Thanksgiving is upon us.
But what is a day of relaxation and gorging for some is a day of stress and intensity for the cooks in the family. If the turkey duty falls on you every year, maybe 2022 is the year to chill out, and let someone else do the cooking.
What’s that? No volunteers?
Well, perhaps the thing you’ll be most thankful for this year is the full Thanksgiving turkey dinner you can pick up at your local restaurant. Thanksgiving to-go deals are here.
But be warned, inflation is still wreaking havoc. Popeye’s, for example, bumped the price of its precooked Cajun-style Thanksgiving turkey by $10 compared to last year.
The following restaurant chains and stores have select locations offering Thanksgiving specials. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may be offering a special menu for takeout and delivery.
Check with your closest location as ordering deadlines and availability will vary. Pickup times also can vary. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling ahead is suggested. Prices also may vary across different locations.
Bob Evans restaurants are offering a variety of Thanksgiving feasts for takeout. Its largest special feeds up to 10 people and will cost you $144.99. The meal is packed cold for reheating at home. Bob Evans says it includes turkey, hickory-smoked ham, bread & celery dressing, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, green beans with ham, cranberry relish, macaroni and cheese and apple pie. It takes up to two hours to reheat.
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You can order premade Thanksgiving dinners on Boston Market’s website. The comfort food chain, known for its rotisserie chicken, is selling its dinner packages chilled or hot in different sizes. A boneless turkey breast dinner along with classic sides and a dessert that feeds four to six people costs about $139.99. Prices may vary by location.
Claim Jumper’s Thanksgiving carry-out platters cost $135 for a turkey or ham entrée or $145 for both turkey and ham. It’s served with garlic cheese bread, Caesar salad, stuffing and gravy, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes, orange cranberry relish and pumpkin or apple pie.
Cracker Barrel is offering an a la carte holiday menu that features a variety of sides like macaroni and cheese, baby carrots, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes as well as precooked hams for reheating at home. Cracker Barrel’s hams cost about $70.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s holiday menu features a precooked prime rib for $110.98 and a spiral-cut ham for $82. You can also buy extra large sides like macaroni and cheese and cornbread dressing for $41.
The French-themed eatery’s “Holiday Feast” has returned with a hot and ready-to-eat delivery or a reheat takeout option. The carryout feast includes an oven-roasted ham or turkey along with traditional Thanksgiving sides. A feast that feeds six costs $69.99 and a 10-person feast goes for $134.99. The delivery option goes for $139.99 for a feast that feeds 10 people and $259.99 for one that feeds 20 people.
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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
The California-based barbecue chain has full Thanksgiving feasts available for preorder and pickup in the morning on Wednesday or Thursday. A supper that feeds six costs $199.99 and one that feeds 10 costs $269.99. The feasts need to be reheated.
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Maggiano’s is offering hot and cold-prepared carryout Thanksgiving bundles.
The cold-prepared bundle costs $179.99 and is available for pickup Tuesday and Wednesday.
The hot-prepared bundle costs $10 more and is only available for pickup on Thanksgiving. Both feed four to five people. The bundle includes traditional roasted turkey with giblet gravy, sage and sausage stuffing, smoked ham with ham glaze and whipped sweet potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, four-cheese ravioli, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin praline cheesecake and more. Orders must be placed by 8 p.m. the night prior to pickup.
You can preorder Popeye’s Cajun-style turkeys online for $94.99 or for $49.99 in store, though prices may vary by location. Popeye’s says its turkey can feed eight to 12 people. Sides are not included.
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Publix locations are offering cold, fully-cooked turkey dinners for pickup. Prices may vary by location, but one Publix location in Florida listed a turkey dinner that feeds seven to 10 people for $64.99.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Pre-orders are open for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse’s take-home Thanksgiving deal. For $175, you can get oven-roasted turkey breast, sausage and herb stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry relish, a salad and a side along with pumpkin cheesecakes. The dinner can feed four and requires reheating. Pickup is scheduled for Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m..
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Whole Foods is selling a cold-prepared “Thanksgiving Extravaganza” that feeds 12 for $569.99. It includes a medley of appetizers. You can choose to drop the extra appetizers and order a cold-prepared Thanksgiving dinner that feeds the same amount of people for $399.99.
Contributing: Asha Gilbert, USA TODAY