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Teerays Nov 7, 2012 11:32 AM

Hi everyone, my family has always had Thanksgiving dinner at a relative's home in Newton; but given how hectic this season seems as if it will be, I think it'd be easier to pick up a meal and take there and cook. In the past we have tried Roche Bros., which was good; however, I am looking to see if anyone else has any experience at another restaurant/market. It's ideal to pick up and bring home and serve family style rather than have separate meals.

Any ideas are greatlyyyy appreciated!! Thanks!!

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    owen_meany Nov 7, 2012 12:38 PM

    We've done Blue Ribbon BBQ for the last few years for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the first year we did the full dinner they offer (turkey, sides, dessert) but last year we just got the turkey from them and I made my own sides - mostly because I like my own sides better but also because if the turkey isn't roasting all day (because someone else has already done it!), it's pretty easy to have room/time to do the sides.

    We'll do it again this year. In the past we've also done Roche Brothers and thought it was OK.

    Sara

    1. MABMAQ Nov 7, 2012 01:51 PM

      http://gerardsfarm.com/thanksgiving_m...

      this is in Framingham ... pretty good stuff - just reopened a few months ago.

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        Teerays Nov 8, 2012 10:24 AM

        This looks perfect! Thanks!!

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          catsmeow Nov 8, 2012 12:04 PM

          For those located south of Boston, Gerard Farms also has a location in Marshfield. It has a separate web site but is the same family and has the same offerings.

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        bakerboyz Nov 8, 2012 10:26 AM

        People swear by Owens Poultry Farm in Needham on Central Avenue (near Volante Farm). They will prepare the entire meal for you.

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          lergnom Nov 8, 2012 06:26 PM

          The Meat House does this. You can check what they offer. AFAIK, they only have heritage turkeys, which are nothing like a supermarket turkey.

          I noticed Bazaar, the Russian deli in Coolidge Corner, is advertising complete T'giving meals. They actually make decent hot food. And they have a ton of cold salads. So who knows?

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            TokyuFoodShow Nov 8, 2012 07:15 PM

            Flour has a nice-looking Thanksgiving menu available for pre-order. The menu is on their website.

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              Klunco Nov 8, 2012 08:06 PM

              I saw Lineage was taking orders as well for complete meals.

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                teezeetoo Nov 9, 2012 05:19 AM

                The Fireplace in Brookline does the whole thing - I haven't tried their thanksgiving offerings but I like their food in general.

              2. GretchenS Nov 9, 2012 10:52 AM

                I was in Neillio's (Lexington) last night and they had the works available to reheat at home, but a catch is that you have to pick it up Wednesday, they are closed Thursday. http://www.neillioscatering.com/

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                  cherrytomato Nov 10, 2012 07:11 AM

                  There are some excellent options in the Newton area

                  The two Whole Foods in Newton have lots of Thanksgiving food to offer
                  Volante Farms in Needham has a holiday menu
                  New England Soup Factory in Newton has a holiday menu with lots of soup and sides
                  Bread and Chocolate has two locations in Newton have a really nice holiday menu
                  I am not sure but maybe Bakers Best will have some catering holiday options

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                    katzzz Nov 10, 2012 08:09 AM

                    Last year we wanted fried turkey and wound up getting it and most of the rest of the Thanksgiving meal from Summer Shack (oven-roasted turkey is also an option). The sides and pie were good enough that I considered a repeat this year, but the price has gone up to $125 without pie (if I remember correctly a pie was included last year and the price was a little lower). Anyhow, it seemed a bit pricey to me -- and, really, I'm happy to make all the sides myself, it's just the turkey I don't want to cook. I could have gotten just the fried turkey from Summer Shack (14-16 lbs. plus qt. of gravy) for $85, but decided to try something different. We're giving Greenberg's famous smoked turkey from Tyler, Texas, a try this year.

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                      owen_meany Nov 11, 2012 03:13 PM

                      Love Greenberg's - did that for a few years but realized a turkey breast works better for our family.

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                        Teerays Nov 12, 2012 03:37 PM

                        Where is Greenberg's? Is it a restaurant or similar to the farms in Needham?

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                          owen_meany Nov 13, 2012 05:25 AM

                          Greenbergs is a turkey farm in Texas. You order your turkey and it arrives a few days before Thanksgiving. We ordered from them a few years in a row and people absolutely loved it. It's a smoked turkey so it might not be to everyone's taste.

                          http://www.gobblegobble.com/

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                      Teerays Nov 11, 2012 03:00 PM

                      THANK YOU everyone for these suggestions! I'm getting busy now online checking out all these options. I'll let everyone know where we end up going and how it all is. Happy holidays!!

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                        baystater Nov 13, 2012 06:52 AM

                        Outpost Farm in Holliston is quite good (http://www.outpostfarm.net/). They sell completely cooked meals, or just the turkey: frozen, fresh, cooked, sliced or not, white or dark, however you want it. They've got the gravy, stuffing, veggies and pies, breads and other baked goods.

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