Thanksgiving weekend 2021 is a bit more open than last year. Toronto Public Health officials are advising that mask-less gatherings with people from different households be kept small and hosts ask attendees for vaccination status.
But big turkey takeout specials are still on offer at many of the city’s restaurants and specialty grocers. If you didn’t get it together to pre-order a feast at a spot with a strict deadline, fear not: this is a list of 10 restaurants and bakeries doing Thanksgiving dinners for dine-in and takeout. We’ve indicated pick-up dates and instances where pre-orders require notice.
Danforth Irish pub staple Allen’s is doing a Thanksgiving special once again and it’s as classic as they come. On October 10-11, roasted ginger-maple glazed turkey, curried butternut squash soup, baked double ham, roasted Brussel sprouts and pumpkin pie are on the menu. You can also order for pick-up.
143 Danforth, allens.to
Bar St. Lo
The new restaurant from the Collectif Nude team is doing a Friendsgiving prix fixe ($55) all weekend. Guests can also order à la carte from the menu serving butternut squash soup ($11), turkey ballontine with all the fixings ($34) and a pumpkin cheesecake with a bacon and date crust ($13).
26 Market, barstlo.com
If need a special meat dish and the supermarket options aren’t exciting you this year, Anthony Rose’s BBQ joint is doing a whole smoke turkey breast ($69) and BBQ bacon chunks ($19) for pick-up on Friday and Saturday.
176 Dupont, roseandsonsbigcrow.com
Recently opened plant-based Italian restaurant Gia is doing vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving specials for two ($110) for dine-in and takeout. The mains are lasagna (vegan) and porcini agnolotti with a side of rapini, and the dessert is an olive oil semolina cake.
1214 Dundas West, giarestaurant.ca
The Yorkville pub’s Thanksgiving deal is $55 for three courses on Saturday and Sunday. The main events are roast turkey and stuffing, herb-crusted confit halibut and red onion tart tatin with blue cheese. The menu is available for dine-in or takeout.
121 Yorkville, theoxley.com
The plant-based restaurant chain’s “plantsgiving” special costs $179 and feeds four. That gets you a mushroom and lentil meatloaf with mushroom gravy, sweet potato stuffing, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. Pick-up is at the Queen West location on Saturday and Sunday.
180 Queen West, plantarestaurants.com
The Queen & Beaver Public House
The downtown pub is doing a classic Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday for dine-in. Your options are a roast turkey and stuffing, the Q&B’s Sunday roast beef with Yorkies and a mushroom and Stilton pie.
35 Elm, queenandbeaverpub.ca
Skip the turkey and try chef Eric Chong’s whole-roasted pekin duck with roasted garlic hoisin, cucumber, leeks, and steamed baos. You need to pre-order at least 24 hours in advance.
241 Spadina, instagram.com/rdspadina
O&B team’s traditional British pub is doing dine-in and takeout pre-orders for Thanksgiving. The most high-concept of the specials on offer is a foot-long turkey and bacon sausage roll. Traditionalists craving turkey can opt for the pot pie. For dessert: pumpkin pie with caramel sauce. Pick up is on October 8-9.
21 Adelaide, therabbitholepub.ca
San Remo Bakery
The Mimico Italian bakery and caterer’s Thanksgiving feast will set you back $120 and serves around six people. What you get: Hormone-free boneless turkey breast, a side of carrots and peas, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, a French Vienna and a pumpkin pie. Order online for pick-up on Sunday.
A previous version of this story stated that Skyline Restaurant is offering a harvest dinner for Thanksgiving weekend by mistake. We apologize for the error.