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Oct 30, 2003 10:14 PM

Thanksgiving turkey delivered to SF?

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Ohhhh...I'm so ashamed to admit this to the 'hounds (and I hope this is the correct place to post this), but I am going to need to order my Thanksgiving turkey fully cooked this year and have it delivered a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I am going out of town for the days right before Thanksgiving and will be arriving home very very early Thankgiving morning. So, not enough time to defrost the turkey the night before, etc. etc.

I have checked the HoneyBaked ham website and they will deliver a fully-cooked roasted turkey. All you have to do is heat it up. (You do pay a pretty price for the fully cooked turkey, I'm afraid).

Has anyone had any experience with HoneyBaked ham's roasted turkeys? Any other places that deliver fully cooked turkeys within San Francisco that you recommend I check instead?

I figure I can easily buy the ingredients for stuffing and mashed potatoes ahead of time, cheat and buy cranberry sauce in a jar, and ask one of the guests bring pie. I guess I will just have to make gravy with butter and stock since there won't be any turkey drippings...but, I suppose I can live with that.

Any other suggestions would be welcome.

Thank you muchly.


Link: http://www.honeybaked.com

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  1. Most of the supermarkets offer complete Thanksgiving dinners, and some of them now deliver. You might even be able to get a place like Safeway to deliver on the day itself.

    Or you might want to try a Chinese turkey --

    Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

    5 Replies
    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I may have mentioned this before - one of my non-cooking friends bought the Safeway dinner about 4 years ago and it was so terrible, they had to throw it away and take the family out for pizza or some such. These are not friends with anything close to chowhound food standards, so it must have pretty bad. He said they used Whole Foods (much higher priced) the following year with better result.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I'm not surprised, but I thought at least the turkey might be decent.

        I thought remembered that the Chron food section had done a review/comparison of the Thanksgiving dinners offered by the various stores, but I couldn't find it on their site (which has an even worse search engine than this one!).

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          The Dairy Queen

          I did a search on chowhound Melanie, and I think that Safeway post did come up.

          Good idea though, Ruth, for me to investigate what the other supermarkets have to offer. Funny, it didn't even occur to me that they might offer "same day" pickup or delivery. I just ASSUMED they'd be closed. ;-)

          And celeste suggests I try Andronicos...Not a bad start. I'm pretty desperate. ;-)


          1. re: The Dairy Queen
            Love good food

            There is a place in Texas that ships smoked Turkeys called Greenbergs, They sell only at Thanksgiving and christmas and they are wonderful

            1. re: Love good food
              The Dairy Queen

              Wonderful? Sounds like I need to investigate! Thank you. :)


      2. I'm not 100% positive, but I think Andronico's would do a whole turkey and also let you pick it up that day. I seem to remember that they had the whole enchilada (turkey, trimmings) available to buy in advance for day-of pickup last year.

        1. If you're willing to pick it up, both Whole Foods and the Ritz-Carlton do good, if not wonderful, turkeys and all the trimmings. I'd take a cab if they don't deliver...

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          1. re: Alan
            The Dairy Queen

            Oh! I don't mind picking it up. Honestly, it just never occurred to me to ask if any of these places would allow pickup on Thanksgiving Day... I assumed they all required you to pickup the day before...

            I will check out the Ritz and Whole Foods, thank you.


          2. Never fear; one of my friends proudly proclaims that he doesn't cook but knows where to shop. It's a skill of renown. So, I would send you shopping for that famous Thanksgiving Dinner to the Fairmont Hotel at 950 Mason. The complete dinner can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day and the doorman will load your car/taxi with the well-packed box of goodies, each in its own microwavable container. Call Judy Yanover in Food and Beverage Service at 772.5204 for reservations. The menu is very yummy and well-prepared. The turkey is moist.

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            1. re: Cynthia
              The Dairy Queen

              Not only do I know where to shop, I know where to make reservations. HAHAHAH! Thanks for the wonderful tip.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                Stanley Stephan

                Don't know if you made your decision yet, but I also had the Fairmont Thanksgiving Dinner to go one year. What is nice is that you are getting a bird that was cooked just before Thanksgiving. My only real nit was that the cranberry sauce was fancy (walnuts, orange rind and all of that). I alas, have arrested development in terms of cranberry sauce and need Ocean Spray canned and jellied with the convenient indentations for slicing ease.

                1. re: Stanley Stephan
                  The Dariy Queen

                  Hmmmm...as long as you didn't say you liked marshmellows in your cranberry sauce, I think that's okay. ;-) Funny how we all have these funny preferences developed over the years that we get very attached to for reasons unknown. Anyway, thank you for the feedback. I am still researching price and all that. :)