LIKE IN 2020, many Milwaukee-area restaurants curated a to-go meal just for Thanksgiving. You can even find gluten-free pies for your nieces and nephews, vegan options for the meatless folks at the table and fun twists on a traditional meal, such as Scandinavian or retro-diner fare. Just don’t sit too long on your orders. Many restaurants report sold-out situations early in November last year … and some have already met this status.
A La Carte
2457 S. WENTWORTH AVE.
While Goodkind’s “Thanksgiving Kits for 2” have unfortunately sold out, “Thanksgiving extras” are still available. What’s an “extra?” It’s everything from starters like Red Rock Crab and Chive Dip ($20) to four ounces of Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve with Potter’s crackers ($15) to Country Pork Pate ($15) and Brussels sprouts salad ($16). Dessert options include Gateau Basque Cake ($12), Pumpkin Honey Buns ($9), cranberry cornbread ($8) and gluten-free apple-ginger pie ($15).
Serves 2-4. Pre-order and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Whole Meal
3041 N. MAYFAIR RD., WAUWATOSA
Alioto’s Thanksgiving dinner menu features 10 entree choices, including the obligatory Roast Tom Turkey, as the main dish, plus potato, soup or salad, and dessert (choose from five options, including pumpkin pie and cherry cheesecake).
Serves 1, $26-$39 (kids Roast Tom Turkey meal, $16). Pre-order and pick up at Alioto’s on Thursday, Nov. 25 between noon and 3 p.m.
7700 HARWOOD AVE., WAUWATOSA
Bucktabon Tavern & Supper Club’s heat-and-eat Thanksgiving dinners, dubbed Bucksgiving, consist of a Carved Turkey ($75 for two, $140 for four) or Thanksgiving Prime Rib dinner ($125 for two, $250 for four), plus all the fixings (whole-grain rolls, potatoes with gravy, and a vegetable side: green-bean casserole with the carved turkey and iceberg wedge salad with the prime rib). Goose’s Eau Claire Cake (vanilla pudding, graham crackers and chocolate sauce) is also included.
Serves 2-4 people. Pre-order by noon on Thursday Nov. 18 by calling 414-271-7700 and picking up Tuesday, Nov. 24 or Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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2300 N. MAYFAIR RD., WAUWATOSA
Put a Nordic twist on Thanksgiving with Eldr+Rime’s Thanksgiving Feast To-Go (inside Wauwatosa’s Renaissance Milwaukee West Hotel), folding in dry brined roasted turkey and gravy with six sides: sourdough stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, birch glazed sweet potatoes, green bean au gratin, roasted Brussels sprouts and dinner rolls. Now your only choice is which pie: apple, pumpkin or pecan?
Serves 4. $140. Pre-order by Tuesday, Nov. 23 for pickup on Thursday, Nov. 25 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
15665 W. BLUEMOUND RD., BROOKFIELD
The Brookfield location for Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers a three-course Thanksgiving meal for curbside pick-up. First, you pick your entree (filet mignon, herb-roasted turkey breast, petite filet mignon or prime bone-in ribeye) and then your starter (lobster bisque or a salad) and finally the dessert (carrot cake or cheesecake). Savory stuffing included. Sides (to share) are the same for all orders: mashed potatoes, cinnamon-orange infused cranberry sauce, and green beans and onions.
$49-$74 per person (children’s three-course menu, $23). Pre-order and pick up Thursday, Nov. 25 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
1900 W. CLYBOURN ST.
Miss Katie’s Diner’s Thanksgiving menu is anchored by roast turkey breast but also includes dinner rolls and butter, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans and cranberry-orange relish.
$25 per person (minimum four servings per order). Pick up at Miss Katie’s Wednesday, Nov. 24 or Thursday, Nov. 25.
2300 PILGRIM SQUARE DR., BROOKFIELD
Parkside 23’s Thanksgiving Feast is especially for those on a gluten-free diet. Everything but the pumpkin pie and herb stuffing is gluten-free, such as half an oven-roasted turkey, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread muffins and green beans with herb butter.
Serves 4-5. $139.50. Pre-order by Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 25 between 11 a.m. and noon.
Opt for Thanksgiving Dinner for 2 or Thanksgiving Family meal (serves 6-8) from Playing in the Plants, a vegan restaurant group that includes On the Bus inside the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.) as well as their Cudahy restaurant (5601 S. Pennsylvania Ave.). If you just want the sides or the mains, that’s OK, too (simply pick Thanksgiving Desserts, Thanksgiving Sides or Thanksgiving Mains from the online menu). Curious what a vegan Thanksgiving looks like? Instead of turkey, vegan substitutes are transformed into Turkey Seitan Roast, Turkey Pot Pie and Fried Turkey Cutlets.
Serves 2-8. $35-$250. Pre-order and pick up at Milwaukee Public Market (Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.) or Playing in the Plants (Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
332 N. MILWAUKEE ST.
Smoke Shack’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu is nothing short of indulgent. You’ve got smoked turkey breast (serves 8-10, $50), smoked ham (serves 10-12, $70) or smoked duck ($45, serves 4-6), plus a half or full pan of cornbread, four-cheese mac and cheese and green-bean casserole ($12-$40 for sides). Further customize with cranberry sauce ($12), duck sauce ($8) or honey butter ($8). Wait, there’s more: pumpkin cheesecake ($25).
Pre-order by Wednesday, Nov. 17 and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24.
900 E. LAYTON AVE.
Just like its Friday fish fry, The Packing House’s Thanksgiving dinner is also available for drive-thru. And it’s everything you’d expect: white or dark meat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, with gravy, sweet potatoes with brown-sugar glaze, green beans and cranberry sauce.
$30 per serving. No pre-order necessary. Pick up Thursday, Nov. 25 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cash only.
4905 S. PACKARD AVE., CUDAHY
Twisted Plants always serves up vegan deliciousness and Thanksgiving is no exception. The Cudahy restaurant’s Thanksgiving Dinner Special includes “chik’n” cutlets, herb dressing, smoky mixed greens, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes with onions and pepper gravy, and half a sweet-potato pie. Note that this meal does contain gluten, soy and tree nuts.
Serves 2. $65. Pre-order by Monday, Nov. 22 and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
540 E. MASON ST.
Whether you’re a solo diner and crave a turkey meal or are plating a feast for 12, Ward’s House of Prime hosts lots of options for Thanksgiving Day. A single-serving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, gravy and cranberry sauce is $24.99. A whole-turkey dinner for between 10 and 12 people (plus seven sides and an apple and pumpkin pie) costs $250. If your group isn’t so into turkey, prime rib can be substituted for an additional fee.
Serves 1-12. Pre-order by Tuesday, Nov. 23 and pick up Thursday, Nov. 25 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Just the Desserts
317 N. 76TH ST.
While Blue’s Egg’s Thanksgiving Take-And-Heat Dinners are sold out, its 9-inch pies are not. Choose from Pumpkin, Key Lime, Pecan, Apple or Pumpkin Cheesecake.
$20-$28. Pre-order by Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
655 N. BROOKFIELD RD., BROOKFIELD
As of this writing, all of the pies on Hatched’s Thanksgiving menu are sold out but Southern Pecan pie (9-inch gluten-free friendly, $37), 4-pack Thanksgiving Variety hand pies (Chocolate Hazelnut, Pumpkin, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Cherry ($24) and Spiced Pumpkin Bread ($16 a loaf) remains.
Pre-order by Tuesday, Nov. 16 and pick up at Elm Grove Lutheran Church Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
2569 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE.
Honeypie Café, Bay View’s top spot for pies, offers a Thanksgiving Pies menu — all are 11 inches—featuring 11 flavors: Classic Pumpkin, Whiskey Walnut Pecan, Apple Crumb, Apple Double Crust, Door County Cherry Crumb, Key Lime, Double Chocolate Cream, Banana Cream, Vegan Apple Crumb, Vegan Cherry Crumb and Gluten Free Banana Cream (walnut crust).
$34 per pie. Pre-order by calling 414-242-6389 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
2378 S. HOWELL AVE.
An assortment of holiday pies and cakes at Lazy Susan are available for the Thanksgiving holiday. $5 from each pie or cake is donated to Bay View Community Center.
$25 per pie or cake. Pre-order by calling 414-988-7086 and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
7860 N. PHEASANT LN., RIVER HILLS
This River Hills cottage bakery’s sweet takes on the Thanksgiving holiday range from traditional (Ruth’s Pumpkin Pie, $30) to offbeat Cranberry Orange Financier, $34). You can also pick up Salted Caramel Apple Pie ($30), French Silk Pie ($34) and Pecan Tart ($28). Planning for a brunch that morning or the day after? Scoop up a six-pack of cinnamon rolls ($24) or the bakery’s Breakfast Box (two each of chocolate croissants, apple-cinnamon danishes and cinnamon knots, $24). Another option are nine cheesy herb rolls ($15).
Pre-order by midnight on Saturday, Nov. 20 and pick up at Matilda bakehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
7610 HARWOOD AVE., WAUWATOSA
From Parker House rolls ($8) to serve on Thanksgiving Day to ready-to-bake pain au chocolat ($24) that morning, Le Rêve Patisserie & Café’s Thanksgiving to-go menu has you covered. Also available are petite dessert platters (macarons, mousses and small tarts, $40) and a Brown Butter Pecan or Orchard Apple Crumble tart ($35). Platters of cheese, charcuterie and cocktail shrimp ($42-$45) can also be ordered, perfect for keeping guests fed before the main feast.
Pre-order by Friday, Nov. 19 for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.