumpkin-shaped sourdough loaf for Thanksgiving at The Hawthorn Bistro & Bakery. Photo / The Hawthorn Bistro & Bakery

Check with your favorite bakeries for breads, pies and pastries to complement your feast.

Top turkey picture: Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay 

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