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Whole roasted turkey to-go for Thanksgiving?

esquimeaux Nov 1, 2007 02:09 PM

This year I'm supposed to cook a turkey (among other things) for 12 people and make a 2 hour drive in time for a Thanksgiving brunch at 11am. NOT happening. Does anyone know of a place that does a great whole turkey that's available for take-out for the holiday? I tried Lawry's, but all they have available is the entire turkey dinner. I'm also thinking about Joan's on Third, has anyone tried them?

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    mbh65 Nov 21, 2007 11:05 AM

    The Whole Foods Turkey Dinners ROCK!

    1. purplescout Nov 21, 2007 11:04 AM

      Chick's wood-fired turkey is awesome. We're lucky because we live near Chick's and get to eat their food all the time, but it's worth a drive if you aren't in the valley. Better call soon if you want a bird tomorrow! www.chicksrestaurant.com

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        krez Nov 21, 2007 10:48 AM

        I know Whole Foods offers them but I cannot vouch. They have been taking orders for the last few weeks so not sure if still available.

        1. Skunk2Racer Nov 3, 2007 01:57 PM

          Tasty Q will deep fry your Turkey for you.....

          Tasty Q Bar-B-Que
          2959 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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            carter Nov 2, 2007 08:28 PM

            Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks might not be next door, based on where you have already looked, yet their deep fried birds are fabulous, and they are taking orders now.
            On Ventura Blvd between Coldwater and Beverly Glen.

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              CinnamonKitten Nov 2, 2007 04:07 AM

              We also want to get a whole roasted turkey to go for Thanksgiving and we are thinking of trying one of the groceries stores. I've seen them offered by Ralphs and Pavillions and the others. Can anyone suggest one they've had that they really enjoyed? They usually come with some sides but we are mainly interested in a nice turkey that is pre-cooked. Thanks!

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              1. re: CinnamonKitten
                CoffeeCake Nov 2, 2007 06:34 AM

                I've done Ralphs and I've done Gelson's. Gelson's is better and you can pick and choose components, you don't have to order the pre-set meal.

                Be aware that even though these turkeys are pre-cooked, they will not be warm when you pick them up. They will need oven time and basting.

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                  malibu1 Nov 2, 2007 08:23 AM

                  We order from Gelsons every year and enjoy it very much.

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                    empfam Nov 2, 2007 02:14 PM

                    Ditto on Gelson's. Quality seems pretty consistent from year to year. We've ordered at least three years in a row. More importantly, the meat is thoroughly cooked, yet the white meat is not dried out.

                    My in-laws have ordered from Albertson's before, but we couldn't eat it because the dark meat was actually still raw, almost like they didn't completely defrost the turkeys before they cooked them.

                    1. re: empfam
                      Akitist Nov 21, 2007 10:54 AM

                      I think Albertsons' prepared birds have gone down in quality since they had an ownership change. I noticed it in their chickens, never tried the turkey (prefer to do my own).

                    2. re: malibu1
                      engorgedbuddha Nov 22, 2007 06:16 PM

                      We had done Whole Foods in years past but becuase of posts we tried Gelson's this year. The Turkey was EXCELLENT - best we'd had in years. Very tender and easy to prepare (pre cooked - keep in bag - that's what kept it really moist and then 10 minutes for each pound). Very transportable and very tasty. Their ginger yams were very good too.
                      Overall had a low stress and near perfect turkey day going with Gelson's.

                  2. re: CinnamonKitten
                    garvanza girl Nov 21, 2007 09:42 AM

                    Believe it or not, the Pavilions ones are pretty good. I tasted one yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by how moist it was.

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                    michellemabelle Nov 1, 2007 10:07 PM

                    At Factor's Famous Deli, they have something called a re-framed turkey. They cook it, slice it and put it all back together. It looks great and is so easy!

                    Factor's Famous Deli
                    9420 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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