What to Order on Thanksgiving

In honor of the upcoming holiday, delivery.com went digging through data and discovered a few key trends when people order food and drinks online during Thanksgiving. Not so surprising: when it comes to food, the bird is the word. Last year, turkey was the top seller on Thanksgiving, beating out other year-round favorites like pizza, burgers and salads, with these dishes dominating the most popular list:

  • Carved turkey
  • Turkey burgers
  • Turkey wraps
  • Spicy Drunken Turkey (a turkey wrap soaked in bourbon!)

turkey collage 1

(Remind me again why bourbon-soaked turkey isn’t the most popular dish every day?)

Speaking of which, wine and liquor delivery orders were way up during Thanksgiving week, with top sales going to:

  1. Red wine (led by Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir)
  2. White wine (led by Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc)
  3. Vodka
  4. Champagne and sparkling wine
  5. Whiskey

alcohol collage

Tipping, too, saw an uptick during the season of giving, with online orderers adding an extra 11% to their average tip amount. The cities with the biggest trend toward generosity? Boston increased its average tip amount by 40%, while Stamford, CT went up 35%.

Sure, many restaurants and stores will be closed on Thursday. But here are a few offering special Thanksgiving holiday menus that you can pre-order from now:

  • Ernest Klein & Company International Supermarket (Midtown West, NYC) – A full Turkey dinner for 10, cooked and prepared by their chef.
  • West Bank Cafe (Hell’s Kitchen, NYC) – An organic, oven-roasted turkey dinner served with sweet potatoes, stuffing, string beans, cranberry orange sauce, carrots, soup, salad and dessert.
  • Chelsea Square Diner (Chelsea, NYC) – A full course dinner with your choice of entree and drink, vegetable, soups or salad and dessert.
  • CJ’s Famous BBQ – (San Jose, CA) – Three different Thanksgiving Feasts available for pre-order until 3 PM on 11/26.
  • Hellas Gyro – (Chicago, IL) – Roasted organic turkey, butter whipped mashed potato and more. Available for delivery on Thanksgiving Day only.
  • Zefe’s Mexican Restaurant – (Brooklyn, NY) – Spin on the classic Thanksgiving dinner; turkey tacos, and more.


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