Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While large gatherings of friends and family members are not allowed, that should not stop you from starting new traditions and celebrating the holidays.

This year has given many people difficult challenges and hurdles to overcome. Buffets and restaurants are not allowed to serve a large crowd. Travelling is also out unless you want to be under a two-week quarantine when you come back. 

There are a lot of things you can do to celebrate Thanksgiving and get into the holiday spirit without putting you and your family members at risk. Some might opt for an outdoor feast. Others might prepare a meal together. We listed down safe and easy ways you could celebrate Thanksgiving in 2020 and possibly in the future. 

Order a takeout meal

If you don’t feel like chopping up vegetables and cooking for a few hours, you could always order a takeout meal. San Francisco restaurants have some of the best to-go menus perfectly fit for the Thanksgiving season. Here are some of the options:

Cassava is known for serving a large crowd during breakfast and brunch. They also have one of the broadest pickup windows where you can grab a full meal on Thanksgiving week. Their holiday menu includes one whole roasted turkey, green beans casserole, candied yam, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a whole pumpkin pie, among others. Every item on the menu can be reheated. This $185 package can feed up to four. 

Ladle & Leaf is perfect for families with picky kids. They offer a wide range of menu items that can be picked up from their restaurants. The options include soup, salad, grain bowls, sandwiches, and perfect pairings.  

Gus’ Community Market has a holiday menu that offers an entire meal priced anywhere between $149 to $199. Their menu includes turkey hindquarters, whole-roasted turkey, and baked ham. They also have organic options available. 

Yvonne’s Southern Sweets offers some of the best-tasting pies in San Francisco. Each product is baked by Yvonne, who follows recipes passed down to her by her grandmother. Their cakes and pies cost between $20 to $55. They also offer cookies, peach cobbler, and sweets. 

Boudin Bakery is home to affordable and delicious made-to-order meals that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and holidays. Their extensive menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, baguette burgers, sourdough pizzas, and pick-a-pair. They also have a special menu for kids, as well as sweets and treats. 

Cook a meal

While eating takeouts does provide an easier option, there is nothing quite like putting together a feast at home. We listed a few places where you could buy the best and freshest ingredients available. Each store listed below has a delivery option, so you don’t have to go out of your home. 

Pape Meat is one of the best places to purchase the finest and freshest meat, poultry, and fish in the San Francisco Bay Area. This butcher shop offers everything from dry-aged cuts to wagyu. They also have a selection of seasoned meats that are ready to grill. They are open every day of the week except on Fridays. 

Bi-Rite Market is known for its extensive selection of pre-made dishes and cheeses. They also offer deli sandwiches and ice cream cakes. If you’re looking for liquor, look no further. Bi-Rite also offers an expanded collection of wine and other beverages from small producers. 

The McBaker Market and Deli is a family-run neighborhood market that offers high-quality ingredients and homemade dishes. They feature meats and cheese from Boar’s Head and a fantastic selection of wine and hard liquor. They also have a deli in the back the offers made-to-order sandwiches.