We’ve all heard it said many times by now: Thanksgiving’s going to look a little different in 2020. While it may not be a huge family gathering around a table fully extended with all its leaves (and a kids table over in the living room), that doesn’t mean the food has to be any less traditional or delicious.
If you’re not dining with your favorite cook, or simply don’t feel up to cooking this year, perhaps more than any other year, it’d be a great idea to order Thanksgiving takeout.
Our local restaurants and caterers are struggling right now, so let’s give thanks to those businesses that keep us happy and fed all year-round and buy some of their favorite Thanksgiving dishes for your table. Heck, buy a lot more than you need to show our restaurants some love and have those leftovers!
There are a lot of restaurants & caterers serving prepared Thanksgiving meals in Rhode Island. These are just a few suggestions that will offer a delicious and, in some cases, excitingly new Thanksgiving experience for you and yours.
960 Hope St., Providence
Chez Pascal has been rocking the take-out scene this year with creative, ready-to-reheat meals and a great online ordering system.
Thanksgiving will be no different, with a wide array of all the traditional favorites, perfectly prepared. Ordering is open through November 21st, but be warned, they often sell out before the ordering deadline.
In addition to the traditional turkey and sides, Chez Pascal also has a Savory Pork & Apple Pot Pie and a Stew of Turkey Leg, along with a surprise wine offering and to-go cocktail. Pick-up on Thanksgiving morning.
71 Westfield St., Providence
And now for something completely different. You may not know Dips Dips yet, but you won’t forget them once you try their food.
Yes, they’re offering a whole roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and so on, but maybe you’re thinking you’d like some Jammy Eggs or Pizza Strips to start off your day of eating.
Perhaps you’d like an Aged and Lacquered Rohan Duck instead of a turkey this year? I’m getting hungry just looking at their menu.
166 Valley St., Providence
This catering company, one of the first truly farm-to-table caterers in Rhode Island, has been doing Thanksgiving to-go almost since their start, so they’ve got their system down.
In addition to pick up or delivery the day before Thanksgiving you also have the option of warm delivery on Thanksgiving Day and even warm delivery with full set-up if you’d like some pampering (who wouldn’t this year?).
Easy Entertaining has also partnered with Amos House and is offering a Give a Meal Program. You can purchase a Thanksgiving dinner, or many dinners, for those less fortunate that really could use a hot meal. Give as much as you can, and Easy Entertaining will deliver those dinners to Amos House. Even if you don’t order your dinner from Easy Entertaining this year, you can still donate to the Give a Meal Program at the bottom of their order form.
840 Allens Ave., Providence
If you’re looking for the traditional turkey dinner but you know you’re going to want a ton of stuffing and your kids can live on mashed potatoes for days, then the a la carte additions that Fire Works Catering offers is perfect for overindulging on Thanksgiving and into the weekend. Order up the Feast and then add on to your hearts content.
Fire Works also offers some great starter boards and trays, so you can slowly work your way into an all-day food adventure, and a ton of excellent desserts to end the meal (until the turkey sandwich leftovers later).
7 Steeple St., Providence
Venerable Rhode Island restaurant icon New Rivers (they turned 30 this year) has all your side dishes covered plus a wide array of beers, ciders and wines for your Thanksgiving feast.
Take home a couple dozen oysters and shuck yourself happy while nibbling on a platter of all-locally made cheeses. A New Rivers meal never fails to satisfy, and their take home offerings will definitely do the same.
East Main Rd., Middletown
Oh boy, have you eaten at Newport Vineyards lately?
Not only do they have a wide selection of their own very food friendly wines and Taproot Brewing beers, but their kitchen turns out some of the best food in the state—and they’re making a ton of it for you to take home.
In addition to the traditional turkey and sides, they’re offering cheeseboards, cowboy chili, chips & pretzels with dips, clam chowder, a ton of delicious baked goods and more.
Bring it all home and blissfully eat and drink for days.
500 Broadway, Providence
If you want to cook your own turkey but not the sides, then Nick’s on Broadway has you covered.
Buy your side dishes by the pint, quart or pan and don’t forget the sweets. Nicks always has some excellent ice cream and sorbet flavors. Plus, they offer a wide selection of snacks for Thanksgiving Day and beyond.
Don’t stop there though. If you know, you know: Nicks has some of the best cocktails to-go around and their house made eggnog is perfect to kick off the rest of the holiday weekend. Looking at this menu I seriously recommend one of everything!
1 Bluff Ave., Westerly
Looking for the timeless elegance of Ocean House in your home?
You may not be able to rival their ocean views or proximity to Taylor, but you can experience their attention to detail and service in a feast that includes salads, appetizers, traditional main courses, seasonal sides and a selection of desserts.
Plus, they offer a wine pairing as well as a Thanksgiving Day delivery option for Westerly residents.
1413 Westminster St., Providence
I know this doesn’t need to be said, but don’t forget dessert!
Sin is one of the best dessert shops around and offers everything sweet you need to end your Thanksgiving Meal, or begin your next morning.
They’ve got five kinds of pie, six kinds of cake, cheesecake, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, rice krispies and their sinnamon rolls for breakfast (or any time). There are vegan and gluten-free options too.
It’s not Thanksgiving if you don’t indulge just a little too much.
— Sin (@eatwicked) November 12, 2020
1 Centerville Rd, Warwick
If you haven’t tried this little Italian spot by all the “rotaries” in Warwick yet, then you’re missing out on what quickly became one of my favorite spots in Rhode Island.
Yes, they’re making turkey, cranberries and stuffing, but if you want a little Italian this Thanksgiving don’t miss their eggplant rollatini, polenta & mushrooms or any of their pastas.
(If you decide to order take-out from Vanda for Thanksgiving and don’t order an Olive Oil Cake, I don’t even want to know you.)
This is just the tip of the iceberg of Rhode Island restaurants serving up prepared turkey dinners and sides. For even more, take a look at our our comprehensive list of where to get prepared Thanksgiving meals in Rhode Island
Where are you planning on getting your Thanksgiving meal this year? Share your favorite spot with us and, if you see someone missing, just let us know and we’ll add them to the list.