Where to get smoked turkey, a prime rib feast, Meyer lemon pie and more for a socially-distanced Thanksgiving…
We all know this Thanksgiving isn’t going to feel normal. Many of us are staying home and scaling down instead of spending much-needed time with extended family and friends.
Consider taking the glass-half-full approach this year and seizing the opportunity to create the Thanksgiving you’ve always wanted — no pressure to perform for relatives or politely eat your mother-in-law’s mediocre mashed potatoes. If you want to order dim sum and have three kinds of pie for dessert, you can! (Wait, this sounds great.) Or maybe you only have the mental and physical energy to make a few side dishes and you want to outsource the turkey and dessert. Look to your local eateries to help, and support them in turn during a time when pre-pandemic their dining rooms would be full with holiday gatherings.
(If you are attending or hosting a small gathering, here are the CDC’s guidelines for safely doing so.)
Below is a list of Peninsula restaurants and eateries offering takeout meals, as well as some outdoor dining options if you feel safe doing so.
Belcampo, San Mateo
You can order one of Belcampo’s pasture-raised, organic turkeys — or, for parties of two or one, a seasoned turkey breast — plus prepared sides like Brussels sprouts with bacon, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce with orange zest. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 for pickup on Nov. 24–25.
To order, go to belcampo.com/pages/san-mateo-hillside
Manresa Bread, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Campbell
Get your orders in now for butter buns, levain bread, pumpkin cheesecake mousse, spiced apple crumble pie and other holiday baked goods from Manresa Bread. Available for pickup Nov. 24 and 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at any location.
To order, to go pre-ordermanresabread.com
Camper, Menlo Park
Camper is making eight Thanksgiving sides — including buttermilk cornbread, chestnut and sausage stuffing and garlicky mashed potatoes — that you can order all together or in subsets. Plus, desserts from Tarts de Feybesse (hello, pumpkin Parisian flan), Thanksgiving flowers from NoovoBloom, housemade sourdough bread, wine and other add-ons. Reheat instructions will be provided. Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 25, noon to 5 p.m.
To order, go to exploretock.com/camper.
Zola, Palo Alto
French restaurant Zola is offering a Thanksgiving meal for two ($100): roasted Diestel turkey, herb gravy, cranberry relish, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato-gouda gratin and roasted Brussels sprouts with homemade pancetta. You can also order dinner rolls ($9 for six), pumpkin pie, apple-pecan crumble ($14 each) or up your game with caviar, served with buckwheat blini and chive and lemon crème fraîche ($100). Pickup will be on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2–6 p.m. When you place your order, type your desired pickup time in the notes and ignore the default pickup time.
To order, go to zolatogo.com
Little Sky Bakery, Menlo Park
You can stock up on Little Sky Bakery’s popular breads, rolls and other baked goods at local farmers markets before Thanksgiving (catch the bakery at the Portola Valley farmers market, which is being held that week on Wednesday, Nov. 23, instead of its usual Thursday). On Thanksgiving Day, owner Tian Mayimin will be baking early and offering earlier deliveries from noon to 3 p.m., as well as some specials: cookie and scone samplers and pumpkin seed fougasse.
To order, go to littleskybakery.com/order/
Alexander’s Steakhouse Group, multiple locations
Not a turkey person? Go big with a prime rib feast ($325) from The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto and Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino. The to-go meal serves six people and comes with a par-cooked 7-pound prime rib, au jus, creamed horseradish, mashed potatoes, Caesar salad and wine. The meal requires some cooking to temperature at home and is available for pickup or delivery Tuesday-Sunday (you must order by 7:45 p.m. the day before).
The Sea by Alexander’s is also offering a 52-ounce Wagyu F1 tomahawk chop with three loaded baked potatoes, mushroom gravy and a bottle of Alexander’s Steakhouse cabernet sauvignon ($395). Alexander’s Patisserie in Mountain View and Cupertino are also making Thanksgiving pies for pickup or delivery.
To order, go to alexanderssteakhouse.com/thanksgiving
Selby’s, Redwood City/Atherton
Selby’s is closed until next year but still offering a customizable to-go Thanksgiving meal with ready-to-roast turkey, stuffing, scalloped parmesan potatoes, sweet potato rolls and other dishes (from $6 to $254). Selby’s sister restaurant, The Village Bakery, is baking pumpkin, dutch apple, bourbon-pecan and Meyer lemon pies. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 23 for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
To order, go to eventbrite.com/e/selbys
Vina Enoteca, Palo Alto
For Thanksgiving, Vina Enoteca will be making filled pastas (agnolotti, ravioli, tortelloni and tortellini with various sauces available), cheese and salumi platters and tiramisu. While you’re at it, pick up some wines, fresh bread and Italian snacks at the restaurant’s new Vina Mercato.
To preorder, go to vinaenoteca.com
Misfits Bakehouse, Palo Alto
Gluten-free bakery Misfits Bakehouse will be making pumpkin pies, croutons and several flavors of paleo, keto baklava (including pastrami, black sesame and pecan-walnut) as well as its usual bread and baked goods offerings. Available for local pickup and delivery. Local orders placed by 5 p.m. are available for next day pickup or delivery Monday through Friday. Shipping orders placed by 5 p.m. Tuesday are shipped Monday-Wednesday via UPS second day air (free for orders over $99).
To order, go to misfits.kitchen/
Backhaus, San Mateo
Backhaus’ pies are sadly already sold out but you can still round out your Thanksgiving table with the San Mateo bakery’s excellent breads, from seeded sourdough to whole-wheat pan loaf. (You’re going to need great bread to make your leftovers sandwich on, right?) While you’re at it, order a few croissants or a pear-dark chocolate scone for the morning-after breakfast. All Thanksgiving orders must be placed before noon on Sunday, Nov. 22. Backhaus will be open for pre-order pickups only on Thanksgiving Day, with coffee and espresso drinks but no baked goods available.
To order, go to backhaus-thanksgiving.square.site/s/order.
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is making a three-course to-go meal for the holiday, including a butternut squash soup, muscat-glazed turkey breast with sides and pecan pie cobbler for dessert.
Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant, Palo Alto
Jerk-roasted turkey with jerk pan gravy, candied yams and rice and beans? Coconuts will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but has a range of Caribbean Thanksgiving meals available for takeout ($90 to $190). Preorder by Nov. 20.
To order, go to coconutspaloalto.com/thanksgiving.html
The Refuge, Menlo Park, San Carlos
Skip the turkey and order some of The Refuge’s pastrami for this Thanksgiving. A family meal ($85) comes with 2 pounds of pastrami, Russian dressing, spicy brown mustard, coleslaw, sauerkraut, a loaf of rye bread, Swiss cheese and pickles. Pre-order for pickup by Wed. Nov. 25, 3–8 p.m.
To order, go to refugesc.com
La Bodeguita del Medio, Palo Alto
Go Cuban this Thanksgiving with slow-roasted pork, chorizo-leek stuffing and pumpkin bread pudding from La Bodeguita del Medio. The restaurant’s full menu is also available.
To order, email [email protected]
Johnston’s Saltbox, San Carlos
Johnston’s Saltbox’s takeout sides include brown butter mashed sweet potatoes, sausage-polenta stuffing, wild rice stuffing and cranberry chutney plus cocktails and wine. Pickup is on Nov. 25, 2–4 p.m.
Keith’s Chicken and Waffles, Daly City
Lean into the nontraditional that is this year and make fried chicken from Keith’s Chicken and Waffles the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving (plus sides like mac and cheese, candied yams and cornbread).
Email orders to [email protected] by Nov. 23 at noon.
The two-Michelin-star Baumé is offering two Thanksgiving tasting menus to go ($198-$298 for bread and butter, caviar, soup, truffles, lobster, salmon, beef, cheese, sorbet and dessert) and a Thanksgiving meal kit for those who prefer to cook their own ribeye steak ($98, including soup, cheese and dessert). The tasting menus, for up to eight people, are available for pickup on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The kit is available for pickup on Nov. 25 from 4–7 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To order, go to exploretock.com/baume/
Number5Kitchen has the Thanksgiving sides down — stuffing, braised red cabbage, roasted Brussel sprouts and more — plus a black truffle roasted chicken if turkey isn’t your thing, kabocha pumpkin tart with chantilly cream and all the fixings for a holiday appetizer plate. (And maybe add on the restaurant’s Dungeness crab fried rice, while you’re at it?) Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 25 from noon to 5pm. Reheat instructions will be provided.
To order, go to number5kitchen.com/thanksgiving
Pasta Moon, Half Moon Bay
Italian favorite Pasta Moon will have an extensive Thanksgiving menu available for indoor and outdoor dining on Nov. 26, including hand-carved turkey, Guinness-braised short ribs, lasagna, sausage-spinach-parmesan stuffing and sweet potato casserole ($88 per person; $25 for children under 12 years old).
To make a reservation, go to pastamoon.com
The Smokepoint, San Juan Bautista
It’s a bit of a drive out to The Smokepoint, the new barbecue spot opened this month by Jarad Gallagher, the former executive chef of Chez TJ in Mountain View. But maybe this year you have time to spare or no relatives to pretend to please. If so, The Smokepoint is making smoked turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry relish, sautéed greens, salad and berry cobbler ($45 per person) for pickup. Email [email protected] to place an order.
Thanksgiving produce boxes
If you’re immuno-compromised or want to avoid grocery stores crowded with holiday shoppers, Sigona’s in Palo Alto and Redwood City is delivering Thanksgiving produce boxes the weeks of Nov. 16 and 23. Locally baked pies are available as add-ons. Local delivery is free for orders over $75. To order, go to sigonashome.com/shop/home-delivery-produce-boxes/
Farm Box will be offering its usual local produce boxes for delivery with Thanksgiving add-ons like yams, celery, leeks and Three Babes Bakeshop Pies. Orders close Thursdays at noon. To order, go to farmbox.409.co/
Mountain View’s The Milk Pail will be offering two drive-thrus with produce baskets, Thanksgiving sides kits, pumpkin cream cheese pie, fresh bread from the Midwife & the Baker and other special items. The drive-thrus are Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To order, go to the-milk-pail-pop-up.myshopify.com/collections/kits.
La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexicana, Redwood City
La Viga has three to-go dinner packages available for Thanksgiving, including cochinita pibil with saffron rice and homemade tortillas or appetizers like guacamole and queso fresco ($120 to $150). Each option serves six to eight people. Orders must be picked up Wednesday evening, Nov. 25.
To order, call 650–679–8141.
Zareen’s, Redwood City
If you need a hail-mary lunch on Thanksgiving Day or aren’t cooking, Zareen’s Redwood City location will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and serving halwa puri (usually only available on weekends) and chicken khausay.
Town, San Carlos
Town will have batched cocktails, discounted wines and family-sized bread pudding with with crème anglaise and brandy sauces available for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25, between 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To order, go to toasttab.com/townsc/v3
Bird Dog, Palo Alto
For post-holiday consumption, Bird Dog is offering a limited quantity of leftovers-inspired takeout dishes: prime rib sashimi, fried rice with chicken skin, smoked turkey ramen, okonomiyaki Brussels sprouts and baked apple with cinnamon Red Hots candy. Available for pickup Friday-Sunday after Thanksgiving, 4–6 p.m.
To order, go to birddogpa.com/takeaway/
BONUS ROUND: DESSERT
Is dessert the most important part of Thanksgiving? Maybe. Here are a few recommendations for local baked goods and pies.
Dianda’s Bakery, San Mateo: Dianda’s Italian baked goods are to die for. Do get the famous almond torte, which is so subtly sweet and light that it’s socially acceptable to have it for breakfast as well as dessert.
Shampa’s Pies, Pacifica: Owner Haruwn Wesley’s pies are worth driving to the coast for. Go traditional with sweet potato or pecan pie or a sampler pack of a five mini pies to try them all.
Palo Alto Creamery, Palo Alto: If you can walk past the Creamery’s enormous apple pies in the baking case and not leave with one, I applaud you. Other flavors include pumpkin, cherry crumb, blueberry, chocolate cream, key lime and chocolate pecan. They make it easy to go a-la-mode (as you should): ice cream can be ordered by the pint ($8) or quart ($12).
Mademoiselle Colette, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City: The French patisserie is offering traditional Thanksgiving pies, but why not treat yourself with an entremet chocolat or mille feuille? It’s been a hard year. You deserve it.
Duarte’s Tavern, Pescadero: Make a pie pilgrimage to Duarte’s for some olallieberry or pumpkin pie. Call 650–879–0464 to order.
Asian Women Chef Collective snack box: Support the Asian Women Chef Collective and order an epic Friendsgiving snack box with ube cake bars, pandan cookies, turkey empanada, cranberry coconut mochi and more. Order by Friday, Nov. 20, for pickup on Monday, Nov. 23, 1–3 p.m. in Redwood City or Sunnyvale. To order, go to https://damansara-sf.myshopify.com/.
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