GrubHub Data Highlights Thanksgiving-Themed Takeout Trends

November 13, 2013

Classic Dishes Show Exponential Order Growth for Takeout During the Holidays

CHICAGONov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Many Americans eagerly await Thanksgiving Day to feast with family and friends, but Thanksgiving-themed foods aren’t limited to day-of celebrations, according to GrubHub, a GrubHub Seamless brand. In fact, GrubHub data reveals that Thanksgiving classics spike in popularity throughout the holiday season, with dishes like pumpkin pie and stuffing showing order growth in excess of 100 percent.


For a comprehensive understanding of Thanksgiving-themed takeout, GrubHub Seamless analysts compared year-round orders to those placed during the holiday season. Findings suggest that while female diners are 30 percent more likely to order traditional Thanksgiving staples throughout the year, the following classic dishes are most popular among all GrubHub diners during the week of Thanksgiving.

Most popular Thanksgiving-themed Foods:

  1. Pumpkin Pie: +230%
  2. Stuffing: +140%
  3. Green Bean Casserole: +59%
  4. Creamed Corn: +53%
  5. Cranberry Sauce: +21%
  6. Chocolate Pie: +14%
  7. Cherry Pie: +14%
  8. Cider: +13%
  9. Roast Turkey: +13%
  10. Brussels Sprouts: +11%

In addition to ranking the popularity of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, GrubHub analysts found that diners in the following cities are most likely to celebrate Turkey Day with takeout as opposed to a home-cooked meal. Further, data shows that men are 68 percent more likely than women to order takeout on Thanksgiving Day.

Most-Likely Candidates for Thanksgiving Day Takeout:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Seattle
  3. San Francisco
  4. Lansing, Mich.
  5. Chicago

“Food and family may be the traditional centerpieces of the Thanksgiving holiday, but tradition means different things to different people,” said Mandy Pekin, vice president of brand marketing and communications, GrubHub Seamless. “No matter what you’re celebrating or how, GrubHub provides the food diners want 24/7, 365 days a year.”

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About GrubHub Seamless
GrubHub Seamless is the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. GrubHub Seamless owns a portfolio of brands that includes GrubHub (, Seamless (, MenuPages ( and Allmenus ( The organization’s free online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners and 4,000+ corporate businesses to order directly from approximately 25,000 takeout restaurants in more than 500 U.S. cities and London, and every order is supported by the organization’s 24/7 customer service. GrubHub Seamless is a privately held company with offices in ChicagoNew York CitySalt Lake City and London.