Being a host for a holiday meal is usually a high-pressure engagement, especially this year as family and friends reunite for a more relaxed celebration than last year’s. Luckily, there are restaurants in Montclair and Bloomfield doing all the hard work for Thanksgiving so hosts can sit back with a cocktail, watch some football, and enjoy the company of family and friends. Below is a list of restaurants offering catering and even dine-in options for the big day. Check back often as we will continue to add more places to the list!
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Corso 98 | 98 Walnut Street
The team behind Corso 98 believes the sides are the real stars of Thanksgiving and we tend to agree. The restaurant is offering a variety of antipasti and salads in addition to a lengthy list of classic Italian entrees and sides. Think lasagna, meatballs, and chicken parmigiana but also consider the truffle whipped potatoes, sausage and pine nut stuffing, and Brussel sprouts with herbed breadcrumbs. Vegan and custom options are also available. If the baking is better left to the professionals, add on a few baked goods from Corso’s sister kitchen at Cucina 98 like seasonal pies, tiramisu, biscotti, or pignoli cookies. Visit the storefront or call to place an order, which can be picked up on November 24th or 25th complete with instructions for storage and reheating.
Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue
For a French-inspired affair, look no further than Faubourg. The family-style meal is complete with butternut squash soup, turkey, stuffing, cranberry chutney, and gravy alongside Pommes puree aka potato clouds, and vegetable fricassee. In addition, customers can select options from the a la carte offerings like the cheese plate appetizer, roasted salmon with dill sauce entree, and sides such as mac and cheese, green bean casserole, and sweet potato gratin. For dessert, there is a selection of homemade pies and ice cream. All orders should be placed via email by November 19th for pickup on November 24th or 25th.
Fresco da Franco | 15 Church Street
Available only on Thanksgiving day for both dine-in and takeout is a special, fall-inspired menu. Think butternut squash soup, turkey meatloaf, homemade pumpkin gnocchi, and porcini mushroom risotto – and those are just the mains! Sides include cornbread, pan-fried Brussel sprouts with pancetta and balsamic glaze, and sweet potato au gratin with nutmeg and parmesan cheese among a few others. The peach crostata is also calling our names for dessert. For reservations, call the restaurant directly at (973) 337-5100.
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MishMish Cafe | 631 ½ Valley Road
One of our favorite Mediterranean spots is adding its spin on an American tradition. Choose from starters and bread like the poached salmon tray with freshly sliced vegetables and dips or milk buns to kick off and then choose between a slow-roasted turkey seasoned with hawaij, a Yemeni spice blend, or a beef and eggplant mussakah. Add the cheese borekas for good measure and guests won’t be disappointed. Order from the website by November 19th for pick up on November 24th.
Montclair Bread Co. | 16 Label Street
Montclair Bread Company is serving up all things carbs of course. There is a selection of savory loaves such as apple cranberry walnut, pumpkin brioche, and rosemary sourdough to soak up that extra turkey gravy. For dessert, reserve from an assortment of classic doughnuts, apple cider doughnuts, cinnamon buns, or a mix of specialty pastries. For the true traditionalist, there is also apple crumb, pumpkin, and pecan pies. Place an order with Montclair Bread via the form by November 18th and pick it up the morning of November 24th or 25th.
Palazzo | 33 Walnut Street
Palazzo is offering not one but two options for its guests. For those looking to dine in on Thanksgiving day, there will be a price-fixe menu that will include a variety of ten appetizers, ten entrees, and desserts to choose from. Reservations are required so call sooner than later to save a spot. For takeout, turkey dinners are available for serving anywhere from one to 15. The dinner includes roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, and sauteed green beans. Orders should be placed by Saturday, November 20th by calling the restaurant.
Pineapple Express Barbeque | 1 Lackawanna Plaza
The newly opened barbeque joint and beer garden is serving up Thanksgiving dinner with a twist. The complete menu, which feeds four to six people, includes a selection of either Smoked Turkey or Brisket and mouthwatering sides like sausage and fennel stuffing, four-cheese potato gratin, and orange and cranberry sauce. For an additional cost, there are a few starters and desserts to complete the meal such as smoked sausage with whipped ranch goat cheese and crackers and, of course, pumpkin and apple pies. Orders should be placed on the website by November 18th for pickup on either November 24th or 25th.
Ruthie’s Bar-B-Que & Pizza | 64 ½ Chestnut Street
It’s that time of year for Ruthie’s famous smoked turkey and gravy. Some wait all year for this special and it’s no wonder. Call the restaurant as soon as humanly possible to reserve and don’t forget to add sides from the regular catering menu to make it a complete meal. Owner Ruthie has also been working on her baking skills so ask about the scratch-made sweet potato and pecan pies!
Sweet Kitchen | 533 Bloomfield Avenue
For all things pies and desserts, swing by Sweet Kitchen for a couple of treats. The sweet shop is offering a variety of seasonal pie favorites like pumpkin, pecan, and even sticky toffee pudding, plus miniature-sized items for a crowd including eclairs, coffee cake, apple turnovers, and brownies. Orders can be placed until November 23rd via telephone for pick up on Turkey Day.
Sweet T’s Southern Eatery | 387 Bloomfield Avenue
Consider Sweet T’s to bring a little soul to this year’s table – soul food that is. Customers can put together a custom menu from a selection of starters, entrees, sides, and desserts. Our ideal selection would consist of cornbread and deviled eggs for appetizers, a fried turkey, and vegan lasagna for the mains, with sides of candied yams, collard greens, and mac and cheese, and finishing with the lemon bundt cake for dessert. Talk about yum. Email orders by November 15th to Sweettssoutherneatery@gmail.com for pickup on November 24th.
The Pie Store | 100 Watchung Avenue
Even though this local British favorite is not taking any advance orders, customers can still shop during regular hours and purchase whatever items are available that day. Most of the savory and sweet pies come in two different sizes so there is something for everyone. Pro tip from the store owner: buy ahead and freeze! Most of the pies can be reheated or defrosted before serving and no guest will ever know it wasn’t made that day.
Zeugma Mediterranean Grill | 44 South Park Street
Zeugma is sticking to its Mediterranean roots and offering a whole lamb rack instead of the typical turkey. The accompaniments include hummus, gravy, homemade pita bread (definitely order extra), shepherd’s salad, chestnut rice, and truffle mousse. Call the restaurant directly to inquire and place an order.
Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House | 409 Franklin Street
The Mitola family invites everyone in town to join the 20th anniversary Thanksgiving celebration. Diners, in addition to the regular menu, can choose from a selection of favorites including roasted turkey, spiral ham, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Seating will be available indoors and outdoors between 1PM and 4PM only, including the heated bubbles! For reservations or to pre-order takeout, call Bloomfield Steak to save your spot.
Blue Steel Pizza Company | 285 Glenwood Avenue
For those planning a Friendsgiving event, consider choosing Blue Steel Pizza as the host. Between November 9th and December 5th, groups of at least 10 can reserve a sit-down Thanksgiving meal served family-style. Starters include decadent fondue and beer-battered squash rings, among others. For the main course, the star is obviously the turkey however, the fixings mustn’t be ignored. Roasted garlic potato puree, creamed Brussel sprouts, and a cranberry plate make it an unforgettable plate. Don’t forget the cocktails. The menu also includes a special cocktail named the Hot Lola featuring Misunderstood Whiskey, carrot juice, and coconut milk. Head on over the website to make a reservation today.
La Popolari | 1047 Broad Street
For a little Italian flair, consider ordering from La Popolari. There are three different sizes of turkey to choose from, and a significant selection of accompaniments like ricotta mashed potatoes, truffle roasted mushrooms, stuffed artichokes. Honestly, there isn’t a side that doesn’t make our mouths water thinking about them. Check out the menu then place an order via text by November 21st. All pickups will be arranged for Thanksgiving Day.
The Brookdale | 1099 Broad Street
If eating out sounds like even less work than ordering in, that’s because it is. The Brookdale will be serving a Thanksgiving feast to diners starting at 2PM on Turkey Day. The prix fixe menu begins with a kale salad topped with acorn squash and a maple vinaigrette and then moves onto the main, which is a platter including turkey, gravy, cornbread stuffing, broccoli souffle, sweet potato casserole, and last, but certainly not least, cranberry sauce. Don’t waste another minute and make a reservation directly on the website today.
Apem Creamery | 870 Broad Street
No piece of pie is truly complete without a scoop of ice cream. To satisfy all the sweet tooths post-turkey, pre-order a few pints of homemade gelato and sorbet from Apem Creamery. Flavors include the classic vanilla bean, bourbon caramel, and the Philly shell, with swirls of chocolate ganache. There are also a few dairy-free flavors such as pretty dark chocolate. Visit the store before November 14th to place an order and it will be ready for pick up either November 21st or 25th. It’s strongly recommended to order a few scoops for the ride home as well.