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 are all offering 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. Put your own meal together by choosing a starter, entrée and dessert from their menu like onion apple soup, a traditional feast of turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and a grand finish of delicious pumpkin pie.
The Old Salt and Lamie’s Inn
Preorder a delicious Thanksgiving meal by November 23 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 $18-$290.
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. Checkout the full menu here. Pick it up on November 25 between 4 and 7 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 pork schnitzel, which is tender pork pounded, breaded, and sautéed until golden brown. The menu also includes roast sirloin, pork normandy, vegetarian 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 $34 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. This year they are offering a plated four-course meal with five delicious entrée options from 12 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required and the dress code is business casual. Pricing ranges from $45-$58. 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, 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: $46 a person.
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway consistently snags the family-friendly resort award in Best of NH. They offer dinner a Thanksgiving buffet, and after you finish dinner you can enjoy admission to the indoor water park and a full weekend of outdoor activities.
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 7 p.m. in the elegant dining room or upstairs at Corks. Pricing: adults are $75 and children ages 10 and under are $39.
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 $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.
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 orders must be placed by November 20 at 12 pm.
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 will be 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 have created an exceptional menu with the highlight of course being the Vermont Misty Knoll turkey. Other offerings will include salmon, beef and ham, with options for both vegetarian and gluten free. Of course dessert – the home made apple, pumpkin and pecan pies served with Brian’s home made ice cream are the perfect way to end a perfect meal.
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.”
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 and muffins, and more.