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The Essential Guide to Thanksgiving 2020 in Southeast Michigan

Make a plan for turkey dinner and dessert with options for ordering feasts to-go from local restaurants

This year has been an absolute slog, and to add holiday cooking and baking on top of it (plus, the mandatory kitchen clean-up) might just be the final spirit-crushing straw. Why not help out a local restaurant and take a load off this holiday? Why not order a meal to-go?

Below, Eater has assembled a guide to options for ordering in on Thursday, November 26, plus ideas for where to pick up pies and practice crucial cooking skills, too. It’s important to reserve meals sooner, rather than later as many restaurants and bakeries have strict deadlines for reserving holiday items. Eater Detroit will be regularly updating the list as new options become available. Email detroit@eater.com if there’s a spot we’ve missed.

Is it safe to gather with friends and family?

Not really. Everything during the pandemic is about managing risk. This fall, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is advising that people carefully consider the potential risks to friends and family of hosting large holiday gatherings. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun have gone a step further by recommending families stay home for the holiday season, avoid any social gatherings with more than one household, and not put too much trust in a single negative COVID-19 test. The Centers for Disease Control has issued further guidance strongly discouraging any form of holiday gathering or travel. If you’re sick or may be sick, please don’t partake in any in-person holiday gatherings. Even if you don’t think you’ve come in contact with someone, so many people are testing positive right now that there’s really no way to be sure.

According to the guidance, families should strongly consider limiting the number of people at gatherings and hosting the meal in an outdoor space. A current epidemic order limits indoor gatherings to 10 people or less. In addition to wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and sanitizing surfaces and handwashing frequently, people should also consider how food is served and handled:

  • Follow good hygiene and limiting the amount of people in areas where food is prepared
  • Avoid potluck gatherings
  • Consider bringing food from home to serve people in your household if visiting another home
  • Have one person serve all shareable food and consider using single-use items for condiments, plates, and utensils

Where can I order turkeys, meal kits, or takeout dinner?

Detroit

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails (15 E. Kirby St., Suite D) — Order a full holiday dinner prepped by Chartreuse in Midtown. The restaurant is offering meals portioned for four ($315), six to eight ($475), or 10 to 12 people ($695). The menu includes Green Circle free range turkey and gravy, green bean casserole, pork sausage-sage-sourdough dressing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry-orange compote, squash soup, peel and eat shrimp, and more. Place orders online for kits for pick up between noon and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.

Pink Flamingo To-Go (17740 Woodward Ave.) — This restaurant near Palmer Park is prepping individual, customizable Thanksgiving meals starting at $35. Choose from options like herb-roasted turkey, lamb chops, stuffed squash, or squash and caramelized onion tarts. Each meal comes with sides and desserts. Place pre-orders online.

Pietrzyk Pierogi (1429 Gratiot Ave., Suite 109) — The Holiday Special is an annual Pietrzyk Pierogi tradition. These Polish dumplings come stuffed with Amish free range turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green beans with a side of turkey gravy and cranberry sour cream. Orders can be place online for $20.

Marrow (8044 Kercheval Ave.) — Reserve all the necessities for Thanksgiving this year through Marrow’s online shop. The butcher shop is selling fresh turkey (small, medium, or large), boneless smoked ham, duck, charcuterie boards, turkey gravy, turkey stock, sausage stuffing, and cranberry relish.

Lady of the House (1426 Bagley St.) — This Corktown restaurant is offering prepped meals for an all-day celebration with options like whole turkey feasts fit for four people for $260, shrimp cocktail to-go, horseradish cheese balls, pecan pie, apple pie, and a whole lot more. Place orders online by Sunday, November 22 for pick up between noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.

Rose’s Fine Food (10551 E Jefferson Ave.) — Rose’s Fine Food is accepting pre-orders for $20 individual smoked chicken dinners as well as poppyseed babka, lemon glazed molasses cookies, sweet potato cake with maple buttercream and caramel, vegan apple pie, walnut custard tarts, and poppyseed chocolate chip cookies. The restaurant also sells wine to-go.

San Morello (1400 Woodward Ave.) — San Morello at the Shinola Hotel is offering to-go meals, available for pickup on Wednesday, November November 25 and Thursday, November 26. Find more details online.

Olin (25 E Grand River Ave.) — This new downtown restaurant is accepting orders for meals featuring bone-in heritage turkey breast with chestnut and mushroom stuffing, mashed potatoes with truffle gravy, cranberry chutney, soft pretzels, and a pumpkin torte. The meal is priced at $195 and feeds four to six people. Place orders by Saturday, November 21, at 313-774-1190 or by emailing hello@olindetroit.com.

East Eats (1018 Navahoe St.) — This outdoor restaurant in Detroit is hosting Domesgiving from Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 29. The menu includes options like turkey okonomiyaki, cornbread ice cream cookie sandwiches, Impossible meatloaf, smoky collard greens, fried sweet potato balls, and fried macaroni and cheese balls. Drinks are BYOB. Make a reservation online.

Bunny Bunny (1454 Gratiot Ave.) — This Eastern Market Chinese restaurant is accepting orders through Sunday, November 22, for a full spread that includes a whole roasted honey duck, duck fried rice, milk bread, long bean casserole, Chinese sausage-shiitake mushroom-celery stuffing, Mantou steamed buns with pumpkin, pickled fall vegetables, and more. The cost is $125 and the meal feeds three to four people. Orders for the full dinner may be placed online. More duck can be added on for $35 extra and a la carte options are available (email info@bunnybunnydetroit.com).

Keep Growing Detroit (1850 Erskine) — This local urban gardening program is offering Thanksgiving produce shares packed with vegetables, herbs, and squash to prepare a holiday meal. The price ranges from $10 to $60 and is accessible to anyone with SNAP/EBT benefits living in Hamtramck, Highland Park, or Detroit. Order online for curbside pickup on Tuesday, November 24.

Slows To-Go (4107 Cass Ave.) — Order a barbecue feast for Thanksgiving. Slows To-Go in Cass Corridor is taking pre-orders through Monday, November 23, for heat and serve meals fit to feed six to eight people. The meals feature smoked turkey, macaroni and cheese, pit smoked beans, brown butter green beans, brioche dinner rolls, and more. A la carte turkey is available. Call 313-309-7560.

Metro Detroit

Red Crown (15301 Kercheval Ave.) — This Grosse Pointe Park restaurant is offering meals for groups of two ($50), four ($100), or eight people ($200). The menu features items like smoked tomato soup, cornbread stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes, and smoked turkey breast with peanut butter pie or pumpkin pie for dessert. Vegetarian options like grilled Rosewood tofu and silken gravy are also available. Place orders by Sunday, November 15 for pick up by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. Call 313-822-3700.

Stage Deli (6873 Orchard Lake Rd.) — Place orders online for a dinner fit for an eight-person feast from Stage Deli. The cost is $225 and includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, onion roll stuffing, sweet potato souffle, and more. Orders in before Monday, November 9 receive a free pumpkin pie.

Frame (23839 John R Rd. #2) — Pick up a Thanksgiving dinner fit to feed up to six people from Frame, courtesy of chef Michael Barrera and Adela Bejo of Hip Hop Bake Shop. The meal features turkey from Otto’s Farm, green bean and wild mushroom casserole, cornbread-sausage stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, pumpkin pie, and more. Orders must be placed online by Tuesday, November 10.

Farm Field Table (Ferndale or Grosse Pointe Park) — Order a whole, air-chilled, local heritage turkey or a cold-smoked turkey for pick-up from Farm Field Table. The butchershop is taking $50 deposits to reserve birds (per-pound pricing is determined at pick-up).

Townsend Hotel (100 Townsend St.) — Place an order for full a Thanksgiving spread from this Birmingham hotel by Sunday, November 22 by calling 248-642-5999. Pies are available.

Andiamo (Multiple locations) — The Andiamo restaurant chain is taking orders for Thanksgiving dinners for groups of four to six people ($140) or 12 to 15 people ($250). Orders must be placed by Friday, November 20 for pickup between noon and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Cafe Cortina (30715 W 10 Mile Rd.) — Fine-dining restaurant Cafe Cortina is offering a to-go Thanksgiving menu for the first time ever in 2020. The menu features Tuscan-style roasted turkey, red skinned mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with almonds and butternut squash, and more for between $384 (feeds six to eight people) and $576 (feeds nine to 12 people). Place orders online.

Chive Kitchen (33043 Grand River Ave.) — Place orders online for vegan dishes like stuffing, green bean casserole, portobello steaks, and caramel pecan cake for pickup the week of Thanksgiving.

Voyager (600 Vester St.) — This Ferndale seafood restaurant is taking pre-orders for large format dishes like hot crab dip, peel and eat shrimp, dungeness crab, lobster-stuffed mushrooms, cornbread and oyster dressing, and more. Place orders online by Friday, November 20.

D’Amato’s (222 S. Sherman Dr.) — This Royal Oak restaurant is offering a family-style Thanksgiving meal for carryout. The cost is $29 for adults and $13 for kids ages six to 12. Kids ages 5 and under eat free. Call 248-584-7400 or email april@hannaventures.com before Saturday, November 21 to reserve a meal.

Mabel Gray (23825 John R Rd.) — The restaurant is offering an $80 take-and-bake meal for two with items like green bean casserole, chorizo cornbread stuffing, roast turkey, and more. Place orders online through Tock.

Ann Arbor

Detroit Street Filling Station (300 Detroit St.) — Place orders for vegan pumpkin pies from Detroit Street Filling Station online by Friday, November 20, for pickup on Wednesday, November 25.

Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake Rd.) — Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is offering a mix-and-match menu of Thanksgiving to-go items such as glazed honey carrots, bacon-balsamic brussel sprouts, turkey gravy, cranberry-walnut pie, turkey, and more. Place orders online.

Gandy Dancer (401 Depot St.) — Gandy Dancer is offering to-go meals. The price is $279 for the carryout option, which feeds 10 to 12 people. It features a 12-pound turkey, cornbread stuffing, whipped mashed potatoes, and acorn squash. Pre-order by Sunday, November 22. Call 734-769-0592.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Ave.) — Order Thanksgiving to-go from Zingerman’s Roadhouse. The restaurant is offering meals for groups of two ($100), four ($190), or eight to 10 people ($375). Customers can choose between a coffee spice smoked turkey or an traditional herb and garlic-roasted turkey. Fixins like mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, challah rolls, and pumpkin pies come with each order. Place orders online.

Zingerman’s Delicatessen (422 Detroit St.) – Zingerman’s Deli is selling full Thanksgiving feasts fit for six to eight people, as well as turkeys, a la carte sides and desserts, and per-person prepared meals. Food Gatherers’ Delonis Community Kitchen will receive a donated meal for every Thanksgiving meal sold. Place orders online.

Knight’s Steakhouse (2324 Dexter Ave.) — This Ann Arbor favorite is taking online orders for sides like mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and apple pie. Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18.

Where can I order takeout breads, pastries, and desserts?

Lush Yummies Pie Co. (1520 Adelaide St.) — This Eastern Market-based pie company is accepting online pre-orders for sets of Lemon Butta Pie, Peach Butta Cobbler, and Apple Butta Pie for curbside pick up from 4 p.m. to 6 pm. on Saturday, November 21. The cost is $68.

Warda Patisserie (1464 Gratiot Ave.) — The magical confections from Warda Patisserie are back in time for Thanksgiving. Place orders online through Sunday, November 22, for Russian honey cakes, family-sized Greek tortas, and a holiday pastry basket with treats to feed four people.

Love’s Custard Pie (Detroit) — Love’s Custard Pie, a popular stand at Eastern Market, is accepting holiday pie orders now through Friday, November. Call

Sweet Potato Sensations (17337 Lahser Rd.) — Call 313-532-7996to place orders for pies, cakes, and other desserts from Sweet Potato Sensations in Old Redford.

Good Cakes and Bakes (19363 Livernois Ave.) — Place orders online now through Saturday, November 21 for a variety of cakes, pies, dinner rolls, brownies, and other treats. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Gabriel Hall (Detroit) — Ederique Goudia of forthcoming New Orleans-style restaurant Gabriel Hall is making rum cakes for Thanksgiving. Each cake is $40 and feeds 12 to 15 people. Place orders by Friday, November 20 by email at ederique@gabrielhalldet.com.

Sister Pie (8066 Kercheval St.) — Pre-orders for Sister Pie’s Thanksgiving goodies typically sell out fast. This year’s orders open online on Monday, November 9. Choose from flavors like cranberry crumble, brandy pecan, sweet potato apple streusel, and salted maple pie.

White Wolf Patisserie (31 E 14 Mile Rd.) — This Japanese bakery in Clawson is taking orders for poached pear frangipane tarts, bourbon pecan tarts, yuzu-lemon cranberry meringue tarts, pumpkin mille crepe cakes, and fruit tarts. Tarts are priced at $35 each and the crepe cake is $90.

Cold Truth (4240 Cass Ave., Suite 100) — Beginning on Monday, November 9, Cold Truth will begin accepting pre-orders for vegan soft serve pumpkin pies.

Ochre Bakery (4884 Grand River Ave., Unit 1B) — Place pre-orders online through Friday, November 20 for items like hazelnut flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, smoked potatoes with horseradish cream, and more.

Blue Canary Confections (124 W 14 Mile Rd.) — This Birmingham bakery is accepting orders for everything from herb tear-and-share dinner rolls to pumpkin rolls to bourbon pecan pie. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. Call 248-792-7256 or email info@bluecanaryconfections.com to place an order.

Rock City Eatery (4216 Woodward Ave.) — This Midtown restaurant is accepting orders for pies in flavors like butterscotch-bourbon-pecan, pumpkin-chocolate, cookies and cream, and cranberry white chocolate pistachio. Call 313-265-3729 to place an order for pickup.

Achatz Handmade Pie Co. (Multiple locations) — Place orders at least 48 hours prior to pickup for Thanksgiving pies from Achatz. Orders may be placed online for pickup at multiple locations around southeast Michigan.

Where can I order everything else?

Schramm’s Mead — This Ferndale meadery is selling fall cheese boards to-go with special treats included like Dare Maple Leaf Creme cookies, caramel and cheddar popcorn mix, candy corn, and pretzels. Place orders online for curbside pickup.

CastaliaPre-order cocktails like the browned butter old fashioned or the cranberry-flavored Crantasia by Monday, November 23 for pickup. The bar is also selling cordial to make morning coffee a little more fun.

What are some other ways to celebrate?

Virtual Cooking Class — Mabel Gray is hosting a Thanksgiving cooking class led by chef James Rigato. The cost is $125 and includes recipes, a grocery list, a cornbread kit, chorizo sausage, and pie crust. The kit is available for pick up between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and the event will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 via Zoom.

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