Side Dish Delights: Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast and Order These Sides

By: Carolyn Hall | November 11, 2023
Mashed sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon on Thanksgiving table with sides of turkey and green beans

The aroma of roasted turkey might be the signature scent of Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest: it’s often the myriad of side dishes that truly capture our culinary hearts. From the velvety mashed potatoes blanketed in rich gravy to the delicious mac and cheese, the sides are where the diverse flavors of the season come alive. But not everyone has the time or expertise to whip up a spread that covers all the classics and then some. Fortunately, ordering from these businesses can ensure a feast without the fuss. Dive into our guide on securing the most scrumptious sides this holiday season without lifting more than a serving spoon!


3921 2nd Avenue, Detroit

Selden Standard is a modern casual dining experience known for its seasonal small plates and craft cocktails. This stylish spot offers tasty menu offerings with locally sourced ingredients that align with the seasons. To enhance your Thanksgiving, consider ordering from the to-go menu. My suggestions? The roasted squash, with notes of blueberry, buttermilk, and crispy quinoa, the roasted cauliflower with brown butter raisins, pickled Fresno, and almonds, or the kale & date salad, which has almonds, Gouda, and an orange vinaigrette.

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1145 Griswold Street, Detroit

As a luxury steakhouse, Prime + Proper’s focus is on premium meats, but it doesn’t neglect the sides. With multiple potato options, like the Pommes Purée as an excellent mashed choice, to the Beef Fat Marble Potatoes, which have a buttermilk vinaigrette, chervil, and bottarga, Prime + Proper can cover the starches. It also offers Brussels sprouts with flavors of bacon, mustard, and Honeycrisp apple, and a cauliflower gratin with garlic breadcrumbs and comté. 


438 Selden Street, Detroit

With its pasta specialties, SheWolf Pastificio & Bar offers a taste of Italy, right here in Detroit. With elevated flavor profiles, impress your Thanksgiving guests with the Barbabietole or the Brassicas. Barbabietole consists of marinated yellow beets, charred pear butter, buffalo mozzarella, fried walnuts, and pickled mustard seed, and the Brassicas are shaved brassicas with a honey orange vinaigrette, Pecorino, and almonds.


8044 Kercheval Avenue, Detroit 

A butcher shop and bistro combined, Marrow offers internationally inspired-flavor profiles with a modern twist. With an entire menu dedicated to holiday offerings, you could certainly skip cooking altogether! Order ahead and pick up a turkey, holiday ham, or duck for the main course, and choose from sausage stuffing, local cranberry relish, and turkey gravy on the side. If you’re looking for a pre-meal grazing tray, you can also order a Charcuterie board to pick up at the same time. 


298 South Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham

Located inside the Daxton Hotel, Madam combines classic and contemporary seamlessly. If you’re visiting, reservations are suggested. As for sides perfect for a Thanksgiving meal, try the potato tartiflette with parmesan broth, brie, and kale, the roasted carrots with black garlic romesco, feta, and dukkah, or the Brussels sprouts made with Brussel kimchi and mushroom marmalade. 

Keep in mind, that while these are current dishes that would be great for the holiday, the actual sides available for Thanksgiving may vary. It’s always a good idea to check each specific menu for the festive season and plan to order ahead if necessary.