Thanksgiving dishes for take-out around San Diego


Thanksgiving is that special day of the year where it is perfectly normal to binge, stuff, and wear sweatpants to the dinner table. Unfortunately, not everyone has a chef or grandma on hand, or days to toil away in the kitchen preparing a hearty spread.

Luckily for San Diegans, caterers and restaurants are doing the heavy lifting and providing any delicious dish the heart can imagine. Here are a list of top takeaway options to make this Thanksgiving binge-worthy without the work.

Cafe 21

Not only is the sustainable and organic restaurant open on Thanksgiving Day at both locations (here’s to no dishes!), the full menu is available for takeaway. Holiday specialties include Sweet Potato Purée with sweet yams, shallots, butter, garlic, Garlic Mashed Potatoes with roasted garlic, and Turkey Sliders. Each pickup includes traditional pan gravy, cranberry sauce and house dinner rolls.

Deadline: Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 22, with pickup available on Thanksgiving Day.

Normal Heights: 2736 Adams Ave., 619.640.2121; Downtown: 802 Fifth Ave., 619.795.0721,

Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering

On the heels of opening up a new tasting showroom and event space in La Jolla, entitled La Sede (“headquarters” in Italian), Giuseppe has gourmet Thanksgivings covered this year. The 2017 menu is a veritable cornucopia of delights, including Sonoma Apple Chicken Sausage in puff pastry for appetizers, cheese and charcuterie boards, oven ready and roasted turkeys, and a smorgasbord of sides and desserts. Try the Seasonal Chopped Salad with pomegranate, pepitas, feta, celery hearts, butternut squash, and Banyul’s shallot dressing ($49/bowl serves 8-10) or the Foccacia-Pistachio-Leek Stuffing for $12/lb. Don’t forget dessert with a laundry list of breads, pies, and cakes available, including pumpkin, pecan and carrot. For a full menu, visit

Deadline: Orders must be received by noon on Monday, Nov. 20. Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 22. Delivery can be arranged from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7853 Herschel Avenue in La Jolla, 858.581.2205,

Indigo Grill

Chef Deborah Scott serves up Thanksgiving favorites to add a delicious twist to the big day. For a starter to the feast, grab 32 oz. of the comforting Butternut Squash Soup, which serves 3-4 people for $15.95. Then dig into the tummy-warming Indian Corn Pudding, available in an oven-ready container, as a small 36 oz. portion for $18.95 or large 66 oz. for $30.95.

Deadline: All orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 19 via phone at 619.234.6802. Pickup times include noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22 from.

1536 India St., Little Italy, 619.234.6802,

Park 101

This new Carlsbad locale works hard to remove the stress from the holiday with the Family Dinner Package, which includes smoked turkey, smoked garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, “Sweet Heat” candied yams, and smoked cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, 101 Greens Salad, stuffing, corn and black bean salad and 20 rolls.

Deadline: Orders must be placed by Saturday, Nov. 18. For more information, call Park 101’s catering line at 760.857.9013 or email orders to

3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2217,

Waters Catering & Fine Foods

This classic San Diego institution makes Thanksgiving planning a breeze with easy online ordering, pickup, and scheduled deliveries. Don’t want the hassle of cooking? Order the Thanksgiving Family of Four option for $199, which includes Mary’s Farm free-range turkey breast roulade, turkey stock gravy, traditional stuffing, yukon gold mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree and pecan praline, seasonal vegetable medley, New England cranberry pineapple relish, and parker house rolls. Or, go a la carte with an array of options including Winter Squash Phyllo Puffs for $18, Pomegranate Kale Salad for $10, and Apple Crumble Pie for $38. And don’t forget, Waters offers wines, beer, & craft cocktail options too.

Deadline: Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Pickup is available at any of Waters three locations, or select the delivery option for Wednesday, Nov. 22.

La Jolla: 7441 Girard Ave., 858.509.9400; Morena: 1125 W. Morena Blvd., 619.276.8803; Downtown: 555 C. St., 619.696.7555,