Thanksgiving to-go meals on a table

6 local Thanksgiving meals that are affordable and delicious

Because sometimes you don’t feel like cooking.

The holiday season is imminent, which means it’s time to get the most important aspect nailed down: the food. Whether you’re hosting a Friendsgiving, family gathering or holiday date, keep reading for some solid local choices (for dine-in and to-go) that speak to every dining style. Since we’re all looking for a deal, we made sure to offer Thanksgiving packages with the most bang for your buck, bringing you a considerable amount of delicious food for a price that won’t bite. (Plus, one splurge option, because … ‘tis the season.)  

The Metropolitan Café

2032 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

Guess what, Dallas? This funky downtown joint is back in action after closing in 2021. The Metropolitan Café debuted this fall with a new owner, a chic new design and a menu that practically screams Thanksgiving joy.

The feast: Your meal for two includes two meats, three sides and not one but two desserts. (Because, let’s face it, it’s not a complete Thanksgiving feast without pie.) Options include stuffed Cornish game hen, smoked gouda mac and cheese, brioche stuffing, garlic-whipped potatoes and cumin-glazed carrots. And to top it all off, indulge in some sugary desserts like chocolate pecan pie and apple pie. This is a good deal at $65 (serves two). Have more than two hungry mouths to feed? Easy. Order more. 

Mark your calendar: The clock is ticking! Place your order between Nov. 6 and Nov. 15, then pick it up on Nov. 21 or 22. Call 214-741-2233 and let the holiday feasting begin. 

Dive Coastal Cuisine

3404 Rankin St, Dallas, TX 75205

Want to avoid diving into cooking this Thanksgiving? (See what we did there?) No problem, this seafood restaurant has you covered. Dive Coastal Cuisine offers a festive Thanksgiving pick-up menu that will impress your guests. 

The feast: Mini potato latkes, bruschetta ciabatta crostinis, charcuterie boards, herbed/brined chicken, shrimp cocktail skewers, roasted salmon dip, seasoned and seared beef tenderloin and stuffed sweet potatoes. For dessert, you can pick between key lime pie (untraditional, but delicious) and pumpkin spice (traditional and delicious). Prices vary, but we consider this a good deal. Turkey breast for five people is $50, mini crab cakes for six to 12 people are $42, and bruschetta ciabatta crostinis for six to 12 people are $25. Plus, you didn’t have to go to the grocery store during the holidays. Pretty sure that’s priceless. 

Mark your calendar: Place your order 24 hours in advance for pickup on Nov. 22. Head to the website or call 214-891-1700 order. 

La Parisienne

6740 Winning Dr Suite 1000, Frisco, TX 75034

Bonjour, Thanksgiving! La Parisienne French Bistro at the Frisco Star is putting a Parisian twist on your holiday shindigs. The restaurant serves its regular dinner menu for dine-in or to-go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but they also offer a prix fixe menu with a festive flair.

The feast: Choose from options like lobster bisque or butternut squash soup, Caesar salad or wedge salad, and turkey breast with cranberry port wine sauce or prime rib (with a $15 upcharge) served with bearnaise sauce or au poivre sauce. Don’t forget the sweetest part: an apple pecan caramel tart or sweet potato pie. Consider this a Thanksgiving bargain at just $45 per person or $60 if you choose the prime rib. 

Mark your calendar: All to-go orders must be placed by Nov. 21. Call 469-200-5411 for more information. 

Central Market

Multiple locations 

The feast: Before you scoff at the $369 price tag, do the math. This to-go Thanksgiving smorgasbord from Central Market feeds 12-14 people. That’s roughly $28 per person. The meal has so much food that we’re putting it in list form. 

You get: 

  • Hickory-smoked, spiral-sliced, bone-in ham with apricot-ginger glaze
  • All-natural oven-roasted turkey
  • Mixed greens, roasted carrots and feta salad
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cheesy potato casserole
  • Whipped Yukon mashed potatoes
  • Green beans with toasted almonds
  • Oven-roasted vegetables
  • Savory cornbread dressing
  • Turkey gravy
  • Cranberry sauce


  • Roasting pan for turkey
  • Roasting turkey bag
  • Oven pan for ham

Mark your calendar: If you reserve your chef-made Thanksgiving meal by Nov. 8, 2023, you’ll receive a coupon for $15 off your next $75 in-store purchase. Otherwise, head to the website to order. 

Andrew’s American Pizza Kitchen

1401 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093

Turkey’s not your thing? (Not everybody likes traditional Thanksgiving food, and that’s OK.) Andrew’s American Pizza Kitchen is open on Thanksgiving Day for dine-in from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and they’re offering catering for those who prefer pizza and pasta over poultry. 

The feast: Savor their signature Dallas-style pizza, Chicago-style pizza, Detroit-style pizza and more. Plus, indulge in holiday delights: pumpkin pie tarts, caramel tarts and pecan pie tarts, each a steal at $9.

Mark your calendar: The deadline to order is Nov. 22, with pickup on Nov. 23. Call 469-825-6500 to lock in your unconventional Thanksgiving feast.


Quarter Acre

2023 Greenville Ave #110, Dallas, TX 75206

If you do want to splurge this Thanksgiving, Quarter Acre has just the package for you. 

The feast: Choose between smoked turkey breast with confit turkey legs or slow-cooked leg of New Zealand lamb. Both options serve four and come with two scrumptious sauces, three sides including and delicious extras like sourdough bread, New Zealand butter and Tajin popcorn. Prices are $295 for turkey breast and $325 for the leg of New Zealand lamb.

Mark your calendar: Reserve your order by Nov. 15 for pickup on Nov. 22 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. To treat yourself to this lavish experience, call them at 214-647-1616.

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5 amazing jobs that dogs can do if yours needs to start pulling its weight

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Dogs are not considered the smartest domesticated animals (aw), but they are considered the most pro-social. Studies have found that dogs pick up human cues almost instantaneously, such as pointing at things. Technically smarter animals — like chimpanzees — may be trained to care about human gestures, but don’t do so intuitively. (And cats probably just don’t care.)

In fact, dogs have been helping us for a long time thanks to their ability to read and respond to human needs. Trained service animals provide vital functions for hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who have mental and physical disabilities. Law enforcement and the military use dogs for a wide variety of purposes — some bomb sniffing dogs even have baseball cards. 

Still, canines continuously expand their resumes. Here are five amazing jobs that you can look into if your pet isn’t contributing to your household coffers. 

Bed bug detection

Bed bugs are a pernicious problem because these tiny pests are hard to spot until there are symptoms – like itchy bites. Dogs’ gold-level sense of smell allows them to detect bed bugs at the earliest stages of development and will alert humans to places where bed bugs hide that you might miss with sight alone — like behind wallpaper, for instance. Trained K9s sniff out areas with bed bugs and alert their pest control technician, a team which is more effective than humans inspectors alone.   

Baseball card featuring explosive detection dog

Search and rescue

Search and rescue (SAR) dogs represent the top 1% of all service animals, making them an elite force. When a person or piece of evidence goes missing, SAR dogs can smell a human scent for around two to three hours after it has last been touched, and sometimes even longer than that. Amazingly, dogs can also tell when an item smells like it doesn’t belong. While looking for items left behind by a lost hiker, for instance, dogs may be able to tell if an item is an out-of-place scent in nature. 

Senior assistance

As people age, it’s common to develop issues with seeing, hearing, mobility and numerous unique conditions that require care. Dogs are already stepping in to play an important role in caregiving for seniors — who will soon become the largest demographic in the U.S. For people who use wheelchairs, dogs can help open doors or lower cabinets. Service animals can get help if a person has experienced a fall or a seizure. These amazing companions can even help people who have memory loss issues to dress and eat.

Service dog patiently lying down next to its owner in a park

Livestock protection

These special security guards help protect livestock from a variety of natural predators. Unlike herding dogs, Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs) essentially live with their herds, imprinting as an honorary member of the pack. Though these dogs are typically large and independent — making them less popular in city settings — some people use them to guard residential chicken coops. Though LGDs are fierce toward outside threats, they are often gentle with children and other pets.  

Allergy detection

About 1 in 50 Americans experience life-threatening allergies that include severe reactions that can prove fatal without timely, proper care. What makes allergy detecting dogs so special is that they must sort through an enormous number of smells to zero in on an allergen like peanuts, shellfish, soy or gluten. Allergen Service Dogs will alert to the smell of a dangerous ingredient with some sign like pawing. Or, they can be used to clear entire areas, searching high and low for the presence of a life-threatening allergen.  

Researchers are continuously studying dog cognition to better understand how they can be helpful to our everyday lives, but one thing is certain: They really are our best friends. 

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What’s behind the fiercely raging pickleball controversy

A briefer on both sides of the mega-trend

Pickleball has once again claimed the title of the fastest-growing sport in America. If you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the game, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple and the dimensions of a standard pickleball court are compact, creating a low-impact, high-reward activity that is accessible to most people. In fact, the sport has been hugely popular with the 55+ crowd for years, with senior living communities promoting it as a draw for residents who want to stay active. (The Villages in Florida boast hundreds of pickleball courts.)

In the past few years, though, pickleball’s popularity has surged among people of all ages and activity levels in cities across the country, contributing to a 171% increase in participation. Not everyone is thrilled. The NY Post claims the sport is “wreaking havoc” in cities across the U.S., with lawsuits, scuffles and noise complaints owing to its controversial status. Despite this, the game continues to draw enthusiasts (and fanatics) to new and existing courts in the country. Here is the lowdown on both sides of the pickleball debate.

Pickleball paddle and ball resting on the edge of a court

In this corner: pickleball haters

If you have played a game of pickleball, you likely know that it can be a bit noisy. The sport uses solid paddles to hit a plastic ball with holes, creating a pop-pop back-and-forth that produces a decibel level that’s roughly twice as loud as tennis and a bit louder than city noise. In fact, the pitch simulates the sound of a garbage truck.

It isn’t just the mechanics. Pickleball lends well to social activity, able to be played in twos or fours and, because it is active without being overly toilsome, can be played with groups of friends – maybe even alongside a few brews. The joviality isn’t always welcome when played late at night or in otherwise serene neighborhoods. 

The courts themselves are another contentious component. Tennis courts, where picklers often play, generally have spoken and unspoken rules of etiquette. For instance, it’s not unusual for tennis players to stay on the court for roughly an hour before yielding it to waiting players in the stands. Not all picklers are aware of – or abide by – the rules. And, most pickleball courts are converted from tennis courts, meaning that tennis players have fewer places to practice and play. 

Girl playing pickleball on an outdoor court

And in this corner: pickleball advocates

Ask a pickler why they like the sport, and they may exuberantly rattle off a list of reasons. For some, it’s a way to stay active, meet new people and become a part of a movement that has a low bar for entry. But it isn’t just fun. 

Experts extol the many benefits of pickleball, like improved hand-eye coordination and improved physical health when played consistently. Even the noise-inducing rackets and holed balls make swinging a pickleball racket easier on arm joints, which can help people who may be prone to tendonitis or other overuse injuries. And, for players who use a wheelchair or other adaptive devices, governing organizations like USA Pickleball have ensured greater accessibility for more players through official recommendations and rules for play. 

Additionally, as the sport gains in popularity, independent pickleball courts are being erected so that players aren’t commandeering tennis courts. Concepts like Chicken N Pickle, which has locations in Texas, Arizona, Kansas and Oklahoma – with new locations on the way –  offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy a good meal, reserve a court and watch the picklers in action. Places like Pickle and Social offer locations in Georgia and Arizona to enjoy a club-like experience, offering a full-service bar, specialty drinks and more to enjoy after a lively match.

There’s also a matter of supply and demand in the increasingly heated wars between tennis players and picklers. Tennis has only grown in popularity by about 4% over the past few years, and picklers argue that many courts were underused and are now being fully utilized thanks to pickleball. 

So, what’s the verdict? 

Whether you love, hate or remain undecided on the sport of pickleball, it’s best to read up on pickleball and tennis court etiquette before playing. If you want to participate, make sure that your destination is properly zoned and accommodating of picklers to ensure that everyone – players, spectators and bystanders alike – can enjoy their lives (and their game).

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