- 3 ways to avoid cooking this Thanksgiving
- 1. Order delivery
- 2. Dining out
- Turkey Takeout! Where To Order Thanksgiving Dinner in Connecticut | Mommy Poppins – Things to Do with Kids
- Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Takeout near Hartford, CT
- Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Takeout in East, CT
- 5 Best Thanksgiving Dinner (Meal) Delivery Services To Consider
- 1 – Omaha Steaks (Editor's Choice)
- 2 – Hickory Farms
- 3 – Harry & David
- 4 – Williams Sonoma
- 5 – Burger's Smokehouse
- Turkey Day Deliveries FAQS
3 ways to avoid cooking this Thanksgiving
This unique spirit is inspired by a similar process used in Mexico to produce “mezcal de pechuga.”
Thanksgiving originated as a celebration of the new harvest; a day with plenty of food and the freedom from working in the field. But modern-day Thanksgiving has turned into a day spent toiling over an oven trying to prepare a huge meal.
A growing number of over-worked Americans are taking the stress the holiday by opting to not cook at all. Whether you’re in a pinch for time or just want to relax without lifting a finger this Thanksgiving, here are a few ways to avoid all the fuss and mess of cooking while still enjoying the delicious tradition.
1. Order delivery
Delivery is no longer restricted to pizza and Chinese food. A number of national chains and local grocers a bring an entire Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings to your door.
Most meals require minimal set up but have maximum taste. The best part: no pots and pans to clean up afterward. Sounds delectable. But be prepared: meal kits tend to be pricier than cooking.
Here are a few to consider.
Send a Meal
The meal kit service has a variety of meal options and sizes, starting at $38.95 for a 2-pound ham, up to $255.95 for a Turkey-dinner feast that serves 10 people. If you’re spending the holiday alone, you don’t have to miss out on a home-cooked meal. The company features a Thanksgiving dinner for one with all the trimmings, $69.95.
You can also order side dishes and pies a la carte. Dinners are sent frozen and come with cooking instructions on how to re-heat, which can easily be done in a microwave. Delivery prices vary by state, but there is also a free-delivery menu. Place your order by Nov. 15 to ensure delivery by Thanksgiving. Next-business-day delivery can be made up until Nov.
20, but for an additional fee.
If you’re looking for a designer Thanksgiving dinner that friends and family can brag about on social media, then Williams Sonoma has you covered. Complete meals range from $170 to $450 and come with the turkey, sides and dessert.
Or, build your own meal by mixing and matching dishes. Try the pumpkin pie with crust shaped autumn leaves. Sign up for the email newsletter and receive 15% off orders that are more than $49. Order by Nov. 17 to ensure arrival by Nov.
Dean & Deluca
Aside from a variety of free-range turkeys, Dean & Deluca offers caramel-covered apples, whiskey-rubbed cheese and Berkshire pork. The bill of fare also includes breakfast items butter croissants and mini-tarts, or gift baskets if you’re attending a party. Turkeys are shipped fresh, not frozen, and ready to cook. The gourmet fare will cost you though.
A 12-pound turkey is $75; the 4-pound Southern Baked Cranberry Apple Crumble Pie is $65. The company ships to all 50 states and has locations in New York City, Washington, St. Helena, Calif., Charlotte, N.C. and Leawood, Kan. Contact your local stores directly for pickup and delivery options. Orders on the website should be placed by Nov.
16 to ensure delivery on or before Nov. 21.
Starting this year, Boston Market is offering Thanksgiving meal delivery to all of the contiguous 48 states. Meals are sent frozen, so allow time to thaw. There are five options on the menu, from the Complete Thanksgiving Meal at $119.99 for 12 people, to smaller meals that serve four to six. There are also combo meals that include both turkey and ham. Place orders by Nov. 19.
Also new, the queen of domesticity is offering two Martha & Marley Spoon Thanksgiving meal kits. The options include the Complete Feast for $159.
99, which feeds eight to 10 people and comes with the turkey, gravy, four sides and dessert, and the Just the Sides meal at $99.99, which has enough food for eight to 10 people with four side dishes and dessert, but no turkey.
Included in your order is a one-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living. Order by Nov. 15.
If you don’t mind driving to your local Whole Foods, the supermarket chain is offering a variety of Thanksgiving meal kits for pick-up at stores across the U.S. Prices range from $59.99 for a turkey breast dinner for two, to $249.99 for the Festive Feast for 12. You can also order sides, meats or holiday platters separately, and there is a vegan holiday menu.
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2. Dining out
Going to someone else’s house is, of course, the best way to avoid cooking. All you have to do is show up. But if you haven’t scored an invite and don’t want to crash a party, reserving a spot at your favorite restaurant is the next best alternative.
A number of restaurants across the U.S., from upscale to take out, are open on Thanksgiving Day. Many serve a special holiday menu. Boston Market will be open at select locations. But reserve a table at the restaurant as soon as possible.
There may not be space left at your first choice.
Feed your tummy and your soul by helping those in need this Thanksgiving. Services VolunteerMatch can help you find volunteer opportunities in your area. The website lists opportunities throughout the nation.
The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross also have locations and volunteer opportunities all over the U.S. Volunteering lets you give back to the community and enjoy a free meal.
And when it's over you won't be left with a stack of dirty dishes.
It's officially the holiday season now that Starbucks debuted their much-anticipated holiday cups.
Don't wait, Christmas is great! There are clearly two types of people: those that celebrate Christmas early and those other ones who wait too too long!
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Turkey Takeout! Where To Order Thanksgiving Dinner in Connecticut | Mommy Poppins – Things to Do with Kids
Thanksgiving celebrations may look different in 2020, but this holiday is still best spent gathered around a table with loved ones.
If you're looking for places that will prepare a Thanksgiving meal for you—more appealing than ever, perhaps, this stressful year—look no further than these Connecticut restaurants offering turkey and all the trimmings for takeout or pickup dinner.
Think roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, kid-friendly mac and cheese, and, of course, pies of all kids.
If you are in the mood to cook (and learn a little history), consider rounding up your little chefs to try these old-fashioned, “first” Thanksgiving recipes that you can make with kids. Our Connecticut holiday guide has even more ideas for making your time at home and with family more festive and meaningful than ever in 2020.
Long Ridge Tavern – Stamford
Whatever you are craving for Thanksgiving, Long Ridge Tavern has you covered for pickup. With a full, three-course menu of offerings, you can choose from butternut squash soup, traditional roasted turkey, Atlantic salmon fillet, and more. Top it all off with pumpkin pie or Tavern cheesecake. Call ahead to place your takeout order.
Brick Walk Tavern – Fairfield
At Brick Walk Tavern, you have your choice of ordering a full turkey dinner for 4 to 10 people. To accompany your turkey, you can choose from a variety of scrumptious sides including roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, loaded stuffing, and mac and cheese. All orders must be placed by November 18.
Luna Azzura – Fairfield
Luna Azzura's Thanksgiving Feast includes whole cooked turkey, apple-nut stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce.
Your feast will all be packaged for pickup to enjoy in your home. You can also place an order for an individual turkey dinner.
Orders must be placed by November 22 and will be available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day.
Frank food company — Kent
The Frank food company is preparing a takeout dinner that includes a brined and roasted turkey paired with cheddar, sweet potato gratin, and pumpkin pie. Orders can be placed for a serving for two or four people. The order deadline is November 16.
Fortuna’s Catering – Bridgeport
Fortuna’s Catering will deliver the turkeys and all the trimmings right to your door. Thanksgiving Packages are priced per guest, so there will be no fighting over leftovers. Orders must be placed by November 19 and will be delivered on November 25 with easy reheat instructions.
Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Takeout near Hartford, CT
Artisan – West Hartford (and Southport)
Celebrate at home with this festive menu from Aritsan. Both locations are offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $45 per person. Selections include a choice of entree turkey, salmon, or housemade gnocchi. Orders will be taken online until November 22.
Rooster& Co – Newington
Rooster & Co is serving up a Thanksgiving Family Style Dinner that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The feast includes VT Cheddar Cheese, Parker House rolls, maple balsamic Brussels sprouts, cornbread and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. This carryout meal feeds four adults.
Fire At the Ridge – Middlefield
Thanksgiving dinner from Fire At The Ridge includes soup, salad, and a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings. You will also get a choice of pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. All orders must be placed no later than November 23.
Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Takeout in East, CT
Griswold Inn – Essex
Gris-To-Go is serving up a fully cooked and packed meal to easily warm up at home. All dinners include rolls and butter and your choice of three sides.
Feast on roasted turkey with sage and sausage stuffing, green beans almondine, honey-glazed carrots, or white cheddar mac & cheese.
All orders must be placed by November 20 and will be available for pick up on November 25.
Daniel Packer Inne – Mystic
Nestled on the banks of the Mystic River, the historic Daniel Packer Inne has a tradition of serving old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner.
In 2020, they are packing up all their delicious food to go in a prix fixe, three-course menu. Pumpkin bisque, roast turkey, braised short ribs, and pumpkin cheesecake are just a few of the items on their menu this year.
Orders must be placed by November 23.
5 Best Thanksgiving Dinner (Meal) Delivery Services To Consider
Do you love the idea of producing a picturesque Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings but don't love the reality of all the shopping, prep, and cooking that comes with said vision? If you're nodding your head in agreement, we have a solution for you.
You can have a complete Thanksgiving meal delivered right to your door. All that’s left to do is to unbox, thaw, heat and enjoy!
We've rounded up the best holiday delivery companies dishing up dinner at your door.
If you're considering vegan options, you'll want to check out our Best Vegan Thanksgiving Delivery & Takeout review.
1 – Omaha Steaks (Editor's Choice)
While Omaha Steaks might be best known for its cuts of beef, the company also turns out an impressive Thanksgiving menu featuring all your favorites: Turkey dinner, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, ham, and much more.
Choose between turkey or turkey and ham dinners and add your favorite side dishes. For even more flexibility, choose the Build Your Own Family Feast option. Or, if you'd rather take care of the sides yourself, just order your pre-cooked turkey or ready-to-cook bird.
Want to read more about this company and its offerings beyond Thanksgiving? Read our full Omaha Steaks review.
- The pecan pie is exceptional
- A la carte options
- Plenty of flexibility in choices: heat and serve or pre-cooked
- Turkey breast option
- Free shipping on orders over $159 and a free gift
- Fully cooked options
- The largest thanksgiving delivery is for eight people, if you're feeding more, order extra sides and maybe extra meat
2 – Hickory Farms
Hickory Farms' Thanksgiving menu takes the stress cooking yourself and trying to choose between delivery menus when you order Thanksgiving.
With one dinner on offer, some customers might find the menu too restrictive, but if you'd rather not think too hard about what you're serving, this meal is just the ticket, and it comes at an attractive price point.
The festive meal consists of a 12 to 16 pound turkey, brown sugar sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, apple and sausage stuffing, and a chocolate pumpkin cheesecake.
The desert is a nice twist on traditional puddings and comes recommended by reviewers. wise the turkey, which is super moist, is also easy to cook.
- Stress-free meal
- Serves 8 to 12 people
- Turkey is easy to cook and very tender
- Customer service is excellent
- Only one Thanksgiving meal available
- No cranberry sauce, a simple addition that would be appreciated here
- No dinner rolls included, but you can easily buy these separately
3 – Harry & David
Harry & David offer plenty of options.
You can choose either a full Thanksgiving menu or stick with the meaty main event and prepare your own sides.
The full meals are generous and should comfortably feed 8 people, there's both ham and turkey options. The meats arrive fully cooked but frozen. Simply defrost for two days then heat and serve.
The Gourmet Turkey Feast comes with sides creamy Brussels sprouts with bacon, New York-style pumpkin layered cheesecake, classic turkey gravy, spiced cranberry chutney, and a brown sugar sweet potato dish.
Click here to read our full Harry & David review.
- Both ham and roasted turkey options
- Fully cooked meats so minimal preparation time required
- Option to add a centerpiece
- Build-your-own Thanksgiving meal option
- Harry & David don't offer Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, even in the build your own option
- No dinner rolls add-on available
4 – Williams Sonoma
Not content with just offering two or three menus, Californian company Williams Sonoma has 19 different feast options listed on their website. Choose from a deluxe meal with all the sides you'd expect for eight or more people, or keep it simple with a turkey-breast meal for four.
We're also loving the Three Days of Entrees add-ons. Consisting of three individual sides, there are also options for vegetarians and gluten-free feasters. Plus, it's easy to pick up some top-notch condiments such as a cranberry walnut relish alongside your deluxe oven roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, and sweet potato casseroles.
Truly a meal fit for a king and your family a.
Williams Sonoma are known for their meal offerings beyond just this season. Click here to read more.
- Huge number of meal options available
- Pick up and delivery available
- Plenty of a la carte add-ons to create the ultimate holiday meal
- Free range poultry used in the menus
- The buttermilk and chive mashed potatoes are perfection, wise the green beans
- Large pumpkin pie in the full dinner menus
- Sausage stuffing included in most Thanksgiving menus
- Dinner rolls available
- This premium delivery option comes at a premium price
5 – Burger's Smokehouse
Move over roasted turkey breast, there's a new poultry king in town — smoked to perfection, Burger's Steakhouse knows how to turn a bird into a feast for the eyes and stomach. It's not all about the smoked turkey here either, the company also offers up some top-shelf hams and quality sides.
We the build-your-own nature of the menu; just choose between smoked turkey or ham then add your sides. Dishes here include creamed sweet corn, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and chicken wings. Otherwise, choose one of the many set menu options.
Top tip: Make sure you get some of the spicy wings and an add-on, they're excellent.
- Affordable price point for both dinner and delivery
- Both the full bird and roasted turkey breast options are fully cooked
- The herbed oven roasted turkey is heaven-sent
- Meals are generous
- Did we mention spicy chicken wings?
- Desserts not quite as excellent as the main event
- No sweet potato casserole, apple pie, or cranberry walnut relish add-ons available
Turkey Day Deliveries FAQS
Avoiding grocery stores and the kitchen this year? You're not alone! Here are your key questions about getting Thanksgiving meals directly to your door.
There are plenty of companies delivering Thanksgiving dinner directly to your door. Our favorite is Omaha Steaks, but you have plenty of other options to consider. Take a look at our reviews above to find your favorite Thanksgiving delivery company.
It really depends on how many people you are feeding and how many sides you order. For the most basic Thanksgiving dinner catering with a whole turkey, mashed potatoes, you should budget around $15 per person.
If you're after something more elaborate with gravy, cranberry relish, spinach artichoke dip and all the other trimmings, expect to pay more.
The original cost of the ingredients will also affect the price. For example, a company such as Williams Sonoma that uses free-range poultry, costs a little more than companies that use ingredients from budget producers.
You should also consider any extras you'll still need to buy, if you want cookies for the kids or prime rib for your pesky uncle who doesn't eat anything else, these costs all add up.
Yes, Whole Foods offers a Thanksgiving dinner option. But they're not the only choice, take a look at the companies above for more options.
All of the companies above offer premade Thanksgiving dinners. Choose between our top two picks, Omaha Steaks and Hickory Farms, or take a look at our other recommendations.