Food

You’ll find Light House Bistro on a busy up-and-coming section of West Street. Image of LBo Craft watercolor of Light House Bistro courtesy of Annapolis Discovered.

Normally on Thanksgiving, the biggest dilemma is whether to have the real cranberries or the canned jelly stuff (or a little of each). This year, though, is 2020 and decisions about everything feel apocalyptic—should we have it under a tent outside? Should we all wear masks? Should we just stay home?

Whatever Thanksgiving is going to look like this year, I’m thankful that we live near foodie-fab Annapolis, where options are bountiful for ordering a catered feast. Here’s a cornucopia of delicious Thanksgiving to-go options, so at least your worries about food prep will melt away, like butter on perfectly mashed (by someone else!) potatoes:

The Prixe-Fixe Fave

Carrol’s Creek Cafe, a longtime Eastport favorite, is bringing you a Thanksgiving Menu with lots of unexpected options. The Prix-Fixe menu includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and is priced according to what entrée you choose. The Turkey Dinner option is $35.95 and comes with all the traditional sides, as well as your selection of appetizer (my choice would have to be the Baked Oysters!) and dessert (hmm…go classic with Apple or Pumpkin Pie? Or unexpected with a Coffee & Donuts Bread Pudding? Or decadent with the Flourless Chocolate Cake?) Also, if nut allergies are a concern for your group, Carrol’s Creek is a completely peanut- and tree nut-free facility. Orders are due for Carrol’s Creek by November 20th.

Try the Flourless Chocolate Cake as a decadent end to your Thanksgiving meal! Image courtesy of Carrol’s Creek.

The Fancy

Flamant is doing Thanksgiving to-go like Flamant does everything else—with seductive twists on simple dishes, made with the highest quality ingredients. Their turkeys are hormone- and antibiotic-free and come from small Amish family farms. The stuffing will be of the cornbread-sausage variety. The Brussels sprouts are prepared with chestnuts and bacon. It’s not apple pie—it’s Apple Tatin. See their full menu online, but I can promise you it all looks delightful! Pricing per person decreases the more people you’re feeding, ranging from $60 per person (for 2 people) to ~$40 per person (14 people). Get your orders in before November 11th for Flamant.

Simplicity and tradition shine at Flamant. Image courtesy of Flamant.

The Feel-Good

What better way to give thanks this holiday than to support the Light House Bistro? Their Holiday Meals menu includes the classics such as Herb-Roasted Turkey, Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel, all sold in half pan (serves 5-9) or full pan (serves 10-18) sizes. As always, your patronage helps support the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center through job training and living wage employment for students of the workplace development program. Don’t forget to order some gift cards with your food order for perfect holiday gifts! Email your order to [email protected] by November 16th at noon.

Get ready for comfort food with a side of good karma when you order from Light House Bistro. Image courtesy of Light House Bistro.

Fuss-Free Catering

Main and Market can cater your Thanksgiving no matter the size, dietary preference, or ordering whims. With 6 pages to their Thanksgiving menu, you can customize to your heart’s content. There are 3 all-inclusive menus, including a vegetarian menu, or you can mix and match à la carte items. Let’s see—if I’m in charge of ordering, we’re definitely trying the Sweet Potato Croquettes, Roasted Root Vegetables, Apple Crumb Pie, and maybe a Thanksgiving Cookie Kit, for the kiddos. E-mail (or fax or drop off at the café) your orders to [email protected] by noon on November 20th.

Main and Market is ready to cater your Thanksgiving! Image courtesy of Main and Market.

Other Local Thanksgiving To-Go Options

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This is definitely the year to treat yourself to a stress-free Thanksgiving meal (well, beyond the usual family drama and global pandemic), while at the same time supporting one of your favorite local businesses. So pick up the phone or shoot off an email to place your order, then kick back and count your blessings.

Chelsea Harrison

Chelsea is a proud lifelong Marylander. She is a creative writing teacher, tutor, poet, and freelance writer and editor. She is also a mom of four little ones who are learning to love Maryland’s sights, sounds, and seasons as much as their momma. Some of Chelsea’s favorite Annapolis memories are interning at the Paca House, her wedding (ceremony at Annapolis Maritime Museum, reception at Loews), shopping Main Street on Black Friday (a yearly Burton girl tradition), and watching the Blue Angels. The concept of free time is foreign to Chelsea at this stage of her life, but if she found some, she would fill it by reading, crafting, baking, or watching a movie with the little wildlings.