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ISO Thanksgiving To Go?

David Kahn Nov 1, 2011 07:29 AM

Is there anyplace in the greater Boston area that does a great Thanksgiving to go? Looking for superb turkey, sides and a great pie (pumpkin or pecan), preferably all from a single source, but I'd be willing to make a couple of stops if that's what it takes. Any suggestions?

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    lergnom Nov 14, 2011 08:31 AM

    Check The Meat House. That's where we get our turkey. Very good quality. They do the sides as well and have other purveyors' stuff.

    The Meat House
    1285 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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      ahipoke Nov 13, 2011 08:40 PM

      Flour Bakery does everything but the bird - weʻve ordered sides from them for the last three years (and at Christmas time) and everything has been pretty good, particularly their chocolate cream pie (to die for).

      Flour Bakery + Cafe
      12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

      1. tatsu Nov 13, 2011 12:32 PM

        Hi-Rise Bread does the best Thanksgiving dinner to go that I have seen around here. Brined turkey, great cranberry relish, huge spread of fixings, pies, and of course breads, everything is a la carte. Also nice wines to go with the meal. It is a one-stop place for Thanksgiving, that is for sure. You'll have to stop by to place your orders off a sheet and their are two pickup times, the day before and the morning of, which is pretty much a zoo, but it's worth it.

        1. kobuta Nov 13, 2011 09:38 AM

          Sweet Cheeks is apparently offering Thanksgiving to go. There's a "coupon" on Gilt City (for Boston) for a $200 deal for Thanksgiving for 4 to go.

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          1. re: kobuta
            Gabatta Nov 13, 2011 05:55 PM

            Wow, quite a gouge IMO.

          2. greygarious Nov 8, 2011 07:12 PM

            I have not had the Roche Bros turkey feast but they do a very good job on prepared foods for the Jewish holidays so I would expect the turkey to be good.

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              Kat Nov 10, 2011 12:55 PM

              I was thinking Roche Brothers too.

            2. phipsi102 Nov 8, 2011 05:24 AM

              Il Casale in Belmont is doing it this year, and I had a very good one from Savenor's in Cambridge a few years ago.

              1. Chris VR Nov 8, 2011 05:21 AM

                Here's a thread I put together last year http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742955

                My friend was happy with her Whole Foods Thanksgiving meal, FWIW.

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                  CookieLee Nov 3, 2011 05:21 AM

                  I usually buy the sides from WF, as someone brings the turkey. I believe they will cook the turkey, and they have a choice of styles, brined, herbed.

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                    cambridgedoctpr Nov 3, 2011 01:41 PM

                    if you prepared turkey, i recommend brining. Otherwise, the white meat in particular is too dry.

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                      T.Clark Nov 7, 2011 05:58 PM

                      Wet brining is so 2000 and late. Salt your turkey's folks (AKA dry brine). As a former wet brine guy, after two years of just salting, I'm a total convert. Google it.

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                      mikeinboston Nov 3, 2011 05:06 PM

                      We had done the whole thing with WF a few years ago and were not very impressed with quality. At the risk of sounding like the old joke, even though the quality wasn't superb, we also remarked at the small-ish portions.

                      We ordered from Roche Brothers in West Roxbury last year and had a good experience.

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                        three of us Nov 7, 2011 02:43 PM

                        I agree re. WF thanksgiving to-go. We thought the heirloom turkey was horrible, and the sides bland and smallish. Our food-loving neighbors swear by Roche Bros. so we are going to try them next.

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                          Gabatta Nov 7, 2011 03:06 PM

                          I've never has anything from WF on Thanksgiving, however I find their everyday prepared foods to be bland, overpriced and generally underwhelming. Some look good in the case, but they just don't deliver.

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                            teezeetoo Nov 7, 2011 03:19 PM

                            The Fireplace Grill in Brookline is offering Thanksgiving to go. I haven't tried any of the prepared thanksgivings but i do like their general food.

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                              Kat Nov 10, 2011 12:51 PM

                              Ditto!! Totally agree re: the good looking but bland tasting WF food.

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                        rlee21 Nov 2, 2011 10:08 AM

                        Lineage does - http://www.lineagerestaurant.com/2011...
                        Never had their Thanksgiving to go, but regularly enjoy dinners there.

                        1. Berheenia Nov 1, 2011 01:11 PM

                          Looks like Formaggio does everything BUT the bird.


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                          1. re: Berheenia
                            Blumie Nov 2, 2011 01:37 PM

                            Formaggio is another great option. If you're looking for just the bird, I'm pretty certain Owens Poultry Farm in Needham can hook you up. (They do sides, too, but I can't vouch for them.)

                            Owens Poultry Farm
                            585 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02494

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                            Blumie Nov 1, 2011 11:13 AM

                            I'd try one of Verill Farms, in Concord; Russo's, in Watertown; or Wilson Farms, in Lexington (probably in that order). At least in the case of Wilson Farms, you can go in any day and buy their turkey, potato and stuffing plate right out of the case and sample what you're gonna get.

                            Wilson Farm
                            10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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                              Kat Nov 10, 2011 12:46 PM

                              I called Verrill Farm and checked because I need to order T'day dinner as well. They have cooked sides and desserts. While you can order a turkey there, you need to cook it yourself; they wiil not have full pre-cooked dinners. :(

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                                Blumie Nov 10, 2011 07:50 PM

                                That being the case, I would do a cooked bird from Owen Farms, and sides from Verrill or Wilson.

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                              Gabatta Nov 1, 2011 09:55 AM

                              Summer Shack has all your needs covered.

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                                cherrytomato Nov 7, 2011 12:37 PM

                                I saw that Summer Shack is making fried Turkeys. Has anyone bought them before?

                                Summer Shack
                                310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                                1. re: cherrytomato
                                  ahipoke Nov 13, 2011 08:34 PM

                                  I had a colleague who ordered the deep fried turkey last year and said that it was the best turkey ever (no leftovers on the next day).

                                2. re: Gabatta
                                  allgimbel Nov 14, 2011 08:11 AM

                                  We ordered Summer Shack last year, and will likely do it again this year. Went for the roasted turkey (though I was, and am, intrigued by the deep fried option).

                                  We were pleased with everything except for the stuffing, but that's because we prefer a bread/sausage stuffing over SS's cornbread version. The stuffing itself was not bad, just not our cup of tea. But we had planned to make our own anyway, so, no disappointment on that score.

                                  The roast turkey was delicious, very moist, and the carcass made a great stock afterward.

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                                  chevrelove Nov 1, 2011 09:42 AM

                                  Received an email just the other day from Blue Ribbon detailing theirs. Admittedly I've never had it, but it seems to fit most of your requirements. Here are details: http://blueribbonbbq.com/thanksgiving/

                                  Maybe someone who has can speak to their experience.

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                                  1. re: chevrelove
                                    Berheenia Nov 10, 2011 06:25 AM

                                    I just got an email that they are having a "complimentary" tasting of the TG menu Sunday 3-6 in the Newton store.

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