Thanksgiving To Go


With Halloween and Election Day in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look forward to the next big date on the calendar: Thanksgiving. Thanks to COVID, your holiday may look a little different this year. Instead of a big feast with lots of far-flung friends and family members gathered around the table, you may be grappling with the idea of dinner for two by the TV. Rather than preparing a big turkey with all the trimmings, why not consider ordering dinner in this year? Lots of Sacramento area restaurants are offering Thanksgiving takeout. Here are a few options for your holiday meal:

From Canon in East Sac, you can order a take-and-bake Thanksgiving feast, featuring a whole 8-to-10-pound turkey ready to pop in the oven or deep fryer, along with Parker House rolls, four sides (potato tart, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted kabocha squash and sourdough stuffing) and pumpkin pie. The dinner feeds 4–6 and costs $160. For an additional cost, you can order white truffle mac and cheese, green bean casserole, salad or fresh Shigoku oysters. To reserve your dinner, go to the website and select the deposit option. Only 50 reservations will be accepted, so order soon!

Allora (also in East Sac) is serving up a fancy dinner for two that includes options beyond the traditional turkey and stuffing. For $165, you get a smoked sturgeon antipasto, a salad (beet or mixed greens) and your choice of entree (turkey breast Florentine, vegetarian lasagna or stuffed whole branzino) and two sides (potato gratin, savory bread pudding, roasted root vegetables and broccolini). For dessert, choose between olive oil cake and tiramisu opera cake. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 23. All meals come with heating directions and instructions on how to make a quick homemade gravy. To order, go here.

You can order a whole smoked turkey from Sandra Dee’s Catering, the offspring of the famed midtown barbecue joint, along with braised greens, mac and cheese, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. For pricing and ordering information, go to the website or call (916) 690-3313 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday.

What a deal: Plates Café is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $20 per person. It includes turkey (breast or thigh), garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, candied yams, garden salad and rolls. Orders must be placed by Nov. 18. Call (916) 381-2233. Plates Café offers employment training for unhoused women, so in addition to getting a great meal, you’ll be helping a great cause.