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Where to Gobble Up Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Specials

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By now, hopefully your plans have been sewn up for this year's Thanksgiving meal (and if not, better get on that) — but as an appetizer to this Thursday's gorge-fest, several spots are getting in the spirit early this week. From a food cart's traditional gut-bomb to off-the-menu turkey burgers to special stuffing-flavored bagels, here's a guide to some Thanksgiving-inspired specials available around town this week (and beyond).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Big-Ass Sandwiches

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Big-Ass continues its annual tradition with the third installment of its appropriately named Big-Ass Thanksgiving Sandwich, featuring turkey breast, sweet potato, sausage and cranberry stuffing, French fries, and homemade turkey gravy on a roll. The special's available in limited quantities each day, but will be on the menu for the next two weeks.

NW 23rd’s gourmet peanut butter and jelly cart unveils its delightfully named “Tryptophantatastic” sandwich for Thanksgiving, featuring pecan butter, turkey, apple sage sausage stuffing, and unsweetened cranberry jam. A limited quantity is available each day, and the sandwich special should be on the menu for the "next couple weeks."

Bowery Bagels

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The New York-style Bowery Bagels goes non-traditional with a Thanksgiving stuffing-flavored bagel (achieved by using thyme, parsley, sage, celery salt, garlic, and onion), available through this Sunday. The bagel will be available solo or as part of a Thanksgiving sandwich with roast turkey, cranberries, and a cream cheese schmear.

Mi Mero Mole

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Nick Zukin's guisados spot not only served up special-order-only turkey tamales (though the ship has sailed on that one), but tonight's menu features a special of mollejas de pavo, aka "turkey gizzards in chipotle-tomatillo sauce."

Pacific Pie Company

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Sweet-and-savory bakeshop Pacific Pie Company is offering a special turkey pot pie — as part of a complete meal (with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and brussels sprouts). Last day to place orders for Thanksgiving is today.

Little Big Burger

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For one day only (Wednesday), all locations of LBB will offer a Little Big Turkey Burger, featuring ground turkey, a cranberry-ketchup relish, and wedge of brie. The burger’s available in limited quantities.

Sizzle Pie

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Both locations of Sizzle Pie are open on Thanksgiving day proper, and to sweeten the deal, the spot is offering holiday-themed slices like "the Gravy Train," featuring potato spread, stuffing, cranberries, green onions, and mushroom gravy. On a pizza.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

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Unique flavor-makers at Salt & Straw offer several dessert-inspired Thanksgiving options, but for the savory/turkey side, a Thanksgiving stuffing flavor (yep) features orange and fresh thyme “cooked into a stuffing crumble.” The flavor’s available in both S&S locations until Thursday.

Bunk Sandwiches

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Every year, Bunk Sandwiches serves up a post-Thanksgiving special featuring "turkey leftovers"; this year, it's available the day before Thanksgiving during a holiday kick-off party at the SE Wine Collective. The Bunk Truck will sling "Bunk Style Thanksgiving Turkey Sando" at the event, with plans to add to the regular menu post-holiday.

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Big-Ass Sandwiches

Big-Ass continues its annual tradition with the third installment of its appropriately named Big-Ass Thanksgiving Sandwich, featuring turkey breast, sweet potato, sausage and cranberry stuffing, French fries, and homemade turkey gravy on a roll. The special's available in limited quantities each day, but will be on the menu for the next two weeks.

PBJ's

NW 23rd’s gourmet peanut butter and jelly cart unveils its delightfully named “Tryptophantatastic” sandwich for Thanksgiving, featuring pecan butter, turkey, apple sage sausage stuffing, and unsweetened cranberry jam. A limited quantity is available each day, and the sandwich special should be on the menu for the "next couple weeks."

Bowery Bagels

The New York-style Bowery Bagels goes non-traditional with a Thanksgiving stuffing-flavored bagel (achieved by using thyme, parsley, sage, celery salt, garlic, and onion), available through this Sunday. The bagel will be available solo or as part of a Thanksgiving sandwich with roast turkey, cranberries, and a cream cheese schmear.

Mi Mero Mole

Nick Zukin's guisados spot not only served up special-order-only turkey tamales (though the ship has sailed on that one), but tonight's menu features a special of mollejas de pavo, aka "turkey gizzards in chipotle-tomatillo sauce."

Pacific Pie Company

Sweet-and-savory bakeshop Pacific Pie Company is offering a special turkey pot pie — as part of a complete meal (with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and brussels sprouts). Last day to place orders for Thanksgiving is today.

Little Big Burger

For one day only (Wednesday), all locations of LBB will offer a Little Big Turkey Burger, featuring ground turkey, a cranberry-ketchup relish, and wedge of brie. The burger’s available in limited quantities.

Sizzle Pie

Both locations of Sizzle Pie are open on Thanksgiving day proper, and to sweeten the deal, the spot is offering holiday-themed slices like "the Gravy Train," featuring potato spread, stuffing, cranberries, green onions, and mushroom gravy. On a pizza.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

Unique flavor-makers at Salt & Straw offer several dessert-inspired Thanksgiving options, but for the savory/turkey side, a Thanksgiving stuffing flavor (yep) features orange and fresh thyme “cooked into a stuffing crumble.” The flavor’s available in both S&S locations until Thursday.

Bunk Sandwiches

Every year, Bunk Sandwiches serves up a post-Thanksgiving special featuring "turkey leftovers"; this year, it's available the day before Thanksgiving during a holiday kick-off party at the SE Wine Collective. The Bunk Truck will sling "Bunk Style Thanksgiving Turkey Sando" at the event, with plans to add to the regular menu post-holiday.

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