6 Knock-Off Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Table


Rotisserie Chicken at Anna’s Oven

1809 West 39th St. Kansas City, MO

It may not be the 20 pound turkey you’re used to eating, but the juicy, hormone-free rotisserie chicken from Anna’s Oven will surely satisfy any turkey craving you may have. It’s said to be some of the best roasted chicken in the Kansas City Metro area (and it’s only 13 dollars). You can order it traditionally seasoned with Anna’s signature garlicky spice blend, or marinated in wine, ginger and peppercorns for 24 hours. This bird comes with mashed potatoes and gravy, seasonal veggies, mac and cheese or salad. It’s like Thanksgiving all year long.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy at Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar

8301 West 135th St. Overland Park, KS

For all the people who live and breathe mashed potatoes, this dish is for you. The mashed potatoes and gravy at Stroud’s in Overland Park is known for its creamy and buttery perfection. The light brown, peppered gravy is drizzled over the top of each potato mound like the cherry on top of a Turkey Day sundae. Bonus: Stroud’s pan-fried chicken is the ideal vessel for eating copious amounts of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Green Beans at Lufti’s Fried Fish

7704 State Ave. Kansas City, KS

Although Lufti’s doesn’t serve it’s green beans casserole-style, this Southern side will make you feel like you’re at grandma’s table again. Given Lufti's strong lineup of delicious side dishes (hush puppies, onion rings, etc.), the green beans can be easily overlooked, but their stewed heartiness makes them worth a double take. Believe it or not, green beans sans mushroom cream sauce and french fried onions are tasty too.

Cheesy Corn Bake at Jack Stack Barbecue

4747 Wyandotte St. Kansas City, MO

Forget the old and haggard creamed corn you regretfully put on your plate each Thanksgiving. Jack Stack’s cheesy corn bake is the savory side you’ve been craving all these years. Sweet corn kernels and smoked ham are combined, tossed in a decadent four cheese sauce and baked. It’s served hot and bubbly, ready to accompany any hearty entree.

Sweet Potato Tater Tots at The Blueline

529 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO

Suggesting that sweet potato tots can be a replacement for candied yams or sweet potato casserole may be blasphemous, but Kansas City residents can’t get enough of this side from The Blueline. Crispy, crunchy on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside. Dip them in the house-made sweet mustard jalapeno aioli for even more of a twist, or use marshmallow fluff as your dipping sauce for a sweet and salty Thanksgiving-esque treat.

Pumpkin Pie at Ashleigh’s Bake Shop

115 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO

What’s Thanksgiving without a big slice of pie? This dessert is sweet, creamy and served in a delicate, flaky crust. Even if you aren’t a pumpkin pie fan, Ashleigh’s Bake Shop can help you find a pie for every palate. This bakery makes nearly every pie under the sun, from sour cream apple crumble to whiskey walnut chocolate pie. Pick one up for Thanksgiving, Father’s Day, a birthday celebration or a midnight snack.