A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Catering, take-out and restaurant dining options for Thanksgiving

By Lisa Petty
|  Thursday, Nov 19, 2009  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

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Catering, take-out and restaurant dining options for a deliciously simple holiday.

Thanksgiving is a week away, and we can hardly wait!

The family, the friends, the food…the endless supermarket lines, complicated recipes and forgotten giblet bags.  Why not take a break from the madness this year and let someone else do the cooking?  Whether you opt to just buy the bird, or go whole hog with a full-on feast, we’ve got plenty of options to save your sanity.*

And, yes, that might just mean eating out.

BIRD IS THE WORD
Smoked, fried or sliced off the bone, these turkeys take all the guesswork out of your holiday bird:
 
- Dickey’s has Smoked ($39.99) and Cajun Fried ($49.99) Turkeys, as well as Spiral Sliced Ham ($49.99).  All feed 8-10; whole holiday meals are also available.

- Visit the Honey Baked Ham Co. online for numerous turkey options and prices.  Pick it up, or (yes!) have it delivered right to your door.  (Order by November 20th, as products do come frozen.)

- Sonny Bryan’s whole Smoked Turkey ($39.99) feeds about 16.  Sliced boneless turkey is $11.29/pound and sides are also available.


FINISHING TOUCHES
From homestyle pies to sugar-free treats, here’s the sweet connection:

- Order from neighborhood faves Sweet Temptations, La Duni or Chocolate Angel for desserts you might just be able to pass off as your own.  (We heard Chocolate Angel’s offering a Pumpkin Torte this year, but we’re partial to the Red Velvet Cake.)

- Always delicious and convenient, Whole Foods’ bakery also offers gluten-free and dairy free options.  Many are available daily with no pre-ordering necessary.  See website for product list.

- Sugarless DeLite will thrill any guest who can’t partake in traditional sugar-laden desserts.  (And these treats are so good, you’ll be sneaking slices yourself!)  See website for details and ordering information.

JUST ADD FAMILY
Order the full feast to-go and spend more time with the ones you love:

- Eatzi’s holds a special place in our hearts (and stomachs) when it comes to gourmet goodies.  From Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast to classic Cornbread Stuffing, they’ve got everything your heart desires.  Visit eatzis.com for all the details.

- Savory Catering, from the earth-friendly folks who brought us State and Allen Lounge, is also offering full holiday meals for the taking.  Featuring numerous main dish and side options, bread and dessert, you can take care of business for $15 per person.  Visit savory-catering.com.

- Central Market is another never-fail resource for those with great taste and little time.  Check out their helpful Holiday Guide online for many delicious options.

BUNDLE UP AND HEAD OUT
Finally, sometimes dining out is the ideal way to enjoy a fantastic stress-free feast:

- Fine dining fave Tre Amici is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner on the big night for $38 per person.  They’ll have a live pianist and wines under $300 are half-off for the occasion.  Rockwall’s Restaurant AVA is hosting a top-flight Thanksgiving Buffet, with 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings.  For $40 per person ($15 for kids 12 and under), enjoy Turkey Breast, Prime Rib, Candied Sweet Potatoes and more.  Contact each restaurant for reservations.

- Sure-fire family pleasers Luby’s and Furr’s are each open on Thanksgiving Day – and they’ve got plenty of turkey for everyone in your brood!  Highland Park Cafeteria will also be open from 11-3, serving up all the turkey day faves.

- For even more Thanksgiving dining options, check out listings from our friends at GuideLive and SideDish.  Happy Turkey Day!

*NOTE:  Individual ordering deadlines vary.  We agree with the nice lady from Dickey’s who recommended “the sooner, the better” when it comes to placing Thanksgiving orders.

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