There are a lot of things to be thankful for this holiday season, and—thanks to the local food scene—the ability to ditch the pre-Turkey Day prep is one of them. Plenty of restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, but, if you’re hosting at home or heading to a potluck, there are also seemingly endless carryout options. It might be hard parting with your favorite recipes, but these locally made, ready-to-eat options provide all of the fixings and trimmings without any of the extra work. You can thank us later. (If you’re on dessert duty, head over to our ultimate pie guide to narrow down the sweet selections.)
Atwater’s: With four locations scattered everywhere from Canton to Catonsville, this fan-favorite cafe chain is a holiday one-stop shop. Choose from fully prepared turkey dinners or individual bread, soup, and side options. (Think: apple and pecan-laden Brussels sprouts or sausage and cornbread stuffing.) Also, the artisanal jams and cheeses are perfect if you’re assembling a Friendsgiving grazing board.
Order deadline: Order by Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. for in-store pickup.
B’more Made With Pride: The collective of chefs and bakers stationed at this Harford Road culinary hub has put together a takeout menu with all of the essentials. Build your feast around entrees such as orange-glazed boneless turkey breast, slow-cooked herbed turkey thighs and drumsticks, and hickory smoked brisket. Sides on offer include smoker fried apples, brown butter mashed veggies, and a Maryland-style crab and shrimp stuffing.
Order deadline: Order by Nov. 18 for in-store pickup on Nov. 23 or 24.
Bin 604 Wine + Spirits: Wine is an important element of any holiday meal. (Perhaps the most important part, but we’ll let you decide.) If you don’t want to show up empty-handed, this Harbor East bottle shop is open with limited hours on Thanksgiving. Be sure to stop by for the special “Turkey Pack” and “Funky Turkey Pack,” which each offer six unique blends perfect for pairing with your holiday favorites.
BlueStone Restaurant: The team at this Timonium go-to is pulling out all the stops for this year’s take-home feast. Serving six to eight people, the carryout deal includes boneless honey garlic-glazed turkey breasts, buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese au gratin.
Order deadline: Pre-order by Nov. 18 for curbside or in-store pickup.
Braglio Farms: Save time this year by pre-ordering your bird from this family-owned farm in Woodstock. Opt for fresh or smoked whole turkeys that range from 10 to 25 pounds. To make things even easier, Braglio is offering a “Smokehouse Turkey Kit” that includes a turkey rub, SPG (salt, pepper, garlic) rub, smokehouse brine blend, and a brine bag.
Order deadline: Reserve your turkey by Nov. 18 for pickup at the farm Nov. 21-23.
The Capital Grille: To impress your guests without lifting a finger, set the table with brioche stuffing, cranberry-pear chutney, french green beans, and other carryout dishes from this downtown steakhouse.
Order deadline: There is no deadline to order for pick up on Nov. 23 or the morning of Thanksgiving.
The Classic Catering People: This Owings Mills caterer is offering a stellar selection of eats and treats. Choose from traditional sides like sweet potato crumble and buttermilk biscuits, or opt for their plant-based options. Other items include bacon-wrapped scallops, stuffed cremini mushrooms, and pumpkin samosas. (No, no one has to know you didn’t make them.)
Order deadline: Order by Nov. 17 for pickup or delivery.
The Corner Pantry: Mouthwatering holiday apps and sides—such as caramelized onion dip, roasted butternut squash soup, and scallion nutmeg mashed potatoes—are yours for the taking at this Mt. Washington mainstay.
Order deadline: Place your order by Nov. 18 for pickup, with the optional add-on of a Flowers & Fancies arrangement to bring your holiday table to life.
Eddie’s of Roland Park: This Roland Park fixture is once again rolling out its “Holiday in a Box” family feasts. Choose from the traditional hand-carved or whole turkey dinners, or go for the “Turkey Dinner Nouveau” with upgraded spins such as apple sausage stuffing and truffled mushroom- thyme gravy. Each order supports the Maryland Food Bank, benefiting families during the holiday season.
Order deadline: Place your order with 72 hours notice for pickup or delivery.
Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen: The BMA’s beloved restaurant is offering heat-and-serve holiday dinners for curbside pickup this season. Choose from roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, or apricot-glazed salmon for the main course. Then, sprinkle in traditional sides, including mashed potatoes and herb-brioche stuffing, for some more flavor. Plus—because we all know Thanksgiving is nothing without the leftovers—Gertrude’s is also offering its signature “T-Day Sandwich Leftovers Kit” complete with house-made rolls.
Order deadline: Place your order by Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
The Gourmet Girls: Let the experts at this Pikesville market handle the cooking this year. The holiday menu boasts all the classics—from the turkey to the sides. Picture dishes such as candied sweet potatoes with glazed pecans and honey roasted butternut squash.
Order deadline: Orders must be placed by Nov. 19.
Gundalow Gourmet: Take the pressure off by letting the team at this local staple—which now operates two locations at Whitehall Mill and The Shops at Kenilworth—take the reins. Pre-order stuffings, casseroles, vegetables, and baked goods to compliment the bird. Highlights include honey-thyme pomegranate roasted carrots and smoked gouda mashed potatoes.
Order deadline: Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 and picked up by Nov. 23.
H3irloom Food Group: Lean on chefs Dave and Tonya Thomas and their carefully crafted Thanksgiving menu this year. Go the traditional route with H3irloom’s turkey or, to spice things up, opt for the signature brown sugar and sorghum honey ham. Plus, choose from a lengthy list of sides, breads, and flavorful condiments to upgrade your holiday meal.
Order deadline: Order by Nov. 15 for curbside pickup from H3irloom’s Northeast Baltimore kitchen.
Kora Lee’s Cafe: Whether you’re in need of a meal for one or dinner for eight, this Catonsville cafe has you covered. Catered meals include your choice of two entrees (options include fried cornish hens, lamb chops, herb honey butter salmon, and pork loin with cherry compote) plus four sides, bread, cranberry sauce, and dessert. P.S.A.: Kora Lee’s is also whipping up half pans of mac and cheese, which are always a potluck pleaser.
Order deadline: Orders should be placed by phone, email, or online ASAP.
Our Time Kitchen: Combining the culinary expertise of 13 small businesses, this shared kitchen in Old Goucher is curating 28 specialty dishes to choose from. The collaborative menu allows you to personalize your feast, with options including hot smoked honey salmon by Asanka, turkey wings by England Eatery, vegan bowls by The Veggie Table, a charcuterie board by Chancey’s, a DIY roasted maple root vegetable kit by Wilde Thyme, candied yams by Elevated Genius, and a chocolate caramel hazelnut tart by chef Catina Smith.
Order deadline: Pre-order by Nov. 17 for pickup Nov. 23 from 5-8 p.m. or Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.-noon.
Sally O’s: The team at this Highlandtown hangout is whipping up a menu of specialty sides and pies, including Velveeta-style shells and cheese, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, braised collard greens, cornbread stuffing, and creamed spinach.
Order deadline: Order online before Nov. 21 for pickup after 5 p.m. on Nov. 23.
Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering: When it comes to catering, this Glyndon market operates like a well-oiled machine. The holiday menu offers all the usual favorites, plus Maryland-inspired spins like Chesapeake-style oyster stuffing and jumbo lump crab fondue.
Order deadline: All orders must be placed by Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.
Seasons 52: Pick up your turkey dinner at this wine bar and grill in Columbia. Feeding groups of four to six, the “Thanksgiving Green Box” packs all the classics plus mini pumpkin pies for each guest.
Order deadline: Orders should be placed ASAP and picked up the day before Thanksgiving at the latest.
Soul Kuisine Cafe: Another great option to embellish your holiday table this year, Soul Kuisine on North Avenue is offering heat-and-serve meals that will make holiday prep seamless. The dinner includes herb-roasted turkey wings, pan gravy, cornbread, your choice of three sides, and one dessert.
Order deadline: Orders must be placed by Nov. 18.
Taste This: Nothing says comfort food quite like the menu at this Southern spot, which operates locations in Charles Village and Lauraville. The special holiday package serves 25 and includes a slow-roasted turkey or pineapple-glazed ham with either rice or stuffing. You can also choose from sides like mac and cheese, corn and asparagus, yams, cabbage, or mashed potatoes.
Order deadline: Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 at noon.
Thacher & Rye: So, let’s say you have the turkey covered, but you still need to fill the table out with sides. This Frederick spot has your back. Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s to-go meal offers classics like buttery mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
Order deadline: Delivery orders ship via Goldbelly every Wednesday and Thursday, so place them at least two weeks in advance.
Twist Fells Point: This Mediterranean mainstay in Fells Point boasts a carryout meal for four highlighting sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, homestyle green beans, and cornbread stuffing.
Order deadline: Order a few days in advance to ensure a seamless prep and pickup.