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 Order To-Go
Let the Common Man team prepare your holiday meal to enjoy at home with your family. Put your own meal together by choosing a starter, entrée and dessert from their menu like a traditional feast of turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and a grand finish of delicious pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving Dinner meals are $25.95 per person (plus tax) and $99.95 (plus tax) for a family of four. Click here for more details, including a list of participating locations and their phone numbers.
The Old Salt and Lamie’s Inn
Preorder a delicious Thanksgiving meal by November 21 that includes roasted turkey, baked Virginia ham, autumn harvest ravioli, prime rib and more. There are also options to bake your own turkey or simply reheat and serve your own candied glazed ham. Prices range from $21.99 to $145. If you would rather have an in-house dining experience, Old Salt is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Three Chimneys Inn
The charming and historic Three Chimneys Inn has you covered with their preorder and pick up option for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Check out the full menu here. Pick it up on November 23 between 3 and 6 p.m.
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 herb-crusted roast sirloin, which is slow-roasted, sliced and served with au jus. The menu also includes panko-crusted haddock, butternut squash, maple-glazed salmon, shrimp cocktail and more. Desserts range from pumpkin pie (of course) and chocolate ganache cake to sorbet and cheesecake. The meal costs $40 and includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert.
Greenleaf Thanksgiving To-Go
Want to eat Thanksgiving around the dining room table but don’t have the verve to make it from scratch? Chef Chris Viaud at Greenleaf has you covered. For $45 per person excluding tax and gratuity, friends and families can enjoy a roasted turkey breast dinner with stuffing, roasted garlic and herb potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and gravy. Each order also comes with a seasonal mixed greens salad with apple cider vinaigrette. For an additional fee, customers can order six of Greenleaf’s signature brioche Parker House dinner rolls and their whipped molasses honey butter, as well as apple galette with salted caramel, cranberry swirl cheesecake, or pumpkin pie. All orders are served cold and will come with specific heating instructions. Orders can be made online now through Saturday, November 19. Orders will be ready for pick up on Wednesday, November 23, between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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. This year they are offering two delicious entrées, an amalgamation of sides and an array of children’s options from 12 to 5:15 p.m. Reservations are required and the dress code is business casual. Pricing ranges from $15 to $68. Call (855) 837-2100 for reservations.
The Stonehurst Manor
From 12 to 6 p.m., enjoy traditional turkey, Southern-fried turkey and a whole menu of other offerings including prime rib, vegetables and polenta. The choices here are wide and elegant for a truly special holiday dinner. Pricing ranges from $38 to $68.
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. Package also includes a $25 Tanger Outlet gift card and a $25 resort gift card valid at Hilltop Restaurant, Tova’s Tavern and 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 starts at $55 for children and $110 for adults.
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. Served from 12 to 8 p.m. in the newly renovated Main Dining Room, the a la carte menu features traditional favorites. The Thanksgiving Feast is $60 for adults, $30 for children ages 6-12 and complimentary for children 5 and under, and reservations are required by calling (603) 278-8864.
You can dine at The Old Salt and head home, or you can reserve the Thanksgiving package for $229, 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.
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. All turkey orders can be picked up between Monday, November 21, and 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. Their Thanksgiving Day menu at Max’s Pub is based on classic New England cuisine with wonderful choices.
Small Town Charm
The Wentworth in Jackson Village exudes small town New England charm. Chef Brian Gazda and his team place the Vermont Misty Knoll turkey as the centerpiece of their meal. Other offerings include salmon, beef and ham, and options for both vegetarian and gluten free. And dessert features homemade apple, pumpkin and pecan pies served with Brian’s homemade ice cream.
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 smoked poultry conjures up thoughts of warm, juicy slices plated at the table in a cozy home rich with the smells of supper cooking. Our plump, broad-breasted chicken and turkey is marinated in an old-fashioned brown sugar cure to enhance the meat’s natural sweetness, then slow-smoked to perfection in small batches over applewood embers.” A large boneless turkey breast (9 to 11 pounds) is $125.99. Order here or see more details.
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 online 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 whoopie pie, dessert trays, mini cheesecake and more sweet treats. They also have rolls, scones, muffins and more.