Thanksgiving Pre-Orders in the Coastal Bend - The Bend Magazine

Thanksgiving Pre-Orders in the Coastal Bend

Let the experts handle various aspects of the meal this year by placing Thanksgiving pre-orders for desserts, whole smoked turkeys and everything in between.

Thanksgiving pre-order whole smoked turkey from Full Send BBQ

10 lb. smoked turkeys available for preorder at Full Send BBQ

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat, even for the most avid home chef. The good news is that several local restaurants and bakeries are here to take some (or all) of the preparation off your hands. Here is a list of local establishments taking Thanksgiving pre-orders for pumpkin cheesecake, pies, whole-smoked turkeys and everything in between.

Smoked Turkey and Brisket from Full Send BBQ

The Coastal Bend’s newest BBQ joint is providing smoked meats for pre-order this Thanksgiving. The menu will feature a 10 lb. whole smoked turkey, a whole smoked prime brisket or a 4 – 5 lb. smoked turkey breast. Message them on Instagram to reserve yours. 411 Taylor St. 

Thanksgiving pre-orders for desserts at Central Kitchen
Central Kitchen pastries | Photo by Rachel Benavides

Pies & Cheesecake from Central Kitchen

Let your favorite downtown bakery take care of dessert this year. Pre-order a pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple crumble pie, lemon meringue pie, Waterstreet key lime pie, pumpkin cheesecake, cinnamon dolce cheesecake or cinnamon swirl coffee cake. Drop in the shop between 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. or place your order online. 320 Lomax St. Ste. C

Full Meals & Smoked Meats from Howard’s BBQ

Howard’s BBQ is offering a full Thanksgiving meal complete with smoked turkey, a variety of sides and dessert. Or, If you prefer for them to just take care of the mains, turkey, spiral slice ham and brisket are all available for pre-order. Place your order by Mon., Nov. 20 by calling 361-882-1200, and food must be picked up by 3 p.m. Wed., Nov. 22. 1002 Antelope St.

Thanksgiving Packages from U&I Restaurant

U&I Restaurant is offering arguably the three most important aspects of the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey, gravy and dressing for pre-order this Thanksgiving.  Place your order as soon as possible before they run out by calling 361-883-3492. 309 Water St.

Thanksgiving pre-orders for desserts at Bien Merite
Bién Merité fruit tart | Photo by Rachel Benavides

Family Sized Pastries from Bién Merité

Take the miniature pastries you know and love home to the whole family with full-size tarts, quiches, pumpkin cheesecake and a Thanksgiving box of assorted pastries available for pre-order. Take care of breakfast and dessert in one fell swoop by ordering in person, over the phone or in person.  The bakery will also be open on Thanksgiving day from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. to take your out-of-town guests. 1336 S. Staples St.

These local BBQ restaurants will smoke a turkey or ham provided by you:

Mac’s Barbecue will smoke up to a 20-lb turkey, or hams and ducks, you bring in yourself. Turkeys must be fully defrosted and received between Nov. 14-18. Call 361-993-2233 to reserve your spot. 4354 S. Alameda St.

The Bar-B-Q Man will smoke your ham or turkey. Frozen meats must be received by Nov. 17 and defrosted ones by Nov. 20. Call 361-888-4248 to reserve a spot. 4931 Interstate Hwy. 37 

Bottomless Pit BBQ will smoke defrosted hams and turkeys between 12-20 pounds that will be available for pickup on Thanksgiving morning. Items should be dropped off Tues., Nov. 21 or Wednesday, Nov. 22, and payments must be cash. Call 361-879-0900 to reserve a spot. 2815 Leopard St.