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ISO Thanksgiving To Go?

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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  1. 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

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

    2. Summer Shack has all your needs covered.

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      1. re: Gabatta

        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

          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

          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.

        3. 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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          1. re: Blumie

            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. :(

            1. re: Kat

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

            1. re: Berheenia

              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

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

              1. 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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                1. re: CookieLee

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

                  1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                    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.

                  2. re: CookieLee

                    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.

                    1. re: mikeinboston

                      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.

                      1. re: three of us

                        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.

                        1. re: Gabatta

                          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.

                          1. re: Gabatta

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

                    2. 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.

                      1. 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. 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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                          1. re: greygarious

                            I was thinking Roche Brothers too.

                          2. 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. 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. Flour Bakery does everything but the bird - we╩╗ve 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. 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