Thanksgiving means time well spent with family, friends and loved ones, but it can also mean hours of cooking, serving and cleaning. Consider dining out instead at one of the many nearby eateries that are offering Turkey Day to-go menus and dine-in specials this year.
*Due to capacity, spacing restraints and an influx of bookings, many restaurants may not accept reservations at this time. Check their social media pages for any last-minute openings.
720 S. Justison St., Wilmington • 652-3474
When: Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 for pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Orders can be picked up from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront.
What’s on the menu: Big Fish Grill offers a take-home Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixings. Get a full-sized oven-roasted turkey, homemade gravy, cranberry sauce and a choice of four homemade sides. Browse the full menu here.
Pricing: $199.95; other options include a honey-glazed spiral ham dinner, individual Thanksgiving dinners and more.
90 E. Main St., Newark • 738-5811
When: Accepting catering orders through Nov. 22.
What’s on the menu: A nine-pound oven-roasted turkey breast is the main star of the show, followed by savory mashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes with cinnamon, sun-dried tomato and basil stuffing and so much more. Also, house-crafted gelato will be on the menu with a choice of vanilla bean or crème brûlée toffee.
Pricing: Half order is $197 and serves 4-5; a full order is $297 and serves 8-10.
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Thanksgiving Day dinner and to-go
109 Main St., Odessa • 376-0600
When: In-house seatings from 11:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.
What’s on the menu: Three courses including your choice of citrus sage turkey, honey-roasted ham or maple-glazed salmon. Get add-ons like Cantwell’s crab dip, a charcuterie board and more.
Pricing: $36; Thanksgiving to-go is available, but restrictions apply. Call or visit the website for more information.
Dine-in Thanksgiving dinner
2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington • 571-1492
When: Dine in from 4:30-9 p.m.
What’s on the menu: Thanksgiving Day dinner at Columbus Inn has options like roasted turkey and pepper-crusted filet, along with numerous sides including green bean casserole, roasted cauliflower, maple and marshmallow sweet potatoes, classic stuffing and more.
Pricing: In-house dinner: $57 per adult, $28 per children ages 4-10
Reservations: Columbus Inn’s Thanksgiving dinner is currently booked, but check its social media pages for any openings.
507 Thompson Station Road, Newark • 368-6640
When: Dine-in on November 25 from 12-5 p.m.
What’s on the menu: Deerfield’s Thanksgiving dinner features traditional favorites like roasted sliced turkey breast and traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie for dessert and more. Visit the website for more information.
Pricing: $59.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 7-12.
Reservations: Due to capacity and spacing restraints, reservations are limited but may become more available with cancelations. Check its reservations link for any availability.
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Dine-in and takeout
2020 Naamans Rd., Wilmington • 475-3000
When: The restaurant is now accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving takeout meals to be picked up from 2-7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving a la carte menu is served from 2–8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with a buffet from 1-6 p.m.
What’s on the menu: Dine in and enjoy warm lobster bisque, a classic Thanksgiving roasted turkey dinner, jumbo lump crab cakes, Harry’s award-winning prime rib and more.
Pricing: $100 for takeout dinner; $56.95 per person and $19.95 for children under 12 for the buffet. Visit the website for more information on a la carte dining pricing.
Reservations: Now accepting dine-in reservations and pre-orders for pickup; call 475-3000.
100 Continental Drive, Wilmington • 454-1500
When: From noon-4 p.m. on November 25
What’s on the menu: This buffet style dinner serves its signature crab bisque, butternut squash bisque, a carved turkey, mashed Yukon potatoes and more.
Pricing: $69 for adults, $29 for children ages 4-11 and $15 for children ages three and under.
Reservations: Call 631-1540 to make a reservation
Newark, Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach
When: Place orders for pickup on Nov. 24.
What’s on the menu: Oven-roasted turkey breast with gravy, sage and sausage dressing, buttery mashed potatoes and fresh country-style green beans with grilled onions and bacon. Add on a signature growler or fresh baked pie for an additional fee.
Pricing: $65 for a dinner for four
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3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville • 654-9941
When: To order Thanksgiving catering, call 654-9941, ext. 3 to make reservations or email email@example.com.
What’s on the menu: Let Janssen’s do the work this year with its extensive take-home menu including individual dishes, a charcuterie board and traditional Thanksgiving platters. View the full range of options here.
Pricing: $85 dinner for two, $195 dinner for 6-8, $295 dinner for 10-12
114 Delaware St., New Castle • 322-6111
When: Dine-in on Nov. 25
What’s on the menu: Guests can chose from one of four items like the oven-roasted turkey breast, grilled hickory ham, maki filet and the peppercorn seared center-cut filet mignon. A starch and a vegetable come with each meal, as well as a dessert.
Pricing: $25 per person, gratuity not included
Reservations: Call 322-6111 for reservations.
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Dine-in and take-home
42 W. 11th St., Wilmington • 594-3154
When: Offering a Thanksgiving dine-in menu on Nov. 25 from 1-8 p.m. or a Le Cav Thanksgiving at Home; accepting preorders now through Nov. 22.
What’s on the menu: For dine-in, chef-partner Tyler Akin creates innovative riffs on French classics and family staples including Brussels sprouts, root vegetable cake and Salad du Moment, plus turkey roulade and Bavette. Or, choose Maison x Le Cav. Translating to “Home by Le Cav,” the menu features a robust Thanksgiving package sold in increments of two with choices of mains, sides and dessert.
Pricing: Prix fixe dine-in prices vary. The take-home experience feeds two people for $165. A la carte options are available for take-home.
Reservations: Call 594-3154 for reservations.
2062 Limestone Rd., Wilmington • 274-2085
When: Preorder online by Nov. 18.
What’s on the menu: Make Thanksgiving barbecue-themed this year with Limestone’s Thanksgiving feast, Thanksgiving dinner or a la carte options. The feast includes everything from a whole smoked turkey to stuffing and macaroni and cheese. The dinner includes a half turkey and sides. View the full menu here.
Pricing: The feast feeds 10-12 for $165; the dinner feeds 4-6 for $80. You can also choose to create your own meal with separately priced items.
1412 N. DuPont St., Wilmington • 655-8600
When: Call 655-8600 to preorder by Nov. 19 and schedule pickup after 4 p.m. on Nov. 24, or between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 15.
What’s on the menu: The complete Thanksgiving meal includes dinner and dessert with all the fixings, including turkey, focaccia sage sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes gratin, house-made cranberry sauce and more. View the menu here.
Pricing: $219 for the complete Thanksgiving meal (serves 12). Pricing is also available for whole turkeys, sides and baked goods.
930 Justison St., Wilmington • 429-7427
When: noon-5 p.m.
What’s on the menu: Guests can enjoy a tasty Thanksgiving buffet with hand-carved roast turkey breast, brown sugar spiral glazed ham, angus rib eye roast and harvest-spiced pumpkin ravioli. Plus, save room for mashed potatoes, maple glazed sweet potatoes, cranberry glazed baby carrots and more. Click here for the full menu.
Pricing: $29.99 for adults, $27.99 for seniors and $15.99 for children under 12, with a 20-percent gratuity added to all checks
Reservation: Call 429-7427 for a reservation (required).
323 S. Governors Ave., Dover • 741-0180
When: Orders must be placed by Nov. 20; call 741-0180 to order.
What’s on the menu: Choose from breads and desserts like the traditional buttermilk biscuit, brioche buns and the French apple tart. Visit the menu here.
Pricing: Prices vary, visit the menu for more information.
Thanksgiving day buffet and “Heat & Eat” dinner to-go
111 Delaware Ave., Laurel • 280-6172
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
What’s on the menu: The annual Thanksgiving buffet at Abbott’s includes carved turkey, glazed ham, rosemary chicken, smoked barbecue brisket, eggplant parmesan, pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, traditional stuffing and more. Thanksgiving dinner to-go features oyster stuffing, sweet potato casserole, entrees, sides, rolls, gravy and dessert. View the buffet menu here and to-go menu here.
Pricing: Buffet is $25 for adults, $13 for children under 10; Thanksgiving dinner to-go is $25 per person
Reservations: All to-go orders must be placed by Nov. 23. Call 280-6172 to place orders.