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11 takeout meals to make Thanksgiving a little easier this year

Instead of stressing over cooking an extravagant Thanksgiving meal, take one thing off your plate and let these St. Louis-area restaurants do the work. Feasting on some delicious food with your closest circle of loved ones may be exactly what we all need in 2020. From local, pasture-raised turkeys to perfect side dishes and a variety of desserts, these 11 takeout meals will brighten up your Thanksgiving – however you plan on spending it. 


Baileys’ Restaurants are preparing your Thanksgiving meal now through Nov. 23. No matter the size of your party, they have options made fresh just for you. You can choose from a selection of a complete family-sized Thanksgiving meal, ranging in price from $120 to $250, just the hickory-smoked turkey for $75, or smaller plates from only $14. To complement the meat, they’re offering stuffed acorn squash, butternut squash and andouille sausage stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce or redskin mashed potatoes. To top your meal off, there’s three different types of homemade pies for dessert. Selections of sparking, white or red wine are also available to be picked up alongside your meal. Items are available for preorder online now with pickup on Nov. 25. Questions can be sent to communications@baileysrestaurants.com3150 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.772.3447, orderbaileys.com


Bogart’s Smokehouse is offering to help start a new tradition in your family – one with perfectly cooked meat available for takeout. On the menu is a bacon-wrapped ham that feeds 10 to 12 people for $55, turkey that feeds six to eight for $40, full slabs of ribs or pulled pork. To complement the meat, they’ve included pint- and quart-sized sides like pit beans, mustard potato salad, and sweet and sour slaw – and don’t forget to order some of their delectable rubs and sauces while you’re at it. Items are available for preorder online now until Nov. 20 with pickup on Nov. 25. For questions, email carol@bogartssmokehouse.com. 1627 S. Ninth St., St. Louis, 314.621.3107, bogartssmokehouse.com


Brasserie has the perfect meal for six ready for you and your family on Thanksgiving Day. For about $450, Brasserie is offering turkey breast roulade and confit turkey leg, paired with mushroom and leek gratin, caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetable purée, cured olives and more. The kit includes a tasty pumpkin tart for dessert as well. They also offer dishes à la carte, with a selection of sides to pair with your own turkey. Items are available for preorder online now until Nov. 16 with pickup on Nov. 24 and 25. 4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.454.0600, brasseriebyniche.com


Cinder House, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons in downtown St. Louis, wants to take the stress out of cooking your large Thanksgiving meal with a to-go option that feeds 10. For a total of $390, the meal has an option for a whole roasted or smoked free-range turkey as an entrée. Prepared fresh for you, their sides include traditional herb stuffing, brown butter-carrot soup, sweet potato mash, crispy Brussels sprouts, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, baked green beans, glazed rainbow carrots and rolls. The meal also comes with roasted sage gravy and cranberry-orange chutney. Dessert includes a choice of two: pumpkin or pecan pie, spiced apple crisp, or cranberry-ricotta cheesecake. If you’re having a get-together smaller than 10 people, the chef will provide instructions on how to heat leftovers of the feast, as this meal should be enjoyed more than once. Items are available for preorder online now until Nov. 19 with pickup on Nov. 26 between 9 a.m. and noon. 999 N. Second St. St. Louis, 314.881.2051, 314.881.2021, or 314.881.5759, cinderhousestl.com   


Dalie’s Smokehouse knows exactly what you’ll want to feast on this Thanksgiving. This year, they’re offering a meal package that’ll feed eight to 10 people for $90. For meat, there’s a choice between a whole smoked turkey or a bacon-wrapped ham, served with sweet potato-peach casserole, green bean casserole and a quart of turkey gravy. Each of these options are also on offer a la carte – along with turkey breast that feeds five to seven for $40. There is also a whole smoked turkey and a smoked bacon wrapped ham, both of these options feed eight to 10 for $55. For side options, sweet potato-peach casserole and green bean casserole are available a la carte. Both of these items feed 10 for $15. A quart of turkey gravy is also available for $10. Items are available for preorder online nowThere is also the option of placing your order by phone or by coming in store. until Nov. 20 with pickup from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 25. 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road, St. Louis, 636.529.1898, daliessmokehouse.com


Grace Meat + Three may be the perfect destination to pick up your meal, especially if you’re looking for a St. Louis spin on classic Thanksgiving recipes. While offering a fully cooked Thanksgiving feast ready for a reheat, they also offer uncooked, brined turkeys, along with smoked turkey in a variety of sizes. The sweet tea-brined turkeys come with the Grace Meat + Three spice blend in six different varieties. There are also turkey breasts which are roasted with herbs along with herb-roasted prime rib. These come with preparation and carving instructions. As for sides, there’s a choice of bourbon whipped sweet potatoes, garlic whipped mashed potatoes, moms dress’n (made with herbs and sausage), cranberries, and green bean casserole, each for $25 to $40. Don’t forget the sweets, either. For $40 each, Grace has a choice of salted honey custard, pumpkin or bourbon-pecan pie for dessert. Items are available for preorder online now with pickup Nov. 20 to 29. There is limited pickup available on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. 4270 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314.533.2700, stlgrace.com


The Lucky Accomplice is offering to cook a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for you and your loved one this year. For $90, this dinner for two has an option for a buttermilk-poached turkey breast, a honey-glazed pork collar or smoked red cabbage for an entrée. All meals come with a plethora of sides: roasted green beans, sweet potato bread, potato and yeast puree, cranberry salad, sourdough stuffing, and finally, pumpkin ice cream cake with warm spiced apples for dessert. You even have the option to add Thanksgiving cocktails to your feast. Items are available for preorder online now with pickup on Nov. 25. 2501 S. Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, 314.354.6100, theluckyaccomplice.com


The Ritz-Carlton is revolutionizing the Thanksgiving meal game this year with curbside brunch service. The meal serves up to six and offers five courses, priced at $420. To begin, there is a shrimp cocktail, followed by a butternut squash bisque and Caesar salad. For an entrée, there is a whole roasted free-range turkey and prime rib. From a wide array of festive sides, there is roasted garlic-potato puree, bread pudding, maple brulee, green bean casserole and roasted root vegetables. For dessert, there's chocolate-pecan pie and a pumpkin pie. Items are available for preorder via phone or email to jessica.m.laycock@ritzcarlton.com with pickup on Nov. 26. 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.719.1433, ritzcarlton.com


Russell’s is a family-run group of restaurants perfect for serving your family a homestyle meal on Thanksgiving Day. For dinner, they offer a whole roasted turkey prepared for reheat at home for $96 along with options for white wine and herb gravy or cranberry chutney with orange zest and warm spices as a topping, each for $14. Their sides run at $16 and include buttermilk mashed potatoes, sourdough-herb stuffing and sautéed green beans. While choosing between the options will be hard, one thing is clear – dessert is a must. Russell’s has a huge selection of Thanksgiving sweets: eight different types of pies, fall cakes with a choice of six flavors, gooey butter cake, fall sugar cookies, pie bars and brownies, along with their signature pumpkin cheesecake and cranberry-orange cheesecake as well. Items are available for preorder online now with pickup on Nov. 25. Russell’s on Macklind 5400 Murdoch Ave, St. Louis, 314.553.9994; Russell’s Fenton 952 Brookwood Center, Fenton, 636.343.8900, russellscafe.com


Tree House Restaurant has the best alternative Thanksgiving meals, perfect for those who prefer veg-forward options. The menu is all house-made vegetarian and vegan meals, with gluten-free and nut-free options available as well. Included in the meal for two is a seitan turkey roast with gravy, a choice of three sides, and two individual desserts for $60. A four-person meal is also available at $100, or you can choose “turkey” and sides a la carte. Included in the large list of sides are Italian “sausage” and cornbread stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes, caramelized winter vegetables, roasted cauliflower gratin, classic mashed potatoes, cream of mushroom soup and more. As for dessert, there’s an apple tart or pumpkin cheesecake to end the feast. Items are available for preorder online now with pickup on Nov. 25. 3177 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.696.2100, treehousestl.com


Winslow’s Table has an array of Thanksgiving options for you, whatever size your crew may be this year. For family-sized entrees, there is a choice between an herb-roasted turkey breast or turkey legs and thighs. Among a delectable selection of sides, there is mushroom and kale stuffing, roasted carrots, green bean casserole, garlic smashed potatoes and a cranberry compote. Winslow’s Table has also conveniently created a “Thanksgiving Farmers Dinner” for $30 per person, which comes with a little bit of everything. Items are available for preorder online now with pickup on Nov. 25. 7213 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.725.7559, winslowstable.com




If a Thanksgiving feast doesn't quite fit the budget this year, don't despair. As many communities are suffering as a result of the pandemic, So Hospitality Group has stepped in to help. The group is partnering with Stray Rescue to serve free Thanksgiving meals from Nov. 23 to 25. They will be serving meals from Drunken Fish, Kimchi Guys and 612 North Event Space + Catering. Guests are encouraged to add a contribution to their order online to benefit Stray RescueFollow each of these locations on social media to learn more about redeeming your free meal.


The Brass Rail is also giving back this Thanksgiving season and is providing an opportunity for the community to help out as well. Since 2014, The Brass Rail has held an annual walk-in Thanksgiving buffet and has delivered Thanksgiving meals 60 miles out to those in need. Because of the pandemic, the buffet has been canceled, but the restaurant will deliver 3,500 Thanksgiving meals to residents in St. Charles County this year. The Brass Rail is looking for another 1,500 people to feed this Thanksgiving. The only qualification required is expressing a need. For those interested in helping out, the Brass Rail is looking for a donation of 1,000 standard bankers’ boxes. There are also volunteer opportunities for delivery driver. Call 636.329.1349 for more information.