Thanksgiving Dinners You Don't Have to Cook
Dine out or pick up ready-to-go meals at these NH restaurants, inns, hotels and caterers
Don't feel like getting trapped in the kitchen this year? No one's judging (well, we aren't but we can't speak for Aunt Ethel) if you want to trade in your apron and turkeybaster for a night out and a menu. Here are a few places offering Thanksgiving dinner including some that will bring the feast to you. We promise not to tell if you decide to pass it off as your own.
Hart's Turkey Farm
Since 1954 it's been Thanksgiving every day at Hart's in Meredith. Enjoy a meal out just like Grandma makes (and check out the restaurant's impressive collection of Thanksgiving plates) or order the whole thing to-go. Be warned - each year hundreds of meals are ordered so make sure to call ahead with time to spare. Whether it's Thanksgiving or not, this local institution is not to be missed. There's a reason it's a perennial Best of NH winner for favorite Lakes Region restaurant.
Common Man Thanksgiving Buffets or Order To-go
The Common Man restaurants in Concord, Claremont and Windham plus Foster's Boiler Room in Plymouth and the Lakehouse in Meredith all offer an uncommon buffet on Thanksgiving Day (do check the website for price and menu details as they can vary from place to place). Also, if you find yourself traveling from one set of in-laws to the other, take a break at one of many diners in the Common Man Family of Restaurants - the 104 Diner in New Hampton, the Airport Diner in Manchester, the Tilt'n Diner in Tilton and the Hi-way Diners at the 93 north and south rest areas in Hooksett.
Common Man Restaurants also offer meals to-go. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 18 by calling the location where you plan to pick up your order. Each serving includes oven-roasted turkey breast with homemade pan gravy, country mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, maple-roasted butternut squash, whole berry cranberry sauce, green beans with almonds, garlic parmesan dinner rolls and butter, sweet bread and a slice of pumpkin pie with cinnamon cream.
Grand Thanksgiving Buffet
Head to the beautiful Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa for the annual Grand Thanksgiving Buffet that's held in the Crystal Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day. The buffet runs from 12 to 5 p.m. with seatings every half hour. Reservations are required and the dress code is business casual. Pricing: ages 13 and older are $55 and ages 6 to 12 are $25. Children age 5 and under eat free. Call (855) 837-2100 for reservations. Thanksgiving specials for lunch and dinner will also be available in the Harvest Tavern.
Thanksgiving by the Sea
The elegant and historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle offers two Thanksgiving options. The Thanksgiving Buffet takes place in the gorgeous Wentworth Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a raw bar, carving stations, farm fresh salads, homemade crepes, butternut squash ravioli, crispy braised pork hunter style, roasted local cod, wild salmon and an array of homemade desserts. The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at SALT Kitchen & Bar and the Grand Dining Room is a three-course, prix-fixe plated Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations are required for the buffet and strongly recommended for the dinner. Pricing: adults are $54.95 and children ages 2 to 12 are $24.95.
The Stonehurst Manor
From 2 to 8 p.m., enjoy traditional turkey, Southern-fried turkey, maple-smoked turkey and a whole menu of other offerings from cedar-planked salmon to veal osso buco gremolata. The choices here are wide and elegant for a truly special holiday dinner. Pricing: adults are $34 and children 12 and under are $24 (a children's menu is offered).
The Sugar Hill Inn
Executive Chef Val Fortin creates a traditional four-course Thanksgiving dinner. Different dine and stay packages are offered and the dinner is open to both guests and the public. Pricing: $70 per person and dinner is served from 2 to 5 p.m.
Dine-In or To-Go at the Country Tavern
The Country Tavern in Nashua offers two Thanksgiving options. A full menu, featuring a traditional turkey dinner or entrees like filet mignon and butternut squash ravioli, will be offered for dinner at the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Alternatively, the restaurant offers to-go options including package meals starting at $58.50 and a la carte dishes. All to-go food may be picked up cold on Wednesday, November 23, or hot on Thanksgiving Day from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Order deadline is Sunday, November 20.
The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway consistently snags the family-friendly resort award in Best of NH. They offer a two-night package that includes Thanksgiving dinner, breakfast each morning, admission to the indoor water park, outlet shopping coupons, and a full weekend of activities and events.
Thanksgiving & Shopping Getaway
Combine a relaxing three-night getaway with a Thanksgiving buffet at the Hilltop Restaurant and some Black Friday shopping at the nearby Tanger Outlets. Steele Hill Resorts offers a three-night holiday getaway in the accommodations of your choice and a $25 Tanger Outlet gift card. Package also includes a $10 gift certificate to the onsite Hilltop Restaurant for each night of your stay.
Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe at the BVI
Thanksgiving Dinner at Epoch Restaurant
The lovely Epoch Restaurant at the Exeter Inn offers a Thanksgiving dinner with a number of options that range from cold foods such as smoked salmon and poached shrimp to hot dishes such as Hubbard squash bisque and roasted Atlantic salmon to accompany the sage-rubbed Thanksgiving turkey and slow roasted sirloin of beef carving stations. Pricing: adults are $49.99 and children ages 12 and under are $14.99.
Grand Thanksgiving Celebration
Enjoy Thanksgiving in high style at one of New Hampshire's gorgeous historic hotels, the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods. The resort's weekend-long Thanksgiving Celebration features family activities such as the turkey trot, flag football, crafts and a Santa visit in addition to the centerpiece Thanksgiving Day buffet feast. Served from 12 to 8 p.m., the buffet features traditional favorites with musical accompaniment from students of Mila Filatova. For dining at the Mount Washington, you will receive a complimentary lift ticket to enjoy a great day of skiing and riding at Bretton Woods, valid Thanksgiving Day (November 24, 2016). The Thanksgiving Feast is $65 for adults, $30 for children ages 6-12 and complimentary for children 5 and under, and reservations are required by calling the activities concierge at (603) 278-8989.
Let Twelve Pine in Peterborough take care of everything from the cut flowers and wine to the turkey and sides. Their extensive Thanksgiving to-go menu has all the bases covered from a full meal serving 10-12 people to gifts, chocolates, wines, micro brews and more. Whether you just want to order the trimmings or need the whole deal, you can find it here.
Concord Co-op Thanksgiving Orders
Thanks to the chefs at the Concord Food Co-op, you can order a fresh turkey ($25 deposit needed), baked goods or an entire meal, featuring fixings like a 10-pound bird, apple and cranberry herb stuffing, turkey pan gravy, and roasted garlic red bliss mashed potatoes (starting at $179.99 to feed 8-10). If you want a preview of the recipes before placing an order, the co-op will also have their Thanksgiving offerings available on the hot bar from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 3, 10, and 17.
Let Luca's Do the Cooking
The Market at Luca's in Keene has a special Thanksgiving menu with a la carte options from soups to sweet potatoes or meal packages for $22 per person. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 21, and must be picked up by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.
Thanksgiving Day Getaway
The two-night package at the Snowvillage Inn includes a full country breakfast, welcome cocktail, hiking maps, discount shopping coupons and, of course, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Executive Chef Peter Willis’s Thanksgiving Day menu based on classic New England cuisine with wonderful choices.
Small Town Charm
The Wentworth in Jackson Village exudes small town New England charm. House pianist Rob Robbins will provide music, guests will enjoy a specially printed keepsake menu with an illustration by landscape artist Erik Koeppel (who will be on hand to sign menus) and, based on past dinners, this one will not disappoint. A two-night lodging package is also offered.
Thanksgiving Sides To Go at Savory Square Bistro
Savory Square Bistro's Thanksgiving Dinner To Go menu proudly offers "everything but the turkey" — so you can focus your kitchen skills on one dish while leaving the rest to the experts. For $150, packages (serving 10-12) include homemade cornbread, pumpkin roulade, and your choice of salad, stuffing, and sides like buttermilk mashed potatoes and green bean almondine. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 14, for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23.
Farm Fresh Turkey and Homemade Pie
Applecrest Farm is taking orders for farm fresh turkeys from Plainville Farms where turkeys are raised naturally, without hormones, antibiotics or preservatives. The free-roaming gobblers are fed a raw-grain diet and raised in an animal friendly environment. Turkeys are sold at $3.39 per pound and range in size from 10-30 lbs. Orders can be picked up the week of Thanksgiving starting Saturday November 21 through Wednesday November 25 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. You can also pick up Thanksgiving day from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. If you're going to do the work of cooking the turkey, then at least you can relax when it comes to dessert. Pies and crisps are $12.95 - $18.95 and can be ordered frozen or baked. Orders can be placed by phone, email or in person. When ordering turkeys specify requested weight, pick up day and your name and telephone number. If ordering pie, include type of pie, pick up day, and your name and telephone number. Click here for pie options and more information.
You're still on the hook for the fixings, but a mail order smoked turkey from the North Country Smokehouse at least takes the pressure off when it comes to the main event. We'll let the Smokehouse do the talking: "Our plump, broad-breasted turkeys are marinated in an old-fashioned brown sugar cure for days to enhance the meat’s natural sweetness, then slow-smoked to perfection in small batches over applewood fires. The result is a lean, flavorful bird whose succulent white meat mimics the richness of darker pieces. These fully cooked smoked turkeys can be enjoyed all year round without spending hours in the kitchen."
Prix-Fixe or To-Go at the Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market
Tuscan Kitchen will be open for Thanksgiving at both Salem and Burlington locations. A special prix-fixe menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu items include family style orecchiette with a braised sauce of san marzano tomato, beef, pork and veal, herb-roasted turkey, rosemary and garlic roasted sirloin, vegetable lasagna and more.
Whether you’re shopping for ingredients to cook your Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, or looking for a ready-to-serve complete turkey dinner, Tuscan Market has you covered. In addition to the market’s year-round selection of house-aged meats, salumi, cheeses, pastry, cakes, pastas, sauces, prepared foods and imported Italian grocery items, Tuscan Market also has a Tuscan Market Thanksgiving To-Go menu. Orders can be placed until Monday, November 21 at 5 p.m. in-person or by phone at (603) 912-5467. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 23 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Tuscan Market. The whole turkey dinner is for 6-8 people ($150) and includes carved roasted turkey, insalata mista, maple-whipped sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts with pancetta and apple, mascarpone whipped potatoes, porcini mushroom ciabatta stuffing with parmigiano reggiano and toasted pine nuts, heirloom cranberry and marsala wine compote, fresh herb gravy focaccia a loaf of ciabatta. A variety of soups, other main dishes, sides and pies are also available.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Inn on Newfound Lake
Along with an appetizer buffet, diners can enjoy a slow-roasted turkey dinner, salmon piccata, filet mignon, roasted duck, slow-roasted rack of lamb or eggplant parmesan at the Pasquaney Restaurant at the lovely Inn on New Found Lake.
Buffet at the Centennial Inn
The Granite Restaurant at the Centennial Inn offers a Thanksgiving buffet with carving stations and a variety of tasty sides such as wild mushroom and herb stuffing and roasted garlic and sour cream mashed potatoes. See the menu here. Pricing: $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors, $16.95 for kids under 12 and free for kids under 4. Seatings are at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.