Toronto restaurants and gourmet grocers selling Thanksgiving dinner for takeout or delivery
Yes, life is looking a bit more “normal” these days and we’re technically allowed to have IRL gatherings—but depending on what you and your fam have planned, it may still not be worth cooking a 20-pound bird. For the second year in a row, Toronto restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers are pulling out all the stops so you can celebrate Thanksgiving in style (albeit on a slightly smaller scale) at home.
Marben’s Thanksgiving dinner for four includes an organic pasture raised turkey from Howick Community Farms done two-ways (sous-vide breast, confit boneless dark meat) and a whole bunch of classic sides made fancy, like heirloom carrots with herb butter, Niagara peach and sourdough stuffing, sumac cranberry sauce and miso turkey gravy. For dessert: a butternut squash and black parsnip pie with a brown-butter crust and sage marshmallow. Just heat, eat and repeat. $179. Order by Oct. 7.
If your fall feast isn’t complete without cheese and meat, hit up this Italian emporium for a Thanksgiving meal that includes a big platter of formaggi e salumi. There’s also a maple-brined and roasted turkey breast, the requisite sides (mashed potatoes, some veggies, stuffing) and some gnocchi al pomodoro (just in case the turkey doesn’t make you sleepy enough). Wine and beer available at an additional cost. Order by Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.
The Junction favourite brunchery is doing two dinners to-go, each with some Eastern European twists. Start by choosing the meat-lover’s feast (turkey roulade) or the vegetarian version (white cabbage rolls and stuffing-stuffed pierogies). Each meal comes with all kinds of sides, including rosemary scalloped potatoes, kapusta (tomato-braised cabbage) and risolje (beet and potato salad). Everything comes cooked and ready to reheat and eat. Fun and tasty add-ons include butternut squash soup, pierogies, mulled apple cider and praline pumpkin pie. $28.95 per person for veggie, $33.95 per person for meat. Order online by Oct. 7.
This one-stop artisanal grocery shop is making Thanksgiving extra-easy with their heat-and-eat meals. There’s a traditional turkey dinner ($32.99 per person) and a beef tenderloin take ($41.99 per person). Each comes with a plethora of sides and sauces. Tack on a whole pumpkin pie for a bit extra. Order by Oct. 9.
The Thanksgiving special at this Mimico institution feeds six hungry people with a spread that includes a hormone-free boneless turkey breast carrots and peas, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and two desserts. And if you know what’s good for you, pay a bit extra for some of their seasonal sweets like their pumpkin cream cheese doughnuts or cannoli. $120. Order online.
Anthony Rose’s Annex area barbecue joint is smoking whole turkeys and sweetening things up with a little apricot jam ($69). Get just the bird or add on some extras, like shrimp nachos and the Big Crow caesar salad. Order online now for pickup on Oct. 7 or 8.
Midtown’s new grocery emporium from the Terroni and Cumbrae teams is offering a traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings ($50 per person, $220 for your whole fam) but—if you’re not on Team Turkey—there’s a ham dinner, too. It includes a whole glazed and sliced ham, smashed potatoes, veggies, stuffing, sauce and a choice of dessert ($220, feeds up to six hungry folks). Add-ons include extra veggies, taters, sauces, desserts, tourtiere and bottles of wine. Order online.
For more of a DIY dinner, there’s Union’s Homecook Box, chock full of everything you need to make a festive four-person menu that includes a heritage turkey, organic squash soup, and various veggies and fixings ($150 plus tax). Fancy add-ons include bottles of wine, boozy bourbon punch, apple crumble and sticky ginger cake. Order online by Oct. 7.
For a meat-free (and gluten-free and soy-free and nut-free but not taste-free) Thanksgiving meal, Bunner’s has you covered. Their Hungry Bun Holiday Meal—a fun take on a TV dinner—includes oven-roasted veggie loaf, sea salt and rosemary roasted potatoes and garlicky French green beans ($17.99 per person). There’s also their classic Holiday Bun Meal, if you’re down with soy and nuts ($18.95 per person). Tasty seasonal extras include all kinds of pumpkin-spiced gluten-free sweets. Order online by Oct. 6 at noon.
This Roncesvalles barbecue restaurant gives you the option to get just the meats, just the sides or the whole shebang. Get enough protein (turkey, brisket, pork) for four ($89) and then, if you’re so inclined, add on a box of sides (caesar salad, dill slaw, fries) for just as many people ($44). To drink, tallboys of craft beer are just $5 each. Order by Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.
If it’s an extra-low-key dinner for one that you’re after, there’s always Wahlburger’s festive turkey burger, available all year ’round. It’s topped with stuffing, mayo, house-made orange cranberry sauce and roasted butternut squash. $12.25. Order online for pickup or delivery.
Chef Julie Marteleira’s take-home meal feeds up to six people an Argentinean take on Thanksgiving dinner: guajillo-spiced turkey, pork sausage and chorizo stuffing, malbec gravy, roasted mushroom empanadas, squash gratin and—get this—dulce de leche pumpkin pie. $150. (But if you’re dining solo, there’s also dinner for one for just $34.) Order by Oct. 6.
Gare de L’Est
This east-end brasserie has put together a dinner that requires just some light DIY. On the menu: oven-roasted turkey breast, stuffing casserole, a couple veggies, some mashed Yukon Golds, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Add ons include bottles of wine, like Charles Baker’s B-Side Riesling. $95 (for two) and up. Order online by Oct. 6 at noon.
There’s no turkey—or even tofurkey, for that matter—to be found on Planta’s Thanksgiving menu. Their “Plantsgiving” Bundle for four includes a mushroom-lentil loaf, macaroni and “cheese”, butternut squash soup and mushroom gravy, among other good-for-you dishes. $179. Order online for pickup or delivery.
This charming east-end wine bar and bottle shop is offering both sit-down patio and takeaway service for their French-inspired Thanksgiving dinner on October 8. A choice of savoury vegetarian French toast (wild mushroom and squash, ice wine cream, quail egg) or not vegetarian (duck bourguignon with all those other toppings) comes with a soup, salad and, for dessert, a pumpkin-y kouign amann. Order online.