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Take Out Thanksgiving Dinner?

Is it too soon to be thinking about this? :-)

I want to order an already cooked traditional Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, stuffing, maybe potatoes and veggies) for consumption on Thanksgiving day. This may appear to be like the height of laziness but trust me, it's the only way I'm going to get this done.

Any suggestions?


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  1. I recall hearing TV ads for places like Roche brothers, touting "thanksgiving in a bag" last year. Boston Market used to offer thanksgiving meals to go as well. [are there any of those around anymore?] I also recall a higher-end supermarket ad, but for the life of me, can't remember who that was.

    1. Deborah's Natural Gourmet has a delicious take-away T'giving dinner. Their latest newsletter says you can pick up a menu at the store. I'm sure if you called, someone would read you the particulars including price.


      1. Where are you?
        Some friends of mine were very pleased with their takeout dinner from the Colonial Inn in Concord Center. Second-hand info, but I've dined with them and trust their opinion.

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          1. re: owen_meany

            I'm not sure about this but I know J. Pace & Sons in Sausug has something going on for Thanksgiving. It might just be pies and turkeys, but it's worth giving them a call at least.

        1. Neillio's Gourmet Farms Kitchen in Lexington focuses on in-house roast turkey. Mmm...it's warm when you get it, and makes great sandwiches. They also have turkey dinners as well as other prepared foods. Not sure how the stuffing and gravy are, though. Anyone else?

          I noticed a flyer for their take-out Thanksgiving stuffed turkeys and sides the other day. They're not super cheap, but decent.

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          1. re: bear

            I used to eat lunch there 2-3x a week when it was just called "gourmet farms" They had the Turkey Terrific and other great items. Have not been since it became Neillio's but it used to be excellent. Even on NON thanksgiving days/season this place was cooking several dozen turkeys a day!

            1. re: hargau

              OMG I had that Turkey Terrific sandwich for dinner once a week in high school. Wow, delicious memories!

          2. May not be convenient to Reading but for a higher end Thanksgiving, Baker's Best in Newton for a more traditional, Owens Poultry Farm in Needham; both can provide you the entire meal as can Roche Bros and Sudbury Farms.

            1. If you want it done to perfection, call East Meets West catering in Boston. They will cook everything, package it up with re-heating instructions and deliver it to you door the day before. I used them once and they were great. They are a bit pricier then some of the other places but it is truly homemade food and it will make you life very easy.

              1. Many supermarket chains offer this service now (ie Stop & Shop, Shaw's) and a few hotels used to do it (the Ritz was doing it before they became "the Taj"). Everything is prepared (including dessert) and boxed up for you to take home....and price range is $85 - $150, depending on place you get it. I have often been tempted to do this but our family is so large that more than likely I'd have to buy multiple dinners!

                1. Not cooking Thanksgiving dinner is better than Prozac taken with a martini. I've gotten T-day dinner from Whole Foods a couple of times. I thought the turkey, gravy and squash were delicious. There was some other vegetable that I didn't like, I can't remember the stuffing, and I think the mashed potatoes may have been on the peppery side. It's been a couple of years so things may have changed. (Now we go out for Thanksgiving=Prozac and tee martoonis.) As the time draws nearer, they'll probably have most or all of their T-day offerings available in the prepared foods section so you can try them out before committing. I believe there's a Whole Foods in Woburn now. Oh, and their apple pies are fantastic.

                  (A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my all-time favorites.)

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                  1. re: pollystyrene

                    Speaking of Whole Foods, last year I brought a chocolate cream pie from them to my daughter's for Thanksgiving. Everyone went for the chocolate cream first thing even though it's not the traditional pie and it was delicious.

                    I also did dinner from the Ritz one year and it was quite good. Maybe the "new Ritz" is doing takeout although I don't know how it would compare.

                    1. re: pollystyrene

                      Pollystrene, you gave me a great a great laugh!

                      1. re: pollystyrene

                        so are we going to have the Blue Law problem again at WF this year?

                      2. i think Flour bakery does Thankgiving takeout every year (sides and baked goods; not sure about turkey) :)

                        1. PRALINE's in NBPT!!!
                          a fine pastry/catering shop - Chef Ron makes an amazing Thanksgiving feast - and the dessert is to die for!

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                          1. I was at Bob's in Medford yesterday and saw signs for "locally raised" turkey orders, cooked or uncooked, also complete dinners with standard (IIRC) sides. No personal experience with their catering.

                            Bob's Imported Food & Catering
                            324 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

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                            1. re: fluffernutty

                              i think new england soup factory does a whole thanksgiving dinner with small to larger families served. haven't tried it but their soup is dynamite so i'd guess they'd be ok

                            2. Hi everyone,

                              Thanks to all who replied to my original post. I wanted to update. We ended up ordering our T-day dinner from Roche Bros. for $90 we got a 10-12 lb turkey, 4lbs each of mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and stuffing, a good sized (quart?) of gravy, a pint of cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and an apple pie.

                              We were really, really pleased with the results. It wasn't fancy but it was darned good and we have plenty of leftovers. The highlight of the meal was definitely the turkey. It had an amazing amount of meat on it and it was not dry in the least.

                              Ordering the dinner was easy as was pick-up on Weds AM. They provided all heat-up instructions.

                              We'll definitely consider this route next year although DH has requested that I make my "special" stuffing and we will probably get different rolls (though they were good they didn't meet DH's roll criteria).


                              1. It's kind of late, but I just heard that Whole Foods does a Thanksgiving "take-out". Glad you found something you were happy with.

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                                1. re: Meg Wolff

                                  Due to moving, travel, new jobs and more, we ordered from Whole Foods. Picked it up on Wednesday night, and I have to say that the whole experience of placing the order and picking it up was flawless. We wandered through the store and got several other items after leaving our name at the front, and after we checked out (no wait at all despite the crowds), our turkey order was waiting for us. We got a 14 pound turkey, stuffing, gravy, rolls and a fruit salad, but they had a huge assortment of other things available. All we had to do was warm it all up the next day. The turkey was not as good as the ones we have made, however it was very good. We spiked the gravy with some sherry and spices, stirred some of the gravy into the stuffing, and dug in. It was all yummy. The cost for the turkey, stuffing, gravy, fruit and rolls came to about 80$. Of course, we got a lot more, like some shrimp, potatoes, vegetables and dessert ingredients, so our bill was more like $200, but it was so easy and I have to say that Whole Foods did an amazing job putting it all together. Very well organized. I would do it again if need be.