November 20

Thanksgiving To Go

Pick up your holiday meal or build your own menu from SLU restaurants.

The holidays are shaping up to look a little different this year. COVID-19 continues to disrupt our day-to-day lives. At the same time, new restrictions are presenting big challenges to local restaurants that rely on the ability to host diners indoors.

Since many traditional Thanksgivings are not viable this year, think about turning to a local restaurant for a unique take on a festive, socially distanced fall meal. A number of SLU favorites are offering Thanksgiving specials this year, but you could also support more restaurants by building your own meal. Consider ordering a mix of menu items from these popular neighborhood spots to create this year’s meal. This is a fun way to support SLU restaurants while accommodating small, close family dinners. Just remember that most, if not all of these restaurants, will be closed for Thanksgiving, so you’ll need to order items ahead and reheat for your special meal.

The Full Meal Deal

  • Buca di Beppo: The family-friendly Italian spot is offering its Thanksgiving Feast with sliced white turkey meat, homestyle gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. To-go feasts are available in small sizes (serves 3, $68.99) or large sizes (serves six, $138).
  • Veggie Grill: How about some pie for dinner? Pot pie, that is. The vegetarian favorite includes a plant-based spread with four individual turkey and shiitake mushroom pot pie, mashed Yukon golds with gravy, glazed rainbow carrots, and a spinach salad with cranberries, all for $69.95. The meal feeds four adults.
  • Daniel’s Broiler: A four-course meal at this SLU steakhouse includes an Autumn relish tray (cured meats, marinated veggies, salmon spread, herb chevre), a choice of starter (Daniel’s clam chowder or Caesar salad), entrée (roast turkey, prime rib, maple pork roast, king salmon, or plant-based ravioli), and dessert (pumpkin pie, New York-style cheesecake, or a double scoop of ice cream or sorbet). The meal is $70 per person, but you can also swap in a premium USDA Prime steaks for your entrée at an additional cost.
  • Wilmott’s Ghost: The Sea Creatures Thanksgiving Meal Kit includes dry-brined, non-GMO turkey, yeasted dinner rolls, cranberry sauce with orange peel, stuffing with pork sausage, apple, and herbs, and much more. You can add on paired wines from Chef Renee Erickson, pecan pie, and even a donation to the Ballard Food Bank. Prices vary but note that orders need to be in by Friday, November 20.
Thanksgiving table spread.

Build Your Own

The Apps and Sides

  • Mezze platter: A collection of spreads, including roasted garlic hummus, tzatziki, muhammara, and labneh. Plus, pita! Mbar
  • Beef fat fries: Exactly what it sounds like—big, mouthwatering cuts of potato cooked in beef fat. Butcher’s Table
  • Salerna salad: Eat your greens! The Salerna is a crisp, refreshing salad full of romaine ribbons, buffalo mozzarella, fennel, tomato, English cucumber, basil, all topped with a Dijon vinaigrette. Tutta Bella
  • Sweet hot collard greens: More greens are good. These are made with smoked chicken stock, caramelized red onion, and a spicy cayenne pepper sauce. re:public
  • A tureen of North by Northwest Seafood Chowder: Skip the white stuff (the New England Style clam chowder at Duke’s is quite good, but hey, it’s a special occasion) and order up some cioppino style chowder with wild Alaska Copper River Salmon, halibut, and cod. Duke’s Seafood
  • Crab mac n cheese: Dungeness crab, cheddar, bacon, parmesan. What else do you need? White Swan Public House

The Mains

  • Fragrant duck: Tired of turkey? Consider this Seattle classic: a twice-cooked duck spiced with Sichuan peppercorn and 5 spice served with steamed buns and plum sauce for dipping. Wild Ginger McKenzie
  • Prime rib dinner: Ditch the bird altogether and opt for a smoked prime rib dinner. Jack’s BBQ also offers a full smoked turkey dinner with all the fixings but is currently only offering pickup at its Algona location. Jack’s BBQ

Sweet Stuff

  • Macarons: Pick up a 10 or 15 pack full of fall-themed flavors like Morello Cherry, Yellow Circus Animal, Pumpkin Butterbeer, Pear Frangipane, and Hazelnut Maple Mocha. Lady Yum
Package of macaroons for Thanksgiving.

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Story by Ethan Chung and photographs courtesy of Lady Yum, Veggie Grill, and Willmott’s Ghost.

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