Food That's Feast-Ready

By Madie Leon – November 1, 2012

Do you have crowds of family coming into town? Is the thought of cooking a big meal creating anxiety rather than pleasure? Avoid the stress of playing chef this Thanksgiving holiday with these choices of prepared meals for your turkey day.

Whole Foods Market

Starting November 1, you can place an order in the store for your Thanksgiving meal. All dinner options feature choices from the Whole Foods Market initiative “Health Starts Here,” which boasts whole, unprocessed, and nutrient-dense foods. All turkeys are free-range from farms that follow PETA guidelines. Side dishes include delectable options like harvest summer squash, garden salad with a tangerine vinaigrette, and herb barley stuffing. Vegan meal options are also available. Pick up is available the day of Thanksgiving; delivery is available for an additional fee.


Open 365 days a year, local restaurant Threadgill’s offers to-go meals for your holiday table. Features like turkey and dressing are available for the big day. Side options include hearty choices like garlic cheese and grits, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes and gravy, home-style macaroni and cheese, and more. Order early to ensure your meal will be ready for dinner, and be ready to loosen the belt after enjoying.

Hoover’s Cooking

With items like Jamaican jerk chicken, smokehouse brisket, and garlic cheese grits, Hoover’s Cooking is an option for Southern comfort food this Thanksgiving. An Austin owned and operated restaurant, Hoover’s Cooking will feature local farmers’ produce. Food is available for pick up the day of Thanksgiving. You can order by phone or in the store during the month of November.

La Madeleine

The “Turkey Feast” featured at La Madeleine is ideal for a group ranging from four to six people. Customers get an option of honey-baked ham or turkey breast as well as the traditional sides of green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and a choice from a variety of other side dishes. In addition to your meal, the package comes with your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Order your meal near the end of October.

Wheatsville Coop

Alongside traditional Thanksgiving options, this local grocer offers an impressive variety of vegan and vegetarian choices for your meal. Your culinary wish list can include coconut mashed sweet potatoes, green bean almandine, corn bread stuffing, rosemary biscuits, and tofurkey for your main course. While the menu is available online, orders need to be placed in the store or by phone. If you suffer a last-minute change of plans, the store usually still has food available on Thanksgiving Day.

Other Places to Check Out

Alamo Drafthouse

All locations are open for football viewing, film watching, and Thanksgiving dinners while you enjoy holiday showings on a movie screen.


You can also place advance orders for pick up here.

Chez Zee and Upper Crust Bakery

These restaurants offer sweet treats to order in advance for the big day.,

Rudy’s BBQ

Order ahead of time for smoked turkey breast and other meats.

Kerbey Lane, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Hill’s Café

Prefer to go out? These restaurants are open Thanksgiving day and provide a safe bet for a satisfying holiday dining experience.

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