GOBBLE 'TIL YOU WOBBLE
These 9 San Antonio restaurants are stuffed with to-go Thanksgiving treats
It seems like just yesterday when San Antonians were stressing whether to be Barbie or Ariana Madix for Halloween. Now, the city is panicking over what to serve for Thanksgiving. After all, hosts are expected to complete the herculean feat of perfectly timing a multi-course feast with no more than a few scant hours, a single oven, and a temperamental pressure cooker.
Sometimes, one just has to fudge it. As countless locals conjured a reasonable M3gan masquerade with a FashionNova haul and Spirit wig, so can holiday memories be wrought from a quick click or phone call. Heck, even Ina Garten has long assured us that "store-bought is fine."
It's more than fine, in fact. Some of San Antonio's best restaurants offer mains, sides, and desserts that trump the typical Campbell's Soup casseroles. Instead of sweating over the stove, save some sanity by unwrapping the turkey and dressing. When the second bottle of wine is uncorked, everyone will rave about your unparalleled home cooking.
While fussing over the bird, let this Cajun café take care of all the sides. The à la carte menu features more than a dozen options, from Southern staples like black-eyed peas and greens, to starches like biscuits or cornbread. Call 210-674-0019 to preorder.
Who says the Thanksgiving table must look like a Norman Rockwell sketch? This Castle Hills sandwich shop is shaking things up with a Latin-inspired package including mojo pork roast, Cuban black beans and rice, and rum-cooked plantains. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Need something sweet to top off the feast? This Pearl stunner is offering a duo of pies for preorder before November 20. Choose from a classic Texas pecan or a boozy Bourbon pumpkin cheesecake for $30 a pop. Or order them both. Thanksgiving is all about options.
There are cooks, and there are bakers. Those in the former camp can complete their Thanksgiving masterpieces with gourmet goodies like chai spiced apple crumble pie, pumpkin hazelnut cream pie, and Japanese milk bread rolls. A few sides are also available to help make game day seamless. Order by November 20.
This Broadway favorite is roasting whole turkeys for the holiday but pulling out all the stops for the sides. Enjoy green bean casseroles, mashed potatoes with pastrami gravy, or the restaurant's signature Brussels sprouts. Order by November 16 for pickup on November 22, and don't forget to add a Rooster Crow pie.
Max & Louie's New York Diner
Supplement the Thanksgiving menu with sides or mains from this eternal San Antonio favorite. Or just let its chefs do all the work. A complete feast for 8-10 people includes butternut squash soup, a choice of whole turkey or sliced breast, sides like challah stuffing, and a full dessert. Deadline to order is November 16.
This Helote's eatery is keeping it traditional for its Thanksgiving feast, featuring a family pack with smoked turkey and brisket, complimented by sides like mashed potatoes. For a larger group, beef up the menu with a la carte mac 'n' cheese, borracho beans, and shareable sides like lemon bars. Though Pedrotti's didn't list a deadline, ordering sooner is always best.
This Filipino favorite offers a crispy fried turkey with heavy hitters like Pancit (a stir-fried noodle dish), lumpia, pan de sal, and giblet gravy. Leche flan ensures sweet dreams during nap time. Preorder by November 19.
Two Bros BBQ Market
Don't risk a Sahara-dry turkey. Instead, order smoked turkey breast from chef Jason Dady's barbecue joint. The $150 package also includes roasted garlic and thyme stuffing, orange cranberry jam, and plenty of rolls. Traditional barbecue sides are also available a la carte. Get the order in by November 19.