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Turkey Day Made Easy: 9 Boston Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving To-Go

By Bernie Rodgers | November 19, 2020 | Food & Drink

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Although current social distancing guidelines might hamper the prospect of a communal dinner at full-capacity this season, there’s still no reason to skimp on this hearty holiday. We’ve assembled a list of local eateries that are displaying their gratitude through offering full-course Thanksgiving meals along with an appealing array of à la carte options—each with a culinary creative twist, of course.

Bambara Kitchen & Bar

Owner chef David Bazirgan’s classic-yet-contemporary “Turkey Day Dinner Kit” includes sous vide turkey breast, mashed potatoes, chestnut stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, roasted brussels sprouts and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. A portion of Barzigan’s profits will benefit national nonprofit No Kid Hungry. As a note, all dinner kits must be pre-ordered and picked up on Nov. 25 between 12-8 pm. $25 per person. To preorder, please email dbazirgan@bambara-cambridge.com; 617.395.2509, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, bambara-cambridge.com

Grill 23 & Bar

Any local resident knows that Grill 23 & Bar has been a local staple steakhouse since its inception in the early 1980s. Now, the resto is pulling the pressure off your plate and replacing it with a resplendent feast fit for a family. Their robust “Thanksgiving at Home” kit features all of the usual suspects: turkey, sausage stuffing and mashed potatoes—along with a few high-end twists, such as coconut-infused carrot soup and a kale, spinach and radicchio salad topped with a cider vinaigrette. Each meal is offered in either two-person or four-person sizes, priced at $110 and $220 respectively. All orders must be placed by Sun., Nov. 22. 617.542.2255, 161 Berkeley St., grill23.com

Boston Harbor Hotel

Recognized as a five-diamond hotel by Forbes, this luxury hotel has reigned over the Financial District since 1987. A core component of its exceptional reputation is certainly their Rowes Wharf Sea Grille & Bar, which is now presenting a “Harbor at Home Thanksgiving to-go” dinner. The meal comes complete with an 18 pound cider-basted Vermont turkey and a plethora of sides—from signature giblet gravy to whipped golden potatoes. Serving six to eight guests, the special starts at $365 and must be ordered by noon on Mon., Nov 23. 617.856.7795, 70 Rowes Wharf, bhh.com

Lulu Green

Co-founders and sisters Mary and Nada Lattouf were inspired by a passion for plant-based nutrition and a love of Middle-Eastern cuisine when they opened Lulu Green. This holiday, the restaurant is offering an all-vegan variety of Thanksgiving dishes, such as roasted butternut squash soup with local maple syrup, sage sweet potato stuffing, lemon tahini whipped potatoes and apple coffee cake muffins. 617.420.4070, 246 W. Broadway, lulugreen.com

Aquitaine

When chef Dolly Bourommavong set out to recreate the elegance and decadence of a French bistro, she didn’t cut any corners—and for that, we all should be thankful. Her sophisticated South End staple is offering full-course Thanksgiving meals for two people priced at $120, or four people at $240. The menu includes sage-brined roast turkey breast, mushroom brioche stuffing, brie en croute and even a pecan pie cheesecake. All orders must be placed by Fri., Nov. 20 by 10 am.. 617.424.8577, 569 Tremont St., aquitaineboston.com

Metropolis

The quieter, reserved sister of Aquitaine, Metropolis is another keyplayer on the South End dining scene. Chef Bourommavong is offering another French-inspired Thanksgiving feast with a few key differences, as evidenced by the turkey au vin, butternut squash with apple bisque, pommes robuchon and maple pot de crème topped with spiced crème chantilly. Orders must be placed by Fri., Nov. 20 by 10 a.m.. 617.247.2931, 584 Tremont St., metropolisboston.com

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

“Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite meals of the year,” says owner Steve DiFillippo. This authentic Italian steakhouse is offering a Thanksgiving dinner, featuring oven-roasted Vermont free-range turkey, challah bread herb stuffing, butternut squash and glazed carrots. Also, there’s custom holiday desserts you surely don’t want to miss—think pecan tarts with sweet cream and pumpkin pie lathered in whipped crème fraîche. The dinner is priced at $55 per person and must be ordered by Weds., Nov. 24. Plus—for the day after, head to the restaurant for their next day turkey sandwich, because the leftovers are the best. 617.357.4810, 75 Arlington St., davios.com

Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

Founded by the Whisk pop-up team, this Forest Hill eatery is focused on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. This holiday, the restaurant team is offering an assortment of expertly crafted sides and your choice of pie, such apple butter, honey or classic pumpkin. The accompaniments include mac and cheese, brussels sprouts casserole, candied yams, stuffing and homemade gravy. The Thanksgiving package costs $125 and must be ordered by Fri., Nov. 20 at 5 pm. 617.477.4519, 3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, brassicakitchen.com

Harvest

This Cambridge classic is all about celebrating the modern American table, and what’s more American than Thanksgiving? For $78 per person, guests can enjoy a three-course meal that includes—but is not limited to—yellowfin tuna tartare, venison and pork terrine, Misty Knoll turkey breast, swiss chard ricotta ravioli and apple cider sorbet for dessert. The dinner will be available for pickup cold on Weds., Nov. 25 or hot on Thurs., Nov. 26. All orders must be placed ahead of time online or by phone. 617.868.2255, 44 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, harvestcambridge.com



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