Thanksgiving 2021: Turkey, pie, plant-based & more for dine-in or to-go

By Matt Sterner
November 12, 2021

Oh, it's that wonderful time of year again when the gravy is flowing and the conversations are blossoming around the dinner table. Also, every year, the city of Tucson harbors a cornucopia of tasty options for Thanksgiving.

Scroll through the following list if skipping out on stacks of dishes, following difficult recipes, and avoiding your Aunt's "mystery dish" sounds like a blast.

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Some of these meals require you to get out of the house, while others allow you to enjoy their dishes in the comfort of your own home while Planes, Trains, and Automobiles broadcasts in the background.

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 now taking orders for its Thanksgiving takeout menu. You'll need to order by Monday, November 22 and pickup will be on Wednesday, November 24 by 4 p.m.

This year, they're offering brunch items like an Orange Cranberry Loaf and Vegan Gluten-Free Coffee Cake. Other dishes include Stuffing with Sage Sausage, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, and Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie. 

You can check out the full menu at bluewillowtucson.com

Casa Marana

8225 N. Courtney Page Way #191

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The craft beer, wine, cocktail, and pizza joint is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash on Wednesday, November 24 from 3 p.m. - midnight. They'll be serving homemade treats like pie, cookies, bread, and more. Plus, they're having a "kid's craft corner" and live music by Caiden Brewer.

Learn more about the party on Casa Marana's Facebook.

Casino Del Sol (multiple restaurants)

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
PY Steakhouse
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There's a lot happening at 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.


  • Bellissimo Thanksgiving Combo
    • Thanksgiving Platter - roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, country-style stuffing, fresh seasonal vegetables, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce
    • Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu - chocolate sponge cake and mascarpone-marsala cream
  • $28 per person
  • Click here to learn more

PY Steakhouse


  • Thanksgiving Special
    • Thanksgiving Platter - roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, country-style stuffing, fresh seasonal vegetables, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce
  • $22 per person
  • Click here to learn more

Festa International Buffet

  • Thanksgiving Feast
    • Turkey, ham, stuffing, all of the fixings, seafood, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, desserts, and more
  • $55 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 & Del Rey

188 E. Broadway Blvd.
Charro Steak & Del Rey
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The downtown restaurant is offering a couple of options: take home a Thanksgiving feast to impress your family or dine-in with your loved ones.

The dine-in option is taking place on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and includes the following menu. Seats are $44.95 per person and kids under 10 years old eat for $15.95. Additionally, the regular menu will be available, too.

Thanksgiving Dine-in Menu

  • All-Natural Turkey with Chef Gary’s Smoked Ancho Gravy or 22-day dry-aged Grass-Fed Prime Rib
  • Barrio Charro Bread and Tamal Stuffing
  • Chef Gary’s Smoked Ancho Gravy
  • Chef Gary’s Poblano Mashed Potatoes
  • Chimichurri Green Beans & Nopalitos
  • Charro Family Esquites-Mexican Street Corn
  • Choice of Dessert: Charro Pumpkin Tamales, Pumpkin Flan, or the Special Charro Recipe of Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake

Reservations can be made at charrosteak.com

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If you'd like to eat at home, consider the to-go Thanksgiving feast that's fully prepared and ready to heat, serve, and devour. It feeds up to four to six people and is $195 per order.

You'll need to order by Monday, November 22 and the pickup location will be Barrio Charro at 3669 N. Campbell Ave.

To-Go Thanksgiving Feast Menu

  • Medium-sized fully cooked All-Natural Turkey
  • Barrio Charro Bread and Tamal Stuffing
  • Chef Gary's Smoked Ancho Gravy
  • Chef Gary's Poblano Mashed Potatoes
  • Chimichurri Green Beans and Nopalitos
  • Chef Carlotta's Pumpkin Tamales with Cranberry Chutney

To order your to-go Thanksgiving feast, visit sicharro.com


7109 N. Oracle Rd.

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For those who prefer plant-based dining, CharroVida has all the bases covered with their Plantsgiving feast. They'll be serving up a plant-based Thanksgiving plate featuring recipes that are 100% plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

This dinner is happening from Tuesday, November 23 - Sunday, November 28 and includes an entrée, two sides, and dessert for $22.95 per person. Plus, you can eat there at the restaurant or take it home.

Plantsgiving Dinner Menu

Entree (choice of)
  • Vegan Chorizo Stuffed Portobellos in a Mushroom and Poblano Crema Gravy
  • Butternut Squash Calabacita Flautas with Vegan Chipotle Crema and Pomegranate Guacamole
  • Vegan Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Cranberry, and Pepita Garnish
  • Pickled Nopalito Salad
  • Hola Hemp Vegan Gluten-Free Tamale Stuffing
Dessert (choice of)
  • Chef Carlotta's Dulce Pumpkin Tamales with Cranberry Chutney
  • Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae with Cranberry Sauce and Whipped Coconut Cream

To make your make reservation, call (520) 779-1922 or visit charrovida.com.

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.
The Cup Cafe (Photo provided by Hotel Congress)
The Cup Cafe (Photo provided by Hotel Congress)

Cup Cafe is hosting a Thanksgiving meal for dine-in from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Seats are $55 per person and $25 for children under 12 years old.

Thanksgiving Menu

  • Bread and butter for the table
Second (choice of)
  • Shrimp bisque, grilled shrimp, tarragon creme fraiche, chives
  • Fall salad, mixed greens, candied spiced local pecans, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, port wine vinaigrette
Third (choice of)
  • Herb-roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, house-made gravy
  • Red wine braised beef short ribs, lemon gremolata, au jus
  • Herb-crusted sea bass, chive lemon beurre blanc
  • Grilled vegetable wellington, red pepper coulis
    • Each of these options is served with roasted garlic whipped potatoes, brioche stuffing, candied yams, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce
Fourth (choice of)
  • Pumpkin pie cheesecake bar, white chocolate straw, whipped cream
  • Dulce de leche mousse, apple pie crumble, spiced whip cream, and gold leaf

To reserve your spot, visit hotelcongress.com

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

943 E. University Blvd., Suite 171
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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.

The dinner serves up to six people, is $165 per person, and you can make your order online.

Take and Bake Thanksgiving Dinner

  • 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

Plus, you can order an extra Apple Cranberry or Pumpkin Pie for $18 each, or a Bourbon Pecan Pie for $22 each.

For more information, visit thedutchtucson.com


3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
Assorted dishes at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Assorted dishes at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Feast is offering a to-go feast this year and you'll need to have your orders placed by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. If you get the order in on time you'll be able to pick it up on Wednesday, November 24. This year, there's turkey breast, turkey legs, mashed potatoes, roasted beets, a Winter Squash Stew, and gravy galore.

You can check out the full menu at eatatfeast.com

The Flying V at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort 

7000 N. Resort Dr.
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This Thanksgiving, The Flying V is offering a special prix fixe holiday menu from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. for $75 per person.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Starter (choice of)
  • Belgian endive salad - with beets, fresh figs, maple pecan, and a roasted vegetable vinaigrette
  • Crab cakes - garden greens, serrano, and whole grain mustard aioli
Entree (choice of)
  • Traditional turkey plate - white and dark meat, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and sage stuffing
  • Wagyu hanger steak - root vegetables, scalloped potato, and green chili mole
  • White Chocolate Mousse, Smoky Chocolate Cremeux, ‘Poppin’ Crunch, Compressed Apples, and Champagne Whip

To make a reservation, visit resy.com.

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 menu has yet to be released but in past years they've served up organic tofu turkey, mashed potatoes, soup, a salad bar, vegan pumpkin pie, and more.

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

Pita Jungle

7090 N. Oracle Rd. #128
Father's Day specials at Pita Jungle (Photo courtesy of Pita Jungle)
(Photo courtesy of Pita Jungle)

Thanksgiving Eve — Wednesday, November 24 — is said to be a night full of drinking alcoholic beverages, and Pita Jungle has you and your family covered with their Wine Wednesday deals and holiday catering options.

This Thanksgiving Eve, they've got half-priced bottles of wine and Jungle Vino varieties for only $13 a bottle. The Mediterranean restaurant is also keeping you out of the kitchen with their Family Meals, iMeals, and catering options

Pita Jungle Meal Options

Family Meals

Let Pita Jungle do the cooking with their healthy Family Meals to go! Starting at $43 (feeds four adults), customers can choose from a specialized menu, one item from the starters, a side or salad, a pita or bowl, choice of protein, greens, choice of sauce, and a dessert. Customers can also purchase their popular lemonade and iced tea by the gallon.


Pita Jungle has figured out a way to provide catering without sharing with their individualized iMeals, perfect for holiday get-togethers. These individual catering meal boxes include a dip with pita, side salad, and pita wrap or bowl. Limited menu available, minimum of 10 orders required.


Pita Jungle is making it easier than ever with its online ordering. You can easily schedule your next catering order of platter-sized portions of Pita Jungle’s Mediterranean classics for pickup or delivery through their website.

For more information, visit pitajungle.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)

On Thanksgiving Day, the pizza spot is offering a special meal for $45 per person. The regular menu will also be available but take a glance at the Thanksgiving details below.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

  • Your choice of either Roasted Turkey Breast or Turkey Leg
  • Housemade Italian Sausage Stuffing
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Sweet Potato Puree
  • Green Beans with Sweet Cippolini Onions
  • Fennel-Infused Cranberry Sauce

For more information, visit prooftucson.com.

Sydney's Sweet Shoppe

8969 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Suite 209
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The cut off (last day) to pre-order pies for Thanksgiving Week is Saturday, November 20 at noon, and the pickup time is anytime between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24. You can order by calling (520) 777-7133, in person, or online.

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 $56 and is available until 8 p.m. on Friday, November 19.

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 23 and Wednesday, November 24, and then pickup will be on Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information, visit thetastefuflkitchen.com.

Zio Peppe

6502 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

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Zio Peppe is offering a Thanksgiving to-go meal featuring their unique convergence of Italian and Sonoran cuisine. You'll want to purchase it all online and then pick it up on Wednesday, November 24 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. For the entire collection of tasty food, it's $225.

Thanksgiving to-go meal

  • Deep-fried turkey
  • Guajillo, tamarind, and maple gravy
  • Focaccia and fennel sausage stuffing with spiced candied pepitas
  • Amaretto and orange cranberry sauce
  • Sweet potato with piloncillo and adobo
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Romaine, Jicama, orange, and pomegranate salad
  • Pumpkin cheesecake

You can check out the menu and order at ziopeppeaz.com

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