Kansas City restaurants and specialty food shops offer mouthwatering takeout options that will give your Thanksgiving guests a meal to remember.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, to give thanks … and, of course, eat! If cooking a large meal is far from your favorite thing to do, don’t worry, Kansas City has plenty of options!
Story by Katy Schamberger
Whether you need a meal for one or two or want to feed a larger group, we’ve compiled a list of delicious carryout meals. Your biggest problem? Deciding on only one—but we won’t judge if you decide to celebrate multiple Thanksgivings this year! Even better? You’ll have minimal cleanup, which means more time for socializing, football and napping (and sneaking pieces of pie when no one’s looking).
Classic Thanksgiving favorites—and some unexpected additions—will leave your guests full and impressed. Avenues Bistro offers a three-course meal that serves 8 to 10 for $139. Pick between two types of salad or soup, three types of meat and several sides. Don’t forget dessert, a nearly impossible decision between six indulgent delights—house specialty, pumpkin pie spice cake, German apple spice cake, chocolate gateau, Bailey’s cheesecake and pecan pie. Make your meal extra-special with add-ons like bacon-wrapped dates, $12 for 15 pieces.
Orders must be placed by noon on November 24. And the earlier you make your decision, the better—limited quantities of turkey are available. Food pick-ups will be held on Thanksgiving at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.
Bread & Butter Concepts
The brains behind favorite local eateries like BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Taco Republic and Gram & Dun and newcomer República are ready to serve you a family-style Thanksgiving dinner priced at $195 that serves approximately six. Start with a soup or salad and then select your main course (fried or oven-roasted turkey), two sides, bread and dessert. There are several pick-up times to choose from on Thanksgiving for the ultimate convenience. Meals can be picked up at Ingredient, República or Urban Table. And if you want to scale down your meal for a smaller crowd, the Thanksgiving menu can also be ordered a la carte.
Visit www.breadnbutterconcepts.com/thanks to place your order online.
It’s typically Stroud’s fried chicken that steals the show, but at Thanksgiving, the iconic local restaurant offers a whole cooked turkey, complete with sides like mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, stuffing and cranberry dressing. And because no Stroud’s meal would be complete without cinnamon rolls, you’ll get those, too. When you’re ready to feed your guests, simply reheat, serve and enjoy.
Call Stroud’s Overland Park location for pricing details and to place your order. And if you decide last minute to ditch the turkey and gobble down on Stroud’s chicken instead, consider yourself a trendsetter.
Dean & DeLuca
World’s best mac and cheese. Cornbread stuffing. Creamed Tuscan kale with Parmesan crust. Spicy pumpkin cheesecake. And, of course, turkey. Dean & DeLuca offers an incredible assortment of Thanksgiving turkeys and sides so you can assemble an unforgettable meal. Sides and desserts range in price from $15 to $49, and whole smoked heritage turkeys are $175 for 13.5-pound birds. Dean & DeLuca requires next-day shipping on the turkeys to ensure freshness; they’re shipped frozen, so just thaw, heat, slice and serve.
To browse Dean & Deluca’s full selection, visit deandeluca.com
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
Sure, the Thanksgiving turkey is traditionally oven roasted. But in Kansas City, Barbecue Capital of the World, it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy your turkey sliced and slathered with Jack Stack’s addictive barbecue sauce. The restaurant offers a full carryout menu with pricing and quantities that range from $74.94 for six people to $282.96 for 24 people. Meals include sliced meat (other options are available besides turkey), signature sides like beans, potato salad and slaw, and buns and/or sandwich bread. If you don’t mind branching out from pumpkin pie, try Mom’s Carrot Cupcakes, $2/each.
Jack Stack isn’t open on Thanksgiving, so be sure to place your order by November 25, then simply reheat and dig in! See a full carryout menu at jackstackbbq.com.
You probably think of Williams-Sonoma as a must-shop for kitchen supplies to help you flawlessly execute a Thanksgiving meal. Yet why not let them do the cooking, too? The Williams-Sonoma website offers a full range of Thanksgiving favorites, including several varieties of turkeys such as free-range, organic, pre-brined, smoked and stuffed. Several complete meals are available, including the Tyler Florence Complete Thanksgiving dinner, as well as a gluten-free option.
Full meals are priced from $219.95 to $379.95. Visit williams-sonoma.com to browse all of the options. Orders must be placed by November 20 to ensure pre-Thanksgiving delivery on November 25.
Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine
Feeling like you want to break out of the turkey rut and go a more non-traditional—but equally delicious—route for Thanksgiving? Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine in Zona Rosa beckons with a savory selection of Indian entrees, including tikka masala, korma and vindaloo with your choice of meat. Don’t forget a side of naan (you can never go wrong with garlic) and several orders of samosas. Swagat will be open for lunch on Thanksgiving, so you can stop by or call to place your carryout order. This is an especially great option if you’re looking to feed a smaller group.
Broadway Butcher Shop
This year, Broadway Butcher Shop continues the tradition of offering a mouthwatering selection of turkeys and side dishes made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Choose from scalloped oysters, foie gras bread pudding, sage stuffing, green bean casserole and more. When it comes to the centerpiece of the meal, Broadway Butcher Shop offers turkeys any way you’d like them, including brined ($1/pound upcharge) and spatchcocked, a popular choice last year. The shop is also stocked with several meats and cheeses, the perfect additions to a pre-meal charcuterie plate.
For pricing and to place an order, call 816-931-2333.
Chaz on the Plaza
It’s the best of both worlds—bring the incredible flavors and variety of the Chaz on the Plaza Thanksgiving buffet to the comfort of your own home. Priced at $55/person, carryout buffet orders include three boxes for cold food, hot food and dessert. Choose from Fritz’s smoked turkey, herb roasted Russian fingerlings, five-spice glazed baby carrots, fresh cranberry sauce, lemon poached shrimp and king crab legs, to name a few. Don’t forget dessert, a delicious dilemma deciding between pumpkin pie, chocolate hazelnut torte, cranberry bread pudding, Key lime pie and more.
Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions
If you’ve fallen in love with our monthly Inspired Entertaining experts, Lon and Stewart Lane, you might consider ordering Thanksgiving a la carte from their catering company. For more than 20 years Inspired Occasions’ cuisine has graced many a Kansas City Thanksgiving table. Choose from an array of traditional (and a few nontraditional) sides, turkey and desserts. Orders must be place by Nov. 19; pick up or delivery (an extra charge applies) by noon on Nov. 25.
Call 816-444-8372 to place your order and prepare to be spoiled—and inspired.
Treat Yo Pet
Don’t let your four-legged friend miss out on the Thanksgiving fun! Treats Unleashed offers a pet-friendly holiday feast that includes a can of Merrick’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie. Turkey legs and whole pies are available, too.
You can pick up your petsgiving treats package up until 8 p.m. on Nov. 25.
See Executive Editor Katie Van Luchene showing off some of the delicious options on Kansas City Live: