Thanksgiving is going to be a little different this year. While most of us are foregoing the large, extended family gatherings due to COVID-19, we still want to celebrate. So if you are planning a smaller gathering for Turkey Day, maybe you want to take a completely different spin on the holiday this year and forego the prep work and cooking (and clean up . . . and let’s face it, no one looks forward to the cleanup!) for 2020?

Some of the best restaurants and most amazing chefs in Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley will do all the work for you. They are preparing Thanksgiving feasts with all your favorites: roast turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, gourmet green bean casserole pumpkin pie. You have your choice of take out or socially distanced dining in. Man . . . we are getting hungry just writing this!

So, place your order or make your reservation and get ready to kick back with a glass of wine or microbrew and focus 100 percent on enjoying family and friends this Thanksgiving. Let’s face it, 2020 has been a super tough year for all of us. We need this opportunity to celebrate what’s most important to us.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Le Cavalier at the Green Room, HOTEL DU PONT

The dine-in Thanksgiving menu at this modern French brasserie features nostalgic and comforting flavors with an inherent French twist. Chef-Partner Tyler Akin pulls inspiration from his own family’s traditions to truly make the experience feel like you are dining at your family table. Dishes include brussels sprouts, root vegetable cake and relish a la mère, plus turkey roulade and Côte de Boeuf. Guests can reserve their $65 prix fixe Thanksgiving experience here. The menu will be offered 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

If you prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving at home, the brasserie is introducing Maison x Le Cav, which translates to “Home by Le Cav,” at-home meal options. The Thanksgiving package, sold in increments of two, features choices of mains, sides and of course, dessert. A la carte options are sized to feed four to six. For those leftover turkey sandwiches the next day, you can also add on fresh bread and a jar of Duke's. Guests can place orders through November 18 on www.lecavalierde.com.

Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront

Big Fish is cooking up a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner, available for takeout. It serves eight to 10 people at a cost of $174.95. For an additional $15, they’ll even carve the turkey for you. It includes a 20 to 22 pound brined, oven roasted turkey; homemade gravy; cranberry sauce, and four delicious sides. Not a fan of turkey? There’s also a honey glazed spiral ham option. There are more than 10 choices for sides including mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, traditional bread stuffing and more. For smaller gatherings, individual Thanksgiving dinners are also available to order. And don’t forget about cornbread, fresh baked dinner rolls and sweet potato biscuits . . . and eight yummy desserts to choose from! Click here for the full menu.

Call 302-652-3474 to place your order for pick up. All orders must be placed by Thursday, November 19. Orders can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Caffé Gelato

This Newark restaurant is offering a full Thanksgiving dinner that serves eight to 10 people with plenty of leftovers for only $269. There is also a half-order option for $149.

This true Thanksgiving feast includes 17 . . . yes, 17 . . . dishes and sides including oven roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes, sun-dried tomato and basil stuffing,

house-crafted ravioli served with nutmeg cream sauce, butter braised brussels sprouts, house-crafted vanilla bean gelato, and house-crafted créme brülée toffee gelato. Click here to see the full menu and more details.

Orders have to be placed by Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. Call 302-738-5811 to place your order.

The Columbus Inn

This long-time Wilmington favorite is offering a special dine-in fixed priced menu for turkey day. It is $48 per adult and $24 for kids. Children four and under eat free. It includes a seasonal soup and salad, roasted turkey AND pepper crusted filet mignon as well as a selection of yummy sides served family style. These include traditional green bean casserole with crispy shallots (our personal favorite), classic stuffing and gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, and more. Round it out with assorted sweet treats for dessert. Choose to dine in the more casual pub side or dress it up in the formal dining room with its lovely fireplace, perfect to set the Thanksgiving mood. Click here for reservations.  A special curbside pickup family package that feeds 4-6 is also available for pickup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Johnnie’s Dog House and Chicken Shack

Deep-fried turkeys are a Thanksgiving tradition in Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. This hot dog joint, a big favorite among locals, kicks is up a notch at Thanksgiving with 14 lbs. deep-fried turkeys, available for pre-order and pick-up before 3 p.m. on Turkey Day. To order, click here.

Deerfield

For $179.99, Deerfield will prepare a take-home Thanksgiving feast for four. It includes 12 dishes and sides including all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites in addition to butternut squash bisque, seasonal succotash (another one of our favorites), broccoli flan (which we have never had but, boy, does that sound good!), and house-made cranberry chutney. And what would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin and apple pie? Additional portions are also available if you are having more guests. Click here for the full menu and directions on how to pre-order. Curbside pickups will be scheduled by phone after your order is placed and will either be on Wednesday, November 25 between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. or Thursday, November 26 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

More Thanksgiving Options in Greater Wilmington

And that’s not all! Here are a number of other eateries offering special Thanksgiving meals:

Coming in from out of town for a little Thanksgiving escape? Great idea!! We can help. Go to www.visitwilmingtonde.com for information on where to stay and fun activities the family can do to kick off the holiday season . . . our favorite time of the year! We’re also on hand to give you customized travel planning assistance through our Live Chat available on the website. Cheers! And Happy Thanksgiving!!