Want a stress-free Thanksgiving? Order dinner to go

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:04:30 AM. You can get smoked turkeys, ham with pineapple glaze, sweet potato sugared pecan casserole, vegan quinoa, boozy pies and ice cream sandwiches.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the idea of preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner from soup to nuts? Or trying to cobble together some extra side dishes because you suddenly have more guests coming than you’d planned for?

There are lots of restaurants and grocery stores that sell Thanksgiving takeout packages that include the turkey and all the trimmings. But where can you go when you just want to pick up a little something extra to supplement your home-cooked menu?

Here’s where.


SpitfireZ Catering in Wilmerding makes renowned “Spinach Ballz” that will disappear in seconds. They are a concoction of spinach, butter, garlic, Parmesan cheese, seasoned croutons and spices. Three dozen sell for $25, six dozen for $45 and nine dozen for $70.

Order deadline is Thursday. 316 Airbrake Ave. 412-824-7667; spitfirez.com.


Image DescriptionA smoked turkey from South Side BBQ Company. South Side BBQ is accepting orders for takeout smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving(Patrick Joyce, South Side BBQ)

If you’re not wedded to the idea of roast turkey, why not try a smoked turkey from a local barbecue joint?

South Side BBQ co-owner, Pat Joyce, started offering smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving last year. His turkeys range from $78 for an 8- to 12-pound turkey to $108 for a 20- to 25-pound bird. This year’s order deadline is Thursday, and turkeys must be picked up on Nov. 22. 75 S. 17th St. 412-381-4566; southsidebbqcompany.com.

Over at Spork in Garfield, you can get a 13-pound Strip District Meats turkey that will be smoked at Spork and supplemented with 13 pounds of chestnut and pancetta stuffing and two quarts of homemade gravy for $80 plus tax. Order deadline is Monday. Pickup is at Spork, 5430 Penn Ave., after 9 a.m. on Nov. 22, or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Call 412-441-1700 to order.


Oakdale’s Cooked Goose Catering Co. makes ham with pineapple glaze for $51.95 for a pan that serves 15 people. Orders should be placed as soon as possible. 7851 Steubenville Pike. 412-258-5944; cookedgoosecatering.com.


If you don’t have your heart set on mashed potatoes, T-Bones Marketplace in Franklin Park sells a specialty item, Gourmet Potatoes, which is a grated potato casserole with cheddar cheese, butter and sour cream. One pound, which serves about three adults, costs $4.99. If you just have to have the mashed potatoes, they’re $3.99 per pound. Order deadline is Sunday; pickup is no later than Nov. 22. 100 VIP Drive. 724-935-0530; tbonesmarketplace.com/thanksgiving-menu-2017/.

Sweet potatoes

Bistro to Go, North Side, makes a sweet potato sugared pecan casserole for $45 for a pan that serves 6 to 8 people. 415 East Ohio St. 412-231-0218; bistroandcompany.com.


A Fare to Remember @ Home in Allison Park sells bread stuffing with sage for $7 for a pan that feeds four to five people, or $7.50 for a pan with sausage in the stuffing. It can also make larger quantities for bigger crowds. Order deadline is Wednesday and pickup is Nov. 22. 4960 William Flynn Highway. 724-443-1200; fareathome.com.

Cranberry relish

Looking for a unique alternative to canned cranberry sauce? Woody’s in McKeesport sells cranberry relish for $7.95 per pint. Order deadline is Wednesday. 5300 Walnut St. 412-754-0551; woodyscatering.com/thanksgiving-dinner/.

Vegetable side

Rania’s in Mt. Lebanon makes roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in a balsamic glaze and topped with crispy bacon for $9.50 per pound. Order deadline is Friday and pickup is on Nov. 22. 100 Central Square. 412-531-2222; rania.com.

Vegan side

Image DescriptionQuinoa stir-fry with tofu from Square Cafe is a vegan side dish available for Thanksgiving takeout.(Christina Emilie Photography)

If you’re looking for a vegan side dish on a butter- and poultry-heavy holiday, Square Cafe in Regent Square sells a vegan Quinoa Stir-Fry with Tofu. A pan that feeds 10 to 12 people costs $34 (or $25 without the tofu).

Order deadline is Monday. 1137 S. Braddock Ave. 412-244-8002; square-café.com.


Breadworks in Perry South is many Pittsburghers’ go-to for bread. The bakery makes many types of artisan breads and rolls year-round, but for Thanksgiving it is making two special items. Pumpkin bread is available for pickup on Tuesday and Nov. 22, and sweet egg bread can be picked up only on Nov. 22. Both are $5.80 per loaf.

Order deadline is Friday for pumpkin bread and Monday for sweet egg bread. 2110 Brighton Road. 412-231-7555; breadworkspgh.com.

Traditional pie

Lincoln Bakery in Bellevue makes all the usual flavors of pies, including pumpkin, four styles of apple (regular, deep dish, French and Dutch), sweet potato and mincemeat. Pies can be ordered in three sizes: 8-inch, 9-inch or 10-inch. The lowest-priced pie is $7 for an 8-inch apple pie.

Since 1945, the same family has owned the bakery. It is known for its fancy cakes, but makes other desserts as well. The current owner, Joe Porco, bought it from his father-in-law in 1990. 

Order deadline is Monday. 543 Lincoln Ave. 412-766-0954; mylincolnbakery.com.

Novelty pie

Prohibition Pastries in Point Breeze makes pastries with local craft beverages. The Thanksgiving array, which ranges from $12 to $18, includes winter ale pecan, rum pumpkin, apple whiskey, coconut rum cream, chocolate-cherry-stout, chocolate cream, and whiskey berry and cream. Owner Eliza Bowman’s personal favorite is the winter ale pecan pie, which is made with Snow Melt Winter Ale from East End Brewery. The other two big sellers for Thanksgiving are rum pumpkin, made with Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum, and apple whiskey, made with Wigle’s Aged Wheat Whiskey.

Prohibition Pastries has been at its current location for about six months. Before that, Ms. Bowman had a stall for about two years at Pittsburgh Public Market.

Order deadline is Sunday. 7105 Reynolds St. 412-242-3300; prohibitionpastries.com.

Alternative dessert

Image DescriptionApple Cinnamon on Oatmeal Lace is among the flavors Leona's Ice Cream is selling for Thanksgiving. ( Matt Dayak)

If you’re not into pie, homemade ice cream sandwiches from Leona’s Ice Cream are a good option. The Wilkinsburg-based company makes lactose-free ice cream sandwiches with homemade cookies and ice cream and locally sourced ingredients.

Thanksgiving holiday packs of ice cream sandwiches include four different flavors — one sandwich in each flavor — and sell for $20. The flavors are maple nut on brown sugar shortbread, apple cinnamon on oatmeal lace, vanilla on chocolate chunk and pumpkin caramel on shortbread.

Orders can be picked up from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Flying Squirrel in Carnegie or noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 52nd St. Market in Lawrenceville. To order: leonaspgh.com (click “Personal”).

Rebecca Sodergren: pgfoodevents@hotmail.com; @pgfoodevents.

First Published November 14, 2017 1:19 PM

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