If spending this Sunday in the kitchen up to your elbows in a turkey doesn’t sound like your ideal day of rest, have no fear—there are other options:
Smoke’s Poutinerie’s Thanksgiving poutine, $9–$12.
The original fry, cheese, and gravy base, but with a festive blanket of turkey, stuffing, green peas, and cranberry sauce, all in one box.
All locations. smokespoutinerie.com
Come and Get It’s Thanksgiving sandwich, $9.50
Roast turkey, butternut squash puree, sausage and apple stuffing, with cranberry sauce and gravy, on a bun (pictured above). And don’t forget to be truly thankful: this could be your last meal at the sammy shop as it closes Oct. 25.
170 Spadina Ave., 647-344-3416, facebook.com/ComeAndGetIt416
Beast’s Beastwich, $10
Celebrate early with Friday’s Thanksgiving-inspired Beastwich along with a festive side and dessert. Sammies go on sale at noon, and get there early because these turkeys are gonna fly.
96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000, thebeastrestaurant.com
Casa Manila’s Filipino Thanksgiving, $170–$200
Those looking for something different will appreciate any one of Casa Manila’s prix fixe dinners that include Filipino faves like lumpiang shanghai, pancit canton, and halo-halo for dessert. The price might seem steep, but each meal is based on a table of 10. Reserve a table now for yourself and nine of your closest friends or family members.
879 York Mills Rd., 416-443-9654, casamanila.ca
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill’s Thanksgiving dinner, a la carte
Both the Bayview Village and Yonge and Front locations of O&B will be serving Turkey Day dinner options from Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. until holiday Monday (though they’re closed for lunch on Monday). Only the downtown restaurant is pouring a special festive cocktail—a spicy apple cider spiked with tequila. Call to make reservations.
2901 Bayview Ave., Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 416-590-1300, oliverbonacini.com
33 Yonge St., 647-260-2070, oliverbonacini.com
Porchetta & Co.’s Whole porchetta
Tired of turkey? Go whole hog and buy an entire porchetta instead. Call now to pick up your piggy.
825 Dundas St. W., 647-352-6611, porchettaco.com
Petite Thuet’s Home-cooked meals, À la carte and prix fixe
Want the traditional dinner and all the trimmings, but don’t feel like doing it yourself? Fool your family by taking the credit for one of chef Mark Thuet’s prepared meals. Choose prix fixe meals from $29 per person, or go à la carte and assemble your own meal—just remember to hide the packaging before company comes. Pre-order from now until Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. and pick up on Sunday or Monday.
Various locations. petitethuet.com
The Huntsman Tavern’s Bread pudding, $13
It might not be home, but this new College Street pub sure is cozy. Belly up to the bar with a cold pint, and a plate of their stuffing-like bread pudding that tastes like the holidays.
890 College St., 416-901-9919, @TheHuntsmanTO
Jelly Modern’s Holiday doughnut tray, $39.95
Cut down on the time you spend doing dishes after dinner by serving dessert your guests can eat with their hands. Jelly Modern’s tray of 16 three-bite doughnuts includes apple crumble, pumpkin tiramisu, maple cream, and pumpkin pie flavours. Call to order yours now and pick up by Sunday (the shop is closed on holiday Monday).
376 College St., 416-962-2053, jellymoderndoughnuts.com
The Chocolateria’s Thanksgiving ice cream, $3.75/scoop
Want to go straight to dessert, but feel guilty about not eating your veggies? This sweet shop on Roncy has you covered with their dinner-themed ice cream that will have you cramming all courses into one cone. Candied turkey bacon, yams, pumpkin, and cranberry sauce are all included in this festive confection. Bring home a litre for $6.50, and do it fast—the ice cream is around from now until Thanksgiving, but once it’s gone, it’s gone.
361 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-588-0567, thechocolateria.ca