In the Know: Stress Less with Thanksgiving Dining and To-Go Options around Seattle

If Thanksgiving is meant for quality time with the family, quit adding stress to the holiday with the who’s-gonna-bring-what, why-is-the-turkey-not-done-yet drama. Let these Puget Sound eateries take care of the prepping and cooking so you can have more minutes to spend being thankful. 

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Thanksgiving To-Go

Home Remedy

Tom Douglas’ delightful marketplace and deli, which opened earlier this year, is taking orders for its Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go. The menu includes herb-brined turkey with all the sides, plus a slice of pumpkin pie (the chantrelle mushroom stuffing sounds particularly intriguing). Bonus: add a la carte Dahlia Bakery pies to your order to make the meal extra sweet. Place your orders now for pick up 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. $37.50/person | Call 206-812-8407 or email to place an order 2121 6th Avenue, Seattle

Metropolitan Market 

We’re used to this place saving our bacon on a busy weeknight, but they also offer a to-go holiday meals with sides to customize to your family’s pickiest eaters. All the classics are available to go along with a perfectly oven-roasted turkey: yams with cranberries, French green beans, savory stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Place your order before Monday, Nov. 25. $129.99 for 8 to 10 people | Order online at | 6 Puget Sound locations 

Eat Local

If the big ol’ turkey is not your thing, why not opt for a complete build-your-own Thanksgiving with Eat Local’s organic, Northwest farmed, prepared foods? Their online ordering system features pages and pages of handmade goodies that have you starting new food traditions like bacon-braised chicken, herbed polenta, and honey-lemon cheesecake. | Order online at | 4 Puget Sound locations

Whole Foods

For a smaller gathering (or a last-minute add-on for unexpected guests), Whole Foods gets the basics just-right with their Essential Holiday Package. With a pre-cooked turkey breast that takes only one hour to prepare, the dinner could be a great backup plan for any turkey mishaps. Check out the website for ordering details, including a vegan dinner  option. $59.99 turkey dinner serves up to 4 people, $79.99 for vegan holiday dinner | Order online at | 7 Washington locations 

Barking Frog image from Willows Lodge website

Thanksgiving Dining

Barking Frog 

The cozy, and refined rustic feel of Barking Frog is the perfect setting for a Northwest-inspired Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s name comes from a Native American story that barking frogs are a sign of peace and harmony in nature. We think the prix-fixe menu will bring harmony to the Thanksgiving table with selections like apple-chestnut soup, lamb roulade with sweet potato puree, and chocolate pecan pie with bourbon whipped ganache. $75/person, dinner served 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Menu | Call 425-424-2999 for reservations | 14580 NE 145th Street, Woodinville

bin on the lake 

With stunning Lake Washington views from every table, and over 40 wines by the glass, we’d sign up for bin on the lake’s Thanksgiving dinner every year. The three-course menu features courses like sunchoke soup with white truffle oil, roast turkey with caramelized onion bread pudding, and pumpkin crepes with brown butter ice cream. Not a fan of prix-fixe menus? The regular menu is also available. $45/person, dinner served noon to 5 p.m. | Menu | Call 425-803-5595 for reservations or reserve online | 1270 Carillon Point, Kirkland 

Brasserie Margaux 

Comfortable and kid-friendly, Brasserie Margaux’s Thanksgiving buffet feels like turkey day at home. Items like pesto pasta salad, maple-brined turkey, butternut squash ravioli, and apple crumble are the perfect mix of autumn flavors and Thanksgiving classics. $42/adult, $15/kids 12 and under, dinner served 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Menu | Call 206-219-2224 for reservations or reserve online | 401 Lenora Street, Seattle  

Il Fornaio 

Il Fornaio’s four-course Italian feast is an unexpected but sound choice for Thanksgiving dining. Like their Festa Regionale menus that embrace different regions of Italy, they’ve crafted a menu that represents T-day properly with turkey plus all the fixings, and a traditional pumpkin pie. A favorite for casual dining puts an Italian-twist on a dinner the whole family will enjoy. $39/adult, $18/kids 12 and under | Menu Reserve online | 600 Pine Street, Seattle