From sides to desserts, consider these Raleigh spots to fill out your holiday menu.
by Addie Ladner and Isabella Sherk
The countdown to Thanksgiving is on! Below, we’ve rounded up 15 Raleigh restaurants, bakeries and wine shops to fill out your holiday menu, whether you’re looking to supplement your menu with appetizers, sides, desserts—or the turkey itself. Say you’re looking to cook less after months of COVID-19 meals, or just want to take the pressure off the big day, consider these spots to order Thanksgiving foods.
For a starter:
For many of us here in the south, Thanksgiving means smoked oysters by a fire with dozens of friends and family nearby. We might not be able to gather in large crowds this year, but Locals Oyster Bar can set you up with ocean fare to add to your meat and veggie-forward dishes. Think smoked oysters, oyster stuffing, milk and butter rolls, crab dip and shrimp cocktail platters, perfect as appetizers or later in the day when you want a light dinner. View their menu here for pickup on November 24 and 25.
For the turkey and fixins’:
Hummingbird is offering classic Thanksgiving dishes with their New Orleans spin, available for order through PoshNosh, their catering service. They’ve got: 12-14 lbs of turkey, herbed turkey gravy, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, dirty dice, sweet potato casserole, creamed collard greens, roasted brussels sprouts with walnuts and pecans, spiced cranberry relish, bourbon pecan or pumpkin pie with soft cream. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a meal.
Mandolin is offering a classic complete farm-to-table meal for four to eight people with everything from the turkey to the sides to rolls and cranberry sauce and your choice of chocolate chess or apple pie. (And while you’re setting the table, consider one of Lizzy Fowler’s floral arrangements featuring blooms from the restaurant’s Mandolin Farm.) Order here by Wednesday the 18th for pickup on the 25th.
Wyatt’s BBQ/ PICNIC Straight off the smoker and new for the holidays, pre-order PICNIC’s Smoked Ribeye, Short Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Green Button Farm Pork Shoulders and Hams. Dickson’s whole hog barbecue, brisket and ribs will also be available, with all the sides you’ll need – including green bean casserole, sweet potato puree with candied pecans, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy mac & cheese and more. Complete your order with their Southern pies like chocolate chess, sweet potato and pecan – and everyone’s favorite – PICNIC’s banana pudding. Customize the meal to suit your family’s needs by ordering for as few as four or many more. View their menu here to order by Sunday, November 21st for pick up on Wednesday, November 25th. Or delivery to Raleigh on November 25 from 4-6 p. m.
Rosewater Chef Brian Jenzer is offering a sublime Prime Rib Dinner, with roasted fingerling potatoes with lemon garlic butter, Union Special Bread, marinated olives, and Rosewater’s signature charred Caesar Salad. Guests may add a classic dessert and request a wine bottle pairing, as additions. Rosewater’s festive Prime Rib Dinner will be available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout November and December (pre-order by 3 p.m for pick up between 5 and 8 p.m.). Order here for as few as two, or many more guests!
GRAVY wants to put an Italian spin on your Thanksgiving. They’re offering a meat and cheese board, crispy brussels sprouts with pancetta and a maple bourbon glaze, cheesecake and also more traditional items like herb-roasted turkey. Order here.
Catering Works can set you up with a show-stopping Thanksgiving table from the turkey to the classic sides and desserts like sweet potato casserole and pecan pie. Delegate the roasting so you can enjoy the hosting and toasting! Non-traditional items are available too. Order here by Friday, November 20 for pickup or delivery on the 25th.
Zest Cafe and Home Art has “everything but the bird” this Thanksgiving. From appetizers like the pimento cheese ball to desserts like carrot cake and pumpkin pie, Zest’s menu has options to choose from as your menu evolves. Order by Nov. 21 for pick up on Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Longleaf Swine has a Thanksgiving menu that covers every item on your list, including pulled pork or turkey breast, sides like pimento mac and cheese and collard greens and pie for dessert. Add a quart of Brunswick stew for the next day. Order here.
Margaux’s is offering a sophisticated Thanksgiving for four complete with salad, a choice of entrees for each person, a vegetable side and dessert. Some highlights from the menu include the prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin, salmon and spinach stuffing and the pumpkin cheesecake. Ordered here by Nov. 19.
The State Farmers Market Restaurant is offering a classic large family Thanksgiving dinner for takeout with your traditional turkey, ham, collards, candied yams and more. View their menu here and call 919-755-1550 to place your order.
For pies, breads and breakfast
Yellow Dog Bread Company can handle the desserts and carb forward sides for you. Their Nibbler box feeds 4-6 and comes with a dozen yeast rolls, a salted pecan pie, a cranberry apple pie, a pumpkin walnut loaf and a ½ gallon of apple cider for $75. A Gobbler package is available as well for even larger crowds or order a la carte items like pecan coffee cake, gingerbread cookies and more.
La Farm. What happens when a french baker takes to an American Thanksgiving menu? Think decadent, perfectly executed desserts and breads like bacon brioche buns and a pecan tart with an almond creme filling, cinnamon pull-apart, savory muffin mix and more.
Boulted Bread is offering items especially for Turkey Day like an assorted pastry box, kale and feta quiche, brown butter apple pie and of course their beloved classics like morning buns, scones and more. Order here for pickup on November 25.
…and don’t forget the wine!
Let the pros do the work for you: several of our local wine shops, including Wine Authorities, Short Walk Wines, and Raleigh Wine Shop, are offering pre-packaged bundles of wine (say, a mix of reds, or a spectrum of colors to suit all tastes) to drink along with Thanksgiving and fall meals. Browse the options online, or give them a call to pull something together that will pair perfectly with, say, a Southern American meets Southern Italian meal.