19 January, 2022, 03:11

Thanksgiving 2020: Dine-in and to-go meals to gobble up

Every year, the city of Tucson harbors a cornucopia of tasty options for Thanksgiving.

2020 has been different in all shapes and forms, but that doesn’t mean local restaurants have stopped providing delicious dishes to enjoy anywhere you desire.

The following list should help you out this year if you’re hoping to skip that stack of dishes in the kitchen sink. More importantly, you can order whatever you’d like to eat instead of choking down your Uncle’s famous ambrosia salad that he’s dropped off at your doorstep.

Some of the meals are for dining in, to-go only, and even meat-free — perfect for “Friendsgiving” or Thanksgiving dinners.

Additional meals are always popping up, so we’ll keep the list updated.

Blue Willow Restaurant & Gift Shop

2616 N. Campbell Ave.
Chocolate "Birthday" Cake at Blue Willow (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Chocolate “Birthday” Cake at Blue Willow (Photo by Jackie Tran)

The restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving, but they’re offering meals to-go. You’ll need to order by Saturday, November 21, either online or by calling (520) 327-7577, and then pickup is Wednesday, November 25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Feast
  • Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast (half pound for $9 and full pound for $18)
  • Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes (pint for $8 and quart for $16)
  • Stuffing with Sage Sausage (pint for $8 and quart for $16)
  • Mashed Potatoes (pint for $8 and quart for $16)
  • Turkey Gravy (pint for $8)
  • Three Sisters Succotash (pint for $8 and quart for $16)
  • Cranberry, Apricot, Apple Compote (half pint for $8)
  • Scalloped Potatoes ($5 a serving)
  • Roasted Beet Salad ($15)
  • Bacon, Onion, Swiss Quiche ($30)
  • Garden Vegetable Quiche ($30)
  • Vegan Gluten-Free Coffee Cake ($28)
  • Pumpkin Bread ($24)
  • Apple or Pecan Pie ($26)
  • Pumpkin Pie ($16)
  • Chocolate Cake ($40)

For more information, visit bluewillowtucson.com.

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
PY Steakhouse

Photo courtesy of PY Steakhouse

There’s a lot happening Casino Del Sol this Thanksgiving. Take a look at each of the offerings below — perhaps there’s more than one special deal you’d like to take part in.

PY Steakhouse
  • Thanksgiving Special
  • Roasted Turkey Platter – with stuffing, cranberry, mix seasonal veggies, stuffing, a roll topped with turkey gravy, and your choice of pecan or pumpkin pie
  • $16 per person
  • Click here to learn more
  • All-you-can-eat Sweet Chili Snot Crab – with choice of steamed rice or stir-fried rice
  • Choice of soup – miso, egg drop, or hot and sour
  • $39 per person
  • Click here to learn more
StreetScape Deli
  • Thanksgiving Sandwich (deal available throughout November)
  • Oven-Roasted Turkey – with brie cheese, cranberry spread, arugula, tomatoes, onions, croissant, and served with a choice of side, beverage, and a mini pumpkin pie
  • $12 per person
  • Click here to learn more
Sunflower Café (at Casino of the Sun)
  • Thanksgiving Special
  • Roasted Turkey Platter – with stuffing, cranberry, mix seasonal veggies, stuffing, a roll topped with turkey gravy, and your choice of pecan or pumpkin pie
  • $16 per person
  • Click here to learn more

For more information about any of the Thanksgiving specials at Casino Del Sol, visit casinodelsol.com.

Charro Steak and Del Rey

188 E. Broadway Blvd.
Roast Turkey (Photo Credit: Tuchodi on flickr)

Roast Turkey (Photo Credit: Tuchodi on flickr)

Let the feast begin.

Both restaurants are offering a delicious Thanksgiving meal at home or for dine-in at one of the restaurants. For dine-in, they’re serving the legendary “Día de Gracias” feast from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26.

Reservations are required, seats are $39 per person, $14.95 for kids under 10 years old, and the full menu can be found online.

Take-home Full dinners start at $175 each and can feed up to six guests. All orders need to be placed by Wednesday, November 25.

Take-home Thanksgiving Dinner menu
  • A medium-sized fully cooked Turkey
  • Stuffing made with local Barrio Bread and Charro Tamale
  • Chef Gary’s Ancho Smoked Gravy
  • Chef Gary’s Poblano Mashed Potatoes
  • Charro Family Esquites — Mexican Street Corn
  • Six Chef Carlotta’s Pumpkin Tamales with Cranberry Chutney

For more information, visit charrosteak.com.


7109 N. Oracle Rd.

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Chef Carlotta Flores has created a pretty tasty holiday feast this year and it’s completely plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Also, you can get half-off select bottles of wine during “Plantsgiving Week.”

Dinner is $22.95 per person — dine-in or takeout. All orders and reservations can be placed online or by calling (520) 779-1922.

Choice of Entrée:
  • Vegan Chorizo Stuffed Crispy Portobellos in a Mushroom and Poblano Crema Gravy
  • Beyond Carne Piccadillo Enchilada
Both Served With Sides of:
  • Vegan Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Cranberry & Pepita Garnish
  • Pickled Nopalito Salad
  • Hola Hemp Vegan Gluten-Free Tamale Stuffing
  • Chef Carlotta’s Dulce Pumpkin Tamales with Cranberry Chutney

For more information, visit charrovida.com.

The Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St.

(Credit: Hotel Congress)

The cafe at Hotel Congress is offering a three-course prix fixe dining experience on Thanksgiving, or the option to purchase a Thanksgiving dinner to-go.

If you’d like to dine-in on Thanksgiving, you’ll need to make a reservation. They’ve got spots available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and it’s $55 per adult and $25 for kids, 10 years old and younger. You can take a peek at the menu online.

The Thanksgiving dinner to-go feeds up to six people and is $275. You must make your order by Monday, November 16, and pick up is on Wednesday, November 25.

Thanksgiving to-go dinner includes:
  • Family platter of roasted turkey breast
  • Mixed greens salad, roasted squash, pecans, pomegranate, parmesan, and mustard vinaigrette
  • Roasted garlic whipped potatoes with pan gravy
  • Collard greens
  • Brioche stuffing
  • Sweet potato Brulee
  • Lemon-parmesan green beans
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Whole pumpkin pie
  • Bottle of Maynards AZ Red wine
  • Reheating instruction sheet

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

943 E. University Blvd., Suite 171
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

Photo courtesy of The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

Let The Dutch and Atlas Catering do all the shopping and prep work this year.

They’re offering a fully-cooked meal or one that you can heat and serve at a later time — perfect for any Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner you’re planning.

Place your Thanksgiving orders early because they’ve been known to sell out, and pick up is on Wednesday, November 25. You can make your order online or by calling (520) 792-6684.

Take and Bake Thanksgiving Dinner ($140) (serves six people)
  • Caramelized Apple and Butternut Squash Soup
  • Cranberry Compote
  • Green Beans with Crispy Bacon
  • Yukon Mashed Potatoes
  • 10-12 pound Mountain-Grown Turkey
  • Mushroom and Sage Stuffing
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Yam Casserole with an Apple Pecan Crumble
  • Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Heat & Serve Thanksgiving Dinner ($25 a person)
  • White and Dark Meat
  • Cranberry Compote
  • Green Beans with Crispy Bacon
  • Yukon Mashed Potatoes
  • Mushroom and Sage Stuffing
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Yam Casserole with Apple Pecan Strudel
  • Individual slice of Pumpkin Pie

For more information, visit thedutchtucson.com.

Firetruck Brewing Company

4746 E. Grant Rd. • 9155 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

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The brewery, formerly known as Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, is smokin’ turkeys this year.

If you’d like to order one before your Thanksgiving feast at home, call (520) 777-9456 and choose “option one.” There’s a limited quantity so order it soon rather than later.

For more information, follow Firetruck Brewing Company on Facebook

Gallery of Food Bodega

2522 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.

Posted by Café Botánica at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Here’s an easy way for small groups to enjoy an elegant multi-course “farm to table” Thanksgiving dinner at home. Beginning at $295, the dinners will provide food for up to eight people.

Guests can choose either a locally raised Turkey from Top-knot farms or a Red Bird Free Range Turkey from Colorado. All turkeys are brined and coated with salt and fresh herbs and then roasted with onions, herbs, and garlic in the cavity.

All orders must be placed by Friday, November 20 by calling (520) 884-5033.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
  • Stuffing – made with rustic bread, apples, squash seeds, pecans, roasted garlic, onions, and lots of fresh herbs, sage, parsley, and more
  • Mashed Potatoes – creamy potatoes roasted, mashed with butter and cream
  • Gravy – with pan drippings, browned flour, and stock sweet potatoes caramelized in an oven with a bit of olive oil
  • Fresh Vegetables – tender long beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and roasted with a bit of garlic or herbs
  • Bread – Heritage grain bread from Barrio Bread with plugra butter
  • Cranberry Sauce – fresh cranberries, ginger, and orange.
  • Pecan Pie – made with local honey instead of corn syrup
  • Magdalena Squash Pie – spiced just like a traditional pumpkin pie and served with fresh whipped cream

For more information, call (520) 884-5033 or visit galleryoffood.square.site.

Govinda’s Natural Foods

711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
Facade at Govinda's Natural Foods Buffet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Facade at Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

They’re celebrating with an all-vegan feast with live music and an appearance from the local pet turkey on the grounds from noon – 6 p.m. The holiday meal is $16.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids 5 – 12 years old, and anyone younger than that can eat for free.

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

  • Organic Tofu Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes and Carrot Cashew Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Green Bean Almondine
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Savory Soup
  • Orange Zest Dinner Rolls
  • Salad Bar
  • Mixed Salads
  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie

For more information, visit (520) 792-0630 or visit govindasoftucson.com.

Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Fettuccine Bolognese at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fettuccine Bolognese at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The pizza spot is offering a special four-course Thanksgiving meal for $45 per person and a two-course meal for kids, which is $15 per person.

The menu has yet to be released, but you can make your reservation online now.

For more information, visit prooftucson.com.

Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe

8969 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Suite 209
Sydney's Sweet Shoppe

Photo courtesy of Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe

Tuesday, November 17 is the last day to pre-order your Thanksgiving pies from Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe.

You can order by calling (520) 777-7133 or in person. Keep in mind that the orders will close at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

For more information, visit sydneyssweetshoppe.com.

The Tasteful Kitchen

772 N. Stone Ave.
Tasteful Kitchen meal prep in action at the Tasteful Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prepared meals at the Tasteful Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Tasteful Kitchen is offering a vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner to take home. The “Thanksgiving Package” is available until 8 p.m. on Friday, November 20.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Dinner Menu

  • Wild Rice, Mushroom and Lentil Loaf with Roasted Sweet and Russet Potatoes
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash with Savory Quinoa with Cranberries and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sides are Braised Red Cabbage and Sauteed Greens
  • Seasonal Organic Garden Salad
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Pumpkin Custard Pie with Almond, Date Crust, and Candied Pecan Topping
  • Cinnamon Spice Apple Raisin Crumble with Toasted Oat Topping

Deliveries are Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25, and then pickup will be on Wednesday as well from 3 – 6 p.m.

For more information, visit thetastefuflkitchen.com.

Trident Grill III

250 S. Craycroft Rd.

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Trident Grill III on Craycroft will be open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and will be serving their full menu along with a special plate for the holiday.

Thanksgiving Specials
  • Roasted turkey, mustard glazed ham, green bean casserole, brown butter sweet potatoes, Boursin mashed Yukon golds, Andouille sausage stuffing, Cranberry sauce, and Turkey gravy ($16)
  • Pumpkin pie and whipped cream ($3)

Thanksgiving options will be limited so you’ll want to make a reservation by calling (520) 561-8083.

For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.

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