By Joy Summers
image: The Lexington
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that can heap undue stress on a household. The weight of expectations: either from tradition or family members can be a bit much to balance. After historic global stressors and a national case of crispy nerves (where it seems like everyone is quitting or about to quit their jobs) why not take some stress out of the holiday and order out for the meal?
Area restaurants are serving buttery mashed potatoes, birds with rich lump-free gravy, and so much more. Plus, there’s pie.
Here are our picks for the best places to pick up takeout and give yourself the gift of one less thing to worry about.
The Buttered Tin
Where better to get Thanksgiving pre-made than from a restaurant with a killer bakery? Forget the bird and get a Fischer Family Farms ham glazed with honey, brown sugar and stone-ground mustard. Sides include candied yams and green beans. The feast feeds four to six for $137.94. Add on dinner rolls for $9.73 and a frozen ready-to-bake pie for $30.40. Fresh pies are $34.04. Order online by Nov. 18, pickup Nov. 24.
Another restaurant that excels in both the savory and sweet sides of the menu. Colossal Cafe is offering an a la carte take-and-bake with roasted turkey, herb dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberries. From the bakery, there are sourdough bread, dinner rolls, pumpkin crunch cake and apple, pumpkin and pecan pies. A single-serving dinner plate of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, bread and a slice of pumpkin pie is $13.95. Order online by Nov. 21, pickup on Nov. 24 at both the Grand and Como Avenue locations.
The timeless elegance of The Lex can be brought home for the holiday with Belle & Evans turkey, whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, whole wheat brown butter and sage stuffing, gravy, Brussels sprouts with bacon, sweet potato casserole, cranberry chutney, dinner rolls and the requisite pumpkin pie with lily-gilding salted caramel whipped cream. Serves four to six, $220. Order online for pickup Nov. 24
All of the Blue Plate restaurants are preparing take and bake meals, including the OG Highland location. The menu features roast turkey with a gluten-free turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean hotdish, arugula-spinach salad with dried cranberries and candied walnuts. Serves four for $75. Order online by Nov. 20 for a time-specific pickup Nov. 24.
This restaurant at the Saint Paul airport leans into the classics with herb-roasted turkey with sliced white meat and pulled dark meat, sage stuffing, mashed red potatoes, gravy, butternut squash salad, green bean almondine, orange-ginger cranberries, rolls and pumpkin pie. Serves four for $100. Order online. Pickup Nov. 24.
This Lowertown gem is leaning into Southern cooking for its Thanksgiving menu: smoked turkey, cranberry barbecue sauce, cornbread stuffing, pimento cheese potatoes, collard greens and pumpkin pudding. Serves two, $75. Order online. Pickup Nov. 24.
Rose Street Patisserie
Get the baked goods from this award-winning bakery on Snelling and Selby. Bread goods include dinner rolls and stuffing mix, while the dessert headliners include a pumpkin cheesecake or a chocolate pecan pie, both for $50. Order online for pickup on Nov. 23 or 24.
Hot Hands Pie & Biscuits
This is pie season and this Snelling Avenue restaurant has been prepping all year long. Order early for pumpkin, apple, pecan chess pie, toasted vanilla, or caramelized peanut butter pies for $24 to $38. It’s also never a bad idea to order up some frozen biscuits to bake up the morning after for a next-level leftover sandwich, $16. Order online to pick up Nov. 23, 24, or 25.
Now that you've got the meal taken care of, check out the rest of our tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving weekend in Saint Paul.
Joy Summers is an award-winning columnist and food writer whose work has appeared in Food Network Magazine, People, City Pages, Minnesota Monthly, Lavender, and Eater. She's been known to take to backcountry roads and plunge into new environments in search of elusive ingredients at their peak. As a passionate storyteller, she strives to connect people with the words that serve them best. She lives in Cathedral Hill with her husband and young children.