any folks will be slaving over the stove this holiday weekend. Not in the mood to cook? Want to savour this precious time off? Head to a restaurant or pick up ready-made food this Thanksgiving.
Here’s a sampling of turkey and all the trimmings around town this weekend.
(Note: Prices indicate taxes and gratuity are extra.)
- WHERE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:
The Blake House
449 Jarvis St.
From Friday October 7 to Monday October 10, enjoy Thanksgiving Turkey Roast with the trimmings and Apple Cinnamon Crumble for $23/pp.
879 York Mills Rd.
On Sunday and Monday order Thanksgiving dinner with special Roast Chicken Inasal, half or whole.
124 Danforth Ave.
Thanksgiving 3-course Prix Fixe Dinner ($39) is available on Sunday and includes your choice of main: Roasted Free Run Ontario Turkey (with pomme purée, red fife stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, and sage jus) or Ricotta Gnocchi (roasted mushrooms, cauliflower purée, crispy kale, walnuts, Monforte Toscano, sage).
The Local Gest
424 Parliament St.
Sunday and Monday, dig into a local, fresh Thanksgiving feast for just $19.95/pp. The menu includes Roasted Ontario Grain-Fed Turkey, Potatoes (your choice of roasted, mashed or garlic), Seasonal Roasted Mixed Vegetables, Housemade Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce & Turkey Gravy.
For an additional cost, add on dessert - Housemade Pumpkin Pie topped with fresh whipped cream.
The Old Mill
21 Old Mill Rd.
The Old Mill is known for their holiday buffet spreads. On Sunday and Monday, head out for Brunch ($39.95/pp, kids $19.95 ea.) or Dinner ($42.95/pp, kids $19.95 ea.).
The Peartree Restaurant
507 Parliament St.
Cabbagetown’s long-standing restaurant is celebrating the holiday with a 3-Course Thanksgiving Dinner Menu ($24.99/pp) Saturday evening and Sunday and Monday starting at noon. Turkey and all the trimmings includes pumpkin pie for dessert.
Smith Bros. Steakhouse
880 Warden Ave.
The fourth annual Smith Bros. Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration is back with 3-Course Roast Turkey Dinner ($32/pp), available Sunday andMonday night.
431 College St.
How cool is this - Thanksgiving at Sneaky Dee’s!
Sunday after 4pm and Monday all day, spend just $18.95 for a whole Turkey Dinner (Roasted Turkey with mashed potatoes, veggies, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and dinner roll). For dessert, choose Pumpkin Pie ($4.25) or Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcake ($3).
- FOR SOMETHING MORE UPSCALE:
If you’re looking to take it up a notch this holiday weekend, the city is full of finer dining options of $60 and over.
60 Yorkville Ave.
Your 3-Course Prixe-Fixe Dinner ($85) by Chef de Cuisine Sylvaine Assié is available Sunday from 5pm and on Monday from noon.
A celebration of Ontario’s fall bounty with Roasted Heritage Turkey, Suckling Pig, and Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert, this is a holiday meal you won’t soon forget.
1 Austin Terrace
Thanksgiving Harvest Brunch on Sunday, October 9, is $60 per person, and$45 for children (4-13 years old). Reservations are required.
Colette Grand Café
550 Wellington St. W.
Sunday’s Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet is $65/pp.
Epic at Fairmont Royal York
100 Front St. W.
The hotel’s annual 4-course Prix Fixe Menu is $89/pp.
(They also Thanksgiving To-Go Meals starting from $230 plus taxes).
Michael’s on Simcoe
100 Simcoe St.
Michael’s on Simcoe is one of the few restaurants offering both a Thanksgiving Dinner Menu ($85/pp) as well as a la carte selections. Sunday only.
190 University Ave., 3rd Floor
Parties of two to nine can tuck into Daisho’s 4-Course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Feast ($70/pp).
299 Adelaide St. W.
Head down to the Entertainment District for Chicken Dinner Friday to Sunday. $75 gets you a Whole Roast Chicken, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and your choice of Sides.
Also available - Thanksgiving Brunch on Sunday from 11am-3pm ($45/pp).
181 Wellington St. W.
TOCA's seasonal four-course Thanksgiving dinner menu includes a traditional turkey carving station along with Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dishes on Sunday and Monday nights ($86/pp).
- GREAT HANDHELD OPTIONS:
On the go this weekend? No time to stop for a full on turkey dinner? These awesome selections will give you the Thanksgiving feels without weighing you down.
994 Eglinton Ave. W.
The Turkey and Lamb Sandwich ($11.99) offers two holiday meats in one delicious, filling wrap (choose pita or laffa) with your choices of toppings.
65 Duncan St
Kanga's turkey pie - The Gobbler - is back!
Holiday heaven comes in the form of tender pieces of turkey breast in a white sauce with peas and carrots, served with housemade cranberry sauce, enveloped in an enticing flaky all-butter pastry crust.
46 Blue Jays Way
Available year 'round, Mark Wahlberg’s favourite item on the menu is Thanksgiving Day ($10.75) - a fantastic turkey dinner on a bun and a portable celebration with fresh ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, Chef Paul's orange cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash, and mayonnaise.
Now you'll have one more thing in common with Mark Wahlberger.
- THANKSGIVING DINNER/DESSERT TO GO
244 Augusta Ave.
Thanksgiving menu dishes here are 100% vegan & gluten-free and available for pickup Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Items include soy-free Veggie Pot Pie(4”/$8.50, 8”/$28), Holiday Bowl - contains soy (sm $8, lg $18) and soy-free desserts.
97 Harbord St.
These antibiotic- and hormone-free rotisserie chickens are so dreamy (the best in the city!), you might just make FLOCK your go-to every Thanksgiving.
For those dining alone, you can order a single leg ($5) or breast ($7). Otherwise, choose half ($9.50) and whole juicy birds ($18). Get the latter. You’ll want more right away, and then you’ll want to dig in again tomorrow.
And the sides were made for holiday season – Caramelized Heirloom Carrots ($5.50), Grilled Rapini & Broccoli ($7), Rotisserie Roasted Sweet Potatoes ($5) and Cast Iron Baked Mac & Cheese ($7).
p.s. Their take home special ($32) which includes a full chicken, full salad (the very best!) and Brussels & beets, means that you can enjoy a holiday meal without lifting a finger, except to press "Next" on your current Netflix obsession.
p.p.s. Lucky us, this delectable menu is available all year.
Check each location for hours - Adelaide, Bloor, Harbord, and Richmond.
555 Dundas St. E.
Get your gourmet turkey dinner to go ($25.50) this weekend.
Available for pickup Friday and Saturday from 8am to 8pm, the menu includes Roast Turkey (light and dark meat), Apple Onion & Sage Stuffing, Homestyle Gravy, Paintbox Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Sauce, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans & Carrots.
The meal is also available for delivery.
446 Summerhill Ave.
Order made-from-scratch turkey dinners that include white and dark sliced meat from free range turkey, apple, onion & sage dressing, orange cranberry sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and maple-roasted butternut squash in exchange for pay-what-you-can donations (minimum $5) to Youth Without Shelter — an emergency residence serving 1000+ homeless youth ages 16-24 across the GTA.
Thanksgiving dinners can be ordered online, and will be delivered straight to your door over the holiday weekend by grocery delivery service, Instabuggy.
Sweet Trolley Bakery
3056 Dundas St. W.
While you won’t be able to pick up your turkey here, the homemade desserts by Helen and her family are so fresh and made with whole ingredients. From pumpkin pies to cinnamon buns, your holiday weekend is made with these desserts in hand.
- AND JUST BECAUSE:
Evergreen Brick Works
And in case you want to skip the turkey all together and just drink beer, head to Torontoberfest at Evergreen Brick Works on Monday (12 noon - 5pm).
"Beer Monday" will feature Ontario craft brewers Beau’s, Granite, Muddy York, Junction, Side Launch, Left Field, Broadhead and Big Rig, with sausages by WVRST and other food by Delight Bite and Sugar Mamma’s.
Holiday Monday indeed.