5 Places to Pre-Order Thanksgiving Deliciousness

Family and friends top the list of things we’re thankful for this season. And for many of us, showing our gratitude involves preparing a big Thanksgiving Day spread. Which can be stressful—and also take time away from the very people we’re celebrating.

Let someone else do all—or part—of the heavy lifting for you. These five eateries have the turkey day pre-order business down pat, which leaves you more time and energy for connecting with your loved ones.

Beast Craft BBQ
This Belleville barbecue joint known for its smoked meats and craft beers offers whole smoked turkeys plus trimmings—slaw, mac and cheese, pit beans, candied bacon, Brussels sprouts and more—for pickup between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the big day. If you want to branch out beyond turkey, they also offer smoked ham and beef brisket.

5 Places to Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Deliciousness

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Vero Meal Kits
The culinary team behind Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria offers Italian-themed Thanksgiving meals through its meal-subscription service, Vero Meal Kits. Now through Nov. 17, you can order a complete menu of side dishes (with or without a farm-raised turkey) for delivery or in-store pickup (in Rock Hill or Town and Country) on Nov. 21. Each kit includes ingredients and recipes for 10 servings of stuffing with figs and walnuts, shallot gravy, cranberry relish, green beans, mascarpone-lemon mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

Weber Grill Restaurant
The Thanksgiving platter from this Richmond Heights restaurant is hassle-free—they’ll even carve the smoked turkey for you if you’d like. Side-dish options include salads, sausage stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes, grilled asparagus, cornbread, pretzel rolls and the signature chocolate-espresso pecan pie. Turkey orders must be placed by Nov. 16, but sides can be added up to 24 hours before pickup. Call the restaurant’s catering and private-dining crew at 314. 930.3840 after Nov. 1 to place your order.

 5 Places to Pre-Order Thanksgiving Deliciousness

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Nathaniel Reid Bakery
For some of us, the best part of Thanksgiving is the sweets. Specifically pies. Specifically pumpkin pie. Starting on Nov. 1, you can pre-order a classic pumpkin pie from award-winning pastry chef Nathaniel Reid. His bakery in Kirkwood also offers two other special Thanksgiving pies for pre-order: apple with brown-sugar streusel and chocolate-pecan tart. And of course there are all the usual fall desserts—spiced pumpkin pound cake (pictured above), apple pie croissants (pictured in the featured image), vanilla and chocolate chip bread pudding, autumn macarons and more. On the savory side, the bakery offers a spinach-and-mushroom quiche perfect for Thanksgiving brunch.

5 Places to Pre-Order Thanksgiving Deliciousness

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Niche Food Group
A dynamic duo of chefs from Gerard Craft‘s culinary company—executive chef Ashley Shelton of Pastaria in Clayton, and Niche Food Group pastry chef Sarah Osborn—are offering both sweets and savory sides dishes for pickup. Among the sweet offerings: orange-cranberry coffee cake, cinnamon coffee cake, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin-salted caramel cheesecake, chai cheesecake with cranberry compote and Pastaria’s famous tiramisu. There are also cookies: molasses, oatmeal, sugar and biscotti (chocolate and cranberry-orange-pistachio). And of course there are pies: traditional pumpkin or apple or an innovative pecan-chocolate chunk. On the savory side, you can order Sardella’s crave-inducing dinner rolls as well as roasted broccoli with garlic, chili and lemon, roasted Brussels sprouts, honey-glazed turnips or roasted cauliflower with chili, pine nuts and pickled golden raisins. Orders for any of the dishes can be placed online.

Featured image courtesy of Eric Kellar.

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