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Thanksgiving Take-Out in Detroit Metro Area

Hello, Chowhounds!

I live in Los Angeles but have a relative in Detroit. I was planning to possibly pre-order a Thanksgiving take-out dinner for him, but am unfamiliar with most of the restaurants in the Detroit area. Thus, I wanted to seek out any info about restaurants in the downtown Detroit area that offers take-out options for Thanksgiving dinner--turkey with all the fixings.

Thank you in advance for any restaurant suggestions you can offer me.

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  1. Try Honeybaked Ham stores, if there is one by you. They have excellent turkey.

    1. honey baked ham is a good idea - even though it's a big chain now, the company originated in Detroit and has been popular, especially for Christmas and Easter around here for decades.

      you might also try the specialty grocery stores - Papa Joe's in Birmingham and rochester, Westborn Market in Berkley and Dearborn, Holiday market in Royal oak


      1. Assuming you mean restaurants and not places like Boston Market you might want to call a few that specialize in New American. For instance, Five Lakes Grill in Milford (NW of Detroit) has the following (from their web site - no I don't work there). You might also try calling Emily's (Northville) or Zingerman's Roadhouse.
        This is the holiday to be able to relax and spend time with family and guests. Chef Brian Polcyn and his culinary team are going to take care of all the cooking and shopping for you this year by putting together a complete Thanksgiving dinner package for you and your family. All you will have to do is roast the turkey and warm the rest-which we have carefully pre-cooked for you. The package will include a full instruction sheet for easy meal preparation.
        Your Thanksgiving Dinner includes:
        1) Roast-ready, 10-12 pound organic farm raised turkey, seasoned inside and out— including pop-up timer.
        2) 1 quart giblet gravy
        3) 3 pounds sausage stuffing
        4) 3 pounds autumn vegetables
        5) 3 pounds brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes
        6) 1 pint cranberry orange relish
        7) 3 pounds Waldorf salad
        8) 1 pound sliced house smoked salmon
        9) 1, 9 inch pumpkin cheesecake
        10) 1, 9 inch chocolate bourbon pecan pie
        11) 1 loaf Zimmerman’s egg bread
        Complete Holiday dinner package is $195.00
        The package will feed 8 to 10 guests
        -These Thanksgiving Dinner packages will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
        ----Orders must be placed and pre-paid by Wednesday, November 15, 2006.
        -Pick up your orders by 10p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006 (the day before turkey day)
        Call Rachel at Five Lakes Grill: 248.684.7455

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        1. re: mrfood1965

          Emily's closed. Although apparently the news has yet to reach their website.


        2. Thanks so much for the responses! I didn't know Honeybaked Ham originated in Detroit.

          I was actually looking for non-chain (or at least non-fast-food-type) restaurants that provide turkey and all the fixings that people can pick up and eat at home. The Five Lakes Grill menu looks fantastic, but a bit too much food and too expensive.

          A few weeks back, I searched for restaurants on Google and came up with some Detroit-area restaurants, including a soul food place, that provides Thanksgiving dinner and all these wonderful side dishes and desserts. Only problem is, I can't remember the name of this restaurant and tried to do another internet search for it, but nothing popped up.

          Thanks again for all these responses.

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          1. re: Pamela

            Was tha soul food place Beans & Cornbread in Southfield, MI?

            1. re: Griller

              Although Beans and Cornbread sounds familiar, the restaurant I found was actually in Detroit. I think it's simply someone's first name.

            1. What a great idea - a soulful soul food thanksgkiving!

              Steve's might do the trick:
              Steve’s Soul Food
              8443 Grand River Ave., Detroit
              (313) 894-3464

              Beans and Cornbread is also a good suggestion.

              I'll add Lovin Spoonful in Farmington Hills.

              What a shame to hear about Emilys. That's a loss for those of us who enjoy local, fresh and amazingly plated masterpieces.

              Yes, Five Lakes has really pumped up its prices since winning the Freep Restaurant of the Year in 2005. It used to be better, too, now it's just so much butter.

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              1. re: mrfood1965

                Hmmm. Maybe it was Steve's. I just Googled Steve's and it got mixed reviews though.

                Another option that I just thought of is buying the full prepared bird and sides and desserts through grocery stores. It's cheap and you get a lot of food. I assume the major grocery stores in Detroit provide this service, although I'm not sure what are the major grocery stores out there.

                1. re: Pamela

                  the major chains here are kroger, farmer jack, & meijer's. minor's include busch's and vg's.

                  even smaller, more gourmet include holiday, nino salvaggio's, hollywood, and papa joe's.

                  we also have a few whole foods and trader joe's. and fresh market just opened at the old papa joe's site in rochester hills (m-59/hamlin)

                  coming soon: plum market @ maple/lahser - by eddie jonna & family; who sold their six store gourmet chain to whole foods (for their wine expertise) back in the mid 90's.

              2. Holiday Market in Royal Oak will cook everything but the bird.

                1. Today's (Wednesday) Free Press (freep.com) has an article Gobble Gobble To Go.

                  1. Thanks so much for all these great responses! The Free Press was helpful here, as one article lists a number of dining and take-out options. Thanks, everyone, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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                    1. re: Pamela

                      You've got a lot of choices, so let me just endorse the Deluxe Thanksgiving dinner from the Meijer chain that my family has enjoyed for years. It is not as elegant as some of the others, but is a real bargain and quite tasty for the $29.95 price tag--pie extra. The side dishes are made by Yoder, a quality purveyor and the turkey only needs warming, not cooking. Closoest Meijer location to downtown is Royal Oak I believe, but the Livonia location is about equally close. Good luck and please post afterwards.

                      1. re: Pumpkineater

                        Actually, the Southgate or Allen Park Meijer stores are probably closer.