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Turkey to Go: Where to Buy Take-Out Thanksgiving Dinners
Comments () | Published November 19, 2009

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Worried about how you’re going to pull that Thanksgiving meal together by November 26? Luckily, there’s lots of ways to get a takeout turkey-day dinner so you don’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen. When ordering a turkey, keep in mind that a ten-to-12 pound turkey will feed four to six people.

Dean & DeLuca (3276 M St., NW; 202-342-2500).
The Georgetown location of this national chain has options for every course. Appetizers, sold by the dozen, include truffle-scented risotto cakes with wild mushrooms ($36), classic shrimp cocktail ($36), and miniature crabcakes ($33). Soups, which are served by the quart, are butternut-squash with toasted hazelnuts and sage ($12) and lobster bisque scented with cognac ($15). There’s lots of turkey options: an oven-roasted heritage ($12/pound) or Amish breed ($8/pound), roasted turkey breast with fresh herbs ($18/pound), and a raw heritage bird that comes seasoned with roasting instructions ($11/pound). Other main-course options are beef tenderloin with forest mushrooms ($36/pound) and Berkshire ham with a pineapple/mustard glaze ($16/pound). Vegetables and sides, sold by the pound, include mashed potatoes ($10); haricots vert with salted almonds ($10); roasted baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, and pearl onions ($10); and mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and maple syrup ($10). The minimum order for side dishes is two pounds. Bread comes by the dozen and includes brioche rolls ($12), cranberry-pecan rolls ($12), and cream-cheese biscuits ($12). Sauce and accompaniments, which come in quart-size servings, include turkey pan gravy ($12), Madeira/mushroom gravy ($15), and sun-dried-cranberry-and-port chutney ($12). For stuffing, sold by the pound with a two-pound minimum, the store has sage-and-celery stuffing ($8), cornbread with Andouille sausage ($10), and spoon bread with cheddar cheese ($8). There’s an assortment of pies—classic pecan, sweet-potato, apple, and pumpkin—for $27. Orders must be placed by 4 PM on November 23, and pickup is on Thanksgiving from 8 to noon.

Fairmont, Washington, D.C. (2401 M St., NW; 202-429-2400).
This hotel, in DC’s West End, is offering full dinners. A meal for ten ($240) includes an herb-roasted free-range turkey; bread stuffing; sage-scented pan gravy; buttermilk mashed potatoes; maple-roasted sweet potatoes; sautéed baby vegetables; green-bean almandine; Parker House rolls; and homemade apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie. The dinner will come with reheating instructions. All orders must be placed before November 23, and pickup is on Thanksgiving from 8 to 2.

Fyve Restaurant Lounge (1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 703-415-5000).
This American restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, is offering Thanksgiving meals that feed six. The dinner comes with either an apple-cider-glazed turkey ($225) with cranberry chutney; or prime rib ($245) crusted with sea salt, peppercorns, and rosemary, with a horseradish sauce. Both options include roasted-pumpkin bisque; green salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, cranberries, and shallot dressing; apple/herb cornbread stuffing; Yukon-gold mashed potatoes; country gravy; maple-and-ginger-glazed yams; caramelized root vegetables; and fresh-baked dinner rolls. Choose a pumpkin, pecan, or apple-cranberry pie for dessert; additional pies are $20. You can also purchase an extra turkey ($75) or prime rib ($99). All orders must be placed by noon on November 20, and pick-up is on Thanksgiving from 9 to 3.

Magnolias at the Mill (198 N. 21st St., Purcellville; 540-338-9800).
This Loudoun County restaurant has Thanksgiving dinners for six ($145) or 12 ($275). The meals include a roasted turkey with corn bread stuffing, romaine salad with Parmesan-peppercorn dressing, fresh-basked foccacia, green-bean casserole, whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, sweet-potato streusel, orange-cranberry sauce, and pumpkin or pecan pie. Extras include loaves of foccacia ($3.50), a green-bean casserole ($15), cornbread stuffing ($15), whipped potatoes ($15), sweet potatoes ($15), romaine salad ($15), cranberry sauce ($7.50), gravy ($10), pecan or pumpkin pie ($14). Wines are also available for purchase; the list includes Clarksburg White Knight Viognier ($12), the Pines 1852 Satin ($20), Okanagan Pinot Noir ($24), and Penfolds Shiraz/Cab ($12). Orders, which can be made online or by phone, should be in by November 21 and can be picked up on Thanksgiving morning from 10 to noon.

Magruder’s (981 Rollins Ave., Rockville; 301-230-3000).
This neighborhood grocer has turkey dinners for six to eight ($49.99) or 12 to 16 ($89.99). They include an oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, home-style stuffing, gravy, cranberry-orange relish, pumpkin pie, and soft dinner rolls. For customers who prefer a spiral-baked ham in place of turkey, there’s a dinner for six to eight ($59.99) that also includes green-bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, apple pie, and soft dinner rolls. Orders must be made by November 23 and can be picked up one business day after you place it. Pick-up times are 9 AM to 8 PM, except on Thanksgiving Day, when orders should be picked up from 9 to 1.

Open Kitchen (7115 Leesburg Pike, #107, Falls Church; 703-942-8148).
This bistro/catering company/cooking school has full meals, which include the choice of an oven-ready turkey—which comes in a disposable roasting pan—or a cooked and carved turkey. Kosher turkeys are available for an additional $5 per person. The “traditional” Thanksgiving meal ($40/person) includes house-made gravy; sage stuffing; fennel mashed potatoes; frisée salad with endives, toasted walnuts, and Brussels sprouts; cranberry relish; and fresh-baked rolls. You can also pick two sides from the following: mashed parsnips and carrots; wild rice with bulgur and braised vegetables; roasted butternut squash with rosemary and shallots; maple-roasted seasonal vegetables; red-beet carpaccio; and caramelized onions and potatoes with pearl onions, mushrooms, and asparagus. Extra side orders are available for $5 per person. For dessert, choose a pumpkin or apple pie. The “exceptional” Thanksgiving meal ($50 per person) comes with a pancetta-wrapped roasted turkey with house-made gravy; fennel mashed potatoes; green beans and chestnuts tossed in a date vinaigrette; cranberry relish; two sides; and dinner rolls. For dessert, the options are sweet-potato or pecan pie. Appetizers, which are extra, include Thai-turkey-and-coconut soup ($6/person); miniature crabcakes with mustard/mayonnaise sauce ($8/person); Italian turkey sausage stuffed mushrooms ($5/person); and chimichurri meatballs ($6/person). For $35, you can also get a ten-inch pumpkin cheesecake, which will feed eight to 12 people. For more information, click here. All orders must be made by November 20, and pick up is Wednesday, November 25, from 9 to 5. Delivery service is available on November 25 and 26; charges depend on location.

Punk’s Backyard Grill (2188 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis; 410-571-7744).
This casual Annapolis restaurant is offering appetizers and dessert. Starters are a mixed-green salad with applewood-smoked bacon, candied pumpkin seeds, green apples, and gorgonzola, tossed with apple-cider vinaigrette ($39 for a half pan that serves five; $75 for a full pan); and butternut-squash-and-root-vegetable bisque or smoky black-bean soup ($12.49 for a 32-ounce container that serves four to six). For dessert, there’s pies, which serve six to eight people; options include apple-crumb ($3.49/slice, $17.99/whole), pumpkin ($2.99/slice, $11.99/whole), key-lime ($2.99/slice, $11.99/whole), and pecan ($17.99/whole). There’s also pumpkin bread pudding ($3.59/slice, $14.99/whole) and strawberry/rhubarb cobbler ($17.99). Orders must be made by November 24, and pick up is November 25 from 11 to 9.

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