Gourmet Shops and Restaurants in Orlando offer a delicious stress-free holiday to go
** For 2020, many restaurants around town are offering to go packages for Thanksgiving. Check out this post for Restaurants that are offering dine in and take out. Be sure to check with the restaurants at time of order as information may have changed.
Traditional Thanksgiving celebrations are synonymous with a table full of home-cooked dishes and hours slaving away in the kitchen. If you love the feast but not the work required to produce it, may I recommend a visit to these gourmet shops and restaurants in Orlando? Whether you pick up a few items to supplement your table or you order the entire Thanksgiving feast to go, they will satisfy all your holiday meal cravings and leave you with more time for the important things: celebrating with family and friends. More eating, less working and plenty of thank you’s are guaranteed.
This Oviedo family-owned and run gourmet meat market and specialty grocery shop has been a neighborhood favorite since 2006 and now has an additional Lake Mary location. Known for their meat selections, they will be offering fresh, never-frozen, all natural whole turkeys raised in Michigan’s Amish Country, plus a full selection of traditional side dishes. Purchase a la carte or a fully prepared meal. CavallariGourmet.com Call 407-365-8000 to place your order.
East End Market
The Audobon Park mecca of all things local is perfect to pick up some added goodies for your table or a complete holiday meal to go. The best part is you’re supporting various small businesses with one stop. Efficiency at its best. View the menus for each vendor and place your orders for pick up the day before Thanksgiving. You are guaranteed to have the most local foodie holiday. EastEndMkt.com
Fantastic fresh breads in every shape and size are found at Olde Hearth Bread Company. Don’t miss snatching an impulse buy snack for the drive home from any of the treats by the register – the peanut butter sandwich cookies are to die for! 407-622-0822
A custom curated cheese platter prepared by cheese connoisseur Tonda Corrente, La Femme du Fromage, will suit your mood and palate. Choose from a wide selection of specialty cheeses from all over the world, many not available anywhere else. She also offers catering services and can whip up a great meal for you. 407-571-9947
Seasonal Specialty Roast and cold brews from Lineage Coffee Roasting are a great way to counteract the sleepy effects of the turkey. 757-771-5784
A “foraged floral arrangement” in a hand-made reclaimed wood box from Porch Therapy will give your table the perfect rustic look. 407-489-8973
At Farm Haus, Husband and wife duo Patrick and Brittany Lyne have been reinventing weeknight meals in Orlando by offering a “farm-to-your-table” delivery service featuring locally sourced, chef prepared dishes. For the holiday, order sides like Autumn Farro Salad in warm apple cider dressing and whole grain stuffing plus desserts by Buttermilk Bakery like a scrumptious salted caramel apple pie. Free delivery available in select areas around Orlando or you can pick up at East End Market the day prior to Thanksgiving together with all the other goodies from the market. It doesn’t get easier than that! Farm-Haus.com
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Looking for Southern goodness on your holiday table? Order a smoked turkey with cornbread stuffing, green beans, collard greens, mac n’ cheese and more. If you want more than turkey, get the best beef brisket in town, available in half or full portion feeding 8-15 guests. A full fixins package and pies from The Coop also available. Locations throughout Central Florida. 4RSmokehouse.com
Specialty soups like mushroom barley rosemary, carrot ginger or tomato basil bisque from Houndstooth Kitchen are the perfect start to any meal. Chef /Owner David Bressler is offering a complete menu including brined smoked turkey and Southern inspired specialty side dishes like Aunt Fannnie’s classic squash casserole and fluffy sweet potato casserole which you can order a la carte or in a package. Now located in Maitland City Centre. 678-873-0979
Se7en Bites Bakery
A pie prepared with love by Trina Gregory Propst is a must on your holiday table. Her granny-inspired Pumpkin Spice pie with touch of Garam Masala is one of the best pumpkin pies you will find anywhere – so good I featured it in this article for Signature magazine. The signature salted caramel dark chocolate pecan pie takes pie to a whole new level of nirvana. If you want non-traditional, try the chocolate chip pumpkin chiffon pie. This Primrose Drive bakery has an endless variety of irresistible treats from pies to cookies, cakes to biscuits. Order in advance as all are made fresh to order. 407-203-0727 Facebook.com/se7enbites
Swine & Sons Provisions
This Winter Park market gives you two options for the holidays: “Roast it Yourself” offers a brined and seasoned turkey and pork loin ready for roasting or the “Let Us Smoke it For You” option ready to go. The Feast Package includes sides like Cranberry Moustarda, Cornbread Stuffing with housemade sausage, marinated beets salad, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Call 407-636-7601. SwineandSons.com
Have you ever wanted a turducken? This Longwood neighborhood market has been selling an incredible selection of fresh meats since 1979. They have Amish Turkeys and sausage-stuffed turkey breasts, but how about smoked pit hams, ducks, geese, pheasant, quail, rib roasts and racks of pork? A large selection of sides and pies complete the feast. Don’t miss their pumpkin glazed turkey legs recipe. They are not kidding when they say this is “where everyday becomes gourmet”. 407-862-0400 PettysMeats.com
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is truly one stop shop for everything you need to create a delicious stress-free holiday. From fall colored floral centerpieces, to cheeses selected by certified cheese professionals (the cranberry walnut fig stuffed brie is ridiculously good), to fully prepared whole roasted turkeys and lavish sides and salads, to fresh-baked breads, wines and coffees. Looking for an all organic Turkey dinner including a whole roasted turkey, pan gravy, herb stuffing and mashed potatoes? You will find it here. Place your order online. Shop.WFM.com
The holidays don’t have to be stressful to be delicious. If you want the comforts of home, order some or all of your dishes from these shops. If you don’t want to deal with the cleaning, then make reservations at one of the area resorts or restaurants and let their staff do everything for you. Here are my Best Thanksgiving Celebrations in Orlando.
What do you have planned for Thanksgiving? Will you be doing all the cooking, ordering your feast to go or dining out? Wherever and whatever you do, I wish you a most happy holiday surrounded by family and friends.