The Salty 6: Thanksgiving Takeout in Boston

I've never hosted Thanksgiving dinner before so, in turn, I've never experienced the stress of cooking a feast such as it is. YEAH RIGHT! We all know that Mom stress on Thanksgiving Day is everyone's stress. Let's help Mom lighten the load and grab a dish or two from one of the many restaurants offering takeout options in Boston. Here is my Salty 6 lowdown on the best menus cooking up (NOT in my kitchen):

1. Sofra Bakerysofra bakery and cafe

Cambridge, MA
Think: middle eastern spices and locally sourced produce. 
Thanksgiving Day catering: sides, breads, condiments, and sweets
Feast highlights:

  • Cheese and corn fondue, cauliflower, leeks
  • Sweet potato pide, feta, tahini, pepitas
  • Caramelized onion jam - bacon, dates, poppy seeds
  • Walnut baklava strudel, caramelized pears
2. Mamaleh's Delicatessen mamaleh's delicatessen

Kendall Square, Cambridge
Think: homey Jewish deli with an upgraded, contemporary feel. 
Thanksgiving Day catering: desserts and sides
Feast highlights:

  • Rye bread stuffing
  • Sweet potato latkes with silan sour cream and applesauce
3. The Butcher Shopthe butcher shop boston

South End, Boston
Think: topnotch neighborhood wine bar with seasonal, clean tastes.
Thanksgiving Day catering: meats and sides
Feast highlights:

  • Whole rohan duck
  • Chef's selection charcuterie board
  • Spicy tomato soup 
  • Homemade cranberry sauce
4. Southern Propersouthern proper boston south end

South End, Boston
Think: southern food all grown up and living in the city.
Thanksgiving Day catering: meats, sides, breads, pies
Feast highlights:

  • Full turkey
  • Mac & cheese (I'm not into mac & cheese but there's is incredible)
  • French onion yeast rolls
  • Roasted root vegetables
5. The Season to Tastethe season to taste catering cambridge

Cambridge, MA
Think: locally sourced, in season, upscale American catering.
Thanksgiving Day catering: sides and pie
Feast highlights:

  • Potato gratin with caramelized leek & bacon
  • Roasted carrots & fennel with garlic confit
  • Roasted pumpkin soup with curried pumpkin seeds and chive creme fraiche
6. Flour Bakery Flour bakery

Multiple locations
Think: the name says it all, homestyle delicious baked goods.
Thanksgiving Day catering: sides, stuffing, breads, breakfast, dessert
Feast highlights:

  • Preserved cherry and cranberry chutney, ginger, orange
  • Maple-chili wax beans, oyster mushrooms, candied almonds
  • Fennel sausage stuffing, dried apricot, olive, roasted fennel, savory
  • the Piefecta - pecan, pumpkin, brown sugar whipped cream
  • Mile-high lemon meringue pie
  • Double-crust apple pie


Images: Sofra Bakery & Cafe from, Mamaleh's Delicatessen from the Stopover, the Butcher Shop from the Butcher Shop, Southern Proper from UberEats, Season to Taste from Season to Taste, Flour Bakery from Boston Seaport

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