Where you can eat out or order in your Thanksgiving dinner in Champaign-Urbana
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so if you’d like to skip cooking in the kitchen, Champaign and Urbana have a whole bunch of great dine-in or carryout options for your family’s Thanksgiving table
We are here to help you try some of the delicious Thanksgiving classics that Champaign-Urbana restaurants and caterers have to offer.
When ordering takeout or a family meal to-go for Thanksgiving, our advice is not to wait until the last minute. Thanksgiving takeout seems to be popular!
If you’re planning on takeout for Thanksgiving, some options have deadlines for pre-orders or may have limited availability, so order early.
We will continue to add to this list, as not all options have been released as of our publishing date. Please note that information was verified at time of publishing, and might be subject to change due to a restaurant’s staffing or supplies.
Neil St. Blues, 301 N. Neil St., Champaign: Neil St. Blues will be serving a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy all you can eat favorites such as Cajun Brined Smoked Turkey, Baked Chicken and Dressing, Honey Glazed Ham, Baked Mac n’ Cheese and more. Reservations recommended. $35 per adult. Also offers a take-out option. Make reservations here.
Denny’s, 702 W. Town Center Blvd,. Champaign: Standard menu available, which includes a turkey-and-dressing meal: carved turkey, stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce with choice of two sides and dinner bread. Open 24 hours.
Bob Evans, 1813 N. Neil St., Champaign: Bob Evans dining room will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. serving hot meals. It also has Thanksgiving feasts to go that can feed up to 10. Packed cold, heat and serve at home; available for curbside pickup and delivery.
Perkins, 214 W. University Ave., Urbana: Perkins is open on Thanksgiving for dine-in. The standard menu will be available, including pie.
Urbana Garden Family Restaurant, 810 W. Killarney St., Urbana: We had reports in 2022 that Urbana Family Garden is a good option for dining in on Thanksgiving Day.
Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana: Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by UHS Student Senate. ALL are welcome to come, eat dinner, and socialize. Thanksgiving Day, 4-6 p.m.
Order Ahead Options:
BakeLab, 410 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana: BakeLab has a limited number of dessert boxes available to order for your Thanksgiving table. Each box contains four desserts: a passionfruit and coconut tart, a black sesame seed dairy tart, a chocolate mousse cake, and a matcha and red bean tart. BakeLab is only making 33 boxes so order online ASAP.
Big Grove Tavern, 1 E. Main St., Champaign: Again offering its Pick Up meals for Thanksgiving 2023, adding wine and and Rye Whiskey selections as retail offerings. The meal package includes an 18-pound turkey with all the fixings, to feed 4-8 people, costing $175. Items in the package may also be purchased individually. Pre-orders must be placed by 2 p.m. on 11/21, with pick-up times scheduled for either 11/22 or 11/23. Items are packaged with simple reheating instructions. Note that on Thanksgiving morning the Big Grove bar ONLY will be open with additional retail wine, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and specialty cocktails available.
Hunny Bunny Bakes, 2006 S. Neil St., Champaign: Pre-order your Thanksgiving pies from Hunny Bunny Bakes. Options include apple, pumpkin, or chocolate silk and can be ordered online here. New this year — you can also order Thanksgiving breakfast. Fresh and frozen cinnamon rolls will also be available to order, plus cookie decorating kits for the kids’ table. Order by Nov. 19 and pickup by Nov. 22 inside the CU flower house.
Hickory River Smokehouse, Urbana and Champaign: Order your choice of whole smoked turkey or ham or half a ham by Nov. 17 for pickup between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. You can choose to order just the main meat or meat with sides for a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
Hopscotch Bakery + Market, 802 W. John St., Champaign: Order ahead to pick your choice of its classic pumpkin pie, mini pecan pies, apple cardamom cranberry pie, vegan and gluten-free pumpkin cake, holiday rolls, or turkey pot pie strata. All pre-orders are available for pickup on Nov. 22.
Maize at the Station, 100 N. Chestnut St., Champaign: Pre-order your Thanksgiving tamales while they last, for pickup on Tuesday Nov. 21 or Wednesday Nov. 22. Choose between three different kinds: rajas (poblano w/cheese), pork in a red sauce, and chicken in a green sauce. Also available for pre-order: a Tamales Family Dinner option, feeding 3-4.
Modern Family Dinners, Carle at the Fields, 3302 Mission Dr., Champaign: Two size options are available for pickup (four-person and 12-person) for your Thanksgiving feast. Choose turkey and gravy or ham and glaze, plus various a la carte side options. Made just like your mom does it! Appetizers and desserts as well as all other items available a la carte as well. Order online by 2 p.m. on Nov. 15, pickup in store on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Party in a Pinch Catering: Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Pick up on Tuesday evening, Nov. 21, or Wednesday Nov. 22 by 5 p.m. A complete meal serves 6-8 people and comes with choice of turkey or ham, three sides, and pumpkin pie cake. Appetizers, sides and desserts also available. Call (217) 766-2031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Piato Cafe, 804 E. Main St., Urbana: Order your choice of cider brined turkey with apples, oranges, peppercorns and onions, herb roasted turkey with rosemary, thyme, parsley, garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil, or a vegetarian dish of acorn stuffed squash filled with golden raisin and vegetable rice. Sides and desserts also available. Deadline for orders is Nov. 18 at noon. Pick up is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 22. Delivery is also available for $5. Call (217) 344-9015 or email email@example.com to place your order.
Suzu’s Bakery, 114 N. Walnut St., Champaign: Thanksgiving pre-orders can now be placed for special menu items including a cookie box, Kabocha tarts, Japanese bourbon pecan pie, and Kabocha Japanese cheesecake. All preorders must be placed by Nov. 20, with pickup available on Nov. 22 or 23.
The Cake Artist’s Studio, 1100 B, W. Bloomington Road, Champaign: Cake Artist’s Studio has an array of custom-ordered and in-the-case delights. From fall cakes and pies to Thanksgiving cake pops, there are many options to bring to your holiday table. Order by 2 p.m. on Nov. 18 for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Call (217) 403-0900 or visit in person to place an order.
The New Sweet Indulgence, 2149 S. Neil St., Champaign: Take your choice of Thanksgiving sugar cookies, a delicious assortment of pies, tarts, dinner rolls, pie crusts, cakes, and cupcakes. Also available are an assortment of cheesecake varieties as well as turkey cake truffles. Place your pre-order by calling (217) 352-2433 or in person at the store.
Tasty Tart, 405 S. Neil St. Ste. C, Champaign: OPEN on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-orders for Thanksgiving are open — build your own tart box from their regular flavors plus their special Thanksgiving flavors of pumpkin, caramel pumpkin, maple cheesecake, or raspberry lemon. Orders can be picked up 11/21, 11/22, or 11/23.
Pekara Bakery & Bistro, 811 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign: Pekara and Central Illinois Bakehouse are offering a variety of breads, pies, rolls, pastries, and more, fresh-baked for your Thanksgiving celebration. Order online on the website. All orders must be placed at least five days in advance.
Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign: The orchard offers a variety of pies, from apple to cherry to classic pumpkin and more. Curtis is a go-to option when we want to bring a treat to impress (without the work!) to a holiday dinner. Order via (217) 359-5565 or from the website.
Harvest Market, 2029 S. Neil St., Champaign: Harvest Market is offering Thanksgiving dinner for 6 for $119. Get turkey, cornbread, and gravy plus your choice of three sides and a dessert. Reserve in-person at the Harvest Market deli or scan the QR code from their ad circular. Available for pickup 11/22 or 11/23; just heat and serve.
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