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Nov 21, 2008 01:02 PM

Where to buy dinner rolls and jarred chestnuts for Thanksgiving?

Hi, I am new to Boston area and need to find good dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. Something that does not need to be warmed, but is soft and good on their own. Baking bread is not my forte and I will not have oven space to cook them for dinner (otherwise, I might rely on Pilsbury crescent rolls to bail me out). Does Hi Rise sell mass quantity rolls (I'll need ~ 20) of this type? Parker House rolls would be ideal, if I could just buy them somewhere...but where? As for the jarred chestnuts, so far I have not seen them at Shaws or TJs, but headed to Russos soon and running out of time to continue hunting! Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Go to the Iggy's store on Fawcett Ave near Fresh Pond for rolls - choose among brioche, french, cranberry pecan, whole grain, etc. - all are fresh and delicious - go early, it will be crowded and they will sell out. I think you can pre-order as well if you call them.\

    I saw vacuum packed chestnuts at Trader Joe's in Arlington Heights last Sunday at a good price. Whole Foods will have jars at much higher prices.

    130 Fawcett St, Cambridge, MA

    1. Do you need jarred chestnuts? There are fresh ones for sale now at Russo's ($3.98/lb) and at Shaw's ($4.99lb at Waltham location).

      1. hey Thanks - I found canned and jarred chestnuts at Russos this morning. $10.98 for a 14 oz jar of dry roasted shelled chestnuts. Just what i needed.

        I'll check out Iggy's for the bread tip.

        1. Get Parker House rolls at the Parker House! Call the hotel restaurant first and tell them how many you want and when you can pick them up. We did it last Thanksgiving and everybody loved them.

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          1. re: katzzz

            Well now I HAVE to do this. My family is all coming from out of town, so the added value of the local lore is worth it. I'll find out when I call tomorrow, but did you by chance pick them up on Thanksgiving or in the days before? Thanks for the tip!

            1. re: Moxiegirl

              I picked them up at the restaurant on the day before Thanksgiving. Despite having ordered them on Monday, the process of the greeter having a busboy go to the kitchen and bring me the rolls took a good 10 minutes. Not swift (this was about six in the evening, and the restaurant was nearly empty). But worth it, as you note, for the local lore alone (and they do taste pretty great).

          2. Does anyone have more suggestions for jarred chestnuts, particularly in Boston or south of Boston? Russo's is the wrong direction and Trader Joe's was out when I went (phoo). Thanks!

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            1. re: Dizzied

              If you have a Whole Foods in your area they might have them. The WF in Wellesley has them.