Nov 6, 2023 - Food and Drink

Best Thanksgiving takeout options in the D.C. area

A Thanksgiving table with turkey and roast beef dinners

New Orleans-style Thanksgiving from Dauphine's. Photo courtesy of An-Phuong Ly

D.C.'s best restaurants offer Thanksgiving to-go โ€” whether you want a full feast or just sides and pies.

Why it matters: Even expert hosts need a little holiday help.

State of play: Takeout options are wonderfully diverse around D.C., so you'll find fun Mexican American or vegan feasts along with the classics.

Be smart: Secure orders sooner rather than later, check deadlines, and plan around pickup/delivery dates and times (they vary widely).

What's happening: Our top picks for takeout.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ Foodie feasts: Marcel's takeout is rare, and the Thanksgiving menu looks good with upscale-comforting options like spiced ham, mushroom-truffle soup, and mornay mac n' cheese (feeds 4-6, $320).

๐Ÿ’ฒBudget-friendly: Founding Farmers dishes up a huge heat-and-eat menu for pickup around the DMV, which includes a number of full dinners for four starting at around $40 per person.

๐Ÿฆƒ Classic: Gravitas chef Matt Baker's catering arm offers spreads ranging from personal turkey dinners to "baller Thanksgiving" packages for 8-12, plus a ton of รก la carte items from snacks to dessert.

๐ŸŒฑ Vegan: Standout DC Vegan's bountiful menu includes a vegetable Wellington centerpiece plus tons of snacks, sides, and sweets (added perk: it's all kosher-certified).

A Thanksgiving table with turkey and sides at Unconventional Diner
Full turkey dinners for two. Photo courtesy of Unconventional Diner

๐Ÿ”ฅ Barbecue: 2Fifty, D.C.'s best 'cue spot, is doing their wood-smoked Texas spin on turkey, ribs, and other meats, plus trays of tasty sides like mac n' cheese or brisket beans.

๐ŸŒŽ Global: Lebanese Taverna's annual pick-up menu is filled with enticing dishes including spiced rice-stuffed turkey, leg of lamb, and fragrant sides.

๐Ÿ˜‹ Southern-style: Dauphine's New Orleans-style meal kits (serve 1-4, starting at $96) feature smoked turkey or beef roast, sides like oyster dressing, and fun add-ons such as gumbo.

๐Ÿ’• Meals for two: Chef David Deshaies' Unconventional Diner makes a full spread for two with turkey, lots of classic sides, and pumpkin pie, Nov. 21-23 (advance online orders are $90).

  • Skip the bird at Michelin-starred Cranes, where dinners for two include suckling pig or braised lamb and seasonal sides ($150 for two).

๐Ÿฅง Just desserts: Chef Alex Levin's annual Thanksgiving dessert pop-up shop is back with treats like caramel-apple streusel or candied pumpkin pie.


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