If you haven’t made yourself sick with leftover Halloween candy yet, you’re missing out – the holiday season in full swing! A three-month extravaganza of blowing any new year’s resolutions you came anywhere close to realizing all to hell because, hey, we’re about to get a reset! So put on your stretchiest pants, rub your tummy while simultaneously giving yourself a pep talk, and buckle up! Next up: Thanksgiving!

While thinking about thanksgiving is enough to get anyone all starry-eyed and hopeful for the future, it can also, frankly, be quite daunting. And, no, I’m not talking about all the food that you just can’t leave behind (it wouldn’t be right). I’m more speaking of the insane amount of work that goes into that holiday meal. Think: keeping your lips sealed when your uncle goes off on a political tirade, basting that turkey just right, and the cleanup (nobody ever wants to think about the cleanup). If you know the tricks of the trade though, you’ll know this: there are shortcuts. Think perfectly seasoned turkeys, bakery-made pies, and more with help from local spots around town. Here’s where you can get the goods:

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Georgia Brown’s (Turkeys, Desserts, and Misc.)

Georgia Brown’s fondly refers to itself as the “soul of the city.” Rightfully so, as they serve up Southern hospitality and fine cuisine in heaping portions. Needless to say, isn’t Thanksgiving the ultimate soul food feast? Here, they certainly don’t look over it, and offer a wide range of thanksgiving favorites that you can eat in their dining room or take home to yours. Options include Fried Turkey, Oven Roasted Turkey, Baked Mac & Cheese, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Peach Butter, Collard Greens, Pies, and more.

Place an order here:

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Amphora Catering (Turkeys, Sides, and Misc.)

These foodies are located outside of the city, but nearby in Herndon, Virginia. They are used to bringing the best to the table for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions and have been voted the “best caterer in Virginia.” Simply put, they aren’t going to burn the turkey.   Here, you can buy an all-inclusive gourmet feast for delivery or pickup. Includes a Whole Herb-Roasted Turkey or Maple Glazed Spiral Cut Ham and then a long list of extras such as Apple Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans with Shallots and Red Pepper Confetti, Cranberry Relish, Turkey Gravy, Pumpkin Pie, and more.

Place an order here:

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Ridgewell’s Catering (Turkeys, Sides, and Misc.)

Another caterer outside of the city limits coming in hot with thanksgiving day options. Ridewell’s specializes in fine catering and has been providing the DC area with an opt-out for holiday cooking (and opt-in for relaxing wining and dining) for years now. They are located in Bethesda. They have an extensive holiday menu that is active throughout all of the major holidays, meaning you can get some traditional grub or some non-traditional items to put on your turkey day table. Samples of options include Roasted Whole Turkey with Herbed Dressing, Gravy, and Cranberry Orange Relish, Cornbread Sticks, Acorn Squash Soup, Truffle Macaroni & Cheese, Fall Lentil Medley, Scalloped Potatoes, Caramelized Brussel Spouts, Dessert Cups, Pumpkin Chiffon Cheesecake, and more.

Place an order here:

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Bread Furst

A beloved DC staple, the people behind the counter here know how to churn out bread. That being said, it seems their talents have no end. For thanksgiving, they are offering bread options as well as some sure-to-be delicious sides. Think Brioche Dinner Rolls, Baguettes, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Mashed Cauliflower, Mashed Potatoes, and more. Not to mention a dynamite selection of sweets like Bourbon Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Cranberry Curd.

Place an order here:

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Baked & Wired (Desserts)

Sometimes, I think the turkey and the stuffing, the rolls and green beans; the main meal is just an obstacle course between Thanksgiving dessert and me. I have to prove to myself, and everyone at the table, that I really want it…and I do. Baked & Wired, a well-known and well-loved DC bakery, is offering their goods up for thanksgiving order. Options include Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie, Blueberry Cranberry Pecan Crumb Pie, Cherry Pie, Pecan Kahlua Chocolate Chip Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Amaretto Pound Cake, and more.

Place an order here:



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