If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may be dreading cooking and preparing meals while you could be spending time with your loved ones. Here are a few local restaurants and stores that will do all that work for you – these spots are offering Thanksgiving meals you can buy, bring home, and feed the family.
Apple crumble and pumpkin pies are available from Area Four; order at the café or hostess stand at their Kendall Square location by 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, and pick up by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, or Wednesday, Nov. 27. 500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-758-4444
This Dorchester restaurant has five delicious desserts for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato pecan pie, apple cranberry crumb pie, carrot cake, and sticky toffee pudding will be offered. Order by Sunday, Nov. 24. Payment due at time of order, phone orders accepted.
See desserts and prices here. 555 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, 617-825-4300.
The South End boucherie is offering both raw ready-to-cook items like Misty Knolls turkey at $7.25 per pound, and prepared items like sausage stuffing, maple whipped sweet potatoes, and a selection of pies on its Thanksgiving menu. Order by phone or in-person by Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m.; pick up no later than Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.
552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800.
You can pick up signature Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House sides in three sizes to make your work easier this Thanksgiving. Choose from spinach supreme, maque choux corn, potatoes au gratin, chateau potatoes, and lobster mac & cheese. Complete the order form at Del Frisco’s, then pick up your sides on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
250 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-951-1368.
In addition to a Thanksgiving dine-in experience, The Fireplace Restaurant is offering a “Thanksgiving To Go” menu with sliced turkey breast, sides like maple braised cabbage and smoky kale, and even a gluten-free pumpkin pie. Their “Traditional Turkey Dinner” ($36) includes white and dark meat, stuffing, caramelized onion gravy, cranberry orange relish, and buttery chived carrots. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 24. Pickup times are Wednesday, Nov. 27, between noon and 6 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1634 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-975-1900.
Sides, trimmings, stuffings, breads, breakfast treats, and desserts will be offered by chef Joanne Chang’s bakery, which has locations all over greater Boston. The Thanksgiving-themed “morning treats” this year include gingerbread with coffee glaze, blueberry streusel tea bread, and pear cardamom scones. Orders must be placed by Saturday, Nov. 23, and can be picked up Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 27. View the menu.
12 Farnsworth St., Boston, 617-338-4333; 1595 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-4300; 190 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 617-225-2525; 131 Clarendon St., Boston, 617-437-7700.
A cheese plate with four cheesemonger-picked items leads off this Cambridge kitchen’s Turkey Day menu. A la carte options abound, from stuffing and breads to dessert. The time for ordering Misty Knoll Farms turkeys has passed, but they may have a few extra around on a first come, first serve basis. Orders must be placed by 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, to be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 27. View the menu.
244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, 617-354-4750.
South End Buttery
South End Buttery is offering several tasty Thanksgiving sides, as well as pies and desserts. The kicker? They’ve got seven flavors of ice cream to top those desserts off with, from Salty Caramel to Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallow. Email or drop off this order form by no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 (bread orders must be in two days earlier). You can pick up orders on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 312-314 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-482-1015.
Belmont’s Vicki Lee’s New Café offers a Turkey Day menu with items like candied pecans by the half pound, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, and a Jack Daniels pecan pie. Order by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23; pick up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. View the menu.
105 Trapelo Road, Belmont, 617-489-5007.
Whole Foods Market is offering free-range turkeys, sides like corn pudding and garlic greens, and even whole Thanksgiving dinners for 2, 4, 8, and 12 guests. Check your local store for deadlines and pickup; find your closest Whole Foods Market on their website.
Are you picking up Thanksgiving dinner? Do you know of any places offering pre-made meals? Let us know.
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