How to Get a Michelin-Starred Thanksgiving Dinner at Home in SF

A tasty, turkey-centric lining of a very dark cloud

Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving dinner from Che Fico.
Che Fico

Remember the days when you couldn’t get Michelin-starred restaurants to prepare your very own Thanksgiving dinner? 

Those seem very long ago now. While this year has been full of unpleasant/terrible/apocalyptic changes, we’ll be happy to hold onto expanded take-out options from the tippy-top tier of restaurants — including these below, here to make our Thanksgiving a little easier (and a lot more delicious, depending on your cooking abilities). 

Here, the very best of Thanksgiving dinners, available for take-out from the starriest restaurants in town. While all of these options are available at press time, don’t delay, as supplies, as ever, are limited. 

1. Birdsong

Good news: Birdsong just — last week — reopened for indoor dining. Better news: They still have availability for their to-go Thanksgiving packages, with elements ranging from roast turkey (obvs) to dried persimmons, pickled seckel pears, and, of course, dessert pies. Available via Tock

2. Che Fico

Our favorite Italian offers dinners for four (roast turkey and veg options), with Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and the usual suspects; for dessert, look for a deep-dish apple cranberry crostata or chocolate walnut torta. You can also add a six-pack of Fort Point’s Sfizio, an Italian-style Pilsner. Available via Tock

3. Lord Stanley

Our favorite Michelin-starred Russian Hill restaurant has a Thanksgiving pack including mushroom escabeche, turkey breast stuffed with confit leg, more Brussels sprouts (now with lardons), “poultry jus,” and pumpkin custard tart with candied pecans. Optional extras include Tsar Nicoulai caviar (and lemon meringue pie). Available via Tock

4. Acquerello

Oh, you prefer two Michelin stars? Acquerello will oblige, with your choice of turkey options (roulade of turkey breast or terrine of confit thigh), pork sausage and giblet stuffing, and optional, and possibly excessive fresh white truffles. Available via Tock

5. Accarino X SPQR

SPQR’s pandemic-era takeout wing offers Thanksgiving dinners for two or four, with cider- and herb-brined “heritage” turkeys; chestnut, apple, and wild fennel stuffing; radicchio salad; and more. For dessert, we have Jean’s pecan pie, sweet potato cheesecake (the best use of sweet potatoes, thanks), and cocoa nib cream pie. Available via Tock.


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