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Why not turkey to go?

You don't have to roast the bird yourself. Just order ahead for a fine meal.

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 20, 2005

Thank goodness for takeout.

Prepared food, from markets and restaurants, sees us through many busy nights during the year. Why should Thanksgiving be any different?

From grocery stores to restaurants and delis, full holiday meals can be ordered and picked up the day before or the morning of Thanksgiving. Cooked turkeys will come with directions about refrigeration and reheating.

Also, remember to read the directions on the side dish containers and give yourself plenty of time to heat the food. You'll have to do that much.

It's worth a call to a favorite restaurant to see if it is supplying full Thanksgiving dinners for takeout.

We've compiled a partial list of places to order turkey dinners. Many of them also sell hams and have different size meals and turkeys. Call ahead or check Web sites for more information.


Various locations,

Smallest-size complete dinner feeds seven to 10 and includes a 10- to 12-pound turkey and sides including stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry-orange relish, for $35.99.

Pick up the day before Thanksgiving.

Boston Market

Various locations,

Boneless turkey breast dinner for six includes 1- to 3-pound turkey breast, spinach artichoke dip with crackers, homestyle mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry walnut relish, gravy, corn bread and choice of one pumpkin or apple pie, $51.99.

Open for pickup Thanksgiving Day.

Sweetbay/Kash n' Karry

Various locations,

Turkey dinner for six to eight people includes 10-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy for $39.99. With apple or pumpkin pie, $5 to $10 more.

Kash n' Karry and Sweetbay are both open Thanksgiving Day for pickup, but expect crowds.

Mazzaro's Italian Market

2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 321-2400.

Mazzaro's offers cooked turkey for 6 people, $27, for 12 people, $52. Comes with gravy. A la carte menu includes three dressings and traditional Thanksgiving and other side dishes.

Mazzaro's is closed Thanksgiving Day. Orders must be placed by noon Monday, and can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Fresh Market

3147 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; (813) 964-8001 and 25961 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater; (727) 669-6111.

Turkey dinner for six to eight, includes 10- to 12-pound turkey roasted or smoked, whipped potatoes, dressing, cranberry relish and turkey gravy, $59.99.

Fresh Market is closed Thanksgiving Day; orders can be picked up Wednesday.

Wright's Gourmet House

1200 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, (813) 253-3838, ext. 11.

Whole roasted turkey serving eight to 12 people for $42.95. Allow 2 days' notice for turkeys.

A la carte side items serve four to six people and include mushroom dressing, corn pudding, sweet potato pone, cranberry relish and gravy; prices range from $2.95-$6.95. Desserts available.

Order by Monday and pick up 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Sonny's BBQ

Various locations,

Complete dinners include 10-pound turkey (serves 10 to 15 people), choice of three side items and rolls or garlic bread for $49.99. Sides include barbecued baked beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, jellied cranberry sauce, yams, corn bread stuffing, turkey gravy and salad.

Orders must be placed by Monday. Sonny's is closed Thanksgiving. Orders can be picked up until 9 p.m. Wednesday..

Fred Fleming's Famous BBQ

Various locations;

Whole cooked turkey, serving eight to 10, $36.99. Sides, purchased separately, include corn bread, sweet potato souffle, broccoli casserole, southern greens, macaroni and cheese. Desserts available.

Order in advance; pick up orders Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. or on Thanksgiving morning (open for order pickup only).

- Peggy Anders, Times staff writer, contributed to this report.

[Last modified November 17, 2005, 09:29:04]

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