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 turkey baster 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 November 22 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.
The Mile Away
Yes, you absolutely can get a traditional roast turkey dinner at the Mile Away (served with all your favorite sides, including stuffing), but maybe branch out a bit with some of their unique offerings, including wienerschnitzel, which is tender veal pounded, breaded, and sautéed until golden brown. The menu also includes prime rib, veal or chicken Marsala, baked and stuffed acorn squash, maple glazed salmon, jumbo shrimp and more. Desserts range from pumpkin pie (of course) and bread pudding to sorbet and cheesecake. The meal costs $32.95 and includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert.
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., and reservations are required and the dress code is business casual. Pricing: ages 13 and older are $65 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.
The Stonehurst Manor
From 12 to 6 p.m., enjoy traditional turkey, Southern-fried turkey, maple-smoked turkey and a whole menu of other offerings from prime rib to vegetables and and polenta. The choices here are wide and elegant for a truly special holiday dinner. Pricing: adults are $38 and children 12 and under are $24 (a children’s menu is offered).
Thanksgiving Dinner 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.
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 $25 resort gift card for the Hilltop Restaurant, Oasis indoor pool bar or The Market convenience store.
Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinner at the BVI
Looking for a special meal? This historic inn is both cozy and elegant. Enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu served from 12 to 6 p.m. in the elegant dining room or upstairs at Corks. Pricing: adults are $75 and children ages 10 and under are $39.
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 weekendlong 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 7 p.m., the buffet features traditional favorites with musical accompaniment. The Thanksgiving Feast is $80 for adults, $35 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.
You can dine at The Old Salt and head home, or you can reserve the Thanksgiving package for $199, which includes one night’s stay for two at Lamie’s Inn, dinner for two, continental breakfast and late checkout of 1 p.m. But, onto the important part — dinner details. The menu (which also features the chef’s suggested wine pairings) includes a traditional turkey dinner, honey glazed Virginia ham, roasted butternut squash ravioli, prime rib au jus, baked seafood pie, surf and turf and other tasty options.
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.
Not really excited to drop a big prixe-fixe price for kids but want something upscale, yet good for families? The charming and historic Three Chimneys Inn has it covered with their full menu ($45 per person) plus three kids’ meal options that range from $9-$12. Not bad. Sometimes a kid just wants a grilled cheese, holiday or no holiday, but parents and other grownups will enjoy maple mustard glazed ham, turkey two ways, prime rib, tempura haddock or pan-seared scallops. Everyone wins. Checkout the full menu here. 12-4 p.m., last reservation at 4 p.m.
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).
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.
Looking for something different? Here’s a way to enjoy Thanksgiving — and work off the calories! Start a new family tradition at the Best of NH award-winning Joe Dodge Lodge. The AMC Pinkham Notch Visitors Center/Joe Dodge Lodge chef will serve a special menu with traditional options, like sage brined roast turkey or cranberry braised beef brisket, and vegetarians won’t have to rely on making a meal out of sides with the vegan pumpkin, white bean and tofu cassoulet entrée. This part of the state is beautiful in any season, so make sure to take advantage of the location by walking along the trails and exploring the area. From 1-6 p.m. $25 for nonmembers, $21 for AMC members.
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.
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.
Chef Grella of Custom Eats and Sweets (and the recently opened Presto Pasta in Manchester if lasagna is more your style) is offering a special Thanksgiving catering menu with take-and-bake options that include homemade mashed potatoes, country style stuffing, hand pressed cranberry sauce, roasted turkey gravy, roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallows and plenty more. You can also choose the “all the trimmings package,” which comes with, well, everything — mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, two vegetables, rolls and butter ($60 or $120). Place your order with Chef Grella via phone or message by November 21.
Thanksgiving Feast by City Moose Café & Catering
City Moose Café & Catering in Nashua is taking orders until November 18 with pickup before 5 p.m. on November 27. They’ve also added the ease of online ordering through eventbrite, though you can call (603) 943-5078 with special requests. The full feast includes roasted turkey, cranberry, gravy, rolls, mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing carrots and apple crisp for $24.95.
We think dessert might be just as important as the meal itself. Roasting a turkey is no easy feat, but baking is a whole new culinary world of precise measurements and good timing. If you just can’t master that perfect flaky crust, place an order by 11/21 (pickup is 11/26-11/27) with the Best of NH award-winning Buckley’s Bakery in Café (two locations, one in Merrimack and a newer one in Hollis) for pumpkin pie, dessert trays, a “gluten-friendly” chocolate mousse cake, cheesecake and more sweet treats. They also have rolls, breakfast trays with scones and muffins, a dairy-free molasses oat loaf and more. See more info on ordering here and the full menu here.