Bring it Home

Cooking a successful Thanksgiving dinner can be fun and rewarding, but no one can make it all and make it within a short time frame. So whether you’re not into cooking anything or just need a little help in the turkey or dessert departments, plenty of places around town are taking preorders for any or all parts of the meal that you don’t want to handle. Many of these have cutoff ordering times and specific pickup windows.

Bojangles’ seasoned fried turkeys are available for $39.99 at participating locations. There’s no cut off to order, but early ordering is encouraged as they often sell out. All of their fixin’s and individual sweet potato pies are also available to order. Call your nearest Bojangles’ to check availability.

Bone-in Barbeque has whole roasted or smoked turkeys, sides like mac and cheese, house-baked focaccia dressing with gravy, casseroles, and breads in packages, plus anything from the regular family pickup or tailgate menu for pre-order til Nov. 19 at 4 p.m., with pickup on Nov 20-21. See the menu at boneinbarbeque.com. To order, call 803-728-7512 or email info@boneinbarbeque.com.

Capital City Kitchen and Grill is taking preorders for turkey wings, Southern sides and dessert. Pre-order and pay before Nov. 20 and get 10 percent off of your order. See the full menu and ordering instructions at capitalcitykitchenandgrill.com.

Cracker Barrel has options for ordering ranging from the entire holiday meal to just pies at crackerbarrel.com/order-online/thanksgiving at least 72 hours before pickup. Pickup dates can be Nov. 17-25.

Fatz Cafe has Thanksgiving feasts to go whether you need it all, or just parts of your meal made by someone else. Have orders in by the morning of Nov. 21. Call your nearest Fatz to make orders, and see the menu online at fatz.com.

Kaminsky’s has a large assortment of extravagant pies, cakes, cheesecakes and gluten-free options at kaminskys.com. Order in-person or by calling 803-550-9979 by Nov. 20 for a Nov. 21 pickup.

Maurice’s Piggie Park has pickup options that range from a whole meal for $150 to just a smoked or fried turkey and ham, to pans of their sides, pies and wings if turkey isn’t your poultry of choice. Order online at piggiepark.com/holidays through Nov 19. for a Nov 21 pickup.

Midwood Smokehouse has smoked meats from turkey to brisket, plus a wide variety of handmade side dishes. See the whole menu at midwoodsmokehouse.com/specials and call 803-764-1231 to place orders by Nov. 18 for a Nov. 21 pickup.

Peace of Soul (formerly Lambs Bread) has vegan Thanksgiving offerings for those who are meat- and/or dairy-free, or those who want to be. Half or quarter pans of their barbecue or jerk flavored drumstix or “chicken” strips, sweet and spicy “spareribs” and mandarin orange “chicken” round out the proteins, and sides range from maple glazed rutabagas to their much-loved mac and “cheese.” Email peaceofsoulsc@gmail.com for their full menu and prices. Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 for a Nov. 21 pickup.

Primal Gourmet has your extra-healthy and paleo Thanksgiving options with a choice of turkey breast or pot roast, and several choices of casserole from cornbread dressing to mac and cheese yellow squash to broccoli and cheese to cooked collards. Order in-person or by calling 803-995-0629 by Nov. 16 for a Nov 20-21 pickup.

Silver Spoon petit fours

Silver Spoon Bake Shop

Silver Spoon Bake Shop is taking Thanksgiving sweets orders. Choose from cakes, cupcakes, party fours, dessert bars, biscuits and muffins. See the full menu at silverspoonbakeshop.com/thanksgiving-menu.

smallSUGAR isn’t open yet but is doing pre-orders on Thanksgiving desserts. A signature pumpkin pie made with heirloom sugar pumpkins, black and white macarons, a dark chocolate torte, dinner rolls and a six-minute stuffing kit are all available for preorder by Nov. 16 for a Nov. 20-21 pickup from Sarah Simmons’ newest venture. Order at smallsugarsc.com or by phone at 803-722-7506.

Spotted Salamander has some fun additions to any traditional menu with shrimp mousse with fig preserves or brown butter green beans, plus some of the fancier mac and cheese or mashed potatoes that it’s possible to have at dinner. They also have sweets. View the whole menu at spottedsalamandercatering.com and order by calling 803-556-2197. Pick-ups are Nov. 21, 2-5:30 p.m.

The Local Buzz has vegan mac and cheese, apple cranberry casserole, sweet potato casserole and garlic mashed potatoes available in servings of eight. Those along with specialty pastries, biscuits and desserts that can be preordered by Nov. 18 for pickup on Nov. 21 before 3 p.m. To order, email Stephie Bridgers at thelocalbuzzcolumbia@gmail.com.

The War Mouth will smoke your turkey, make your mac and cheese, collards, dressing, and bourbon cream pie if you email them at thewarmouth@gmail.com by Nov. 15.

Zoe’s Kitchen is doing a $99 turkey dinner to-go that will feed 8-10 people. It features a Moroccan citrus roasted turkey, Greek-style green beans, potato salad, cranberry chutney, harissa sauce and chocolate sheet cake. Contact their catering manager at 803-514-3343.

Go Out

Maybe packing the house full of family and friends doesn’t seem appetizing at all. So, pack them all into one of these local establishments open on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy not having to wash a single dish. Reservations are required for many of these options, though not all.

California Dreaming will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for a Thanksgiving feast that will include oven-roasted turkey breast, sugar-cured ham, honey butter-glazed carrots and several other vegetable-filled sides, giblet gravy, cornbread muffins, and pecan or pumpkin pie. The cost is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids under the age of 10. Call 803-254-6767 for reservations.

Columbo’s, located in the Doubletree by Hilton, has a well-stocked Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. that includes turkey, traditional sides and non-traditional seafood displays and a dessert spectacular. The cost is $39.95 for adults, $16 for kids 5-10, free for kids under 5, and $29 for military or seniors. Reservations are required by calling 803-744-2200.

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. serving their traditional menu of meat-on-swords plus skewers full of turkey breast. Adults are $37, kids from 6-12 are $15 and kids under 5 are free. Make reservations online at cowboybraziliansteakhouse.com or by calling 803-728-0887.

Cracker Barrel is open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that runs $12.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids.

Embassy Suites is serving a Thanksgiving dinner at their in-house Terrace Restaurant. Call 803-744-8122 to make reservations.

Lizard’s Thicket will have all locations open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. for a special turkey and dressing dinner, plus tons of sides.

Maurice’s Piggie Park will have a special Thanksgiving buffet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at their Charleston Highway and Lake Murray Blvd. locations for $14.99 per person.

Old Mill Brewpub is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with a $12.99 turkey plate that includes roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, green bean casserole, yeast roll, pumpkin pie and, ah yes, that thing Thanksgiving doesn’t always include — excellent locally brewed craft beer. Call 803-785-BEER to reserve seats.

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse will be open at noon for a dinner buffet for $29.95 per person. Call 803-708-3151 to make reservations.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel downtown is open for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner with a four-course meal for $39.95 ($12.95 for children) of a roasted turkey with a starter, sides and dessert. Reservations begin at noon and can be made by phone at 803-212-6666 or through opentable.com.

Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner meal of fresh cooked sliced turkey breast, glazed ham, local sweet potatoes, dressing and turkey giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and deviled eggs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. One meat and two sides are $12.79. Their regular menu will be available as well. No reservations needed.

IHOP, Waffle House, Denny’s, Fatz and Ruby Tuesday will be open. Check your nearest location for altered hours.

Delaney’s is Closing

Delaney’s Music Pub in Five Points has announced that it will close for business on Friday, Nov. 30. No future plans for the space have been announced.

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