Alternative Thanksgiving Takeout Guide

In our latest blog post, we listed some of our favorite Thanksgiving food recipes from your team at The Strand Sacramento. Although cooking for your friends and family can be a great way to get festive and give thanks this holiday season, we know that it’s not for everyone. Whether you’ve got a lot on your plate, or traditional Thanksgiving food doesn’t cut it for you, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy a delicious meal with your friends and family. If you’re looking to spend less time in the kitchen and more time giving thanks this season, we wanted to offer you our alternative Thanksgiving takeout guide with some of Sacramento’s best takeout spots. From comfort foods to contemporary cuisine, Sacramento’s diverse restaurant portfolio located right in your neighborhood has you covered.

Majka Pizza and Bakery

First on the list is Majka Pizza & Bakery, because who can resist a piping hot box of pizza. This spot is perfect for vegetarian eaters, as they only offer one flavor of vegetarian pizza per day, cycling each day of the week. You might be thinking that a pizza place with only one flavor of pizza is crazy- but try it out before you judge!
Majka Pizza sources only the freshest and most organic ingredients from local markets and farms, in order to make the freshest and most delectable pizza possible. You’ll definitely be able to taste the quality. Top off your alternative meal by adding a bottle of wine and a chocolate chunk cookie to your order, and enjoy! Find them at 1704 15th St.; (916) 572-9316.

Taylor’s Kitchen

If you’re more of a meat-lover than a vegetarian eater, check out Taylor’s Kitchen for a burger you just can’t make at home. Taylor’s Entree menu offers diner-style all-American burgers, Risotto with Scallops, Chili Roasted Squash Tacos, and more. Everyone’s palette is sure to be pleased when picking up from this spot. They have a few dessert items, as well as an extensive Wine & Beer selection to complete your meal. Find them at 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 443-5154.


If you’re looking for Michelin quality to go, order from East Sacramento’s restaurant Canon, started by Brad Cecchi in 2019. When you order from here, you won’t have to sacrifice the quality of a home-cooked meal. If anything, you’ll get an upgrade! Canon offers sharable seasonal food, including tasty options like stuffed pasilla pepper, beef cheek tacos on beet-juice tortillas, plancha potatoes, and pumpkin mousse. Canon has mastered the art of making inventive fare that travels well, so don’t worry about getting this safely onto your dinner table at home! Order ahead and pick up from Canon before your Thanksgiving dinner guests arrive. Find them at 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 443-5154


Looking for a taste of Sacramento’s freshest fish? Pick up from Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine. This Sacramento favorite sushi spot used to give the highest priority to their dine-in guests, making picking up difficult. As the pandemic has changed “the norm”, they now prioritize takeout just as much as dine-in, if not more. From bento boxes to dumpling-and-broth meal kits, they make enjoying Japanese cuisine easier than ever. Kru is a great choice in our alternative Thanksgiving takeout guide for those who are looking for the opposite of turkey and yams.  Find them at 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559

El Bramido

Looking to spice things up? El Bramido meets all of your authentic Mexican food cravings. Whether you’re looking for burritos, enchiladas, or crunchy tacos, this spot is perfect for finding alternative Thanksgiving takeout. Don’t forget to add a piping hot churro, fresh from the fryer, to your pick-up order! Enjoy some energy-filled Mexican music as you wait to pick up your comfort food.

Origami Asian Grill

You don’t have to break the bank by ordering out this Thanksgiving when you pick up affordable Asian fare from Origami Asian Grill in East Sacramento. Here you can add anything from fried chicken to Bahn Mi to your takeout order. Origami offers a flexible chain-style approach to food, offering highly customizable rice or soup bowls and salad. Be sure to pick up some dessert while you’re out picking up from Origami this Thanksgiving.


The last alternative Thanksgiving takeout food option is for those willing to pay more for their Thanksgiving dinner. Ella Dining Room and Bar features refined new American and French cuisine. This fine-dining experience can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. They also offer an award-winning wine menu and received their Michelin star this year. Try out their steak tartar or pan-roasted king salmon this month.

Whether you’re cooking at home or ordering out this Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoy your time with friends and family. What’s important is giving thanks and being together, a luxury we don’t take lightly here at The Strand. If you order out, we hope you use our alternative Thanksgiving takeout guide to find the best options near you. From our team to you, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays.

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