Best Places To Get A Prepared Thanksgiving Meal

November 17, 2010 12:27 PM

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Is the thought of cooking a full Thanksgiving meal from scratch just too much for you? Do you find yourself overwhelmed this year, wishing you had more time to enjoy the holidays and less time to spend in the kitchen?

If that sounds like you, there is no need to slave away at the oven or just pop in a TV dinner and call it a night. You can order in a whole Turkey Day meal for around the same cost as making it yourself. Check out some of the best places in the Twin Cities to pick up an already cooked and prepared thanksgiving meal for your holiday party.

Kowalski's Markets


Kowalski’s Markets

(Various Locations)
Kowalski’s Website

Make dinner easy by hitting up one of many Kowalski’s locations or order online! A dinner for 10-12 includes a 10-12 pound turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry orange relish, dinner rolls, and a pumpkin pie.

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Key’s Cafe

114 So. 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(Various Locations)
Key’s Website

This includes the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberries, bread, and pumpkin pie. Everything else you want is a la carte, so if you know you come from a family that hates sweet potatoes but loves coleslaw, just add it on!

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2190 Eagle Creek Lane
Woodbury, MN 55125
396 21st Street
Newport, MN 55055
Tinucci’s Website

Here you can pick up a 14-16 pound turkey with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade dressing, green bean casserole, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and for the icing on the cake — a free bottle of wine. (Serves 12-15.)

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Cub Foods

(Various Locations)
Cub Website

You can get a deluxe turkey dinner (feeds 8-10 people) from Cub. It includes a fully cooked 10-12 pound Butterball turkey, Reser’s mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered corn, wild rice stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry orange relish, Hawaiian dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie! You can add on extra sides or get the downsized version with just turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing for a lower price.

Brasa, restaurant


Brasa Rotisserie

777 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55105
Brasa Website

This is the place to pick up your local and organic Thanksgiving food. Free range turkey and even a glazed Berkshire Ham raised right in Minnesota! Of course it has all the traditional fixings, but also includes candied yams, sweet corn pudding, freshly baked cookies, and a choice of pie!

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(Various Locations)
Lunds/Byerly’s Website

You have a few options here: a turkey dinner that feeds 8-10, a turkey dinner for 3-5 and a Gourmet Wild Acres Turkey dinner for 8-10. The turkey dinner for 8-10 people includes a 13-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, sage dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, tea buns, a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie! You can order online or in the store, too.

Alison Lorge is a WCCO web producer and consumer blogger.

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