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Best place to buy a fresh turkey in San Mateo/Burlingame area?

rednails Oct 26, 2010 06:35 PM

I am going to do a pre-Thanksgiving dinner on the Tuesday before T-day. I am working long days thru that Saturday, so I need to buy a fresh turkey, preferably brined, on Sunday. Any suggestions where to go? Draegars, Whole Foods, Safeway....does it really matter? All are convenient to me. Does Costco sell fresh turkeys? Do I have to order ahead of time?

I don't need a huge one, will probably have no more than 7 pp total including myself. My guests are all going to (or hosting) their own dinner on T-day and I don't need alot of left-overs. I'll be an empty-nester T-day morning when my son leaves for 8 months (hence the desire to have a turkey dinner for him).

I should add that I haven't cooked a turkey in at least 15 years or so, but think I can pull it off. I'll probably make everything except the pie. I hear Costco sells a good one.


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    dolcevita_sf RE: rednails Oct 27, 2010 09:34 AM

    I've had good results with the fresh kosher turkeys from Trader Joe's, which are already brined.

    Here's a therad re TJ's turkey from the Home Cooking board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572836

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      artemis RE: rednails Oct 27, 2010 11:14 AM

      If you give them advance notice, Draeger's will get you pretty much whatever you want even if they don't typically carry it. It certainly wouldn't hurt to ask!

      I do remember hounds reporting good results with the TJ's pre-brined turkey last year.

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        rednails RE: rednails Oct 27, 2010 12:49 PM

        Thanks for the TJ recs...I didn't think of them but will pursue that route. I'll call or stop by the large store in San Mateo this weekend.

        Happy T-day in advance :)

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          JoyM RE: rednails Oct 28, 2010 12:41 PM

          When I lived in San Mateo, I checked out the options at Dragers, Piazzas, Whole Foods, Trags, Lunardis, & Molly Stones, and decided on Molly Stones and bought my turkey from them every year. They seemed to have the best options in terms of price, availability of natural/organic birds, & different brands/sizes.

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          originalfig RE: rednails Oct 28, 2010 04:07 PM

          Williams-Sonoma is selling pre-brined, hormone-free turkeys from Sonoma's Willie Bird Ranch. I haven't tried them and they are pricey but the birds are free range, which in general means more flavorful meat-- so if you're worried about making it taste good that give you a boost right there. :)
          Good luck!

          Willie Bird's Restaurant
          1150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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            ML8000 RE: originalfig Oct 28, 2010 04:54 PM

            I stopped at the Willie Bird Restaurant this past summer...stuck in the 70s faux tutor...excellent turkey, as good as any grandmothers. The lunch turkey plate was $12 bucks with everything. Subtle but a pile of food.

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